A massive infrastructure project costing $22 billion will transport clean energy from huge solar farms approximately 3,100 miles (5,000 km) to Singapore. Sun Cable, an Australian company, is leading the project, which intends to start running its high-voltage underwater cable in 2027. It will be the first time the world’s largest solar farm and battery storage facility are combined in one location.
The Northern Territory of Australia seems to have plenty of space and sun; Singapore, on the other hand, has scarce land resources and is trying to switch to a sustainable energy source. As a result, the two may soon be linked in one of the most massive renewable energy projects ever conceived.
The Sun Cable-sponsored Australia-Asia PowerLink project intends to develop a significant “Powell Creek Solar Precinct” on 12,000 hectares (29650 acres) of dry land around 800 kilometres (500 miles) south of Darwin. The chosen location is one of the sunniest on the planet, and it would house a staggering 17-20 gigawatts of peak solar power generation and 36-42 gigawatt-hours of battery storage.
To put it in perspective, that’s around ten times the size of the world’s largest solar power plant, India’s 2.245-GW Bhadia Solar Park, and more than 30 times the energy storage capacity of the most recent “world’s largest battery” project reviewed in February.
Overhead cables will carry power north to the coast, then northwest to Singapore through a 4,200-kilometer (2,600-mile) high-voltage DC undersea cable that will execute a dog-leg through some of Indonesia’s most challenging islands. According to Sun Cable, it would deliver up to 3.2 GW of dispatchable clean energy, enough to power up to three million homes and provide up to 15% of Singapore’s electricity.
The benefits to the environment will be tremendous, with the company stating that it will save 11.5 million tons of CO2, which is the equivalent of removing 2.5 million cars from the road.
The Australian and Northern Territory governments have designated the Australia-Asia PowerLink project as a Major Project. To get things started, the business completed a Series A capital raise and finished the subsea survey procedure for the 750 km (466 miles) of the route that runs through Australian seas. Indonesia has agreed to participate, having obtained a survey permit and proposed the cable route.
Environmental studies have started, capital raising will end in 2023, and construction will commence shortly thereafter. By the beginning of 2026, power will be sold in Darwin, and Singapore will be operational by 2027.
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Source: Sun Cable