Rural Australia is pockmarked with small dams. Researchers say they could also be 'batteries'

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7 September 2023

In their interview with ABC Science News, Emeritus Professor Andrew Blakers from the Australian National University (ANU) and Dr Nicholas Gilmore from the Univeristy of New South Wales (UNSW) spoke about the need for storage capacity such as PHES as the world is gearing up to the largest energy transition.   

Professor Andrew Blakers shared his team's project findings including interactive map showing potential sites for building paired reservoirs around Australia (and globally), but with a minimum of 2 gigawatt-hours storage which is enough to power a small town for around three days. Their interactive map shows the locations of these sites, some with a capacity to store more than 500 GWh — for scale, Snowy 2.0 is 350 GWh and is estimated to be able to provide energy for 3 million homes for a week.

For more details, check out the article on ABC News here.