In July 2010, the Shanghai Donghai Bridge wind farm, the first commercial offshore wind project was connected to the main grid in China. Three months later, four contracts were handed out to build a total of 1GW wind power capacity in the first round of an offshore concession project by the Chinese central government. At that time, there was a worldwide expectation that Chinese offshore wind power capacity would expand rapidly. However, China only achieved a total offshore wind power installed capacity of 389.2 MW by the end of 2012. This paper studies the recent development of offshore wind power in China by dividing the offshore wind power projects into three categories. This paper presents the difficulties for the Chinese government to achieve its 12th Five Year Plan for offshore wind power. Some policy recommendations to overcome the current difficulties are made in the conclusions.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the 2nd IET International Conference in Renewable Power Generation (RPG2013)|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 2013|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering