Low wind speeds 'may deter offshore growth' in China

China's plentiful offshore wind resources may be relatively expensive to tap without substantial government support, an EU-funded study has concluded.

Researchers modelled the wind resources along 1,000km of coast from Fujian to Shandong province. They also ran a feasibility study for a 100-megawatt (MW) offshore wind farm off the Jiangsu coast, a location popular with local developers.

The results — still being drawn up — show that along much of the coast, China's average wind speeds are significantly lower than in Europe, at around seven metres per second, compared with a European average of around nine.

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