To make the dream of a renewable future a reality, we need new solutions for energy storage. Hoover Dam might become a giant battery thanks to a plan from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power that uses pumped storage hydro technology. Hoover Dam will help California store its excess energy with a new water pipeline and pump station powered by solar and wind energy.
Pumped storage hydro technology isn’t a new idea, and has already been used in several projects by LADWP. The project involves many entities, including environmental agencies and local communities. If all goes to plan, construction will begin in 5 years time.
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