Dublin yields big wind proposal

Posted: February 21, 2012 in Uncategorized

DUBLIN, Ireland — A wind-powered pumped hydro power generating project big enough to provide electrical energy for export has been unveiled in Dublin.

Spirit of Ireland’s power plant would utilize the howling winds along the western coast of Ireland to run pumps to supply sea water to raised reservoirs. Water flowing down from the reservoirs would power turbines.

Illustration by the U.S. TVA of a pumped hydro power generating facility.

The project was unveiled by Igor Shvets at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science at Trinity College.

John Timmer details the project proposal at ars technica.

Shvets noted that the United Kingdom has many aging coal and nuclear plants and will be faced with replacement costs while, at the same time, facing a European mandate to increase the use of renewable power. This may raise the price of electricity there, and make running some DC power lines under the Irish Sea a viable option.

Scotland also may entertain a new pumped hydro project. Perth’s SSE Renewables, the renewables division of Scottish and Southern Energy, announced Monday via press release that it has submitted an application to the Scottish Government to build a new pumped storage hydro electric scheme of up to 600 megawatts (MW) capacity to the northwest of Loch Lochy in the Great Glen.

Elsewhere it has been reported that the Czech Republic has abandoned a plan to construct as many as 18 new nuclear power plants.

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