China completed construction of a 49.5 megawatt wind farm in Yunnan province, say sources with Goldwind, the supplier of wind turbines.

Located in Fengtun, near Mount Dajianfeng Mouding district of Yunnan-Guizhou plateau, the wind power plant has a height of between 2,000 and 2,500 meters above sea level, according to the wind turbine supplier Xinjiang Goldwind Science and Technology, which provided 33 wind turbines permanent magnet direct drive (no gearbox) of 1.5 megawatts.

The wind farm construction lasted 15 months and had an investment of 483 million yuan (76.7 million). The upland areas are highly valued because they offer promising prospects for energy companies and wind turbine manufacturers for its abundant resources.

“We have designed new models of wind turbines with larger wind blades and better insulation techniques and protection against lightning and radiation,” said Wu Gang, president of Goldwind. At the same time, many wind turbine manufacturers have expressed a strong interest in the market of products designed especially for the plateaus.

In November, CSR Zhuzhou manufacturer reported that it had connected the two wind turbines installed in wind farms in Yunnan to the grid, which was a hit for power generation in the highlands.

To date, CSR Zhuzhou has received orders for more than 400 units of this type of special turbines, a figure that puts the company in the first place in terms of market share of resources for plateaus.

In turn, Huaneng Power and Renewables Longyuan, who pioneered the exploration of wind resources in China, have chosen the southwestern province of Guizhou as a priority to carry out its development projects wind resources. Guizhou aims to reach an installed capacity of wind power generation from nine gigawatts of 2020.

Until late 2010, China recorded an installed capacity of wind power generation of 44.7 gigawatts, replacing the United States in the first wind power production, and plans to increase the number to 100 gigawatts by 2015.

Currently, about 90 percent of China’s wind power is below 1,000 meters above sea level. Experts have noted that the plateaus exploration is expensive because of high construction costs and uncertainty about whether the projects would generate profits.

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