Clean Energy: Half of China’s Baihetan hydropower station starts commercial operation

Half of the China’s Baihetan hydropower station in south-west of China, has officially started commercial operations.

Clean Energy Half of Chinas Baihetan hydropower station starts commercial operation

The station is the world’s second-largest of its kind after China’s Three Gorges Dam and is expected to help reduce power shortages in eastern parts of the country. Guo Tianqi has more. Baihetan Hydropower Station, located in the lower reaches of Jinsha River, is the largest and most complex hydropower construction project in the world today. It has a total of 16 hydroelectric generating units with a single capacity of one million KWH. Units 1 to 8 are located on the left bank, and units 9 to 16 on the right. WANG ZHILIN, Deputy Secretary, Party Committee, Three Gorges Group Baihetan Project Construction Department “With Unit 8 connected to the grid, the left bank of China’s Baihetan hydropower station  has been put into full operation. All of the units are domestically produced, upgrading the whole industrial chain of hydropower equipment in China.” Built on a cliff, the maximum height of Baihetan dam is 289 meters, about 100 meters higher than the Three Gorges Dam, and its anti-seismic parameter ranks first in the world. Baihetan Hydropower Station is known as the “Qomolangma” of the global hydropower industry because of its technical complexities. 

Dongfang Electric Machinery “We have made huge progress in water conservancy battery, cooling, insulation and nine other fields. We now have a series of core technologies with independent intellectual property rights including overall design and research.” High temperatures caused power shortages in Sichuan in August, prompting industrial shutdowns to ensure residential electricity. Baihetan hydropower Station is expected to contribute to power security. WANG ZHILIN, Deputy Secretary, Party Committee, China’s Baihetan hydropower station, Three Gorges Group Baihetan Project Construction Department “The electricity load of many places in China has been increasing. The cumulative power generation in Baihetan has exceeded 400 KWH, which effectively guarantees safe and stable power supply.” When in full operation, Baihetan will produce 62 billion KWHs of electricity annually, which will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 51.6 million tons every year and further improve the flood control standards of cities along the Yangtze River.

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