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Sun Cable: re-inventing solar energy for the future

Can we export sunshine as electrons?

That is the challenge Sun Cable has set for itself, developing the Australia-ASEAN Power Link, (AAPL). The AAPL integrates three main technologies which, when combined, will be capable of supplying 20 per cent of Singapore’s annual electricity, as a model for subsequently providing a large proportion of ASEAN’s overall renewable electricity needs. 

The AAPL will develop the world’s largest solar farm, together with a high-voltage direct current (HVDC) cable extending from the desert near Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory to Singapore – some 3,800 km. The solar farm will have an array of 10 GW over a 15,000 hectare site. 

Already the company has announced the construction of a big battery in Darwin, with other batteries planned for other sites, at both ends of the HVDC cable.

Sydney-based engineering firm 5B’s solar farm construction technology – the Maverick – will be used throughout the farm. This world-leading technology combines modular design, prefabrication and rapid deployment. Built off-site and transported directly to the solar site by rail, the Mavericks will be deployed in under an hour.

The development of the AAPL will position Australia as a world-leading exporter of renewable energy and has the potential to create significant economic and sustainable energy opportunities for decades to come.

Solar panels in the desert.
Walking on sunshine, Eromanga, Queensland. Credit: 5B.
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