China: an Emerging Offshore Wind Development Hotspot

Abstract The offshore wind industry is ramping up in China with at least 11.9GW in the development pipeline and an invitation for offshore wind project tendering on 18 May 2010. This study provides wind speed and energy density maps along with estimates of the wind energy technical potential – 11,000TWh within 100km of the Chinese coast. The wind resource analysis seeks to improve upon previous studies by estimating the wind energy generation potential for offshore wind power in China in order to assist the identification of key wind resource areas for China‟s offshore wind development. Azure provided advisory and management services for this study published by WWF Norway in collaboration with China Wind Energy Association and Sun Yat-sen University.
Author Azure International, CWEA Chinese Wind Energy Association: Qin Haiyan, Liu Mingliang, Wang Yao, Zhao Jinzhuo Sun Yatsen University: Dr. Zeng Xuelan, August 2010
6 Renewable Energy, 6.2.0 Wind, 6.2.7 Offshore Wind