World's largest land-based wind farm breaks ground in northern China
Sep 27, 2019 (China Knowledge) - 26 Sep, the world's largest land-based wind power farm project broke ground in Ulanqab, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region in northern China.
The first phase of the project – a 6-gigawatt base farm – has begun construction. The base will cost around RMB 40 bln (USD 5.6 bln), and the power generated will be transmitted via a 500-kilovolt AC channel to the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei power grid.
Advanced technology and architecture will be incorporated into the wind farm due to the size and varying terrains. High-resolution climate models, intelligent robotics sensors and 5G wireless network communications will be integrated to optimize the operation of the wind turbines. The use of these technologies will help cut over half of the average number of maintenance staff required in wind farms.
The completion of the entire wind farm project will help generate over 20,000-gigawatts of green energy. The electricity generated will be transmitted to the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region located over 200 kilometers away.
The wind farm is part of plans to move into more sustainable and environmentally-friendly energy generation within China. It is estimated that more than 16 million tons of coal will be replaced by the wind farm, which will help cut carbon emissions by about 16 million tons.
Upon completion, the wind farm will also help the Chinese authorities reduce its state and local green subsidies by more than RMB 2.4 bln per annum.
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