1. Adding Giant Batteries To This Hydro Project Creates A 'Virtual Dam' With Less Environmental Impact

    Adding Giant Batteries To This Hydro Project Creates A 'Virtual Dam' With Less Environmental Impact

    A Chilean utility has broken ground on a 50 megawatt-hour (MWh) battery energy storage project paired with a run-of-river hydroelectric facility. The battery will be capable of storing electricity produced from the hydro generation without needing to construct a dam or make use of a water reservoir, creating instead a “virtual dam” that can deliver 10 megawatts (MW) of power for 5 hours.

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    1. Building a physical dam anywhere in Chile is becoming very difficult given growing opposition to this type of infrastructure. The virtual dam can contribute the same benefits without impacting river flows or local communities.
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