Hybridization of photovoltaics with pumped storage hydroelectricity. An approach to increase RES penetration and achieve grid benefits. Application in the island of Cyprus

  • Pavlos Tsamaslis ESTIA consulting & engineering S.A.
  • George Karagiorgis Hystore Technologies Ltd
  • Athanasios Katsanevakis Mechanical Engineering Dept, Technology Institute of Central Macedonia


The penetration of renewable energy resources in small isolated grids can be significantly enhanced by introducing energystorage facilities into the system. This work presents the application of pumped storage in an autonomous island with intensesolar irradiation but low wind resources. The proposed system hybridizes photovoltaics with pumped hydroelectric energystorage. Taking into account all significant electrical grid and power stations operating parameters, a customizable smart algorithmwas developed to simulate the effects of various scenarios of PV-hydro hybrid power plants applied in the autonomousgrid of Cyprus. The tools developed can be applied in any other case where hybridization of pumped storage and PVs canbe used. This novel approach provides significant benefits for both the penetration of renewables and the stabilization of theautonomous grid, offering numerous technical and commercial benefits to power system operators and stakeholders.


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How to Cite
TSAMASLIS, Pavlos; KARAGIORGIS, George; KATSANEVAKIS, Athanasios. Hybridization of photovoltaics with pumped storage hydroelectricity. An approach to increase RES penetration and achieve grid benefits. Application in the island of Cyprus. Journal of Power Technologies, [S.l.], v. 97, n. 4, p. 336–341, jan. 2018. ISSN 2083-4195. Available at: <https://papers.itc.pw.edu.pl/index.php/JPT/article/view/1167>. Date accessed: 23 july 2024.
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