China’s Chaozhou City Is Building A Large Offshore Wind Farm So Big It Could Power All Of Norway
The city of Chaozhou in China is best known for its food, culture, embroidery, and Lion Dancing, just to name a few things. But this “Classic Tourist City” is also planning to build an incredibly large offshore wind farm enough to power the entirety of Norway.
The 43.4-gigawatt windfarm has been detailed within the city’s recent 5-year plan, and it will provide substantial amounts of green energy to the city’s two-and-a-half million inhabitants.
Chaozhou is located in the Guangdong Province of China, and it sits beside the biggest inhabited city on the plant in Guangzhou. It also has a unparalleled offshore topography – which is study of the physical features of an area, such as the rivers, hills, valleys and the like – which accounts for the incredible gusty seas that are vital to harvesting wind energy.
According to a report in Bloomberg.com, it will be able to run the turbines ‘around 49% of the year.’ It will also be located between 47 and 115 miles (75 and 185 kilometers) off the city’s coast.
In recent years, China has become quite focused on wind power, and back in 2021, they became the country to install more wind energy resources than anywhere else in the world put together for the last five years and counting. However, some statistics on these humongous civic projects coming out of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) may not necessarily be reliable, including reports on their supposed mass tree-planting operations going on along the Gobi Desert, which are very questionable.
However, the country also debuted the world’s largest turbine during the 20th Party Congress in Beijing. According to their reports, the rotors have a diameter of the 827 feet (252 meters), which are capable of producing a whopping 63.5 million kilowatts per hour (kWh) annually, weather permitting.
These plans go hand in hand with China’s president, Xi Jinping’s statement during the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, which talked about working towards the country’s goals of carbon emissions and neutrality.
He said, “Based on China’s energy and resource endowment, we will advance initiatives to reach peak carbon emissions in a well-planned and phased way in line with the principle of building the new before discarding the old.”
Meanwhile, the other bid wind farmers across the world are Norway, who also installed at least 38 gigawatts of turbines, as well as the United Kingdom, who momentarily, supposedly have the biggest offshore wind farm on the planet for as long as they’ve finally finished installing all of their turbines.
Considering China is the world’s leading annual emitter of greenhouse gases and mercury, this is just one step forward in their move to better sustainability, environmental safety, global health and even worldwide economy.
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