Data and Tools for Exploring New Pumped Storage Hydropower Deployment Opportunities

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Pumped storage hydropower (PSH) is a flexible energy storage technology with the potential to facilitate variable renewable energy integration into the decarbonized electric grid of the future. NREL is developing new data and tools to help understand opportunities for new PSH deployment, including nationwide resource assessment data, a bottom-up component-level cost model, and a lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions calculator. These datasets lay the foundation for better-informed grid planning decisions about how PSH fits into a future portfolio of generation, transmission, and storage assets.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages15
StatePublished - 2023

Publication series

NamePresented at HydroVision International, 11-13 July 2023, Charlotte, North Carolina

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PR-6A40-86879


  • CEM
  • cost modeling
  • grid planning
  • LCA
  • lifecycle analysis
  • PSH
  • pumped hydropower
  • pumped storage
  • resource assessment


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