China's State Grid Corporation (SGC) recently announced the launch of the 3.6 GW Fengning Pumped Storage Power Plant (PSPP) to provide green energy for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.
The PSP is located in Hubei province in eastern China. The construction of the project, which has 12 reversible pump-turbine generators, was started in 2013. Each generator has a capacity of 300 MW. The PSP is expected to produce 6.612 billion kWh of energy per year.
This is one of the world's first pumped storage power plants connected to a flexible DC grid. The plant will provide 600 MW of power to Beijing and Zhangjiakou, the host cities of the Winter Olympic Games.
Today, pumped storage is the most mature method of large capacity energy storage, with functionalities such as large capacity, peak adjustment, frequency adjustment, phase adjustment, energy storage, system backup, and dead start. The PSPP will take part in load regulation, coordination and reliability improvement of the regional energy network. And also in the integration of solar and wind energy into the grid.
Fengning HPS is expected to avoid the use of 480 thousand tons of coal and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 1.2 million tons annually.
Fengning is one of five pumped storage power plants commissioned by the State Grid Corporation of China in 2021.
Recall that in 2021, the largest hydro-generating company in Ukraine, Ukrhydroenergo, launched the fourth hydroelectric unit of the Dniester HPSPP and continues to implement the plant construction project.