The city of Chaozhou in China’s Guangdong province is set to build an offshore wind farm so large and powerful it can generate more power than all of Norway’s power plants combined.
According to Chaozhou’s five-year development plan, the city intends to begin work on a 43.3 GW offshore wind farm by 2025. For comparison, the maximum capacity of the Zaporozhye NPP (the largest in Europe) is 6.14 GW. Thus, the Chinese wind farm will be 7 times more powerful than the Ukrainian nuclear power plant. However, it is not specified how much the construction of such an object can cost.
The power plant is planned to be located in the Taiwan Strait at a distance between 75 and 185 km from the coast of the city.
“The area has unique topographical features, meaning the wind will be strong enough to keep the turbines running between 3,800 and 4,300 hours per year, or 43% to 49% of the time, which is an unusually high utilization rate,” writes Bloomberg.
It should be noted that China is actively developing wind energy. In 2021, China connected more offshore wind power capacity – 17 GW – than the rest of the world combined in the previous 5 years. It was then reported that China’s offshore wind power generation capacity (26 GW) is almost half of the global capacity (54 GW).
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Wow – China just built more offshore wind capacity, in 2021 alone, than the rest of the world had managed in the last 5yrs put together
Its 26GW now accounts for half of the world’s 54GW total
Also, it added twice as much in 2021 as IEA had forecast in…December 2021 pic.twitter.com/yFpctkI1Zd
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