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The Future of Renewables Linked by a Transnational Asian Grid

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4 Author(s)
Taggart, S. ; DESERTEC-Australia, Manly, NSW, Australia ; James, G. ; Zhaoyang Dong ; Russell, C.

In this paper, we argue that Asia's unique geography, abundant low-emission energy resources, rapid economic growth, and rising energy demands merit consideration of a Pan-Asian Energy Infrastructure. In our study, we focus on development of wind and solar resources in Australia, China, Mongolia, and Vietnam as the potential foundation for an electricity grid stretching from China to Australia. Hourly climate data for a full year are used to estimate renewable energy generation, electricity demand, generation capacity are projected forward to the year 2025, and economic dispatch in an international market is simulated to demonstrate cost benefits. Intermittency, connectivity, future dispatch orders, storage, line losses, and engineering and financial issues are all addressed.

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Proceedings of the IEEE  (Volume:100 ,  Issue: 2 )

Date of Publication:

Feb. 2012

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