Originally Posted by cayo 2
This is probably a pipe dream but,someday maybe a certain element in this country will pull their heads out of their asses and support large scale development of renewable energy.If battery storage remains an obstacle to consistent power from wind and/or solar, then one of the solutions is to use surplus energy from when there is wind or sun to pump water uphill to a reservoir to be released for power generation when needed.This would entail many small scale hydro projects.Not a new idea.My proposal is that some of them be designed to kill two birds with one stone and function as whitewater parks as well as power stations.So it is self contained circuit that recycles the water in man-made and/ or natural channels. I know recreation is way down the list of priorities .I would like to see that thinking change and the two birds with one stone mentality become dominant,not just regarding WW rec.
There are a couple of parks that were built to take advantage of existing infrastructure, so it's not an entirely new idea. There's ASCI
, which is a whitewater park that was built to take advantage of the pumps that a ski resort had already installed to pump water to the top of the mountain for it's snow making machines. Dickerson Whitewater Course
was built in the outflow channel of a power plant.