Chapter 8

Revitalization of Hydro Energy

A New Approach for Storing Solar Energy

Z. Glasnovic; K. Margeta    University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia

Abstract

Currently, the most suitable technology for storing relatively large amounts of solar energy is hydro energy (pumped storage hydroelectricity (PSH)). Given the problem of intermittent solar energy and the inability to ensure a continuous energy supply to customers throughout the year, this chapter analyzes the integration of solar (photovoltaic or solar thermal) and hydro energy. With all known technologies of storage, only hydro energy can balance seasonal surpluses and shortages of solar energy, and in this way ensure continuous energy supply to consumers throughout the year with low ...

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