10/01/2021 at 12:02 PM CEST
Oil pipelines, gas pipelines & mldr; they are conduits that run around the planet transporting pollution. But the world’s first ‘solar pipeline’ has already been projected, which will link Darwin (Australia) with Singapore on a 5,000-kilometer journey by submarine cable under the sea. In this way, the Asian city and northern Australia will be supplied by photovoltaic energy thanks to a project of pharaonic proportions that anticipates the immediate future that awaits the sector.
And it is that, in the opinion of the experts, this initiative helps to get an idea of what the energy supply will be like in the coming decades. It is an initiative without comparison in the whole planet, due to its dimensions and figures. The necessary investment is 22,000 million dollars and it is expected to open in 2027, although work has already begun.
The largest solar park for the capture of photovoltaic energy will be installed in the Northern Territory of Australia, with abundant solar radiation and physical space, since it is a large desert area. In turn, Singapore, the recipient of energy, is a large city that has decided to take a decisive step in its decarbonisation, in tune with what is imposed by the new climate reality and the demands derived from international agreements.
The project is called Australia-Asia PowerLink and is promoted by the Australian company Sun Cable. She will be in charge of building a gigantic photovoltaic park of no less than 12,000 hectares in a desert terrain 800 kilometers south of Darwin.
The place is one of the ones with the most hours of sunshine on the entire planet and will host no less than 17 to 20 Gigawatts of peak solar power generation and about 36-42 Gwh of battery storage.
Those generation figures suppose practically multiply by ten the size of the largest solar energy installation currently in existence in the world, which is the Bhadia park, in India, which has 2.24 Gw. In addition, the storage capacity is 30 times that of the most ambitious project to date.
From Darwin’s photovoltaic megapark, energy will be transported by overhead lines overland to the coast, and then will continue to Singapore under the sea by a high-voltage direct current submarine cable, describing a winding route across the Indonesian ocean floor. .
It is expected to supply up to 3.2 Gw of dispatchable clean energy, which, according to the company’s information website, will allow it to provide up to 15% of all the electricity consumed by the city of Singapore, thus feeding up to three million homes.
As is normal, the great advantage will be for the environment, since the CO2 emissions necessary for this electricity supply will be reduced by no less than 11.5 million tons, which is directly equivalent to taking 2.5 million cars off the road.
This is an initiative that has been supported by the governments of Australia and Singapore. Currently, the project is in the phase of prospecting for the affected seabed and raising the necessary capital, an aspect that is scheduled to close in 2023, to begin construction immediately afterwards.
The goal is for the energy produced to be sold in Darwin by 2026 and to reach homes in Singapore by 2027.
Project website: https://suncable.sg/australia-asia-power-link/
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