The Kidston Gold Mine, located 270km north west of Townsville in Queensland, Australia, is about to be turned into a world-first pumped hydroelectric energy storage (PHES) system, combined with an integrated solar farm. Thus, an abandoned gold mine will become a renewable energy hub.
For nearly 100 years, Kidston was a mining town, following the discovery of gold on the Copperfield river in 1907. Now, the company Genex, backed by funding from the Australian government, plans to reuse the two 300 metres-deep craters on site for a production and storage system that will make this project the first large-scale off-river solution.
Deimos-2 captured the Kidston site, picturing the two large mine pits that will be turned into a pumped hydroelectric energy storage (PHES) system and the solar farm under construction.
Geospatial information is a very useful source of information when planning, designing and building renewable energy installations. The accuracy of the data provided by satellites is crucial for surveyors, engineers and architects at the various stages of a project. It supports risk assessment and decision making, from the initial planning and throughout the whole project process. It enables accurate topographic surveys that help to identify the best locations and assess the environmental impact of a project. Moreover, satellite imagery is a very useful tool to monitor facilities exposed to extreme weather or located in remote places, without the risks and costs of having people on the ground. As such, renewable energy projects can highly benefit from the remote sensing data and information.
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