posted on Apr, 26 2005 @ 10:13 PM
Simply put, China is planning to place wind generators out in the sea in order to supply a good amount of clean, renewable energy to quench the
gorwing energy demands. Current forecasts demand to have 20 gigawatts of wind-generating capacity by the year 2020. Future estimates predict that will
be only 1.o percent of enregy consumed in that time.
The sea-based farms would be ideally situated to supply clean power to the populous and booming east coast area, without competing for space wanted
for farming or urban development.
"Offshore wind sites are close to the main electricity load centers in eastern China, so offer great potential for future energy supply," Shi Pengfei,
vice-chairman of the Chinese Wind Energy Association, told a conference.
"I am confident that in 20 to 30 years a very significant proportion of the wind power in China will be off-shore.
At present the industry is limited by its high costs, with the price of power generated by a 100 megawatt wind project over two times higher than the
equivalent from a coal generator.
The majority of equipment -- around four-fifths -- is imported and few Chinese firms make larger turbines.
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Given their population even the smallest amount of cleaner and renewable energy would offset somewhat the pollution caused by a growing and
developing nation. If they started more research and development now they would definetly have a lead on a good portion of the world for offshore wind
Who knows, if they work something out with their newest strategic partner, India, the both of them may pave the way to our future with ideals for
cleaner energy and a evolved space program. I think the Western world would do good to adopt a friendlier policy with them.