A high-altitude wind power plant was put into operation in Tibet

A high-altitude wind power plant was put into operation in Tibet

The world’s largest high-altitude wind farm was put into operation on January 1 in Tibet. It has a capacity of 100 MW and is located at an altitude of 4,650 meters.

The plant’s developer, CHN Energy, will use it for research to further develop large-scale ultra-high wind farms. In addition, the facility provides electricity to 140,000 households in the city of Nagku, the largest city in Tibet Prefecture.

Hu Jiansheng, project manager, said that an intelligent wind power platform was used during the design of the wind farm. The turbine blades of the station are longer, which increases the large working area and, thus, increases its efficiency at low atmospheric pressure. Hu also said that the developers “invented a special technique of spraying the outer layer of paint to effectively prevent it from drying out, slowing down the aging process of the exposed elements of wind turbines.”

The $90.3 million power plant was built in about 260 days, despite the harsh conditions. It is expected that 25 turbines occupying an area of ​​more than 140 thousand square meters. m, will produce about 200 million kWh of electricity per year, reducing carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 160,000 tons.

Meanwhile, Swiss startup Turn2Sun has started using recycled wind turbine blades instead of metal beams as horizontal supports for solar panels. Installed in the Swiss Alps at an altitude of 2,500 m, the prototype received 16 solar panels with a capacity of 430 W, attached to 8.4-meter wind turbine blades.

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