The Anonymous Widower

SA Zinc Mine To Be Converted To Compressed Air Energy Storage Facility

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Energy News Biulletin.

This is the first paragraph.

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency has announced a $6 million spend for company Hydrostar Australia to progress the nation’s first energy storage project using compressed air, with another $3 million provided by the South Australian government’s renewable energy fund.

There are other articles about energy storage in Australia, but then I suppose the country, can create lots of solar energy during the day and storing some of it is important.Using compressed air to store energy underground, seems increasing to be mentioned in the media.



February 13, 2019 - Posted by | World | , ,


  1. This will only work when the mine is dry, typically if it is in impervious rock or at high altitude so it can drain by gravity.

    Most pits in the UK were for coal or tin and if they are not pumped, rapidly fill with water. Indeed steam engines to drain such mines were the basis for the UK’s industrial revolution.

    Comment by R. Mark Clayton | February 14, 2019 | Reply

    • It might work for thesalt mines in Cheshire. When I worked for ICI at Runcorn, I had a tour. See my post about using coal mines to provide district geating. The water is at about 15 degrees. London is using the Underground for the same purpose.

      Comment by AnonW | February 14, 2019 | Reply

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