Wind Power in China: Ambiguous Winds of Change in China's Energy Market, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Wind Power in China

Ambiguous Winds of Change in China's Energy Market, 1st Edition

By Julia Kirch Kirkegaard


346 pages | 28 B/W Illus.

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Whilst China’s growing economy is widely regarded as being responsible for severe environmental degradation and a high reliance on energy from fossil fuels, China is emerging as a potential leader in new green energy technologies. Outlining the extraordinary growth in China’s wind power capacity since 2005, this book explores the deliberate creation of a whole industry and the strategy of transitioning the power sector to renewable energy by accelerated experimentation and through literally pushing the emerging wind power sector to its limits. Investigating how wind power may not always be considered as sustainable in a wider Chinese developmental context, the book traces the struggle China has had in getting this high technology sector to qualify as truly Chinese scientific development, whilst often being opaquely at the mercy of foreign expertise, technology, and certification. The book furthermore exposes the surprising nuances, dynamics, and potency of unexpected players in Chinese wind power marketisation. Complex interplays are revealed between wind turbine control systems, algorithms in critical software technology, relationships between suppliers, wind farm developers, financiers, the electrical grid itself, the coal lobby, the broader Chinese state, and much more. The book has important implications far beyond wind power and contemporary China studies, highlighting the much wider story of China’s fragmented and experimental style of innovating, upgrading, and greening.

Table of Contents

PART I: Setting the context for the controversy study of Chinese ‘greening’ through accelerated wind power development

Prologue: The algorithmic universe of wind power – mapping controversies over China’s ‘wind power miracle’

Chapter One: Upgrading in software algorithms at the core of Chinese wind power development

Chapter Two: Introducing a unique analytical strategy – the Anthropology of Markets

Chapter Three: Setting the scene – empirical background to prise open the blackbox of Chinese wind power development

PART II: Controversy study - mapping five sites of controversy over Chinese wind power development

Chapter Four: Qualification struggle in Chinese wind power – marketisation by advancing towards the brink of collapse?

Chapter Five: Controversy over access to the grid – making space for wind in the Chinese Kingdom of Coal

Chapter Six: Controversy over access to money in China’s spider’s web – diving into the ‘system problem’ of Chinese wind power development

Chapter Seven: Controversy over access to intellectual property rights for software algorithms

Chapter Eight: Controversy over access to standards and certificates

PART III: Conclusions and broader perspectives

Chapter Nine: Conclusions and reflections on Chinese marketisation of wind power development

Chapter Ten: Broadening out perspectives and looking ahead

About the Author

Julia Kirch Kirkegaard is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University, as well as at Copenhagen Business School and the Technical University of Denmark

About the Series

Routledge Studies on the Chinese Economy

The primary aim of this series is to publish original, high quality, research-level work, by both new and established scholars in the West and East, on all aspects of the Chinese economy, including studies of business and economic history. Works of synthesis, reference books and edited collections will also be considered. Submissions from prospective authors are welcomed.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies