The prospect for an australian-asian power grid

A critical appraisal

Edward Halawa, Geoffrey James, Xunpeng Roc Shi, Novieta H. Sari, Rabindra Nepal

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    Australia is an energy net self-sufficient country rich in energy resources, from fossil-based to renewable energy. Australia, a huge continent with low population density, has witnessed impressive reduction in energy consumption in various sectors of activity in recent years. Currently, coal and natural gas are two of Australia's major export earners, yet its abundant renewable energy resources such as solar, wind, and tidal, are still underutilized. The majority of Asian countries, on the other hand, are in the middle of economic expansion, with increasing energy consumption and lack of energy resources or lack of energy exploration capability becoming a serious challenge. Electricity interconnection linking two or more independent grids within a country or at cross-border or regional levels has found its way into electricity markets worldwide. This concept allows for electricity exchanges that lead to optimized use and sharing of electricity generated from different sources. The interconnection also enables the long distance exploitation of renewable energy which would otherwise be physically impossible. ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) and other regional groupings in Asia have initiated a number of interconnections to gain economic benefits. Asian's hunger for energy for its economic development, climate change that has become a global and urgent issue to be solved, and Australia's abundant renewable energy resources have all prompted increasing interest in a super-grid interconnection linking Australia to Asian grids, the Australian-Asian (Power) Grid (AAG). This paper overviews the existing grid interconnections as well as current initiatives at domestic, sub-regional, and regional levels worldwide, with a particular focus on Asia. The paper concludes with a critical appraisal on the benefits, potential, challenges and issues to be encountered by the AAG initiative.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number200
    Pages (from-to)1-23
    Number of pages23
    JournalEnergies
    Volume11
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 2018

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    Halawa, E., James, G., Shi, X. R., Sari, N. H., & Nepal, R. (2018). The prospect for an australian-asian power grid: A critical appraisal. Energies, 11(1), 1-23. [200]. https://doi.org/10.3390/en11010200
    Halawa, Edward ; James, Geoffrey ; Shi, Xunpeng Roc ; Sari, Novieta H. ; Nepal, Rabindra. / The prospect for an australian-asian power grid : A critical appraisal. In: Energies. 2018 ; Vol. 11, No. 1. pp. 1-23.
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    Halawa, E, James, G, Shi, XR, Sari, NH & Nepal, R 2018, 'The prospect for an australian-asian power grid: A critical appraisal', Energies, vol. 11, no. 1, 200, pp. 1-23. https://doi.org/10.3390/en11010200

    The prospect for an australian-asian power grid : A critical appraisal. / Halawa, Edward; James, Geoffrey; Shi, Xunpeng Roc; Sari, Novieta H.; Nepal, Rabindra.

    In: Energies, Vol. 11, No. 1, 200, 15.01.2018, p. 1-23.

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    Halawa E, James G, Shi XR, Sari NH, Nepal R. The prospect for an australian-asian power grid: A critical appraisal. Energies. 2018 Jan 15;11(1):1-23. 200. https://doi.org/10.3390/en11010200