Wind farm capable of producing 20GW of electrical power

By on June 26th, 2009

Friday, June 26, 2009 8:47

wind-farm_1rb6o_69China’s officials said that until 2020, the country will build a huge wind farm in the northwest, having an energy capacity similar to the gigantic Three Gorges Dam. Feng Jianshen, a vice governor of Gansu province, told reporters that the province planned to expand the installed capacity of its wind power base to more than 20 gigawatts in 11 years, more than 10 times the current level.

The dam, the biggest hydro-electrical project in the world, currently has 26 generators with a capacity of 18.2 gigawatts, which will eventually rise to 22.4 gigawatts when six more generators are added.

One of the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitters alongside the United States, China now depends on coal for nearly 70 percent of its total energy consumption. The government has said it aims to rely more on cleaner ways to power its economic growth, with the development of wind power a focus.

It has set a target to install 100 gigawatts of wind power capacity by 2020, likely making the country the world’s fastest growing market for wind energy technology.

Gansu will have built a ‘Three Gorges on the land’ by then,” he said, referring to the country’s 23-billion-dollar dam that spans the middle reaches of the Yangtze River.

Source: Physorg


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3 Responses to “Wind farm capable of producing 20GW of electrical power”

  1. Roger says:

    June 26th, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    They really don’t muck around in China. At least the wind farm is unlikely to have seismic effects, unlike the dam.

  2. Alternative Energy News says:

    July 6th, 2009 at 11:54 am

    I agree. When the Chinese are set to build something they do and quickly!

  3. Way to Go Green says:

    August 7th, 2009 at 10:14 am

    Wind Power is very popular around here. There are several large wind farms within 15 miles and several home owners that produce their own wind power. Thanks for writing about this great energy resource.

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