Chinese renewable energy companies are continuously pushing limits. After becoming the world leader in solar energy, the country is now home to the world’s highest wind energy project.
China’s leading wind energy developer Longyuan Power recently announced that it has installed five wind energy turbines in Nagqu prefecture in Southwest China’s Tibet autonomous region. The project site is located at a height of 4,900 meters above the sea level. The company will set up 28 more turbines, made by Guodian United Power, at the site.
Longyuan Power has truly been the powerhouse of Chinese wind energy sector in the recent years. The company reported stellar results in power generation in July 2013. Longyuan’s power assets generated over 2.5 million MWh in July 2013, representing an increase of 20.75% compared to July 2012. Wind energy generation increased by 36.8%. For 2013, the company’s cumulative wind energy generation increased by 32%.
The significance of this project is not restricted to the remote prefecture where it is located. China, while being the wind energy leader in the world, loses million (most probably billions) of units of electricity due to transmission losses and lack of transmission network to carry power generated from the numerous wind energy projects. The resource rich regions are located in the interior of the country while the demand centres are mostly located at the eastern coast.
Setting up wind energy projects at remote areas, close to the resource rich regions, not only helps in reducing the transmission losses but would also help in the economic development of the remote areas. China has mastered the onshore wind energy technology, now it should aggressively push for development in the offshore sector and in remote areas.
Read some other interesting articles on wind energy in China:
- China Forecast To Hit 150 GW Installed Wind Capacity By 2015
- Wind Energy Surpasses Nuclear As China’s 3rd Largest Source Of Electrical Power
- Chinese Installed Wind Capacity Reached 75 GW in 2012
- China Accounted For 35% Of Global Onshore Wind Capacity
Title Image Credit: Wind power plants in Xinjiang, China / Credit: Chris Lim | CC BY-SA 2.0