China to advance wave energy with three test sites

China is planning to build three wave energy test sites off Shandong, Zhejiang and Guangdong provinces.

The small-scale test site planned for Shandong will be designated for both tidal current and wave energy technologies.

The site off Zhejiang will comprise a full scale test site for tidal turbines, and Guandong will house a full-scale test for wave energy technologies.

According to Xinhua, a Chinese news provider, the Government has so far invested $163.4 million in renewable ocean energy through its funding program specifically set up for marine renewable energy.

Chinese government has committed that the carbon emission per unit of GDP in 2020 would decrease by 40-45 percent relative to 2005, according to National Ocean Technology Center China.

To remind, late in March, 2015, China issued a consenting approval to Eco Wave Power, an Israeli wave developer company, for the construction of 100 kW wave power plant in Zoushan island, Zhejiang Province.

Furthermore, another Israeli wave energy developer, WERPO, announced that it is currently in negotiations with an unnamed Chinese electric supplier for the construction of ‘a very large infrastructure for ocean power generators’.

Zhejiang Province is also home to one of the the longest-operating tidal power plants in the world – 3.9 MW Jiangxia tidal power plant, built in 1985.

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