Hydro Pumped-Storage Projects in Santiago Island, Cape Verde

PROJECTS

Hydro Pumped-Storage Projects in Santiago Island, Cape Verde

Client

Direcção Geral da Energia de Cabo Verde

Services

Feasibility Studies

Beginning

2010

Conclusion

2011

Location

Chã Gonçalves, Mato  Sancho and Ribeira dos Picos (Santiago Island)

CONTEXT

In 2010 the Government of Cape Verde had the vision of achieving 50% penetration of renewable energy by 2020. In order to be able to realize this vision it was necessary to create renewable energy storage capacity, being pumped-storage the most efficient way to store large amounts of energy.

 

 

OBJECTIVES

The main objectives of the “Hydro pumped-storage projects in Santiago island” project were the identification of hydro pumped-storage projects and the performance of feasibility studies for potential sites.

 

 

DESCRIPTION

The project’s approach comprises hydropower potential evaluation, site identification and project design of 5 sites in Santiago island, Cape Verde, totaling around 150 MW.

Due to the extreme scarcity of rainfall or other types of fresh water, this includes a Sea-Water Pumped Storage Plants (SWPSP) benchmarking with Yanbaru Plant, Osaka, Japan, the only known SWPSP in operation.

 

 

SUMMARY OF SERVICES
  • Identification and analysis of potential sites
  • Feasibility studies
  • Hydrological, geological and geotechnical studies