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China’s wind capacity set to double to 120 GW

Current 60 GW onshore wind power figure could double by 2020

China’s current 60 GW onshore wind power figure could double by 2020
China’s current 60 GW onshore wind power figure could double by 2020

China could double its onshore wind capacity to 120 GW by 2020, it has been revealed. The news, which was revealed at the Global Offshore Wind conference in London, suggested that the country’s 60 GW wind capacity today could more than double within the next decade.

China was set to hit a target of 30 GW by 2020, but this has been doubled this year to 60 GW. Speakers at the conference said that this success could be repeated for the 2020 mark.
 
During a session which discussed the global outlook on China at the conference, Colin Morgan, a regional manager for UK renewable energy firm Garrad Hassan, explained that China’s onshore wind industry has moved quickly over the last six years. Targets set for 2020 stood at 30 GW. But developments in China have moved so fast that the figure has doubled, reaching 60 GW this year. Morgan said that this success could be repeated by 2020.

“China has been developing quickly," he said. "It had doubled its 2020 targets this year. Could this happen again. Who knows? China is the hottest dynamic wind market in the world right now. Things can happen very quickly in China.”

In helping to further boost China’s wind capacity through offshore wind, when speaking to RET, Morgan said companies now need to focus on developing technology to transmit and distribute power from wind farms, rather than the turbines themselves.

He said: “Technologically, wind turbines in China are state of the art and have designs influenced from those operating in Europe. Now it is about focussing on grid integration; infrastructure and substations.”