Pumped Hydro to play a key role in post-nuclear Japan?

Solar and pumped hydro may be plugging the gap left by Japan’s now defunct reactors, says German solar energy industry organization Photon. Thanks to its mountainous terrain, the country has enormous pumped hydroelectricity storage potential, and there are already numerous pumped hydro stations built, originally to service nuclear plants.

Now, say Photon, thanks to the fluctuating prices of solar power, pumped hydro plants could increase the number of pumped hydro cycles from one to two times per day, essentially doubling the energy storage capacity of the country.

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