One of China’s largest wind energy systems has rarely been used in recent months. The Jiuquan Wind Power Base on the edge of the Gobi Desert in China currently stands inert, according to an online report.
While the site comprises more than 7,000 turbines and is claimed to be capable of generating enough electricity to power a small nation – wind currents in the region are ‘notably strong’ – low demand is the likely reason behind the site’s non-performance.
China is the world’s largest emitter of GHGs, claims Hydrogen Fuel News, but it is investing heavily in renewable energy. It remains, however, heavily reliant upon fossil fuels.
It is estimated that 60% of the capacity of the Jiuquan Wind Power Base currently goes unused.
Source: Hydrogen Fuel News