About "Asia Super Grid (ASG)"
About "Asia Super Grid (ASG)"
"Asia Super Grid (ASG)" initiative aims at interconnecting electric power systems of Asian countries, enabling mutual benefits by exchanging abundant natural renewable energy resources, such as wind, solar and hydropower.
Since its foundation in 2011, Renewable Energy Institute (renamed from Japan Renewable Energy Foundation in March 2016) has worked to establish Asia Super Grid. The history of international power grids in Europe and North America goes back some 100 years. Transmission lines were connected across national borders for efficient and economic use of energy resources. In recent years, with greater deployment of renewables, international grid interconnection projects are being implemented even more actively.
In contrast, in North East Asia, very limited interconnections have been realized between China, Mongolia, Russia and other neighboring countries.
With the Paris Agreement serving as an initiative towards transitioning to carbon-free societies in the latter half of the 21st century, as well as growing demand for realizing 100% renewable energy, development of global energy interconnections have become an even more important challenge to address.
Renewable Energy Institute will continue to work with companies, government agencies and NGOs in Japan and the world for the realization of Asia Super Grid.
The History of Asia Super Grid Concept
- September 2011
Chairperson Masayoshi Son proposed “Asia Super Grid Concept”
Asia Super Grid Concept was proposed by Founder and Chairperson of Renewable Energy Institute Masayoshi Son at the inaugurating ceremony to commemorate the establishment of the Institute on 12 September 2011.
For the purpose of enhancing debates over the concept, Renewable Energy Institute held international conferences in March 2012 and September 2012, in which Masayoshi Son, together with experts from all over the world, conducted lectures and panel discussions regarding the possibilities and challenges towards the realization of Asia Super Grid.
- January 2014
A report on Asia Super Grid was released, followed by an international symposium
Renewable Energy Institute has conducted research on Asia Super Grid in cooperation with international partners including the Energy Charter Secretariat and the Ministry of Energy of Mongolia. The findings of the research were compiled in the report 'Gobitec and Asian Super Grid for Renewable Energies in Northeast Asia,' which was released in January 2014.
Associated with the release of the report, the Institute organized an international symposium 'Roadmap to Asia Super Grid,' joined by speakers from national and local governments, research institutes, and businesses of Russia, Mongolia, South Korea and Japan.
- March 2016
“Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization (GEIDCO)” was established, with the aim of realizing international grid connection
In March 2016, an international non-profit organization “Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization, GEIDCO,” was established with the initiative of the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC), aiming to realize global transmission interconnections for the cross boarder usage of renewable energy. Renewable Energy Institute joined as one of its council members.
“Global Energy Interconnection” is the global version of Asia Super Grid Concept, aiming for greater usage of renewable energy at the global scale. GEIDCO consists of power companies, universities and research institutes, as well as international companies in the field of grid operation.
Liu Zhenya, Chairman of State Grid Corporation of China, was elected as the President, and Masayoshi Son, Founder and Chairman of Renewable Energy Institute and Chairman & CEO of Softbank Group, was elected as Vice-President, together with Steven Chu, former Secretary of Energy of the United States.
- September 2016
Top leaders of the power industry in China, Russia and South Korea joined the Institute’s 5th anniversary symposium
On 9 September 2016, at the symposium to commemorate the 5th anniversary of Renewable Energy Institute, Masayoshi Son, together with power industry leaders from China, Russia and South Korea, were invited to present and discuss their ideas for realizing “Energy transition towards de-carbonization of Asia.”
Masayoshi Son elaborated his vision of the "Asia Super Grid" concept which was proposed in September 2011, and talked about the developments to date. Liu Zhenya, Chairman of Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization (GEIDCO) and Hwan-Eik Cho from Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) shared their ideas of international power grids that would connect Asia to the World.
Michael Liebreich from Bloomberg New Energy Finance also gave a presentation in the same session, followed by a panel discussion joined by Oleg Budargin from the Russian grid operator Rosseti, and Amory B. Lovins from Rocky Mountain Institute.
- April 2017
Asia International Grid Connection Study Group Interim Report was released
In July 2016, the Asia International Grid Connection Study Group was formed, consisting of researchers on power grids and energy policies, experts on renewable energy, and related businesses. The Secretariat is undertaken by Renewable Energy Institute.
In April 2017, the interim report was released by the study group.