Goldwind targets high altitude areas with 1.5MW turbine

CHINA: Goldwind has connected the first high-altitude MW-level wind turbine to the Chinese grid.

Goldwind is using its 1.5MW turbine for the high altitude trial
Goldwind is using its 1.5MW turbine for the high altitude trial

About 90 percent of China's existing wind farms are constructed in non-high-altitude areas. Turbines are yet to be installed in high-altitude areas such as Yunnan and Qinghai provinces and the Tibet Autonomous Region, which boast rich wind resources.

This wind turbine has been installed on a pilot wind farm for high-altitude facilities on Xitie Mountain, located in northwest China's Qinghai Province. It is located 3,300 metres above sea level.

The pilot wind farm was constructed by the China Three Gorges New Energy Corporation.

Wu Gang, Goldwind board chairman, said "We will properly improve the wind turbine according to its performance and then produce it in mass quantities." He added the wind turbine would be ideal for China's southwestern and northwestern areas.

The turbine uses technological advances including longer blades.

Wu said Goldwind’s 87/1500 wind turbines are particularly suited for China's vast low-wind-speed areas, which cover about half of the country.

The China Wind Energy Association (CWEA) says that high-altitude areas that are fit for wind power development extend for more than 9,000 square kilometers, giving them great potential for generating power.

By the end of 2010, Goldwind's wind turbines accounted for about 90GW of China's total installed power capacity.

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