The Desertec Foundation and the Japan Renewable Energy Foundation (JREF) have signed a memorandum of understanding that will see the two organizations co-operate on the promotion of an Asian Super Grid, necessary for the expansion of renewable energy in Asia. The agreement between the two non-profit organizations aims to encourage and accelerate the adoption of renewable energy as a secure and sustainable alternative to fossil and nuclear energies.
Both foundations agreed to share know-how and knowledge to develop framework conditions for the deployment of renewable energies and to establish a transnational cooperation in Greater East Asia.
JREF will be promoting the Asian Super Grid initiative, which aims to facilitate an electricity system across the region based solely on renewable energy. The initiative, which is undoubtedly receiving increased support since the Fukushima nuclear disaster a year ago, aims to develop a collaborative interconnection of electricity grids throughout Asia using high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission lines. The countries under consideration as part of the initiative include Japan, Korea, China, Mongolia and Russia, all of which could eventually benefit from the project’s aim of smoothing out electricity supply and demand issues.
Dr. Thiemo Gropp, director of the Desertec Foundation, commented on the initiative’s potential scope: “The efficient use of the practically inexhaustible energy of the East Asian desert sun in combination with the expansion of renewable energies can sustainably improve living conditions for current and future generations in the region. It also offers Asian countries the chance to take a leading role in the fight against climate change by harnessing the most abundant of all energy sources on earth.”