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GRENATEC:  'A Pan-Asian Energy Infrastructure"

By 2050, Asia could be served by a vast energy and information architecture stretching from China to Australia.
This Pan-Asian Energy Infrastructure would carry electricity, natural gas and data. It would speed Asia’s transition to a low-emission regional economy.
A Pan-Asian Energy Infrastructure
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The first bits of a Pan-Asian Energy Infrastructure are taking shape.  
They carry names like Palapa Ring (Indonesia), Fiber Optic City (China), National Broadband Network (Australia), Trans-ASEAN Electricity Grid and Trans-Asean Gas Pipeline (Southeast Asia).
With ‘bundled’ high capacity HVDC power lines, natural gas pipelines and fiber optic cables, solar and wind energy from northern China and southern Australia, for instance, would be consumed across Asia.
Regional hydro capacity would be reassigned to providing high-value, rapid start ‘load-balancing’ and 'peaking' power.
Natural gas would provide secondary backup. This would be followed by progressively sidelined coal-fired power plants kept in reserve for seasonal periods of high demand, such as during heat waves or long cold snaps.
The result would be lower prices, increased innovation, network redundancy, lower carbon emissions and greater economic integration.
Markets would then pick technology winners through carbon-, time- and distance-adjusted pricing.
In coming years, Asia needs to invest trillions of dollars to build the energy and data infrastructure it needs to emerge as the world’s largest economic bloc.
A Pan-Asian Energy Infrastructure would solve several problems at once by by bringing the same efficiencies to the energy industry the Internet brought to telecommunications.
Grenatec’s 190-page study ‘Pan-Asian Energy Infrastructure’ outlines the vision and proposed topologies in detail.
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"(A Pan-Asia smart-grid network) may take 20 to 30 years.
But I think it’s clear to people what needs to be done."
Masayoshi Son,
“Building infrastructure to improve connectivity in general will be a major undertaking in Asia, China and India over the next two decades  —  with immense potential economic payoff."

“ASEAN, the PRC, and India:The Great Transformation?
The Great Transformation?”
Asian Development Bank, 2012
“More than ever, the need for a fundamental shift to a cleaner and more reliable energy system is clear.”
“Tracking Clean Energy Progress,”
International Energy Agency,2012
"Asia could require up to US$8 trillion of new infrastructure investment out to 2020 to support the current levels of economic growth."
“Australia in the Asian Century,”
White Paper,
Australian Government, October 2012

"A well-functioning and open infrastructure sector is an important determinant of economic
growth and improving living standards."

“The Impacts and Benefits of Structural Reforms in The Transport, Energy and Telecommuications Sectrors in APEC Economies,”
Policy Support Unit,

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation,2011

"Enhanced interconnections and trade within and among economies can significantly lower the overall costs of power production and diversify sources of power supply."

“Electric Power Grid Interconnections in the APECElectric Power Grid Interconnections in the APEC Region”
Asia-Pacific Energy Research Center,

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