The city of Chaozhou in China’s Guangdong province is to build an offshore wind farm so large it is expected to provide more electricity than all of Norway’s power plants combined.
The city intends to begin work on the 43.3 gigawatt (GW) offshore wind farm before 2025, according to the city’s five-year plan, which is published online. The plan does not disclose the expected cost of the offshore wind farm.
The city of Chaozhou will build the wind farm between 47 and 115 miles (75 and 185 km) off the city’s coast in the Taiwan Strait.
“The area has unique topographical features which mean the wind will be strong enough to run the turbines 3,800 to 4,300 hours a year, or 43% to 49% of the time, an unusually high utilization rate,” Bloomberg writing.
On October 17, Electrek reported that a 13.6 megawatt offshore wind turbine with a record rotor diameter of 252 meters (827 feet) made its debut in China ahead of the country’s 20th Party Congress in Beijing.
China connected more offshore wind generation capacity in 2021 – 17 GW – than any other country in the world installed in the past five years.
China will therefore grow, but it will also go slowly. It still has a goal of net zero by 2060. President Xi Jinping said in his opening speech at the congress on October 16:
We will work actively and cautiously towards the goals of reaching peak carbon emissions and carbon neutrality.
Based on China’s energy and resource endowments, we will advance initiatives to reach the peak of carbon emissions in a well-planned and gradual manner, in accordance with the principle of getting the new before throwing away the old.
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