Researchers merged meteorological and wind-turbine modeling to map China’s wind-energy potential. Potential output of 1.5 MW wind turbines is shown as a percentage of maximum output over time.
China has doubled its installed wind power capacity every year for the past five, and is on pace this year to supplant the Unied States as the world’s largest market for new installations. But researchers from Harvard University and Beijing’s Tsinghua University suggest that the Chinese wind power industry has hardly begun to tap its potential. According to their meteorological and financial modeling, reported in the journal Science last week, there is enough strong wind in China to profitably satisfy all of the country’s electricity demand until at least 2030.