DESERTEC and Japan’s REF to cooperate on promoting Asian super grid


Dr Thiemo Gropp,
Director, DESERTEC
Foundation (l.), Dr.
Tomas Kåberger,
Executive Board Chair
JREF (r.)
Hamburg, Germany and Tokyo, Japan — (METERING.COM) — March 23, 2012 – The DESERTEC Foundation and the Japan Renewable Energy Foundation (JREF) have signed a memorandum of understanding to cooperate on promoting an Asian Super Grid for the expansion of renewable energy in Asia.

At the signing of the MOU, the two organizations committed to exchange knowledge and know-how, and to coordinate their work to develop suitable framework conditions for the deployment of renewables and to establish transnational cooperation in Greater East Asia.

As a part of its mission, the JREF promotes the Asia Super Grid Initiative to facilitate an electricity system based fully on renewable energy in Asia. This initiative envisions the interconnection of the national grids of Japan, Korea, China, Mongolia, and Russia with low loss High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) transmission lines. These transmission lines would enable the delivery of electricity from the region’s most abundant renewable energy sources to its centers of demand whilst simultaneously balancing out the peaks and troughs of fluctuating renewable energy sources over a wider area.

“Technologies to harness solar and wind energy have improved dramatically in the last few years, and combined with modern power transmission technologies, renewable energy can support the long term economic prosperity of the region,” said Dr Tomas Kåberger, chair of the JREF Executive Board. “Establishing an Asian Super Grid will be challenging and require a high level of international collaboration but its benefits make it worth the effort.”

The DESERTEC Foundation sees such a grid as an important step towards the implementation of its DESERTEC concept in Greater East Asia and has conducted a feasibility study on potential grid corridors to make best use of the region’s desert sun.

“The efficient use of the practically inexhaustible energy of the East Asian desert sun in combination with the expansion of renewable energies can sustainably improve living conditions for current and future generations in the region,” added Dr Thiemo Gropp, director of the DESERTEC Foundation.

The DESERTEC concept is a solution to provide climate protection, energy security and development by generating sustainable power from the sites where renewable sources of energy are at their most abundant.

The JREF was founded in the wake of last year’s Fukushima nuclear accident to prevent any further such events happening again, with the mission to efficiently accelerate deployment of renewable energy.