100% Renewable Electricity in Southeast Asia
CLIMATE CHANGE IN SOUTHEAST ASIA PROGRAMME WEBINAR
About the Webinar
Rapid increases in electricity consumption in Southeast Asia caused by rising living standards and population growth raise concerns about energy security, affordability and environmental sustainability. In this webinar, the results of a study investigating the potential for solar energy and storage to support future growth in Southeast Asian electricity are presented. High-resolution modelling of energy balance between renewable energy supply and electricity demand is undertaken based on historical meteorological data and projected electricity consumptions. A set of renewable energy scenarios are simulated including an Asia-Pacific Super Grid scenario, and the least-cost configurations of energy generation, storage and transmission assets are calculated. The modelling results show that solar energy can be a major source of renewable energy while wind energy, hydropower and other renewables offer supplementary energy supply. Off-river, closed-loop pumped hydro is responsible for energy day-night shifting to ensure high levels of energy security and reliability with some battery support in some countries. The levelised costs of 100% renewable electricity, including the costs of energy generation, storage and transmission, range from US$55-115 per megawatt-hour based on 2020 costs. This webinar will discuss how renewable energy and storage systems are reliable, affordable and can deliver substantial long-term environmental benefits in Southeast Asia.
About the Speaker
Dr Bin Lu is a Research Fellow at the Australian National University’s Research School of Electrical, Energy and Materials Engineering. He holds a PhD in Renewable Energy and a Master’s and a Bachelor’s degrees in Electrical Engineering. He is a former senior electrical engineer and has a decade of work experience in electrical systems design and providing consulting services to government and industry. His research interests include energy market modelling, renewable energy resource assessment, geographic information system application development, electrical system design and power system analysis. Bin Lu was awarded the 2018 Eureka Prize for Environmental Research with Professor Andrew Blakers and Dr Matthew Stocks at the Australian National University 100% Renewable Energy Team. His research on high renewable energy futures has garnered an audience of 12 million worldwide.
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