20 Jun '11, 5am

Germany to Store Wind Power in Mountains

Germany to Store Wind Power in Mountains

In an interesting marriage of clean and dirty tech, Deutsche Welle is reporting that the state government of Lower Saxony in Germany is looking into repurposing old abandoned coal mines inside the Harz mountains as pumped storage for wind power. The idea has attracted approval not only from environmentalists in the region, who like the invisibility of the storage, but also from former coal miners, who like the idea of the disused coal mines being put to good use as a kind of “green battery” for wind power. “The tradition of mining is so great in the Harz region, that they want to see the mines back in use again, so there are practically no critics of the project,”noted Marko Schmidt, an engineer for Lower Saxony’s Energy Research Center, who came up with the concept. This acceptance is surprising to someone who has lived for so long in America, where green energy has to do...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2011/06/20/germany-to-store-wind...

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