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China's wind installation is expected to be the world No.1 this year
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15:36, September 21, 2009

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President of European Wind Energy Association Arthouros Zervos said that China is probably the world's No 1 in annual wind turbine installation in 2009. He made the remark in an interview with People's Daily Online after the conclusion of the European Offshore Wind Conference and Exhibition in Stockholm on Wednesday.

"I think China is really doing a lot in this area. The business in the wind sector came in a very short time, most probably this year, China will become the world number one in installation in 2009. This shows also the dynamic of the sector. I think China is a very good example of how the wind can contribute to development very fast because five years ago China had very little wind installation and this year you will be the number one in wind installations," said Professor Arthouros Zervos.

He is also President of European Renewable Energy Council and Chairman of Global Wind Energy Council.

"For me, this is extremely positive because China is very important also for the CO2 emission. So it is right the Chinese government moves to the renewable energy sector, not only the wind, and we appreciate very much what China does in that sector," said Professor Arthouros Zervos.

"Now I believe in two or three years, China will be the number one in total installation. This is most dynamic development in China in wind energy sector, it is not offshore."

Currently Vestas in Denmark is the world Number one wind company in installations, followed by GE of the US and companies in Spain, India and German. China's Sinovel Wind. Co. Ltd numbers 7.

Professor Arthouros Zervos said he was overwhelmed by the great interest in the wind sector which attracted actually about 5000 people, 2000 more than expected.

" It is a dynamic sector which is starting now and growing up very quickly. All the elements here show that this is possible and that will have a major contribution through the European electricity in the next decade. It is a major part for meeting our goals of 20% reduction of CO2 for 2020."

The conference ends with a declaration announcing that the wind industry sector is ready to deliver the business by pledging to produce enough offshore turbines, build up foundations, installation vessels, cable laying vessels and high voltage DC VSC electricity transmission technology.

Meanwhile the industry also calls on the European Commission to publish its blueprint for a North Sea Grid, EU Energy Security and Infrastructure Instrument, Communication on Financing Low Carbon Technologies and Market Integration Roadmap.

"With the declaration we announced that the industry is ready to do from their part and the politicians should really make their frameworks and facilitate this update of the sector. That means an agreement must be reached in Copenhagen because this sector can play the role of reducing emissions in the next 20 years."

He also rejected the worry of bubbles in the sector. "This is heavy industry and there is no bubbles here. I don't see it at all. This has been proved in the onshore wind energy which now contributes 4% of our electricity."

The next European Offshore Wind Conference and Exhibition will be held in Armsterdam in Holland.

By Xuefei Chen, People's Daily Online, Stockholm.

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