Elliott, Australia will be the home of the largest solar farm in the world in coming years. Recently, the Singaporean venture, Sun Cable, singed the AUD $23 billion project called Australia-ASEAN Power Link with the Northern Territory Government. The infographic presents how this project utilizes Australia’s inexhaustible natural resources for a more sustainable and environmentally friendly world.
Abundant Sunshine of Over 3,000 Hours to Utilize
Elliott is a town in Northern Territory of Australia, between Darwin and Alice Springs. Close to the equator, the area is blessed with one of the longest sunshine hours in the Asia-Pacific (APAC). Alice Springs receives the second longest hours of sunshine of 3,499 hours annually, slightly less than 3,509 hours of Dubai. Similarly, Darwin receives one of the longest annual hours of sunshine, 3,092 hours.
No idea how long it actually is? For your reference, New York City enjoys 2,535 hours of sunshine, Tokyo 1,877 hours, and London only 1,633 hours.
Twice the Size, Four Times the Capacity
As of 2020, the largest solar farm in the world is Bhadla Solar Park in Rajastan, India. The site area of Bhadla Solar Park is 5,700 hectares and its installed capacity is 2.25 GW. On the other hand, Australia-ASEAN Power Link project aims to build an enormous 12,000 hectares solar farm whose capacity is 10 GW. In other words, the new farm is double the size of today’s largest plant, producing four times more power.
Again, can’t imagine how enormous 10 GW is? It is equal to 10,000,000,000 Watts, enough to power 166 million of 60W light globes. Indeed, it is humongous, isn’t it?
The Power Goes Under the Sea to Singapore!
According to Sun Cable, the project aims to supply up to 15% of Singapore’s electricity needs. The electricity produced by plenty of Aussie sunshine will travel to Singapore via 3,750 km of high voltage direct current submarine cable. Singapore currently relies on gas for 95% of its electricity. Needless to say, this project will be a big step for Singapore to decarbonize the country.
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