ARENA supports study for Tasmania hydro redevelopment
Source: ARENA (arena.gov.au)
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has provided funding for a final feasibility analysis into the redevelopment of the Tarraleah hydropower scheme in Tasmania that would increase its flexibility.
The project would more than double the hydropower station's capacity from 104 MW to 220 MW with 20 hours of storage in one cycle, ARENA said on Thursday.
The agency is providing up to AUD 2.5 million (USD 1.8m/EUR 1.6m) for the feasibility study to Hydro Tasmania, with the company providing matching funds.
The pre-feasibility study has found that capacity-optimised redevelopment of the scheme would make it best suited to support a future electricity market with more variable renewables, ARENA said. By moving to flexible operation, instead of just base load, the station could flexibly increase output when market demand is high, Hydro Tasmania noted.
The work is part of the Battery of the Nation initiative, which would make Tasmania a larger contributor to Australia's National Electricity Market (NEM).