As China tries to increase its renewable capacity, the Comai Trigu wind farm in Tibet has generated 100 million kWh of electricity since its installation in December 2021.
The world’s tallest wind farm, located in China’s Tibet Autonomous Region, has generated more than 100 million kWh of electricity since commissioning in December 2021.
The turbines, which They are located at an altitude between 5,000 and 5,200 metersform the Comai Trigu Wind Farm, in the Municipality of Trigu, Comai County.
The wind farm is owned by the China Three Gorges Corporation and It is the first grid-connected wind project in Tibet. The project has a total installed capacity of 22 MW.
Tibet is a key part of China’s plans to increase its renewable capacity, given its unique topography, well suited for wind, solar and geothermal power installations.
According to the National Climate Center of China, the region has enough powerful and reliable wind sites to power 600 GW of turbines, and another 420 GW in the plateau areas of neighboring regions such as Qinghai, Gansu, Sichuan, Yunnan and Xinjiang.
Xi Jinping’s “energy revolution”
Wind power is the market leader for Chinese companies, despite the international industry struggling with higher production costs.
A year ago, the Chinese government announced plans to build 450 GW of solar and wind capacity in the Gobi Desert and other desert areas.
To limit carbon emissions by 2030, President Xi Jinping has pledged to increase China’s wind and solar capacity to at least 1,200 GW.
In 2021, China built more offshore wind turbines than any other country in the previous five years.
At the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, Xi Jinping said:We must accelerate green transformation, implement comprehensive conservation strategies, develop low-carbon and green industries, advocate for green consumption, and promote low-carbon production methods and lifestyles. carbon and green.“.
Despite efforts to install more renewable capacity in the country, the Chinese government is still betting on coal power in the short term.
Last year, the government approved the construction of an additional 106 GW of coal-fired power generation capacity, four times the previous year and the highest levels since 2015, according to Global Energy Monitor (GEM).
These figures appear to contradict the announcement made in early 2022 by China’s energy regulator that new coal-fired power plants solely for large-scale electricity generation would not be allowed.
According to Flora Champenois, GEM Research Analyst: “China remains the glaring exception to the current global decline in the development of coal-fired power plants. This type of process leaves little room for proper planning or consideration of alternatives.“.