Australia’s Plan to Send Sunshine to Asia Through a Cable

Scientists never run out of ideas when it comes to getting the entire world run by solar energy, and this time researchers came up with a new idea to help Asia to expand sustainable energy in its territory. The plan is based on using a giant undersea cable that can send power energy to the Asian continent, in order to reduce electricity production from non-renewable sources.

It definitely is a very ambitious project, but the idea has come from an already existing similar method, used in Europe and China; such as the high voltage direct current (HVDC) cable, which is implemented into the current power grid of these countries. Even though, Europe has included several sustainable methods of electricity production, such as wind power; among others, in a plan to gradually replace conventional energy systems, that could mean more affordable electricity for many people, fewer infrastructure needs for the country and reduced power waste.

The cable is expected to connect Australia’s Northern Territory and Singapore. Europe authorities have declared to be able to contribute to this project, not only with the HVDC technology but also with new developments to help to redistribute the energy to its destination. The cable will connect the large and empty area of northern territory in Australia, with the island of Singapore which it’s the only source of energy is from imports.

The reason why these areas were chosen is because Australia’s Northern Territory counts on excellent sunny and clear areas, combined with the tropical jungles of Asia which make this place perfect to receive sunlight to produce electricity. In addition to the shortage of population here. The system will be placed in at least 15,000 hectares or 58 square miles, that will be full of modular and easy-to-install panels producing 3 gigawatts of power, (enough energy to power a nuclear plant).

The construction of the system has already begun, meanwhile, scientists expect to have full completion in the year 2027. Meaning that for the year 2030, Singapore will already have 20% of its energy production came directly from Australia and the effect will take place as soon as the process starts. It is also expected that solar panels drop their costs to this date. 

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