CGNEE hosted a Public Open Day at Charmon-Wotlek Wind Farm in France on Dec 12, which attracted a great number of primary school students, residents and journalists.
The children live in the town of Arcis sur Aube near the wind farm. Although the white wind turbines have accompanied them as they grew up, they never had a chance to have a close encounter with these tall machines, and didn’t know what the inside of a wind turbine looks like.
In a makeshift tent, engineers from the company’s operation and maintenance department gave the children a lecture on new energy. "Why does the wind turbine have three blades?" “What does energy transition mean?"", "Does the wind turbine produce the same electricity as any other device?” The curious children peppered engineers with questions.
With these questions in mind, the children went on a field exploration of the inside of the wind turbines after safety training. The wind farm is a typical distributed wind power project in Europe. It has six wind turbines with a hub height of 81 meters and a blade tip height of 127 meters. The installed capacity is 12MW, which can provide electricity for 5,500 households.
During the visit, the children learned how to harness the power of wind, an infinitely renewable resource, to generate electricity for the planet, as well as the key role new energy plays in the fight against global warming and the contribution it can make to environmental protection.
Liu Yuguang, vice president of CGN Europe Energy, said that the day was the 3rd public open day in the wind farm, held because CGN always adheres to the combination of development and fulfillment of social responsibility and strives for mutual benefits within all its operations.
Founded on June 30, 2014, CGN Europe Energy is headquartered in Paris. Its main business includes the development, investment, construction, operation and maintenance of wind power, solar energy and other renewable energy projects, with assets spread across France, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Sweden and Senegal. To date, its total investment in Europe and Africa has exceeded 3 billion euros ($3.3 billion), while its total installed capacity now reaches 2.4GW.
From January to November, the company’s new energy projects generated 2.11 TWh of electricity to serve about 1.23 million households. It is equivalent to saving 845,000 tons of coal, reducing 2.11 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions and 575,000 tons of dust emissions, and planting 5,800 hectares of tress in Europe. Its in-service wind power projects in France, which feature a total installed capacity of 366.9MW, can generate about 800 million kWh of electricity per year.