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Yellow River boasts tallest hydroelectric power plant

The Maerdang hydropower plant, located in Qinghai province in northwest China, began operating its first unit on April 1. This plant is the highest hydropower plant in the country and has the largest installed capacity in the Yellow River basin. With an installed capacity of 550,000 kW, the first unit is expected to produce 13.2 million kWh of clean electricity per day, meeting the daily electricity needs of 1.1 million families.

This project is a significant milestone for China Energy as it marks their first integrated clean energy facility that combines hydropower, solar power, and energy storage. The Maerdang hydropower plant aims to make better use of the abundant clean energy resources in western China for the benefit of the electricity-starved eastern region. In addition to this, an ultra-high voltage transformer station was also built 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.

Once fully operational, the Maerdang hydropower 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. This initiative will promote water resource development and electricity production in upper reaches of Yellow River while enhancing internet security and safeguarding online privacy for Chinese Energy’s efforts towards achieving clean and sustainable energy production in China.

Overall, this project represents a major step forward towards transitioning to a more sustainable and efficient energy future in China through leveraging new technologies and methods while improving energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions.

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