Deputy of Energy Minister in Power and Energy Affairs announced that pumped storage power plants are the most effective way to balance the electricity in the power network.
As carried by IWPCO news site’s reporter, in a seminar called "Pumped Storage Power Plants’ Changing Round and Responding to Network’s Demand" Eng. Bezad said that currently the installed capacity of the country's power plants is beyond 58 thousand megawatts, while 7700 MW of the figure is allocated to the hydroelectric plants.
Pointed out that carrying out pumped storage power plants’ projects are economical, he put the economic factor of Siah Bisheh Pumped Storage Power Plant at 3/45 and added: “As pumped storage power plants store electrical energy at the low load hours and provide it at the high load hours, they are really important in balancing the frequency of the national power network.”
Deputy of Energy Minister in Power and Energy Affairs called for special attention to carrying out pumped storage power plants’ projects in the country and asserted: “Normally the value of energy generation during the peak hours is two times more than the average load and four times more than low load conditions.”
The official also explained about time changing of the peak hours of electricity consumption in the country, and noted: “In July the peak hours of consumption during day was 41/1 thousand megawatts, while it was 40/1 thousand megawatts at night, indicating that the peak hours of electricity consumption in the country has increased from four hours to eight hours.”
“In these circumstances, pumped storage power plants can play a key role in providing, as well as balancing network’s load, as a result the implementation of such projects should be backed seriously,” he added.
Eng. Behzad emphasized that launching pumped storage power plants is the most effective method of generating, supplying and balancing the country’s power demand.
“Currently, 400 pumped storage power plant, with a capacity of 138 thousand MW, are exploiting in the world, so that a full range of countries including Japan, United State , Germany and even Philippines and Taiwan are utilizing the plants,” he stressed.
At the end of his speech, Deputy of Energy Minister in Power and Energy Affairs mentioned that the other benefits of the mentioned power plants is the possibility of swift entering to the power generation cycle, as well as saving fuel consumption .
“Pumped storage power plants are the product of the technology boost, so more attempt should be made to construct the plants,” he said in conclusion.