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Modular Pumped Hydro Energy Storage (MPHES): Relevance, concept design, economics and future prospect

Fernandez, Dane (2019) Modular Pumped Hydro Energy Storage (MPHES): Relevance, concept design, economics and future prospect. Masters by Coursework thesis, Murdoch University.

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This project gives an overview and literature review of Pumped Hydro Energy Storage (PHES) technology detailing the present context and future prospects with particular focus on Australia’s National Electricity Market (NEM). Discussion that addresses present challenges and requirements to move forward with sustainable hydro power development electricity supply is explored. An overview of the fundamental system components and a technical design base for a Modular PHES (MPHES) is presented. A cost base is given for the MPHES and subsequently compared with other technologies. A concept design is proposed for a deployable, scalable MPHES system and is applied to two Case Studies. Discussion is given with respect to the relevance of such a scheme in Australia and the potential scalability and costs. The MPHES was found the be technically feasible and economically comparable to recent solar developments.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters by Coursework)
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Engineering and Energy
United Nations SDGs: Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
Supervisor(s): Minakshi, Manickam
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