Wind farm capable of producing 20GW of electrical power
By June 26th, 2009Friday, June 26, 2009 8:47 on
China’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.
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