Unconventional Pumped Storage – efzn Conference in Goslar November 2013

The Energy Research Centre Lower Saxony (Energie-Forschungszentrum Niedersachsen – efzn) is organising a conference on unconventional pumped storage for energy on 21/22 November 2013 in Goslar, Germany. I will give a presentation on the German permitting regime for unconventional pumped storage.

Storage will play a key role in the future development of the energy landscape. Pumped-storage hydroelectricity (PSH) is a well established way of (hydroelectric) power generation. The conference will look into the relevance of energy storage for the German Energiewende, including the current use of pumped-storage hydroelectricity. It will then address technical and legal aspects of unconventional pumped storage.

The conference will in particular cover pumped hydroelectric storage in former coal mines in the Ruhr area, large scale electricity storage in salt caverns, power tower and buoyant energy storage, pumped storage on the sea bed, and energy storage in a hydraulically raised huge mass of rock. Prof. Hartmut Weyer of the Clausthal University of Technology will speak about the regulatory framework for unconventional storage, while I will talk about the relevant permitting regimes.

Registration for the conference can be done here.

Source: Energie-Forschungszentrum Niedersachsen

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