China’s biggest dam builder says the country is launching an even-larger-than-expected campaign. More than 200 pumped hydro stations with a combined capacity of 270 gigawatts by 2025. That’s more than the capacity of all the power plants in Japan, and would meet about 23% of China’s peak demand.
It would be a massive increase from what China proposed just three months ago. PowerChina did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment, and the National Energy Administration did not answer calls.
China has been eyeing a major pumped hydro build-out since at least last year. Draft NEA document identified potential for 680 gigawatts of pumped hydro in the country. Final version of plan released in September toned down the scale, but still called for 120 gigawatts.
China is also accelerating plans to implement newer forms of energy storage, such as batteries, with the country’s largest grid estimating that 100 gigawatts of capacity will be ready by 2030.
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