Queensland announces a giant hydroelectric power storage plan

The fossil fuel-rich Australian state aims to produce 80% of its energy from renewable sources by 2035.

On Wednesday, the eastern state of Queensland in Australia unveiled plans to build the world’s largest pumped hydropower storage system as the fossil fuel-rich region seeks a major shift to renewable energy. The project, scheduled for delivery in 2035, will have a 24-hour storage capacity of five gigawatts, more than double that of Australia’s largest hydroelectric pumping project, Snowy 2.0.

Pumped hydro technology enables long-term storage of renewable energy, a major challenge for achieving net zero emissions by 2050 “.We will use cheap solar electricity during the day to pump water up the mountain for storagesaid Steven Miles, deputy premier of Queensland. “So, at night, we can release the water to generate electricity. It’s like a giant battery“.

This project is at the heart of the new “energy and employment plan62 billion Australian dollars (about 41 billion euros), which will also allow Queensland to achieve the goal of producing 80% of its energy from renewable sources by 2035.This is a global projectQueensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk told reporters Wednesday. “We know Queenslanders understand climate change. Today the government understands that we must act“, she added.

The Climate Council, an independent body, believes the state of Queensland has one of the most ambitious plans in Australia. This state has long been the heart of Australia’s fossil fuel production. Mining still dominates the local economy and in particular accounted for a turnover of AU $ 40 billion (approximately € 26 billion) in 2019-2020. In major cities, residents are increasingly aware of the climate emergency and many supported environmental and climate-sensitive candidates in the last elections of May 2022.

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