One of Scotland’s best known landscapes could become home to a transformational development to provide energy storage capable of meeting the country’s renewable ambitions. Red John would follow the example of existing pumped-storage hydroelectric schemes by making use of two water sources connected by a pressure tunnel. The complex project is designed to make use of the natural resources of Loch Ness while minimising any visual impact on an area of outstanding natural beauty by constructing a power station with generating capacity of 400MW underground. Water would be pumped from the loch and a newly created upper reservoir using the natural topography between Loch Duntelchaig, Loch Ashie and Loch na Curra and Lochan an Eoin Ruadha – from where the development gets the Red John name.
Scotsman 27th June 2018 read more »