Testing a GIS-based methodology for optimal location of Pumped Storage power plants in Norway

Cortines García, Catalina (2013). Testing a GIS-based methodology for optimal location of Pumped Storage power plants in Norway. Proyecto Fin de Carrera / Trabajo Fin de Grado, E.T.S.I. Caminos, Canales y Puertos (UPM).

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Title: Testing a GIS-based methodology for optimal location of Pumped Storage power plants in Norway
Author/s:
  • Cortines García, Catalina
Contributor/s:
  • Fernández Carrasco, Pedro
  • Killintveit, Ånund
  • Zinke, Peggy
Item Type: Final Project
Date: 2013
Subjects:
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Caminos, Canales y Puertos (UPM)
Department: Ingeniería Civil: Ordenación del Territorio, Urbanismo y Medio Ambiente [hasta 2014]
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

Europe needs to restructure its energy system. The aim to decrease the reliance on fossil fuels to a higher dependence on renewable energy has now been imposed by The European Commission. In order to achieve this goal there is a great interest in Norway to become "The Green Battery of Europe". In the pursuit of this goal a GIS-tool was created to investigate the pump storage potential in Norway. The tool searches for possible connections between existing reservoirs and dams with the criteria selected by the user. The aim of this thesis was to test the tool and see if the results suggested were plausible, develop a cost calculation method for the PSH lines, and make suggestions for further development of the tool. During the process the tool presented many non-feasible pumped storage hydropower (PSH) connections. The area of Telemark was chosen for the more detailed study. The results were discussed and some improvements were suggested for further development of the tool. Also a sensitivity test was done to see which of the parameters set by the user are the most relevant for the PSH connection suggestion. From a range of the most promising PSH plants suggested by the tool, the one between Songavatn and Totak was chosen for a case study, where there already exists a power plant between both reservoirs. A new Pumped Storage Plant was designed with a power production of 1200 MW. There are still many topics open to discussion, such as how to deal with environmental restrictions, or how to deal with inflows and outflows of the reservoirs from the existing power plants. Consequently the GIS-tool can be a very useful tool to establish the best possible connections between existing reservoirs and dams, but it still needs a deep study and the creation of new parameters for the user.

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Item ID: 22220
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/22220/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:22220
Deposited by: Biblioteca ETSI Caminos
Deposited on: 27 Jan 2014 14:30
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2014 11:29
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