Public release date: 10-Sep-2009
Contact: Michael Patrick Rutter
Environmental scientists estimate that China could meet its entire future energy needs by wind alone
Study suggests that wind is ecologically and economically practical and could reduce CO2 emissions
Cambridge, Mass. – September 10, 2009 – A team of environmental scientists from Harvard and Tsinghua University demonstrated the enormous potential for wind-generated electricity in China. Using extensive metrological data and incorporating the Chinese government's energy bidding and financial restrictions for delivering wind power, the researchers estimate that wind alone has the potential to meet the country's electricity demands projected for 2030.
The switch from coal and other fossil fuels to greener wind-based energy could also mitigate CO2 emissions, thereby reducing pollution. The report appeared as a cover story in the September 11th issue of Science.