The ignored crisis within the crisis: the need for pumped storage hydro at COP 28

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Date: 3 December

Time: 10:00 - 11:15

Thematic Day: Health / Relief, Recovery, and Peace

Organisers: IHA (Debbie Gray) with LDES (Alex Campbell)

Location: Global Renewables Hub, Mobility District, MA15 (first floor)

Description:  As countries plan for their net zero targets, substantially more long duration energy storage will be needed to support the integration of variable renewable energy. Various storage technologies exist or are being developed. Of particular importance is pumped storage hydropower (PSH), a mature and proven technology that already provides around 90% of installed electricity storage globally.

This session will follow a question and answer format to help us understand the importance of PSH to the grid and how it can be harnessed to drive forward the clean energy transition. Panelists will describe existing projects and share their insight into what the future for pumped storage may hold, if the right policies are put into place.

Moderator: Malcolm Turnbull, IHA President and former Prime Minister of Australia


  • Luc Rémont, Chairman and CEO, EDF Group
  • Katie Jereza, Vice President of Corporate Affairs,  Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
  • Julia Souder, CEO, LDES
  • Xinlu Wang, Ph.D. candidate, Tsinghua University

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