Photo Iberdrola

Hydropower counted for many years as the most reliable source of electric energy. It is usually understood not only as a POWER STATION but POWER STORAGE as well. Some countries rely on hydropower as the only source of energy.

Unfortunately, the builders, owners, and energy providers so as consumers never counted that one day, there can be a shortage of water which will not only be big trouble for nature and people but for the generation of power as well because the water level will become lower and lower.

I am not speaking about the far future, but about 2022, a year that will end soon. On June 22, 2022, the following news has been published

Iberdrola inaugurated its pumped storage hydropower plant Tâmega Gigabattery in Portugal and a similar facility was set into motion in Switzerland. They are designed to add over 2 GW in total to Europe’s power storage capacity, which is why such systems are also called water batteries.

The header image shows up the massive structure that adds the expected volume of power to Portuguese as a European energy grid but for how long?

The immense power of water stored in the “battery” is being held by a massive wall which serves two functions to KEEP THE WATER IN PLACE and TO RELEASE IT IN the VOLUME NEEDED.

But my question is if this should be really the only function that the massive wall should have. I am sure readers remember other SINGLE-PURPOSE products that INDUSTRY 5.0 turns to multipurpose solutions adding to one and only function much needed added value

There are many more

Could this be applied to the GREAT WALLS or better to say to the DAMMS of HYDRO POWERSTATIONS? Could these serve even if the water is short?

First what comes to my mind is the SOLAR

Big walls represent big space and big space the possibility to add solar modules of various kinds to them and combine so water and solar. With this, I would like to point out that I am confused why one of the first inland locations to install floating solar, has not been the surface of the water batteries which are already not only available but have the necessary connection to the grid

Looking at the video above, so as many others, I came to another question

Why is the released stream of water not used as the next source of power?

Many of the new wind turbines work well in the water and I am sure such a stream of water can feed a cascade of “small” turbines, which if water is not available will be fuelled by the wind which is in locations in which huge Damms are built not only present but frequently permanent.

I would be happy if, before the next multi-billion hydropower power station would be built, the decision-makers investigate the adoption, or modification of the existing ON-THE-GROUND-MINES, in the meaning of existing power stations, to find out and calculate if the newly added features will not reach the same or even bigger production capacity, with lower cost and what's more important lower impact on the environment, than the entire new hydropower station builds in pristine countryside.

For those who do not believe, there is a shortage of water, let me share with you one image from the US. The white line indicates the standard water level. In 2022 it is the lowest in 78 years.

Image source REDDIT https://www.reddit.com/r/thalassophobia/comments/q84i5e/its_so_weird_knowing_the_hoover_dam_is_this_deep/

Never was anything granted to us except for two moments

  • The first one is the moment of Birth
  • The second is the moment of Death

Both are granted not only to HUMAN beings, but to everyone, but it seems to me that only the HUMAN, try to escape during the lifecycle trying to be someone or something else than a HUMAN.

It is time for us to return to the roots and stop building single-purpose items, to find out later, that the next single-use or single-purpose items need to be built, to fulfill other than just one need



Have a nice time free of waste and wasting in all its forms, stay safe and free

Michael Rada, HUMAN



I am HUMAN. This is the only title you can find after 30 years in business on my business card. Since 2013 I build wasteless world. I am founder of INDUSTRY 5.0

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Michael Rada

I am HUMAN. This is the only title you can find after 30 years in business on my business card. Since 2013 I build wasteless world. I am founder of INDUSTRY 5.0