Mike Cannon-Brookes and Twiggy Forrest-funded Sun Cable is forming alliances to create the massive Australia-Asia PowerLink (AAPowerLink). On a 12,000 hectare site in the Northern Territory, AAPL consists of up to 20 gigawatts (GW) of solar power and 42 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of energy storage. The white paper “Connecting Asia: One region, one grid” and this were both released during Singapore International Energy Week. The Asian Green Grid Network is this. Through a cable connection, a green grid will deliver carbon-free energy produced by solar, wind, and hydropower to Singapore.
“AGGN aims to promote regional carbon-free green networks made on renewable resources. By achieving 15% grid interconnection by 2040, the white paper projects that 3,335 TWh might be exchanged yearly in the Asia Pacific region. With that trade estimate, 3,070 MT of carbon dioxide would be avoided annually, or $760 billion (USD 493 billion).
“According to the white paper , the cross-border green electricity system that has the potential to revolutionize Asia faces a plethora of technological difficulties. Among these difficulties are “voltage improvements to minimize transmission losses in high voltage direct current (HVDC) cable by discovering solutions to provide dispatch ability and energy security through high density energy storage systems.
Hence the necessity to look for alliances and collaborations with academic institutions and governmental organizations. Infrastructure Australia will support the project in Australia, which should result in funding from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and the Northern Australia Infrastructure Fund.
The National University of Singapore Faculty of Science, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore), Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT), University of New South Wales, University of Adelaide, James Cook University, and Charles Darwin University (CDU) are among the institutions that make up the “ partners and collaborators of the AGGN .”
The initial strategy is to cable-export energy to Singapore before extending the infrastructure to other ASEAN nations. The Northern Territory is expected to kick off construction on the largest renewable energy infrastructure projects in the world in 2024.
That’s not a power grid, this is a power grid, to paraphrase Crocodile Dundee!
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