Western Australia is Touted To Be The Solar Battery of Australia

If billions are to be spent it seems obvious to finally make the WA-SA link because a HVDC powerline could potentially pump up to 10 times the electricity across the Nullarbor

The West Australian reported that Premiere Mark McGowan should request Federal Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg to assess the possibility of making Western Australia the east coast’s solar battery source. The project would need a 1,800 km bi-directional High-Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) transmission line from Kalgoorlie, to the start of the east coast grid at Port Augusta. HVDC is a low-energy-loss technology as compared with the common alternating current systems. The technology also uses overhead lines and converter stations in transferring power over distances of up to 3,000 km. A state-wide solar network that acts as a battery, enhanced by wind energy and Western Australia-based gas power plants will surely add an enormous flexibility to the national grid. Click here to read the full story on The West Australian  

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Written by Jon Capistrano

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