(EnergyAsia, May 8 2014, Thursday) — Led by China, Asia is investing heavily to modernise its power grid while deploying smart grid technology and improving the efficiency of power distribution systems across the region, according to a new report by consultant GlobalData.
The region's economies have bounced back strongly from the global recession of 2007-08, with energy demand surging to new highs, forcing governments across the region to invest in new technology, and transmission and distribution (T&D) infrastructure to increase the efficiency of their power distribution systems.
GlobalData said China's utilisation of ultra-high-voltage (UHV) transmission, along with its increasing UHV technology adoption and growing focus on renewable energy sources, is playing a key role in developing robust T&D infrastructure in the country.
"China decided to invest in UHV transmission in 2004 due to the distant location of energy resource sites from its southern and eastern load centers. This technology was a logical choice for keeping the country's T&D losses low over such long distances," said the company's senior analyst, Siddhartha Raina.
According to GlobalData, these projects are part of the State Grid Corporation of China's (SGCC) plan to invest US$75.5 billion to construct UHV power transmission lines by 2015. Both the SGCC and China Southern Power Grid Company are rapidly utilising the UHV transmission lines to expand the country's grid system. The creation of an integrated synchronous national grid will facilitate the efficient transfer of electricity to meet the nation's growing power demand.
"The focus of the Chinese government clearly lies on grid modernisation and improving efficiency. The government set a target to interconnect its existing grids and form an integrated synchronous national grid by the end of 2020. This will help to facilitate the efficient transfer of electricity in order to meet growing power demands, as well as demands from the renewable energy sector," said Mr Raina.
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