Elon Musk, meet Port Augusta: four renewable energy projects ready to go

Pumped hydro, big battery, solar thermal and solar PV and storage projects are already planned for South Australia’s power network

When it comes to South Australia’s radical plans for energy storage to support its power network, all roads lead to Port Augusta – or all transmission lines, that is.

Proponents of projects that include energy storage have converged on this small outback city perched on the top of the Spencer Gulf – but why here and why now?

Related: Energy storage: how an abandoned goldmine will be converted into a world first

Related: 'Tantalisingly close': is solar thermal energy ready to replace coal-fired power?

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