Special Issue "Underground Pumped Storage Plants"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 June 2020).
Interests: hydraulics; hydraulic structures; hydraulic scale modeling; hydropower plants; hydropower in cold regions
Interests: sustainable hydropower; urban waters; hydromorphology; ecological passability; socio-economy of water management measures; climate change prevention; flood protection; flood risk management
A changing energy system with a growing amount of renewable energy will have considerable impacts on the need for and use of energy storage systems. New systems need to be developed and existing systems need to be expanded and redesigned to operate flexibly in order to react to a fluctuating renewable energy feed. To store electrical energy, pumped storage plants have been successfully used for more than 100 years, mostly in peak shaving mode. For this mode, a large volume and a great height difference that lead to a high power output are needed. For fast and more flexible operations, the reservoir’s volume becomes less important and schemes, such as underground pumped storage plants, that use underground reservoirs instead of classical surface ones could be a new option. With these schemes, energy storage systems could be greatly expanded, because they operate independently of the specific terrain that classical pumped storage plants need. This Special Issue will address research on the hydraulic and machinery design, the geology, the public acceptance, the environmental impact, the operation modes, the legal regulation, and the economic efficiency of underground pumped storage plants. We would also like to invite authors to address the global potential for expanding underground pumped storage plants and to demonstrate specific case studies.
Assoc. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Elena Pummer
Adjunct Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kaspar Vereide
Prof. Leif Lia
Prof. Andre Niemann
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