Ioxus’ Chinese Customers Ramp Up Wind Power Installations

China now claims greater wind power capacity than any other nation on Earth, and its capabilities to harness the elements for energy are growing. As a critical factor in the country’s economy, wind turbines dot China’s landscape, particularly along its long coastline, as well as in its interior. With more than a dozen Chinese companies now producing turbines, the need for energy storage components is growing, and orders for Ioxus ultracapacitors are increasing, as well.

By July, our ultracaps will be installed in 65 new Chinese windmills. By year’s end, we expect that number to triple to nearly 200 field installations in China. Our customers there manufacture two different pitch control systems – 1.5 and 2.5 megawatt systems — both of which rely on our 350 Farad single cell. As we ship these products out the door, we’re reflecting on the advances the Chinese are making in wind power generation and the implications for the rest of the world.

In 2009, Technology Review, a publication of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, wrote that the future of Chinese energy could be completely wind-powered.

“…researchers from Harvard University and Beijing’s Tsinghua University suggest that the Chinese wind power industry has hardly begun to tap its potential. According to their meteorological and financial modeling, reported in the journal Science last week, there is enough strong wind in China to profitably satisfy all of the country’s electricity demand until at least 2030.”

China is adopting hydraulic wind turbines over electric ones to increase reliability by using ultracapacitors for energy storage. This change illustrates the country’s fundamental belief in the value of wind power. The implications of China’s focus on this energy source are spelled out in the Technology Review article:

“…wind offers a carbon-neutral source of energy to meet China’s power needs for the next two decades. Meeting incremental demand with coal-fired generation, in contrast, would generate 3.5 billion tons per year of carbon dioxide emissions (more greenhouse gas than the European Union expects to release by 2030).”

Our partners and customers in China and throughout Asia are facilitating the growing interest in cleaner energy production, and we salute their efforts to show the world what is possible with modern wind turbines.

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