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There Are More Than 500,000 Potential Wind and Solar Energy Storage Spaces on Earth, Study Finds


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Don't let President Trump's comments regarding wind energy fool you. Renewable energy is very much on the rise in the U.S. — in fact, it actually about doubled over the past decade across the country. And according to a new report, there are approximately 530,000 potential pumped hydro energy storage (PHES) sites around the world, disproving arguments that there isn't enough space to store wind and solar energy reserves.

For a little more background, PHES is "the most widespread and mature utility-scale storage technology currently available and it is likely to remain a competitive solution for modern energy systems based on high penetration of solar PV and wind energy," according to another study on the topic, published in February 2019 by ScienceDirect. Essentially, PHES sites are the most common ways of storing wind and solar energy.