Largest non conventional energy plant

Energy-hungry China has rolled out plans to build, what they claimed was the world’s largest solar power station to produce 100 mw of power. The move indicates a determination to look alternatives and less polluting sources of energy in China, which has already opted for a large scale application of ethanol produced from sugar canes.

The new solar plant would come up in Dunhuang city of the backward Gansu province in the country’s northwest. This would be far bigger than the biggest solar station in the world today, which is a 5mw powerhouse in Leipzig, Germany. The project would cost $765 million and would take five years to complete, local government sources reported.

The Dunhuang city government has signed a letter of intent with the Zhonghao New Energy Investment (Beijing ) Co,Ltd for implementing the project on an area of 31,200 sq mts.

Dunhuang has been chosen as it receives more sunshine than many other places in China. The city boasts 3,362 hours of sunshine every year.

The project would have a ready market as the backward Gansu is being industrially developed now and the requirement for electricity in mounting, sources si0ad. The report followed plans announced by Australia last month to build the world’s biggest solar power station, a 154 mw behemoth, which the builder said could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 400,000 tons a year.

Chinese vice premier recently said that the government would be promoting a variety of alternative sources including liquefies coal, bio-diesel, marsh-gas, solar energy, wind power, and hydropower. It is also promoting large scale use of the oil alternative “gasohol� , which is fuel mixture made from 90% gasoline and 10% ethanol. Ethanol is mass-produced by fermentation of sugar or starch. The government would give tax breaks to encourage use of these emerging sectors, he said.

No need to stress as one can easily imagine the extent of reduction in green house gas emissions if such Solar and non-conventional energy plants are set up in countries of Indian sub-continent and countries where sunlight is available for considerable number of days in a year. In addition to control on pollution such plants can also save billions of tons of conventional energy sources which can be effectively used wherever and whenever become necessary.