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Australia investigates the potential to export Solar Resources to the ASEAN Grid

The Western Australian Pilbara Development Commission has presented a pre-feasibility study which evaluates the potential to export solar generated power from the Pilbara to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The 2017 pre-feasibility study - Evaluating the potential to export Pilbara solar resources to the proposed ASEAN grid via a subsea high voltage direct current interconnector - raises the profile of the work and opportunities for renewable energy in Western Australia

The study was released on 29 August 2017 at the New Pilbara Economic Development conference in Perth by the Western Australian Minister for Regional Development Hon Alannah MacTiernan. The publication includes reference to the Gobitec and Asian Super Grid which was a joint study prepared by Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research and the Energy Charter Secretariat

The key findings of the publication were: It is technically feasible to build a gigawatt scale facility in the Pilbara and deliver the energy generated, via a HVDC cable to Indonesia; Solar energy generation, storage and HVDC costs are declining and if present trends continue, the commercial case for connection to Indonesia will be well established within 5 to 10 years.

 

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