Liyang Pumped Storage Power Station

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Liyang Pumped Storage Power Station
Liyang Pumped Storage Power Station is located in China
Liyang Pumped Storage Power Station
Location of Liyang Pumped Storage Power Station in China
Official name 溧陽抽水蓄能電站
Coordinates 31°14′17″N 119°22′35″E / 31.23806°N 119.37639°E / 31.23806; 119.37639Coordinates: 31°14′17″N 119°22′35″E / 31.23806°N 119.37639°E / 31.23806; 119.37639
Construction began 2011
Commission date 2017
Construction cost CNY¥ 7.64 billion (US$1.2 billion)
Pumped-storage power station
Upper reservoir Liyang Upper
Upper res. capacity 14,105,000 m3 (11,435 acre·ft)
Lower reservoir Shahe Reservoir
Pump-generators 6 x 250 MW Francis pump-turbines
Power generation
Nameplate capacity 1,500 MW
Annual output 2.007 billion kWh

The Liyang Pumped Storage Power Station is a pumped-storage hydroelectric power station 22 km (14 mi) south of Liyang in Jiangsu Province, eastern China. Preliminary construction began in 2002 and major works started in May 2011. The first unit of the power station was commissioned in 2017,[1] the power station will have an installed capacity of 1,500 MW.[2]

As a pumped-storage scheme, the power station shifts water between an upper and a lower reservoir. During periods of low energy demand, when electricity is cheap, the power plant can pump water from the lower reservoir to the upper. When energy demand is high, water is released back down to the power station to produce electricity. The power station will contain six 250 MW reversible Francis pump-turbines which serve to both pump water and generate electricity. The upper reservoir will be formed by a 165 m (541 ft) tall concrete-face rock-fill dam and withhold 14,105,000 m3 (11,435 acre·ft) of water. Of that capacity, 12,100,000 m3 (9,810 acre·ft) is active (or usable) storage for power generation.[3][4] The lower reservoir will be formed adjacent to the Shahe Reservoir with a series of dikes. The power station will generation an estimated 2.007 billion kWh annually and consume 2.676 billion kWh when pumping. Although the power station will consume more energy than it will produce, it is economical because pumping occurs when electricity is cheaper.[2]

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  1. ^ "溧阳抽水蓄能电站首台机组投产发电 - 抽水储能 - 中国储能网". 18 Jan 2017. Retrieved 7 February 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Liyang Pumped Storage Power Station main construction started" (in Chinese). HC360. Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Liyang PSPS". HydroChina. Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Liyang Pumped Storage Power Station" (PDF) (in Chinese). Mid-South Design and Research Institute. Retrieved 25 January 2012.