Pumped hydro storage

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Large scale deployment of wind and solar will eventually require the use of storage or other means to deal with variability. Pumped hydro electric energy storage constitutes 99% of all energy storage, with some 140GW deployed around the world. There are vast opportunities for off-river pumped hydro energy storage, away from rivers and other environmentally sensitive areas, in hilly farm country, and with heads of 500-1000m - far more than typical hydroelectric heads. Off river pumped hydro storage for a few hours allows load leveling at low cost.

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