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Sites for pumped hydro energy storage

Andrew Blakers
Andrew Blakers, Matt Stocks, Bin Lu, Kirsten Anderson, Anna Nadolny

Fig. 1. PHES sites around Australia. Click here for a higher resolution image.

Energy storage is important in securing the stability of an electricity grid. Pumped hydro energy storage, or PHES, could have a huge impact upon the Australian electricity grid. The great majority of energy storage installed globally is PHES. This project focuses upon the resource potential within Australia and other countries. This work searches for pairs of dams with an altitudinal difference of more than 250 m, and excludes residential areas, national parks and other sensitive places.

We have published an atlas covering all of Australia.


Press release for the Australian Atlas (docx, 62 K)

An Australian atlas of pumped hydro energy storage (pdf, 7.6 M)

An Australian atlas of pumped hydro energy storage: Figures (pdf, 8.9 M)

Simplified PHES Calculator (xlsx, 12 K)

Further details

Atlas by State/Territory

ACT and district

New South Wales

Northern Territory


South Australia



Western Australia

Updated:  26 June 2018/ Responsible Officer:  RE100 Leader/ Page Contact:  RE100 Webmaster