Revolutionizing Clean Energy in China: Maerdang Hydropower Plant and Transformer Station

Yellow River’s tallest hydroelectric power plant

The Maerdang hydropower plant in Qinghai province, northwest China, was officially opened on April 1. This plant is the country’s highest hydropower plant with the largest installed capacity in the Yellow River basin. The first unit of the plant has a capacity of 550,000 kW and will produce 13.2 million kWh of clean electricity daily, meeting the needs of over a million families.

China Energy Group’s first integrated clean energy facility, the Maerdang hydropower plant combines hydropower, solar power, and energy storage to benefit the electricity-starved eastern region of China. Once fully operational, this project will have a total installed capacity of 2.32 million kW and can produce over 7.3 billion kWh of electricity per year, significantly reducing carbon emissions and consumption of standard coal.

In addition to the hydropower plant, an ultra-high voltage transformer station was commissioned last September in Qinghai province to increase the power transmission network’s voltage. This smart substation is equipped with a drone system to intercept unidentified drones and can transmit about 15 billion kWh of clean electricity per year. This project promotes water resources and electricity development in the upper reaches of the Yellow River.

Overall, China Energy’s Maerdang hydropower plant and transformer station represent significant advancements in clean energy production and transmission in China, benefiting millions of families and reducing carbon emissions.

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