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Wind power industry still promising though facing difficulties

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Wind power industry still promising though facing difficulties

Wind power industry still promising though facing difficulties
In 2000, China’s installed wind power capacity reached 18 million kilowatts, but it decreased to 17 million kilowatts in 2011 and 12 million kilowatts in 2012. As a result, many industry insiders start to worry about wind power industry suffering the same fate as the PV industry. However, authorities consider that things would not be that pessimistic though we are confronted with excess capacity.

Gaining the largest amount of growth
China has ranked first place with the largest amount of wind power growth for 4 consecutive years and has developed into a large wind power nation. According to Zheng Fangneng, head of Energy and Transportation Division of Department of High and New Technology Development and Industrialization, China’s installed wind power capacity reached 75.3 million kilowatts last year and generated 62.3 million KW on-grid wind power as well as 0.1 billion KW generating capacity.
In China, wind power industry has been included as one of the seven emerging industries of strategic importance. It is estimated that China will generate over 0.2 billion KW generating capacity by 2015 and 30 million KW offshore wind power by 2020. At present, wind power generation only accounts for 5% of total electricity production in our country. In 1990, the whole world emitted 20.8 billion tons of carbon dioxide and the number should be decreased to 10.4 billion tons by 2050 according to the emission reduction plan. As a result, people have to accelerate the use of clean energy, including wind power.
Sawyer, Secretary-general of Global Wind Energy Council, expressed that America, Europe and China use a large amount of wind energy. In addition, installed wind power capacity is 10,000 kilowatts in Europe at present and it will reach 5 million kilowatts in China by 2015. Hence, there will be a vast new world for Sino-Europe cooperation in this field in the future.

Facing difficulties but still promising
Shi Pengfei, President of Chinese Wind Energy Association, expressed that we indeed encounter excess capacity in wind energy industry, but market operation mechanism is a more severe issue. Companies only focus on immediate interests and achievements, which leads to inferior and cheap products pouring into the market. Li Junfeng, director of National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation, pointed out that there cannot be high-quality & inexpensive products in equipment industry and that our uncompetitiveness lies in weak innovation ability.
To cope with the current plight, Li thinks that relevant authorities should accelerate the construction of power grid and introduction of supportive policies.
However, industry insiders still show confidence in this line. Jin Xiaolong, general manager of Shanghai Electric Wind Energy Co., Ltd., puts forward three reasons. Firstly, China has a huge demand for wind energy. Secondly, some manufacturers with poor product quality have gradually closed down in recent years. Assembly factories and part suppliers are all facing integration. Thirdly, wind power investment doesn’t require introduction of the entire production line and massive backlog does not often occur.

Cooperating with industry giants
As for China’s wind power equipment, most of them are of small and medium capacity, and product quality fails to meet advanced international standards. Here is the question. How to achieve leapfrog development? Shanghai Electric, a leading company in this line, chose to join hands with Siemens. By means of this cooperation, it brings in advanced technologies and develops 5 MW and 6 MW wind turbine generator systems.
Jin Xiaolong discloses that international giants like Siemens tend to employ Chinese-made components and complete their orders in Shanghai now. In this way, we can not only improve quality of wind power components, but also reduce inventory.