Researchers from the University of Exeter, UK, are set to partner with China’s Dalian University of Technology to develop new offshore renewable energy (ORE) technologies.
Research project professor Bing Chen has received more than £800,000 in grants from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).
The project has also been awarded CNY2.94m (£1m) from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) under the £4m Joint UK-China Offshore Renewable Energy programme, which aims to support collaborative research into the development of next generation of offshore technologies.
Entitled 'Resilient Integrated-Coupled FOW platform design methodology' (ResIn), the research project aims to explore the potential of offshore wind to act as a feasible electricity source, particularly for countries such as China, which traditionally depends upon fossil fuels to generate electricity.
Chen said: “China has stepped up the installation of solar energy and onshore wind capacity; however the industrialised centres along the coast do not have significant renewable energy resources available, apart from Offshore wind energy.
“The China Sea is potentially the largest offshore energy market in the world with up to 500GW capacity.”
The Government of China has already identified offshore wind energy as one of the primary energy resources that could offset as many as 340 coal-fired power stations annually in the country.