Mega power projects in Africa

In the news recently has been talk of renewable power projects so large that they could potentially supply power not just to whole countries, but whole regions.

For Europe: a solar farm almost the size of Wales located in North Africa

and in central Africa, a series of hydroelectric schemes on the Congo river.

(In a similar vein the UK has longstanding plans for a tidal barrage on the Severn estuary that is now getting serious consideration)

To transmit all this generated power? We need new thinking on transmission lines – HVDC and smart grids. Hopefully I can explain later…

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