Wind energy reaches new heights in China
China is quickly establishing itself as a formidable force in the renewable energy scene. The country has shows a great deal of interest in various forms of clean power in an effort to curb emissions and mitigate the environmental strain associated with fossil-fuels. Wind energy has been one of the country’s favored forms of clean power and Longyuan Power, one of the country’s largest wind energy companies, has announced the installation of the world’s tallest wind energy system.
Longyuan Power installs five new wind turbines
The company has installed five wind turbines in the Nagqu Prefecture in Southwest China’s Tibet autonomous region. The turbines are located more than 15,000 feet (4,700 meters) above sea level. This makes the wind energy system the world’s tallest in existence, though the wind turbines themselves are standard size. Longyuan Power has plans to install an additional 28 wind turbines at the sit in the near future.
Company boasts of strong results during 2013
Longyuan Power has seen strong results from its myriad energy assets over the past year. In July of 2013 alone, the company’s wind energy assets generated more than 2.5 million megawatt-hours of power. This is a 20.75% increase over the company’s energy generation in 2012. Longyuan Power has played a major role in boosting the country’s wind energy capacity and will help China achieve its goal of reaching 150 gigawatts of installed win capacity by 2015.
China continues to show strong support for wind energy
Wind energy is currently more valuable to China than nuclear power. Wind represents the country’s third largest source of energy, with fossil-fuels maintaining a powerful lead. Offshore wind energy has been particularly popular in China, accounting for 35% of the country’s total installed wind capacity. China has been focusing more on clean power in order to reduce the emissions that have been linked to health issues in many of the country’s largest cities.