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  • richardmitnick 10:39 am on October 22, 2020 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: "World's Largest Solar Farm to Be Built in Australia - But They Won't Get The Power", , Australia–ASEAN Power Link, , , Singapore, Sun Cable   

    From Science Alert (AU): “World’s Largest Solar Farm to Be Built in Australia – But They Won’t Get The Power” 


    From Science Alert (AU)

    22 OCTOBER 2020

    A rendering of the solar farm. Credit: Sun Cable.

    A major renewable energy project in Australia billed as the world’s largest solar farm in development has had its proposed location revealed.

    The AUD$20 billion facility – the heart of an ambitious electricity network called the Australia–ASEAN Power Link – will be built at a remote cattle station in the Northern Territory, roughly halfway between Darwin and Alice Springs.

    The gargantuan 10-gigawatt array – spread out across some 20,000 football fields’ worth of photovoltaic panels – might be situated close to the heart of the Australian outback, but the energy reaped from the plant will ultimately be transported far, far away from the sunburnt country.

    That’s because the Power Link doesn’t just involve building the world’s largest solar farm, which will be easily visible from space. The project also anticipates construction of what will be the world’s longest submarine power cable, which will export electricity all the way from outback Australia to Singapore via a 4,500-kilometre (2,800 miles) high-voltage direct current (HVDC) network.

    Credit: Solar Farm.

    For this transmission system to work, the PowerLink, being developed by Singaporean company Sun Cable, will also need to build the world’s largest battery, which will be stationed near Darwin on the northern coast of Australia.

    The idea is that the network will transport current from the array at Newcastle Waters roughly 750 kilometres north, where it will be stored at the Darwin battery.

    Some of the current will enter the local Darwin grid, but the majority will be exported internationally via over 3,700 kilometres of undersea cables laid along the ocean bed, first through Indonesian waters, before eventually making it all the way to Singapore.

    Once the electricity reaches its ultimate destination, it’s expected to provide power for over 1 million Singaporeans – about 20 percent of the sovereign island’s population – and ultimately there are plans to provide power to Indonesians also.

    Of course, for this hugely ambitious multi-year renewables project to be pulled off, lots of things have to go right.

    Once all the approvals are secured – including environmental assessments for a project expected to take up around 120 square kilometres (almost 50 square miles) of land – construction is expected to begin in 2023, with energy production commencing in 2026, and the first exported electricity could be flowing in 2027.

    If all goes as planned, the Power Link could be a watershed moment not only for solar power but for the clean energy industry as a whole, illustrating how renewable energy can be shared and relayed across international networks, spanning vast distances and even oceans.

    “It is extraordinary technology that is going to change the flow of energy between countries. It is going to have profound implications and the extent of those implications hasn’t been widely identified,” Sun Cable CEO David Griffin told The Guardian in 2019.

    “If you have the transmission of electricity over very large distances between countries, then the flow of energy changes from liquid fuels – oil and LNG – to electrons. Ultimately, that’s a vastly more efficient way to transport energy. The incumbents just won’t be able to compete.”

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  • richardmitnick 11:08 am on August 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Singapore   

    From ICL: “Singapore’s science and tech success offers lessons for the UK” 

    Imperial College London
    Imperial College London

    11 August 2015
    Andrew Scheuber

    Professor Alice Gast with Singapore’s President Dr Tony Tan at Imperial College London in 2014
    As Singapore turns 50, leaders from Imperial College London and Rolls-Royce, have praised the country’s investment in R&D.

    Writing in City AM, Imperial’s President Alice Gast and Rolls-Royce’s director of research and technology, Imperial alumnus Ric Parker, argue that Britain could learn from Singapore’s investment “in smart, merit-based science and technology”.

    “As UK leaders question how to raise productivity, Singapore is doing it. ”
    – Alice Gast and Ric Parker

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    They write that: “Over the past 20 years, in the public and private sectors, Singapore has spent more on R&D than most countries as a percentage of GDP and on a per capita basis. And it’s not slowing down: from 2000-2012, Singapore nearly doubled R&D investment. The results are clear. From the high-tech efficiency that sweeps travellers through Changi Airport, to the world-beating personalised medical care in research hospitals; it’s all a product of smart planning and prudent investment.”

    Professor Gast refers to her experience serving on the Singapore Ministry of Education’s Academic Research Council where “Experts from around the world review proposals, enabling talented people to collaborate, innovate and make exciting things happen. The outcomes are transforming lives. Singaporean scientists’ breakthroughs in quantum technologies can be harnessed for secure communication; their innovations in sensors tell you when milk has expired or a wound needs redressing.”
    Racing ahead

    In this environment, they add, “Singapore’s universities are racing ahead. Their blend of home-grown and foreign talent brings researchers together in a highly effective and collaborative environment. Singapore is second only to the UK for the percentage of national research output in the top 1 per cent of the most highly cited academic publications. Only Finland and Denmark have more engineers per million people.

    “As UK leaders question how to raise productivity, Singapore is doing it. Almost 50 per cent of its manufactured exports are classed as ‘high technology’; at S$135bn (£62.9bn), these R&D-intensive exports are an important economic driver. It is this environment that inspires Rolls-Royce and Imperial College London to invest time, resource and brainpower in collaborating with Singaporean partners.”

    Both Imperial and Rolls-Royce are among the UK’s leading collaborators with Singapore. Imperial’s joint medical school with Nanyang Technological University admitted its first students in 2013, while Rolls-Royce represents 1.5 per cent of Singapore’s manufacturing GDP.

    Last year, Singapore’s President Dr Tony Tan visited Imperial as part of his UK state visit.

    Alice Gast and Ric Parker’s full article can be read in City AM.

    See the full article here.

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