Ocean Energy Activities in Chinaby Xiangfan Gao, Chinese Acad of Sciences, China,
Abstract: The ocean energy will perform an important action to compensate for energy consumption. In China tidal energy was utilized early, building tidal power plants began from the nineteen fifties. Up to date, eight tidal power plants are operating in China, the total installed capacity is 5.97 MW. The Jiangxia Tidal Power Station is the largest one in China with 3,200 KW installed capacity. In China Wave energy and tidal current energy have been researched and developed from the nineteen seventies, small wave activated generators for navigation buoys have successfully supplied electricity for lighted buoys along Chinese coast. Several tidal current power prototypes are in conceptual testing. Ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) and salinity gradient energy conversion are being studied in laboratories. This paper describes some ocean energy projects including their technology types and status in the P.R. China.
Subject Headings: Power plants | Hydro power | Tides | Ocean engineering | Thermal power | Energy conversion | Water waves | Wave generation | China | Asia
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