Green Energy Projects Currently Underway
We’ve entered an age where creating renewable, long-lasting green energy is the only way we’ll be able to sustainably run our modern societies.
The fossil fuel industry is starting to see its end, and more countries around the world are working on developing green energy projects that provide clean, sustainable electricity at a fraction of the cost of coal or oil.
Asian Renewable Hub
Recently, a global consortium of energy companies announced plans to export vast quantities of solar and wind energy via Indonesia and Singapore from Western Australia to Southeast Asia.
The hybrid power plant on Australia’s northwest coast would be spread over 14,000 square km in flat desert land. It would consist of around 1,200 Vestas-supplied wind turbines and 10 million solar panels with a combined capacity of 6,000 megawatts (MW). 4,000 MW of wind energy and 2,000 MW of solar energy would be supplied. This amount of power is expected to be enough to provide more than 7 million households with electricity.
The TuNur Project
TuNur is a solar power venture in Tunisia aimed at taking advantage of the nation’s solar radiation and space available to power Europe. Located in a newly established solar complex in Southwest Tunisia, the project will use Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) technology to install parabolic mirrors linked to the storage of molten salt energy on an area of more than 5,000 hectares, almost 3 times the size of Manhattan.
Submarine cable systems will then carry clean electricity to Europe through three different routes representing the mega project’s corresponding phases, and will be used to power everything from our televisions to the phones we use for the best mobile pokies apps and other daily uses.
Grand Inga Hydroelectric Project
The Inga Project is the largest planned hydropower scheme in the world, situated in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. If built, it doubles the output of China’s Three Gorges Dam, which is 22,500 MW and currently holds the record. The proposed location is on the Congo River, the second largest flow river in the world, which is an excellent source of hydropower due to its location near the equator.
The plan has been on the radar of many international development banks and energy companies worldwide for many years due to its ability to offset the significant energy gap in Africa. The location’s organic competitive advantage can provide cheap energy across the continent, which stimulates economic development within the country.
Gansu Wind Farm Project
In 2008, the Chinese government approved the Jiuquan Wind Power Base, also known as the Gansu Wind Farm Project, which epitomized China’s ambition to become a global leader in renewable energy.
This includes a number of large wind farms, either in operation, under construction or planned, located in China’s western Gansu province. The project is set to be completed in a number of phases. Gansu Wind Farm is now considered the world’s largest wind farm with an installed capacity of more than 6,000 MW. The goal is to grow to a maximum of 10,000 MW, needing $16 billion in investment.
The first cycle of 3,800 MW consisted of 20 200MW and 100MW wind farms. The second phase of 8,000 MW is made up of 40 additional 200 MW wind farms.