World’s Largest Solar Farm Would Deliver Power to Singapore
The Australian Northern Territory government supports a plan to build the world’s largest solar farm to supply generated electricity to Singapore via a 3,800 km submarine cable.
For the last 1.5 years, Sun Cable has been developing a project that involves the installation of an array of solar panels with a total capacity of 10 GW, distributed over 15 thousand hectares, with an energy storage system to ensure a round-the-clock power supply. The cost of its implementation is estimated at $ 20 billion..
All of the electricity generated will go through overhead power lines to the general power grid of Darwin, the capital of the Northern Territory, but most of it will be exported immediately via a high-voltage DC submarine cable to Singapore. It will be laid through the Indonesian archipelago and will stretch for 3800 km..
The developers say the project will be able to meet 20% of the island city-state’s total electricity needs. This will allow Singapore to reduce the use of expensive Malaysian and Indonesian gas. Using off-the-shelf solar panels will allow the plan to be completed in less than 10 years, says David Griffin, CEO of Sun Cable.
The idea received support not only from local authorities, but also attracted the attention of billionaire Mike Cannon-Brooks.
The Northern Territory government plans to become the largest renewable energy supplier. The region is simultaneously discussing the construction of several hybrid wind-solar projects up to 15 GW, which will produce electricity and hydrogen for Asian countries, as well as the laying of a 40 GW submarine cable to Indonesia.
Let us remind you that in January in China launched an ultra-high-voltage DC transmission line, breaking the world record for voltage, power and length.
text: Ilya Bauer, photo: hsto