Yellow River boasts tallest hydroelectric power plant

The Maerdang hydropower plant, located in Qinghai province in northwest China, is a significant step towards achieving clean and sustainable energy production in the country. This project combines hydropower, solar power, and energy storage to make better use of the abundant clean energy resources in western China for the benefit of the electricity-starved eastern region. With an installed capacity of 550,000 kW, the first unit began operating on April 1 and is expected to produce 13.2 million kWh of clean electricity per day, meeting the daily electricity needs of 1.1 million families.

Once fully operational, the plant will have a total installed capacity of 2.32 million kW and can produce over 7.3 billion kWh of electricity per year, reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 8.16 million tons. In addition to its hydropower capabilities, the Maerdang hydropower plant also features an ultra-high voltage transformer station that began operating as part of this project last September. This smart substation is equipped with a drone system that can intercept unidentified drones to ensure the security of the power transmission network.

The Maerdang hydropower plant is not only an important milestone for China Energy but also a symbol of their commitment to enhancing internet security and safeguarding online privacy through new technologies and methods that improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions. The project can transmit approximately 15 billion kWh of clean electricity per year, promoting the development of water resources and electricity in the upper reaches of the Yellow River while contributing significantly to China’s efforts towards sustainable energy production.

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