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Recently, the Three Gorges Group (CTG), in cooperation with the science and technology company Goldwind Technology, announced that it will start construction of China’s first large-scale offshore wind farm. It is expected that the farm will use turbines with a capacity of 16 MW.
According to deputy general director of the company that cooperates with CTG Gong Kuangmin, currently, other offshore wind farms in the country of billions of people only use wind turbines with a capacity of less than 10 MW (1.6 times lower than that of the wind turbines). new machine). Typically, the larger the turbine capacity, the more efficient the electricity generation will be, but the development and operating costs will be inversely proportional.
For comparison, the new wind turbine boasts the world’s largest capacity and largest propeller. This will be a breakthrough in wind turbine research and production, making it world-class. The giant offshore machine will have propellers that can create circles with a diameter of 252 meters, which when rotated will sweep across an area of 50,000 square meters, equivalent to seven standard football fields.
This new wind farm will be built in the sea, 32.8 km from Zhangpu district, Zhangzhou city, Fujian province. It will start supplying electricity to the grid at the end of August this year.
With a capacity of up to 400 MW, this is the only clean electric machine with an electric capacity of this level. It is expected to produce more than 1.6 billion kilowatts of electricity per year upon completion. The farm is expected to save 500,000 tons of coal and reduce 1.36 million tons of carbon emissions per year.
Gong also said that the company plans to integrate aquaculture, offshore hydrogen production and photovoltaic development to promote comprehensive exploitation of ocean energy.
Qin Haiyan, a wind expert with the China Renewable Energy Association, said: “The success of the 16 MW wind turbine lies not only in improving the capacity of the farm, but also in promoting more construction activities. offshore wind turbines at a reduced cost.
At the same time, it will accelerate the advancement of related technologies.” Total investment in offshore wind farms is estimated at 6 billion yuan ($885 million).
In November 2022, this 16 MW offshore wind turbine designed by CTG and science and technology company Goldwind came off the assembly line. In January, Haizhuang Wind Power and Ming Yang Smart Energy Group both launched wind turbines with a higher capacity of 18 MW.
From a country heavily dependent on fossil fuel sources such as coal, oil, and gas, the country of billions of people has gradually diversified its power supply through the development of renewable energy. In the “Made in China 2025” industrial modernization plan, China considers renewable energy a central goal, aiming to make China a world leader in this field.
In 2023, electricity storage demand in China is predicted to grow by nearly 50%, to 30 gigawatt hours (GWh). According to data from information provider Windmango, the country also completed 446 wind power projects with a total capacity of 87 GW last year, up from 60 GW in 2021.
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