Asahi Article on Asia Super Grid

Asahi just published an article about Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son’s idea of an “Asia Super Grid” (in Japanese language). This is the first installment in a series of articles. Thanks to this tweet by Tetsunari Iida for the link.

The “Asia Super Grid” concept wants to link Asian electricity markets, like those in the European Union, with a special view to building large-scale renewable energy in the Gobi desert. See my book “Energy from the Mongolian Gobi desert” for some detail.

I learn from this article that Son has set up a joint venture corporation with a Mongolian partner (probably Newcom, though the article doesn’t say so). They have already received a lease from the Mongolian government for an area of 220,000 hectares, which is larger than Tokyo prefecture and would be enough to support 10 GW of wind capacity.

The article says Son wants to generate the wind energy for less than 3 yen per kWh (a figure he also cited last May at a “Clean Energy Summit” in Korea, see my blog post at the time).

Obviously this kind of project needs political support. The article describes that Son has been able to talk to the highest levels of both the Chinese and the Korean governments.

Published by kflenz

Professor at Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo. Author of Lenz Blog (since 2003, lenzblog.com).

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