Longyangxia Dam

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Longyangxia Dam
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Satellite picture of the Longyangxia Dam reservoir and solar power park
Longyangxia Dam is located in China
Longyangxia Dam
Location of Longyangxia Dam in China
LocationGonghe County, Qinghai Province
Coordinates36°07′20″N 100°55′06″E / 36.12222°N 100.91833°E / 36.12222; 100.91833Coordinates: 36°07′20″N 100°55′06″E / 36.12222°N 100.91833°E / 36.12222; 100.91833
StatusIn use
Construction began1976
Opening date1992
Dam and spillways
Type of damArch gravity dam
ImpoundsYellow River
Height178 metres (584 ft)
Length396 metres (1,299 ft)
Width (crest)18.5 metres (61 ft)
Width (base)80 metres (262 ft)
Spillway typeService, gate-controlled on crest
CreatesLongyangxia Reservoir
Total capacity24.7 billion cubic metres (20,000,000 acre⋅ft)
Catchment area752,443 square kilometres (290,520 sq mi)
Surface area383 square kilometres (148 sq mi)
Power Station
Hydraulic head122 metres (400 ft) (design)
Turbines4 x 320 MW
Installed capacity1,280 MW
1,400 MW (max. planned)
Annual generation6 TWh
Longyangxia Dam Solar Park
Commission date2014
Construction costCN¥6 billion[1]
Power generation
Nameplate capacity850 MW

The Longyangxia Dam is a concrete arch-gravity dam at the entrance of the Longyangxia canyon on the Yellow River in Gonghe County, Qinghai Province, China. The dam is 178 metres (584 ft) tall and was built for the purposes of hydroelectric power generation, irrigation, ice control and flood control. The dam supports a 1,280 MW power station with 4 x 320 MW generators that can operate at a maximum capacity of 1400 MW. Controlling ice, the dam controls downstream releases to reservoirs lower in the river, allowing them to generate more power instead of mitigating ice. Water in the dam's 24.7 billion m3 reservoir provides irrigation water for up to 1,000,000 hectares (2,471,054 acres) of land.[2]

The dam is composed of its main body and a gravity pier and secondary dam on both its left and right flank. The dam's service spillway contains two 12 metres (39 ft) wide gates that discharge water into two 260 metres (853 ft) and 280 metres (919 ft) long chutes. Downstream discharges are also controlled by a similar single-chute middle outlet and the lower outlet works.[2]

Photovoltaic power station[edit]

In 2013 a solar photovoltaic station was built with a nameplate capacity of 320 MWp (Phase I), covering 9 square kilometres (3.5 sq mi).[3] An additional 530 MWp (Phase II) was completed in 2015,[4] covering further 14 square kilometres (5.4 sq mi),[5] making Longyangxia Dam Solar Park, with 850 MWp capacity, one of the largest photovoltaic power stations in the world.

The solar power station is integrated with the hydroelectric power station. The park is coupled to one of the hydroelectric turbines, which automatically regulate the output to balance the variable generation from solar before dispatching power to the grid. This limits the problems connected to variable solar generation while helping to conserve water.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "China builds world's biggest solar farm in journey to become green superpower", The Guardian. 19 January 2017
  2. ^ a b "Longyangxia Hydropower Project" (PDF). Chinese National Committee on Large Dams. Retrieved 7 January 2011.
  3. ^ "Case study: solar PV–hydro hybrid system at Longyangxia, China". Archived from the original on 17 April 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Global hydropower market shows promise for future". ESI-Africa.com. 10 March 2016. Retrieved 12 May 2016.
  5. ^ Ye, Josh (2017-02-24). "China's world-beating solar farm is almost as big as Macau". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 2017-06-27.