Asian Super Grid

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Asian Super Grid
Goal"To interconnect electric power systems of Asian countries, enabling mutual benefits by exchanging abundant natural renewable energy resources, such as wind, solar and hydropower"[1]
ConceptualisedSeptember 2011[1][2]
Key peopleMasayoshi Son[1][2][3][4]

The Asian Super Grid is a project to establish an electrical power transmission network, or super grid, connecting China, South Korea, Mongolia, Russia, and Japan.[1][5]

It will transmit electrical power from renewable sources from areas of the world that are best able to produce it to consumers in other parts of the world. The idea is dependent on development of an ultra-high voltage grid operating at more than 1,000 kilovolts AC and 800 kilovolts DC over thousands of kilometers.[6] It envisions interconnecting grids across regions, nations, and even continents with a capacity of over 10 gigawatts.[7]

The concept is the result of an idea by Masayoshi Son, founder and head of the telecom and Internet giant SoftBank Group. After the devastation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant following the 2011 Tohoku earthquake, Son was so shocked by events that he established the Renewable Energy Institute soon afterwards to help develop and promote renewable energy.[7]

A diverse and widely sourced mix of both renewable and nonrenewable energy sources connected by super grid could reduce the region’s risk of power outages; as experienced after the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster, and 2011 South Korea blackouts.[8]

A conceptual plan of Asian Super Grid from 'Renewable Energy Institute'

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  1. ^ a b c d "About "Asia Super Grid (ASG)" - Renewable Energy Institute website". Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  2. ^ a b Movellan, Junko (18 October 2016). "The Asia Super Grid – Four Countries Join Together to Maximize Renewable Energy". Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  3. ^ Hu, Weijia (6 November 2017). "Proposed electricity super grid can bring real connectivity to Asian economies". Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  4. ^ Harris, Bryan (3 November 2017). "The great Asian super grid". Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  5. ^ Sugimoto, Takashi (13 October 2017). "Asia Super Grid: SoftBank's latest dream stretches over 6 countries - Multinational power transmission project begins in Mongolia". Retrieved 8 November 2018.
  6. ^ Fairley, Peter (21 February 2019). "China's Ambitious Plan to Build the World's Biggest Supergrid". IEEE Spectrum: Technology, Engineering, and Science News. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  7. ^ a b "China, Japan, Russia, & South Korea Plan Renewable Energy Super Grid". CleanTechnica. 21 September 2016. Retrieved 16 November 2016.
  8. ^ Sivaram, Varun (5 September 2018). "An Asia Super Grid Would Be a Boon for Clean Energy—If It Gets Built". Retrieved 8 November 2018.