On 16 April, a delegation led by Liang Zhipeng, the Chinese Deputy Director General of sustainable energy, began their visit to the Danish offshore industry. The delegation included representatives from the ministry, the Chinese State Grid and other important operators in the Chinese offshore wind industry.
During their stay, the delegation visited DTU Risø Campus, Lindø Offshore Renewables Centre, Energinet, Esbjerg Harbour, Test Centre Østerild and the TetraSpar project at Aalborg University. The Chinese visit takes place after a Danish delegation visit to China last week, led by Deputy Director Stig Uffe Pedersen from the Danish Energy Agency. The programme ended on 19 April with a seminar about sustainable energy in Denmark and China, hosted by the Danish Energy Agency. At the seminar, the participants discussed offshore wind and the use of biomass for heating/power production.
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The visit was a result of the governmental cooperation between Denmark and China in the field of offshore wind. The Sino-Danish offshore cooperation aims to share the Danish experience from 30 years of offshore wind activities. The project has three tracks:
- The regulatory framework
- Test and certification
- The cooperation’s commercial opportunities
The ambition is to examine the possibility to establish one or more pilot facilities in China that make use of Danish experiences.
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The close cooperation reflects the Chinese interest and high priority of the offshore wind sector. Potentially, the cooperation could result in a large Chinese market for Danish companies who are global leaders in offshore technology.
– China is the world’s biggest and fastest growing wind energy market. At the end of 2016, the installed capacity was 149 GW, of which only 1.5 GW was offshore.
– China’s total potential for wind energy is estimated to 4,900 GW, of which 217 GW is offshore.
– Source: Danish Energy Agency