Alpine Hydroelectricity

The Nant de Drance pumped hydropower project. NANT DE DRANCE

Especially with news of rivers drying up across Europe, this is a welcome, if surprising story:

Massive Pumped Hydro Facility to Open This Summer in the Swiss Alps

One of the world’s largest pumped hydropower projects, with an electricity storage capacity equivalent to 400,000 electric vehicles, is set to begin operations soon in the Swiss Alps.

The Nant de Drance facility will funnel water from the Emosson Reservoir near the French border to a lower reservoir to the south, Clean Technica reports. As the water flows through 11 miles of tunnels built over the last 14 years, it will power six of the largest water-driven generators in the world. The turbines have the capacity to generate 900 megawatts of electricity, roughly enough to power up to 500,000 homes…

Read the whole story here.

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