China has set itself the goal of becoming completely carbon neutral by 2060. The next mega-project to achieve this goal is already under construction: A huge dam that is higher than all the others before it.
The country in the Far East is currently building the highest hydroelectric power plant in the world. It is located in Qinghai Province and is around 5,000 meters above sea level on the Yellow River.
7.3 billion kilowatt hours per year are to be generated
The plant is said to have a capacity of 2.2 million kilowatts and generate over 7.3 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity annually (via China Daily).
The hydroelectric plant is operated in conjunction with a solar array and an energy storage system. The plan is to save the equivalent of 2.56 million tons of coal.
The hydroelectric power plant is part of China’s efforts to switch its energy supply to renewable energy and is expected to be commissioned in March 2024. It consists of a dam that will be 211 meters high and a reservoir with a capacity of 1.482 billion cubic meters.
China has made tremendous efforts to expand its renewable energies and reduce carbon emissions in recent years. The country already has the world’s largest wind farm and solar power plant located in a desert area.
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In addition, China has the world’s largest overall hydroelectric power station, the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River, with a capacity of 22.5 gigawatts.