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Guodian United Power produces 6-MW offshore wind turbine prototype

01-11-2012 12:46 BJT

BEIJING, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- Guodian United Power, a leading Chinese wind turbine manufacturer, recently unveiled a 6-megawatt (MW) offshore wind turbine prototype in the city of Lianyungang in east China's Jiangsu province.

Guodian said it independently developed the turbine, the largest in China to date. The company developed the turbine by borrowing technology from its existing turbines, as well as experience accumulated from operating a total of 3,000 turbines in the field.

In addition to offshore wind farms, Guodian said the turbine is fit for onshore wind farms and intertidal wind farms.

In May 2011, Sinovel, China's largest wind turbine manufacturer, unveiled its own 6-MW offshore wind turbine prototype, installing the turbine in Jiangsu's Sheyang county.

China's offshore wind resources account for only a small portion of the country's total installed wind power capacity, although China's offshore wind resources are plentiful.

According to the China Meteorological Administration, China has up to 750 gigawatts of exploitable wind resources in offshore regions, three times that of onshore wind resources.

China is planning a major offshore wind power development push. According to the National Energy Bureau (NEB), China will construct offshore wind projects totaling 5 GW of installed power capacity by 2015, aiming to boost offshore power capacity to 30 GW by 2020.

Other leading Chinese wind turbine manufacturers, including Shanghai Electric, Goldwind and Chongqing Haizhuang, are also developing 5-MW or 6-MW offshore turbines.


Editor:Bai Yang |Source: Xinhua

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