Solar energy formed in Desert locations could be powering homes in Russia, Japan, and China under plans by Desertec and backed by the Japanese Renewable Energy Foundation (JREF). The two organisations have partnered to promote the creation of a new electricity supergrid to connect solar power from deserts in Mongolia and China, to cities across East Asia, including fast-growing markets like Vietnam.
“Technologies to harness solar and wind energy have improved dramatically in the last few years,” said Dr. Tomas Kåberger, JREF Executive Board Chair.
“Combined with modern power transmission technologies, renewable energy can support the long-term economic prosperity of the region.
The Gobi Desert is estimated to be the third largest potential source of solar energy in the world and also experiences steady, strong wind speeds making it ideal for both technologies.
“Establishing an Asian Super Grid will be challenging and require a high-level of international collaboration but its benefits make it worth the effort,” said Kåberger.
The grid would use special transmission lines that lose low levels of power allowing electricity to be distributed over thousands of kilometres.