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Smarter Energy: Qinghai’s Maerdang Hydropower Plant and China’s Quest for Cleaner, Greener Power

BySamantha Nguyen

Apr 3, 2024
Yellow River boasts tallest hydroelectric power plant

In Qinghai province, northwest China, the Maerdang hydropower plant began operating its first unit on April 1. This plant, the tallest in the country and with the largest installed capacity in the Yellow River basin, is expected to produce 13.2 million kWh of clean electricity per day, meeting the daily needs of 1.1 million families. With a total installed capacity of 2.32 million kW once fully operational, it can generate over 7.3 billion kWh of electricity per year, reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 8.16 million tons.

The Maerdang hydropower plant is also China Energy’s first integrated clean energy facility that combines hydropower, solar power, and energy storage. The project aims to make better use of the abundant clean energy resources in western China for the benefit of the electricity-starved eastern region. Additionally, an ultra-high voltage transformer station, one of the highest in China, began operating as part of this project last September. This smart substation is equipped with a drone system that can intercept unidentified drones to ensure the security of the power transmission network.

This initiative can transmit approximately 15 billion kWh of clean electricity per year and promotes water resource development and electricity production in upper reaches of Yellow River basin. It is also part of China Energy’s efforts to enhance internet security and safeguard online privacy while exploring new technologies and methods to improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions. Overall, this significant step towards achieving clean and sustainable energy production in China represents a major milestone in its ongoing commitment to sustainable development and environmental protection.

By Samantha Nguyen

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