The 6th World Non-grid Wind Power and Energy Conference was held at Guohong Hotel in Beijing where, during first session of the conference hosted by the chief scientist of the Chinese national “973” plan for large-scale non-grid wind power projects, Gu Weidong, several important achievements concerning the non-grid wind power system and its applications on high-energy-consuming industries were announced.
Many prominent journalists from general and energy-focused media organizations were in attendance.
World Wind Energy Association chairman and World Council for Renewable Energy senior vice president Preben Meagard, World Wind Energy Association president He Dexin, Academy of Macroeconomic Research of the National Development and Reform Commission vice dean Ma Xiaohe, head of the energy research institute at the National Development and Reform Commission Han Wenke, head of the Industry Economy Research Institute Wang Changlin, State Counselor Xu Dingming, former vice president at Tsinghua University Ni Weidou and the chief scientist of the national “973” plan for the large-scale non-grid wind power project professor Gu Weidong as well as 200 experts and scientists on wind energy and related fields were present at the conference.
Professor Gu started his research in 1980 and, shortly after that early date, had already developed the plan for a non-grid wind power system. Gu has devoted more than 30 years to the research of the non-grid wind power system and its applications in high-energy-consuming industries. The integrated system of non-grid wind power with high-energy-consuming industries, which, in various iterations, combines wind power respectively with the seawater desalination, electrolytic aluminum, hydrogen production and coal to gas industries is an epoch-making innovation. Gu and his research group have been continually successful in their progress with this integrated system. By combining the non-grid wind power with high-energy-consuming industries, they can not only solve the wind surfing, off grid and other issues associated with traditional wind power, but also fully convert these traditionally high-energy-consuming industries to green energy. Furthermore, this system can reduce the consumption of coal and the emission of greenhouse gases, and, by doing so, deliver huge economic and environmental benefits.
This integrated system converts traditional high-energy-consuming industries into ones capable of handling “flexible” loads, allowing the Chinese coal-based power grid to have significantly higher flexibility in load balancing. The utilization rate of the power grid would be increased from 30% to between 55% and 60%. The present 600 MW of power generation from China’s coal-fired plants would rise by 30%. At the same time, the issue of using large-scale wind power and solar energy concurrently on the same system would also be solved. The proportion of energy delivered through the power grid attributable to renewable would be boosted by more than 40%. With this integrated system, there would no longer be any need to build any new large-scale thermal power plants for at least ten years nor any nuclear power plants for at least 20 years in China.
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