Genex Power announces that it is considering to add a 150MW wind project to its already huge solar with pumped hydro Kidston project in Queensland. The company believes that this action would be world-leading and attain the renewables “holy grail” of 24/7 dispatchable power.
A report on the RenewEconomy website stated that the project would be a world-first combination of the three technologies at such scale and it would also possibly integrate 320MW of solar, 250MW of pumped hydro, and 10 hours storage and 150MW of wind capacity. Simon Kidston, the Director at Genex, said, “We are really excited about it – it is the opportunity to provide reliable dispatchable renewables, all integrated and coming together beautifully.”
Kidston also said that the wind would be stronger at night and compliment the solar farm output. Genex also released the generation profile integrating the wind, solar, pumped hydro, and total output.
“If there is a lull, we can tap into the pumped hydro and get almost instantaneous output and maintain a smooth generation profile,” Kidston added.
The report further mentioned, “Kidston would not be drawn on costs, but said the combined project would deliver reliable, dispatchable power at a significant discount to a new coal-fired power station, which some locals are pushing for in the area.”
Kidston added, “it has always been our strategy to achieve this holy grail, to do away with the intermittency and make it dispatchable. We think it will be significantly cheaper than new coal.”
The site for the wind farm is 10 kilometres away from the solar and pumped hydro storage facility, which will be installed in the old Kidston gold mine.
Genex Managing Director Michael Addison stated that the addition of wind would provide diversity across the three renewable energy sources at one site.
“We view K3-Wind as the first of a number of diversified future projects that will selectively expand our corporate portfolio, and place Genex as one of the key renewable energy and energy storage developers in Australia,” Addison said.
Read the full report here.
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