A review of seasonal pumped-storage combined with dams in cascade in Brazil

Julian David Hunt, Marcos Aurélio Vasconcelos de Freitas, Amaro Olímpio Pereira Junior

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Abstract

In order to maintain greater control over the country's water resources and reduce the vulnerability of the Brazilian electricity sector, this paper presents a review of the Seasonal-Pumped-Storage (SPS) potential in Brazil, its benefits and the different ways in which SPS can be integrated with hydroelectric dams in cascade downstream. In addition to increasing the Brazilian energy storage potential, SPS has the potential to: regulate river flows allowing the control of hydropower generation; reduce the spillage and increase power generation in the hydroelectric dams in cascade; turn the construction of new dams more viable where there is no suitable geology for the construction of conventional storage reservoirs; control floods when the geology does not permit the construction of storage reservoirs; decrease the evaporation of accumulation reservoirs; store the electricity generated from intermittent renewable sources; store energy for peak generation; reduce transmission bottlenecks; decrease the cost of electricity transmission from hydroelectric plants in the Amazon; decentralize the energy storage capacity in Brazil to increase energy security and to reduce the risk of electricity rationing.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)385-398
Number of pages14
JournalRenewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
Volume70
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

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