Scottish company proposes hydro storage facility near Loch Ness

Scottish company proposes hydro storage facility near Loch Ness
Credit: Intelligent Land Investments

Intelligent Land Investments (ILI), a Scottish company, has proposed building a hydro storage facility near the famous Loch Ness. The company has announced the plan on its website, explaining its benefits.

Hydro storage is not new, of course; people have been pumping uphill for thousands of years to make use of it at a later date by running it back down again. In modern times, the scheme is used as a means for storing generated using renewable (but unreliable) resources. Scotland is a perfect fit for such technology due to the country's vast offshore wind generating projects, ILI notes.

The plans for the facility, which the team has named "Red John," call for creating two reservoirs at different elevations. In between the two reservoirs is an underground pipe for transporting water from the lower reservoir to the upper, and for allowing it to drain back. In a midsection of the pipe is a facility to serve as both pump (to get the water uphill) and generator (to make electricity from the water flowing back downhill). Water from Loch Ness would be used to fill and refresh the reservoir.

ILI reports that their proposed plan calls for a 400MW pumped hydro scheme—big enough to power approximately 1 million homes for an hour, or more realistically, 400,000 homes for six hours. Employing such a plant, the company notes, would double the capacity of offshore wind production across Scotland. They note that Scotland is a world leader in moving to to fulfill electric demand—approximately 69 percent of generated electricity in the country currently comes from solar, wind and other renewable resources. The government has set a goal of 100 percent renewable sources by 2020. But to reach that goal, they suggest, techniques for storing power for off-peak use are required. Currently, they add, when it is windy, production skyrockets, providing the grid with more electricity than is needed. But when the dies down, production drops with it. A hydro storage facility, they point out, would allow for storing excess energy and allowing its use during low production times.

If the plan is approved by the government, ILI predicts they could have the plant up and running in three to five years.

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Jul 11, 2018
Instead of Wasting Energy on pumping back water to the Reservoir, use Abundant Sea Water to Flow down the Turbines FOREVER, underground, towards the Bottom of Nearest Volcano OR Desert (Over there, Hydrothermal Too) !

Jul 11, 2018
Instead of Wasting Energy on pumping back water !
Volcanoes in Scotland ? Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh. a dormant volcano. Castle Rock, Edinburgh. Glencoe, Highlands. Black Cuillin, Isle of Skye. Ardnamurchan, Highlands.
Top Scotland Deserts:

Jul 11, 2018
Oh my yes! Scotland is famous for their scenic deserts(or was that their scone desserts?)

And active volcanoes(or is that a polite term for haggis? Especially after you've tried to digest a slice of the rancid crap!).

No wonder the Scots are such a bunch of skittish prats. Nervous nellies about hot lava squirting up their kilts!

Pumping seawater into a volcanoes = SPECTACULAR STEAM EXPLOSIONS!! In addition to billowing clouds of corrosive poisonous gases.

Ruining the environment for Nessie and all her buddies, the Kelpies and Selkies. They will NOT be amused!

Jul 12, 2018
"Oh my yes! Scotland is famous for their scenic deserts(or was that their scone desserts?)"

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Jul 13, 2018
Thamks ottogimli, it's always a 'dessert' for me to see the barren 'desert' of your pitiful plagiarism.

Though I almost find it curious about your sub-conscious compulsion to publicly expose yourself.

Hey, is that a new raincoat you're wearing?

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