NEA releases pumped-storage hydro plan: targets 120 GW capacity by 2030
The National Energy Administration (NEA) recently issued the "Pumped Storage Mid- and Long-term Development Plan (2021- 2035)”. The NEA established a database mapping the available sites for pumped-storage in China. The sites have been classified in two categories:
- The first category groups sites that do not pose environmental or project planning concerns. China could welcome 420 GW of pumped-storage capacity in such sites.
- The second category comprises “reserve sites” that might raise concerns and be more difficult to build. These sites represent an estimated 305 GW of capacity.
China could thus possess 725 GW of potential available capacity for pumped-storage hydro projects. In terms of target installed capacity, the NEA aims to reach 62 GW of installed capacity by 2025, and 120 GW by 2030, against 32 GW currently.
Pumped-storage hydro is touted as one of the main solutions for large capacity energy storage, its main drawback being the availability of sites. The NEA’s database seems to indicate that China possesses plenty of them. It remains to be seen, however, how many are actually commercially viable.
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