A huge $ 22 billion infrastructure project will transport clean energy from massive solar farms approximately 3,000 miles (5,000 km) to Singapore, New Atlas report explains. The project, led by Australian firm Sun Cable, aims to begin operating its high-voltage submarine cable in 2027. To do so, it will first need to build the world’s largest solar farm and battery storage facility.
Despite its position as a thriving financial center in Southeast Asia, Singapore has scarce land resources on which to build solar farms. The country recently announced that it aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 36 percent compared to levels from 2005 to 2030. At the time, Singapore’s the government said so has set “ambitious goals, given Singapore’s limited renewable energy capabilities. “
The island nation, which is less than half the city of London, has already turned to floating solar farms to help meet its energy needs, although it still has a long way to go – it is one of Asia’s largest emitters of carbon dioxide per capita, according to recently report from AFP.
10 times larger than the largest solar farm in the world today
Here comes the Sun Cable project for Australia and Asia PowerLink. The huge infrastructure project will create the Powell Creek Solar Area in northern Australia on 12,000 hectares of unused land about 500 miles (800 kilometers) south of Darwin – it will be so large that it must be visible from space once it is finished . Thanks to the constant sunny days in the region, the site will be able to generate a huge 17-20 gigawatt peak generation of solar energy and will be home to a 36-42 GWh battery storage facility. That would make it 10 times bigger than the biggest solar farm today, 2.245-GW Bhadla Sunny Park in India.
The project will largely transport underwater energy, although approximately 800 miles (800 km) of cable will travel by land to reach the sea from the new facility. Sun Cable says the Powell Creek solar section will provide up to 15% of Singapore’s electricity, which will be equivalent to powering approximately three million homes. The project will help the country reduce approximately 11.5 million tonnes of CO2 emissions annually. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2023 for the project and will continue for about four years before the massive solar power grid is fully operational.