The in Chile is one of the driest regions on Earth. How then hydroelectric power plant can be created in this envirement?
The Atacama desert extends along the Pacific coast of South America and is regarded as one of the driest landscapes of the Earth – in some places it has not rained for decades. There the idea to build a hydroelectric power plant, there is actually pretty, or? But that has been to Valhalla in the head. Thus, the Chilean energy company wants to reduce the dependence on fossil fuels and energy imports.
Pipelines brings water from the Pacific Ocean to the Andes
Valhalla is following the logistics: because solar energy in Chile is sufficient, the energy companies that want to operate pumps. You will pump water from the Pacific Ocean through pipelines in natural reservoirs in the Andes – to a height of 600 m. They are the size of 500 football pitches or 22,000 Olympic swimming pools. The water then should flow from the basin and further power turbines. According to Valhalla the hydropower plant would have a capacity of 300 MW – enough to power three provinces.
Desert hydroelectric power plant will cost 400 million $
Currently Valhalla seeking 400 million investors, the $ to be able to implement expensive project. “This is the only place in the world where a project of this kind can be developed,” asks Francisco Torrealba, of Valhalla head of strategy, the project. Why unique? Because the natural reservoirs are already present, little construction cost incurred, and the ocean is just a few kilometres away.