Alex Tancock has had a number of years experience working within the wind energy industry, having been involved in the development and operation of wind farm projects in the UK, Australia and China.
In late 2004 Alex returned to Hong Kong and set up a Wind Prospect office to work in the growing Chinese and Asian renewables markets and is the co-project manager of the 201MW Hong Kong Offshore Wind Farm together with partner CLP.
Alex Tancock is the General Manager of Wind Prospect Hong Kong Ltd (WPHK). WPHK is developing an offshore wind farm in Hong Kong waters, in partnership with CLP. This offshore Wind Farm could power 1% of Hong Kong’s energy.
Wind Prospect is a global company. Prior to coming to Hong Kong Alex worked with the Wind Prospect team in Adelaide. South Australia is the leading wind generation state in Australia. Half of the capacity of this wind program is developed in Australia in partnership with CLP. Two years ago CLP agreed to partner Alex in Hong Kong and give capacity building and some financial support.
Alex and a small team also write and research monthly reports on the website for Hong Kong Government referencing Hong Kong energy issues.
The most critical issues that the world is facing are water shortages and dwindling oil production. People need to learn to adapt to carbon-neutral economies. Alex started learning about energy and social issues at school where they had local mentors and Global Citizenship programs which became a positive influence on his life.
One of the obstacles that Alex has had to overcome is educating people about the elements of Wind derived energy. There is very little incentive in Hong Kong. The government doe not give incentives for renewables as other nations do.
This project is a landmark project in Asia. Wind-farms harnessing wind energy are a pure high form of energy offering a return on investment in the first year. Other forms of energy e.g. coal, oil and gas are always draining energy from the world. The Wind Prospect Hong Kong project can create jobs in the community and there is also potential to do a lot of work in China.