World’s Largest Solar Farm to Be Built In Australia but Most of the Power Generated Will End Up In Singapore

By: | October 26th, 2020

Rendering of the upcoming Sun Cable solar farm (Image courtesy: Sun Cable)

World’s largest solar farm to be built in Australia; however, they will receive a mere fraction of the electricity generated. This masterpiece is being built in the Northern Territory of Australia, roughly halfway between Darwin and Alice Springs.

Known as Sun Cable, the solar farm is expected to start construction in 2023 with the aim of exporting energy by 2027. 

The farm is expected to generate about 10 GW (gigawatts) of power. But the country’s heavily populated east and west coasts will be deprived of any benefit. Most part of the energy harvested will ultimately be exported to Singapore via underwater cables.

Following are some of its distinct features:

  • The massive solar farm will occupy a space of roughly 20,000 football fields in size. It is that vast that it will be easily visible from space.
  • The solar farm is expected to cost about AUD$20 billion to build.
  • The project also involves the construction of the world’s longest submarine power cable. 
  • The electricity will be exported from Australia to Singapore via a 4,500-kilometre (2,800 miles) high-voltage direct current (HVDC) network.
  • The project also necessitates building the world’s largest battery. The solar energy generated will be transported 750 kilometers north to Darwin, where it will be stored in the world’s largest battery.
  • The innovative project is likely to meet the electricity needs of over one million Singaporeans. 
Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.

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