Tuesday, July 23, 2013

1st Mongolian Wind Farm (Al Jazeera Video)

Two statements in the video were most interesting to me. For one, a spokesman for Newcom (the owner of the wind farm) remarked that Mongolia has enough wind resources in one Southern province (I assume he was talking about Ömnögovi (meaning “South Gobi”) to power all of China.

That’s true. It is also true that China is busy building their own vast wind power resources on their side of the Gobi desert. They had already 17.6 GW of wind in the Inner Mongolia region in 2012, and are building a new 1.4 GW project, as I blogged last November.
It was also interesting to note that according to the journalist the Mongolian government is sold on the idea of an “Asia Super Grid”. It seems Tomas Kåberger, head of the Japanese Renewable Energy Foundation, has been successful when presenting about that idea in Ulaan Baatar last summer.
According to the Asian Development Bank, Mongolia has the biggest wind resources of all Asian countries with around 1.1 TW, almost completely untapped right now.
Softbank has also decided to invest $626 million in some more wind parks in Mongolia, with 300 MW capacity. They also plan to increase this gradually to 7 GW.