Loch Kemp Storage will draw on the Highlands’ natural landscape and engineering heritage to store energy at scale.
Scotland has the UK’s highest mountain and largest inland lochs. This, combined with high rainfall, makes the Scottish Highlands an excellent location for pumped storage hydro.
Pumped storage hydro is the oldest form of large-scale energy storage and works by using geographical features to store energy as raised water.
Loch Kemp Storage will be able to store and generate up to 600MW of energy, using excess electricity produced by renewables to help balance the UK National Grid. Pumped storage hydro provides the grid with accessible medium-duration energy storage.
Pumped storage hydro capacity will play an essential role in the journey towards Net Zero, and Loch Kemp Storage provides an opportunity to invest in the long-term environmental management of the area.Why is the project needed?