Kruonis Pumped Storage Plant

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Kruonis Pumped Storage Plant
Kruonis Pumped Storage Plant.jpg
CountryLithuania
LocationKruonis
Coordinates54°47′56″N 24°14′51″E / 54.79889°N 24.24750°E / 54.79889; 24.24750Coordinates: 54°47′56″N 24°14′51″E / 54.79889°N 24.24750°E / 54.79889; 24.24750
StatusOperational
Opening date1998
Upper reservoir
CreatesKruonis Upper
Total capacity48,000,000 m3 (39,000 acre⋅ft)
Lower reservoir
CreatesKaunas Reservoir
Total capacity460,000,000 m3 (370,000 acre⋅ft)
Power Station
Hydraulic head103.5 m (340 ft)
Pump-generators4 × 225 MW reversible Francis-type
Installed capacity900 MW

Kruonis Pumped Storage Plant (the KPSP) is located near Kruonis, Lithuania, 34 km (21 mi) east of Kaunas. Its main purpose is to provide grid energy storage. It operates in conjunction with the Kaunas Hydroelectric Power Plant. During periods of low demand, usually at night, Kruonis PSHP raises water from the lower Kaunas reservoir to the upper one using cheap surplus energy. The station is designed to have an installed capacity of 1,600 MW but only four 225 MW generators are currently operational. With a fully filled upper reservoir the plant can generate 900 MW for about 12 hours.

The KPSP uses hydro-resources of artificial water pools existing at different geographical levels.

The electricity from this power plant is supplied to a 330 kV electricity line to Elektrėnai, where the largest fossil fuel plant in Lithuania is operating, and Kaunas. During a surplus of electricity generation, the KPSP uses the surplus electricity to pump water from the lower pool to the upper pool.

During an electricity output deficit, the Kruonis PSP operates as a regular hydro power plant, letting water flow from the upper pool to the lower pool to generate additional electricity. With a fully filled upper reservoir the plant can generate 900 MW for about 12 hours. Kruonis Plant is the only pumped-storage station in the Baltic states.[1]

The Kruonis PSP Industrial Park and Kruonis Technology Park were created as the location, infrastructure and low electricity price are attractive for data centers.[2]

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  1. ^ "Kruonis Pumped storage hydroelectric plant". Evz.Ro. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Lithuanian Energy plans to set up industrial park at Kruonis plant". www.15min.lt. Retrieved 1 January 2019. Lithuania's state-owned electricity production group Lietuvos Energija (Lithuanian Energy) is planning to set up a 30-hectare industrial park on the grounds of the Kruonis Pumped Storage Plant, a project that will require an estimated investment of 9.5 million litas (EUR 2.75 m), of which 9 million litas is expected to come from EU funds.