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Re-using old mines to store renewable energy


The retired mine in Vintjärn in Dalarna county in Sweden could become a 30 MWh mine storage.
The retired mine in Vintjärn in Dalarna county in Sweden could become a 30 MWh mine storage.

Retired mines can play a crucial part in securing a missing piece of the puzzle for a sustainable energy system, namely an economical and scalable solution for long duration energy storage (LDES).
Mine Storage’s large-scale energy storage solution uses retired mines or quarries and turns them into circular energy storage facilities.
The company has now investigated the mine in Vintjärn in Sweden, which could become a 30 MWh mine storage. With 30MWh energy in a single charging cycle, Vintjärn could become a valuable contribution to the regional energy system.
“The region around the Vintjärn mine sees a lot of both existing and planned wind production, and we believe that this specific site has the potential to both enable more regional energy production whilst maintaining a stable grid, and also to collaborate with specific wind developers to improve their business model”, says Thomas Johansson, Co-founder and CEO of Mine Storage in a press release.
The technology in mine storage is based on well-proven hydropower equipment whereby energy is stored by pumping water from the mine up to ground level, and energy is released by letting the same water flow back into the mine via turbines that generate electricity. The closed-loop system utilizes existing infrastructure, which makes it an attractive solution to many landowners.
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  • We Don't Have Time

    14 w

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    • George Kariuki

      15 w

      This is a fascinating and potentially game-changing concept!

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      • johnte ndeto

        16 w

        This is such a great way of reclaiming and creating value from abandoned mines

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        • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

          16 w

          The concept of reusing old mines for large-scale energy storage, as proposed by Mine Storage, represents a promising and innovative approach in the pursuit of sustainable energy solutions. The utilization of retired mines or quarries as circular energy storage facilities addresses a crucial aspect of achieving a sustainable energy system – long-duration energy storage (LDES). The specific example of the Vintjärn mine in Sweden, with its potential for a 30 MWh mine storage facility, highlights the scalability and economic viability of this concept. By repurposing the mine for energy storage, Mine Storage aims to contribute to the regional energy system, particularly in areas with existing or planned wind production. The closed-loop system, based on well-proven hydropower equipment, involves pumping water from the mine to ground level for energy storage and releasing it back through turbines to generate electricity. The use of existing infrastructure and collaboration with wind developers further enhance the attractiveness of this solution. By tapping into retired mines, Mine Storage offers a sustainable means of addressing the energy storage challenge, making valuable contributions to both regional energy production and grid stability. This initiative aligns with the broader global effort to combat climate change by promoting innovative and eco-friendly solutions in the energy sector.

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          • Rotich Kim

            16 w

            This show the Power of innovation we need to embrace more to solve the issues of climate crisis

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            • Gorffly mokua

              16 w

              This is a creative and innovative solution to the challenge of meeting energy demands while also reducing carbon emissions.💚💚

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              • Elizabeth Gathigia

                16 w

                Its a great idea that indeed will boost renewable energy

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              • Princess

                16 w

                Repurposing old mines for storing renewable energy is a brilliant idea!

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                • Jane Wangui

                  16 w

                  Old mines are usually very ugly, but making use of them for a better purpose will redeem their beauty.

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                  • walter lungayi

                    16 w

                    Repurposing old mines for storing renewable energy is a creative and sustainable solution that can help address the intermittency of renewable energy sources. This approach can contribute to the efficient use of existing infrastructure and support the transition to a cleaner energy future.

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                    • Joseph Githinji

                      16 w

                      @walter_lungayi true , this is a well laid plan to boosting clean and renewable energy.

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                    • Joseph Githinji

                      16 w

                      This sound superb, its a great way to boosting transition to renewable energy and also doubles as a means to deal with land degredation after mining.

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                      • CHRIS NGATIA

                        16 w

                        @joseph_githinji transition to renewable energy is our main aim and it is very great seeing such great initiatives

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                      • Jehannes Ros

                        16 w

                        Use sustainable energy, RE is a limited selection. This is a good project only very small hydro storage. A few mwh is mere min for a small area.

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                        • Markus Lutteman

                          15 w

                          Hi @jehannes_ros. At COP28, 200 countries agreed to triple renewables, so there is big need for solutions to store this energy. Nuclear has some major advantages, (especially generation 4) but also major limitations, in terms of costs, complex permits (in many countries) and long construction time. Here is a great example of why and when a nuclear physicist decided to go all in on renewables to help Uruguay make a rapid and cost-efficient shift to 95% fossil-free energy. https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2023/dec/27/uruguays-green-power-revolution-rapid-shift-to-wind-shows-the-world-how-its-done

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                          • Jehannes Ros

                            15 w

                            @markus_lutteman_982 understand your need for optimism. those 30MWh sure we need some storage, yet not as much as that. The standing misunderstanding of cost and time are the main talking points of anti-nuclear groups, they do not actually want to talk about the grid change and the timberline needed for netzero energy. Not limited to electricity. It's also why the guardian an oke paper is the platform for 100%RE only. Uruguay is highly RE, because the have hydro and are a tiny gdp country, with not even 2000MW electricity need. This isn't offsetting, yet the context matters. Netzero of everything is the goal, not Renewables as the main topic. Hard choices to be made. A few 30MWh storage systems are nice for flatting the wind-input. But its not the donkey that needs to carry the load.

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                            • Markus Lutteman

                              15 w

                              hi again @jehannes_ros. I am not anti anything when it comes to fossil-free energy. But I am very much pro-science. Science tells us we need to halve emissions before 2030, and we will simply not be able to rely on new nuclear reactors to achieve that goal. Cost and time are very much a real issue in this respect, at least in this part of the world. Just ask Finland. Or ask any of the Swedish companies working to scale up production of fossil-free steel and fossil-free cement. They are begging the current Swedish government for more energy, but since the government has gone all-in on nuclear, and made it more difficult to develop off-shore wind parks, the green transition of these hard-to-abate sectors will be delayed. Bad for the climate and bad for the companies, that have invested heavily in this transition. But I am a hundred percent with you on the grid problem. That's probably one of the most under-rated and under-discussed blockers for a rapid transition – worldwide. Wish you a great 2024!

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                              • Jehannes Ros

                                15 w

                                @markus_lutteman_982 that locked in thinking will not get us to have the complete world go to net-zero. We have to be much more pragmatic, to get it done in reality. About, the OKL-3 in Finland was not a standard build, it was a FOaK, with a changing design, now that it's finished it will work 60-100 years The Swedish government change is maybe also a reaction to only accepting wind projects, many have already been done. Hydro can't expand. Some got closed on political policy, without a consideration. Denmark for years pushed for the close of reactors near them in sweden. And succeeded. I am also for every non-fossil source. Just very wary of those that exclude nuclear publicly or try to dismiss that we need it. Have a good year!

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                                • Jehannes Ros

                                  15 w

                                  @jehannes_ros Sabine Hossenfelder just put together a video on the subject, https://youtu.be/5EsBiC9HjyQ

                                • Richard S

                                  16 w

                                  💚 #Yep 🌐

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