Spatial and Annual Variation of Offshore Wind Resource in China


According to the Chinese "Twelfth Five-Year Plan", two large scale wind farms are planned to be built in the shore of Shandong province and Guangdong province to meet the increasing electricity demand with economic development. Before the construction of wind farm, it is necessary to evaluate the wind potential and its temporal variation along the coast of Shandong province, Guangdong province and Zhejiang province that have been studied in this paper. The data used were obtained from Goddard Earth Observing System (GEOS) Data Assimilation System. The results showed that there is rich wind supply in Zhejiang province with small annual variation. Further away from shore, the wind energy will increase fastest in Guangdong area. The yield of wind energy in Shandong province is not as rich as in the other two provinces as predicted in the study. Furthermore, the layout of wind turbines in wind farm was also investigated to absorb wind energy at the highest efficiency by wind farm. Our results provide a reference for the future construction of wind farms.

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Ge, L. , Uchida, T. and Ohya, Y. (2014) Spatial and Annual Variation of Offshore Wind Resource in China. Energy and Power Engineering, 6, 111-118. doi: 10.4236/epe.2014.66011.

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