New paper: Hydropower exploitation of mountain lakes: at which environmental costs?

Pump-storage is the most efficient way to store energy, and this will be of outmost importance for transition towards renewable, yet intermittent, energy sources. Mountains are prime targets of hydropower infrastructure, but what are the consequences of the exploitation of mountain lakes as pump-storage infrastructures? A paper by the new awarded Dr Guenand, in collaboration with Segula Technologies, EDF, EAWAG and UNIL.

Guénand, Y., M.-E. Perga, V. Chanudet and D. Bouffard (2020). “Hydropower operations modulate sensitivity to meteorological forcing in a high altitude reservoir.” Aquatic Sciences 82(3): 60.

The 7 Laux district, a complex of altitude lakes exploited by Electricté de France.