Tasmanian PHES atlas

Potential PHES sites in Tasmania (Google Earth). Click here for a higher resolution image.

Tasmania has many potential sites for pumped hydro energy storage (PHES) sites due to its mountainous nature. We found a total of 2075 potential sites with a combined energy storage potential that is about ten times larger than required to support a 100% renewable electricity grid for the whole of Australia. The large number of sites provides some confidence that there will be a good number of technically feasible PHES sites. Site searching and development of a PHES cost model are being explored as part of an ARENA funded project.

These sites were found using algorithms with defined search criteria within a geographic information system (GIS) platform. This platform was used to find detailed information, such as head, reservoir areas, and storage capacity. This list is not yet exhaustive. We are also in the process of developing a cost model that will determine the least cost option for the tunnelling between two reservoirs, and therefore the location of the lower reservoir. This information will be available in future releases of the atlas.


Tasmanian spreadsheet (xlsx, 640 KB)

This spreadsheet contains a list of sites, and the basic characteristics of those sites. At this stage, matched lower reservoirs are not included. Head is assumed to be 400 m to allow an estimate of the potential energy storage.

The following Google Maps link provides the locations of the PHES sites (the reservoirs can be seen using the Google Earth files below):

Google Map link for reservoir locations in Tasmania

Google Earth can be used to view the potential reservoirs. This software is free, and widely accessible. When used in 3-D mode with 3:1 vertical exaggeration, Google Earth provides good visualisation from any direction. This .kmz file can be loaded in the "Places" field to allow the user to visualise the potential reservoirs. These are shown with a representation of the dam walls. Clicking on a blue reservoir displays a pop-up with information about that reservoir, as does clicking on a dam wall.

Tasmania Central Region .kmz file (.kmz, 9.2 MB)

Tasmania East Region .kmz file (.kmz, 5.3 MB)

Tasmania West .kmz file (.kmz, 3.3 MB)

Please refer to our Google Earth FAQs for more information.

Regions within Tasmania.

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