1. GE Looking at Reservoir Pumps for Renewable Energy Storage

    GE Looking at Reservoir Pumps for Renewable Energy Storage

    Scientists from General Electric's Global Research Center in Niskayuna recently won a $1.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to study the viability of so-called pumped storage hydropower technology that essentially stores up power generated from solar and wind farms for use on the electric grid. The grant, which was awarded by the DOE's Water Power Technologies Office, will be shared by GE Research, GE Energy Consulting and GE Renewable Energy's hydro team.

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    1. Can (pumped storage hydropower) prime the pump to enable more renewables?
    2. One of the factors we will examine very closely is how quickly it can be activated to respond to rapidly changing power loads and highly variable renewables.
    3. We're testing the hypothesis that at high levels of wind and solar, you will need a storage portfolio.
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