China's wind power generation surged nearly 20 percent year on year in the coastal areas in the first half of 2022, thanks to the greater capacity of wind turbine manufacturing industry that eyes on deeper waters.
China's offshore wind power industry has been in rapid development over the recent years. China's first 2,000-ton offshore wind farm installation vessel launched in late June has greatly enhanced the country's construction and installation capacity in offshore deep-water and off-lying sea areas.
The 126-meter-long, 50-meter-wide vessel, named Baihetan, has a full load displacement of 37,000 tons and integrates functions of transport, self-elevation, self-propulsion, lifting and dynamic positioning.
With a maximum variable load of 6,500 tons and a deck area of 4,200 square meters, the vessel can be used for the installation of offshore wind turbines of up to over 10 megawatts.
"The wind power installation platform is a vessel to install offshore wind turbines. As the power of wind turbines increases, the weight and height of the facilities grow as well. Therefore we built a series of equipment to follow the trend. The platform we are building now is able to work in water of 70 meters deep," said Jiang Yonggang, deputy chief engineer of Huangpu Wenchong Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. under China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC), constructor of the vessel.
The surging generation of off-shore wind power, green low-carbon energy has claimed a bigger share of power consumed in coastal provinces like Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Guangdong.
The offshore wind power industry could gather industrial values of gearboxes, generators, bearings, steel and fiber-optic cable among others, thus produce industrial clusters worthy of hundreds of billions of yuan.
"During the 14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-2025), newly installed capacity of offshore wind power projects will exceed 50 million kilowatts, or an average of 10 million kilowatts each year, which is a very rapid growth. So in my point the off-shore wind power will bring new demands and economic growth drivers for our offshore industry and ship manufacturing industry," said Qin Haiyan, head of the Wind Power Committee of China Renewable Energy Society.
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