Combining Wind and Pumped Hydro Energy Storage for Renewable Energy Generation in Ireland

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Title: Combining Wind and Pumped Hydro Energy Storage for Renewable Energy Generation in Ireland
Authors: Coburn, Alice
Walsh, Eilín
Solan, Patrick J.
McDonnell, Kevin
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Date: 21-Aug-2014
Online since: 2015-02-24T15:49:21Z
Abstract: Ireland has one of the highest wind energy potentials in Europe. The intermittent nature of wind makes this renewable resource impractical as a sole source of energy. Combining wind energy with pumped hydro energy storage (PHES) can overcome this intermittency, consuming energy during low-demand periods and supplying energy for periods of high demand. Currently Ireland has a number of hydroelectric power plants and wind farms of various scales in operation. A feasibility study was conducted to investigate the potential of securing a reliable source of renewable energy by increasing the penetration of hydroelectric power by means of combined wind-PHES developments. The greatest wind potential is experienced along the western coast of Ireland and a number of sites were identified here which satisfied a minimum mean wind speed criterion of 10.5 ms−1. Each site was then further evaluated according to topographical requirements for PHES. All but two of the identified sites are immediately unsuitable due to the presence of areas protected under European legislation; this highlights the nonenergy related obstacles in the path of renewable energy generation in Ireland and suggests that a compromise should be researched which could facilitate both renewable energy generation and species and habitat protection in Europe.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Journal: Journal of Wind Energy
Volume: 2014
Start page: 1
End page: 6
Copyright (published version): 2014 the Authors
Keywords: Wind energyPumped hydro energy storageRenewable energyIrelandEU Birds DirectiveEU Habitats Directive
DOI: 10.1155/2014/415898
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Biosystems and Food Engineering Research Collection
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