Clean Energy

China’s Solar Prices Can Fall 38%, Become Competitive With Coal

May 23, 2016

  • Declining costs in China’s solar industry could allow the government to reduce prices offered to photovoltaic developers by more than a third by 2020 and see plants powered by the sun become competitive with coal within a decade. “It’s possible” to allow prices to be cut to 0.5 yuan (U.S. 8 cents) a kilowatt-hour in four years, the world’s biggest panel maker Trina Solar Ltd. said in an e-mail citing chairman Gao Jifan. This year developers got at least 0.8 yuan a kilowatt-hour for photovoltaic power generated for approved projects. China surpassed Germany last year as the nation with the most installed solar-power capacity, in the process making renewable energy more competitive by driving down costs. Solar power in China soared more than seven fold since 2012 as the country sought to boost use of solar panels to cut carbon emissions and boost home home consumption of renewable power.

China produced almost half of new global wind installations in 2015 finds new Global Data report

18 May 2016

  • According to research and consulting firm Global Data, Chinese wind energy installation accounted for almost half of new global wind installations with a total annual capacity of 30.5 GW The company’s latest viewpoint report also finds that the second largest wind capacity installer in 2015 was the US, with 8.6 GW, followed by Germany, Brazil and India, with 6.1 GW, 2.6 GW, and 2.6 GW respectively. China is expected to maintain its leading position in 2016 with an annual installed capacity of 23 GW, aided by a supportive regulatory scenario, low average turbine prices, and transmission infrastructure development.

India ranked third in ‘Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index’: Report

16 May 2016

  • India is placed at the third position after the United States and China in the ‘Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index’, according to an EY report. The US, China and India featured in the top three countries in the index with the size and scale of renewables activity surpassing others.

China to boost energy storage 10-fold to cut power waste: industry

May 13, 2016

  • China is expected to raise its power storage capacity by ten-fold to 14.5 gigawatts by 2020, as the world’s second-biggest economy tries to cut massive waste from renewable energy projects, an industry association said. China is the world largest wind and solar power producer, but some regions are estimated to be losing more than 40 percent of their power because of technical restraints and bottlenecks in the grid, alongside weak power demand growth.

Stalled in the U.S., Solar Thermal Power Finds a New Market in China

May 9, 2016

  • Seeing its prospects falter in the United States, solar thermal project developer SolarReserve is teaming up with the world’s largest coal provider to find better prospects for the technology in China. The company’s deal with Shenhua Group, which calls for 1,000 megawatts of solar capacity to be developed and built in the coming years, could be an important step forward in China’s effort to reduce its dependence on coal-fired power plants for electricity.

China plans to build 20 floating nuclear powerplants for areas like the South China Sea

May 09, 2016

  • In January, Xu Dazhe, the director of the China Atomic Energy Authority, told reporters in Beijing that China was planning to develop offshore floating nuclear energy plants, saying they “must undergo a rigorous, scientific evaluation,” but also linking these to China’s desire to become a “maritime power.” Mr. Xu said at the time that developing China’s nuclear power-generating capacity was part of the country’s five-year economic development plan, which runs through 2020. China has more civilian nuclear power stations under construction than any other country.

China’s total wind power generation to triple by 2030

09 May 2016

  • Wind power installed capacity in China will increase from approximately 149 GW in 2015 to over 495 GW by 2030, representing a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 9%, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData.

China’s newly added solar power capacity rise 52%


  • BEIJING — China’s installed 7.1 million kilowatts of new photovoltaic power capacity in the first quarter, the National Energy Administration said on Friday. This brings the country’s total installed photovoltaic power capacity to 50.3 million kilowatts, up 52 percent from the end of Q1 last year, according to a statement on the administration’s website. The country’s photovoltaic power generation jumped 48 percent year on year to 11.8 billion kilowatt-hours during the first quarter, according to the statement.

Large wind capacity in China tops 134 GW at end-March 2016

Apr 18, 2016

  • April 18 (SeeNews) – China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) said Friday that the country’s large-scale wind power capacity has reached 134,070 MW as of the end of March 2016, which is 33.2% more than a year back. The calculations do not include plants with capacities lower than 6 MW. As for the county’s large-scale hydropower plants (HPP), their total installed capacity rose by 5% year-on-year to 278,540 MW at the end of last month. Over January-March, China connected approximately 1,590 MW of new HPPs. In the first three months of 2016, the country’s total power consumption grew by 3.2% on the year to 1,352.4 TWh. In March alone, China’s total electricity demand amounted to 476.2 TWh, marking a 5.6% year-on-year increase.

New Graphene Solar Cell Makes Rain-Powered Electricity

April 11th, 2016

  • The new rain-powered graphene solar cell was developed by the leading marine research institute Ocean University of China, in collaboration with Yunnan Normal University. To wrap your mind around the all-weather concept, consider that rainwater is not pure H20. In its recently published study, A Solar Cell That Is Triggered by Sun and Rain, the Ocean University research team describes rain as a giant “salt reservoir full of positively and negatively charged ions.”

China-made Electric SUV Put into Mass Production


  • Chinese automaker BAIC Motor has assembled its first mass-produced all-electric Sport Utility Vehicle. The all-electric SUV, EX200, can drive for 200 kilometers on a single charge. It only takes half an hour to charge to 80 percent of battery capacity in the fast-charging mode. China is to launch a nationwide carbon emissions trading market in 2017.

Chinese Government Reportedly Planning To Block New Coal-Fired Power Plant Development In 15 Regions

April 4th, 2016

  • The Chinese government may finally be making strong moves against further coal energy development in the country, going by recent reports — with news of the blocking of development of new coal-fired power plants in 15 regions apparently having been confirmed by the country’s National Energy Administration.

China Develops 300-Megawatt Nuclear Reactor Cooling Pump

April 03, 2016

  • Beijing: Expanding its nuclear power generation in a big way, China has developed the country’s first 300-megawatt nuclear reactor cooling pump, a critical component. The developer, Harbin Electric Corp., said today that the cooling pump has passed state appraisal by the China Machinery Industry Federation. Previously, China had depended on imports for key components of pressurised water reactor nuclear power plants.

Asian Super Grid gets support from China, Russia, S.Korea and Japan

Mar 31, 2016

  • State Grid Corporation of China, Korea’s main utility, one of Japan’s biggest renewables developers and Russia’s grid operator have formally indicated their interest in building a massive interconnected grid across Asia. The signing of an MoU (memorandum of understanding) for Asia Super Grid took place on 30 March between State Grid, Korean utility KEPCO, Russia’s PJSC ROSSETI and Softbank, the mobile provider-turned renewable energy developer which from Friday joins Japan’s newly deregulated electricity market.

China Is Adding a Three Gorges Dam Worth of Wind Every Year

March 28, 2016

  • In the past two years, China has added 53.2 gigawatts of wind energy capacity, with plans for another 31 GW in 2016. These are world-leading achievements, but their significance can be difficult to convey. A more concrete reference is needed. In 2012, the last of the turbines in the Three Gorges Dam began generating electricity at rated power. Construction of the 22.5-gigawatt dam — again, the biggest power station anywhere the world — took 18 years. It exacted a large social and environmental toll: more than 1 million people were displaced and ecosystems were destroyed.

UN: China, India driving new clean energy investments


  • Global temperatures continue to rise but there is a patch of good news. The UN’s annual study of clean power trends says investments in low carbon power are breaking records. Funding for wind, solar and other forms of renewable energy inched up 5% in 2015 to US$285.9 billion, past a previous peak of $278.5 billion in 2011. China boosted clean energy finance flows 17% to $102.9bn, while India was up 22% at $10.2bn said the UNEP-sponsored study, compiled by the Frankfurt School of clean energy finance.

China Is on an Epic Solar Power Binge

March 22, 2016

  • It’s worth taking a minute to appreciate the sheer scale of what China is doing in solar right now. In 2015, the country added more than 15 gigawatts of new solar capacity, surpassing Germany as the world’s largest solar power market. China now has 43.2 gigawatts of solar capacity, compared with38.4 gigawatts in Germany and 27.8 in the United States. According to new projections, it seems that trend is going to continue. Under its 13th Five Year Plan, China will nearly triple solar capacity by 2020, adding 15 to 20 gigawatts of solar capacity each year for the next five years, according to Nur Bekri, director of the National Energy Administration. That will bring the country’s installed solar power to more than 140 gigawatts. To put that in context, world solar capacity topped 200 gigawatts last year and is expected to reach 321 gigawatts by the end of 2016.

China to More Than Triple Solar Power Capacity in Five Years

March 21, 2016

  • China plans to more than triple solar power capacity by 2020 to as much as 143 gigawatts to help reduce carbon emissions. The country will add 15 to 20 gigawatts of photovoltaic power annually in the next five years, Nur Bekri, head of the National Energy Administration, said in a conference in Beijing on Monday. China accounted for more than a quarter of global solar additions with a record 15.1 gigawatts of installations last year, according to data from the NEA. China’s total solar capacity was 43.2 gigawatts at the end of 2015, surpassing Germany as the country with the most installed solar capacity.

Biggest coal producer wants to become leading clean-energy provider


  • China’s coal companies are looking to diversify as they battle a sales slump amid ongoing supply-side reform. Among them is the country’s biggest coal producer by volume — China Shenhua Energy Co Ltd, which has vowed to focus on clean-coal production, renewable energy and nuclear power to address the national shift of consumption-driven economy, according to its Chairman Steve Zhang Yuzhuo. “Renewable energy facilities we have already installed have the capacity to generate 6,200 megawatts of electricity, and the company is also actively participating in nuclear power,” said Zhang at the China Development Forum in Beijing on Saturday.

Renewable energy in China: moving into the next great dynasty

March 15, 2016

  • China has a rich history filled with epic achievements. From engineering marvels such as the Great Wall of China to the technological advancements allowing the first Chinese to walk in space, China, with its rich wisdom and rapidly evolving technical capabilities, has seldom ceased to demonstrate its competencies to redefine possibilities. Consuming one-third of the world’s electricity, the energy-hungry nation now faces a new challenge with even wider reaching consequences: developing a sustainable and low-pollution energy mix that will meet the needs of one-fifth of the world’s population.

China’s electric cars sales to double in 2016 – minister

Mar 13, 2016

  • China’s production and sale of electric cars will more than double this year, the industry minister said on Sunday. More than 300,000 electric cars were sold in China last year, Miao Wei, the head of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology told reporters on the sidelines of the annual meeting of parliament on Sunday.

Big plans for Integrating Renewable Energy Into China’s Electricity Grid

Mar 10, 2016

  • The number of world records China is capturing in cleantech keep adding up as the country pushes forward with its plans to de-carbonize its economy. One area where China hasn’t been setting any records, however, is in its ability to integrate all the renewable energy it produces with its electricity grid. In 2015, 15 percent of China’s wind energy and nince percent of its solar energy was “curtailed,” meaning that wind and solar energy production had to shut down because the electricity grid was not able to absorb the power that would have been generated (by contrast the curtailment rate in Europe is closer to one to two percent). This is a serious challenge for China, signifying that much of the clean energy that should be replacing coal-generated power is going to waste. In an attempt to solve this, China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) last month released a new 9-point work plant (Chinese) to help the country rectify this issue.

China CO2 emissions may have peaked in 2014: study

Mar 7, 2016

  • China’s carbon emissions, by far the world’s highest, may have peaked in 2014, according to a study published on Monday, potentially putting Beijing under pressure to toughen climate pledges perceived as too lax. China has promised to bring greenhouse gas emissions to a peak by “around 2030” as part of its commitments to a global pact to combat global warming, signed in Paris last year. Any evidence that the country has peaked much earlier could lead to concerns that its existing targets are too easy.

China Renewable Energy Growth Soars & Coal Use Declines

March 6th, 2016

  • China’s solar and wind energy capacity increased by 74% and 34%, respectively, in 2015, while coal consumption dropped by 3.7%. Image of wind farm in China’s Xinjiang provinceChina’s National Bureau of Statistics released figures for 2015 this week, and officials believe that the country’s current growth path will allow them to soon surpass their carbon emissions targets. Specifically, China broke two new records in 2015, installing a record 32.5 GW of wind in 2015, and a record 18.3 GW of solar in 2015 — both of which were higher than initial estimates.

China aims to boost renewable energy with ‘green certificates’

March 3, 2016

  • China plans to set up a market for renewable energy certificates to try to increase the use of cleaner energy as the world’s largest greenhouse gas producer tries to reduce its reliance on coal. China aims to increase the use of non-fossil fuel in the primary energy mix to 15 percent by 2020 from the current 12 percent. It plans to boost the share of renewables such as wind and solar power, with the goal of cutting emissions of major pollutants in the power sector 60 percent by 2020. China already has the world’s largest capacity of photovoltaic solar power.

China aims to build 30 nuclear power units overseas by 2030

Mar 2, 2016

  • China National Nuclear Corp. says China aims to build 30 nuclear power units in countries involved with the Belt and Road Initiative by 2030.

China’s Wind and Solar Energy Capacity Is Soaring


  • Solar power generation capacity was up 74 percent in China last year compared with 2014 levels, while wind power generation capacity grew by 34 percent. “China’s official 2015 wind installations are an all-time global record of 32.5 gigawatts,” Tim Buckley of the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis told New Scientist.“China itself is the only nation to have come anywhere near this, delivering 20.7 gigawatts of new wind capacity in 2014.” At the same time, China’s coal consumption dropped by 3.4 percent. Overall, wind, solar, nuclear power, natural gas, and hydropower now account for nearly 20 percent of the world’s largest carbon polluter’s energy mix.

BYD Takes #1 Electric Car Spot As Electric Car Sales Triple In China (Video Interview)

January 20th, 2016

  • BYD is one of the leading electric car manufacturers in the world — or even the leading manufacturer. It is also the world’s leading manufacturer of electric buses, sells solar panels, sells stationary energy storage systems, and sells LEDs as well. You can’t make a list of corporate cleantech leaders and exclude BYD. In 2014, Wang Chuanfu, founder and chairman of BYD, actually won the Zayed Future Energy Prize Lifetime Achievement Award. So, this is essentially the second time BYD is winning.

China is building the largest waste-to-energy plant in the world

26 FEB 2016

  • The Chinese city of Shenzhen plans to tackle its serious waste problem by burning 5,000 tonnes of it a day in what will become the largest waste-to-energy plant in the world. The process, which is expected to turn at least a third of the trash into useable electricity, isn’t exactly the best thing for the environment on account of all the CO2 it’ll release, but it’ll at least put a nice, big dent in the landfills and illegal dumps that have been building up in Shenzhen. One of these landfills actually killed dozens of people last year when it unexpectedly collapsed.

China Pushes New Energy Vehicle Purchases to 50 Percent

Feb 25, 2016

  • The Chinese government has announced plans to increase the number of new energy vehicles (NEV) purchased by departments in a bid to move to “greener” modes of transport. In a statement released on Wednesday, the State Council said that new energy vehicles should be 50 percent of government offices’, public institutions’ and city departments’ yearly vehicle purchases.

Chinese Wind Turbine Maker Is Now World’s Largest

February 23, 2016

  • General Electric Co. has ceded its position as the world’s No. 1 wind turbine manufacturer to a Chinese competitor, according to 2015 market data compiled by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology Co. Ltd. received orders for 7.8 gigawatts of new wind turbines in 2015, exceeding GE, which dropped to No. 3 globally with 5.9 GW of new commissioned capacity, according to BNEF. Vestas Wind Systems A/S of Denmark attracted 7.3 GW of new orders in 2015, solidifying its No. 2 ranking in the global supply chain.

Aston Martin to develop electric car with China’s LeEco

Feb 17, 2016

  • Aston Martin set up a venture with Chinese consumer electronics group LeEco to jointly develop the British luxury car brand’s first electric vehicle, an example of the deepening ties between the technology and automotive industries. Companies like Alphabet and LeEco are developing automotive expertise because they want to broaden their reach beyond computers and cellphones into cars, while automakers want Internet connectivity to give drivers live traffic updates and infotainment.

US Falls Behind Europe and China in Global Plug-in Vehicle Market

February 13, 2016

  • The United States is no longer the biggest electric vehicle market in the world. While EV sales in Europe and China are on the rise, American car buyers have been slower to purchase plug-in vehicles—partly explained by lower gas prices. It’s estimated that EV sales in China last year eclipsed 220,000 units, while Europe tallied about 186,000 sales. Meanwhile, US buyers purchased about 116,000 electric cars. The weak EV market in the US comes into focus when you consider that the Netherlands, a country of roughly 17 million people, added nearly 44,000 plug-in vehicles in 2015—while the US, with its population of almost 320 million, put about 116,000 new plug-in cars on the road last year.

China Could Have a Meltdown-Proof Nuclear Reactor Next Year

February 11, 2016

  • In what would be a milestone for advanced nuclear power, China’s Nuclear Engineering Construction Corporation plans to start up a high-temperature, gas-cooled pebble-bed nuclear plant next year in Shandong province, south of Beijing. The twin 105-megawatt reactors—so-called Generation IV reactors that would be immune to meltdown—would be the first of their type built at commercial scale in the world. Construction of the plant is nearly complete, and the next 18 months will be spent installing the reactor components, running tests, and loading the fuel before the reactors go critical in November 2017, said Zhang Zuoyi, director of the Institute of Nuclear and New Energy Technology, a division of Tsinghua University that has developed the technology over the last decade and a half, in an interview at the institute’s campus 30 miles south of Beijing. If it’s successful, Shandong plant would generate a total of 210 megawatts and will be followed by a 600-megawatt facility in Jiangxi province. Beyond that, China plans to sell these reactors internationally; in January, Chinese president Xi Jinping signed an agreement with King Salman bin Abdulaziz to construct a high-temperature gas-cooled reactor in Saudi Arabia.

China overtakes EU to become global wind power leader

11 February 2016

  • China installed half of all new wind capacity worldwide last year, according to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). The country added an “astonishing” 30.5 gigawatts (GW) to boost installations to 145.1GW, the Brussels-based industry group said on Wednesday. It overtook the EU total for the first time, which added a record 6GW to increase its capacity to 141.6GW.

China Tops World In Total Installed Solar PV, Passes Germany

February 9th, 2016

  • China now represents the largest market for solar photovoltaic (PV) technology in the world — with a total installed capacity of 43.2 gigawatts (GW) — according to the latest statistics from the National Energy Administration (NEA). The new statistics echo those released by the state news agency Xinhua, revealing that the country had recently surpassed the 43 GW of capacity milestone. The news means that Germany has lost its position as the overall top market for solar PV in the world — and very likely will never regain that distinction (particularly due to the size of the country, the competitiveness of solar power worldwide, and the huge growth in the three most populous countries in the world — China, India, and the US).

Chinese market electrifying for ‘green’ cars

February 7, 2016

  • Government subsidies are fuelling a boom in electric vehicles in China, driving hopes for the industry’s global future as the world’s biggest car market offers economies of scale that could make the technology mainstream. Sales of electric cars, though still modest, have rocketed four-fold in a year—thanks in part to lavish government handouts—as Beijing looks to cut down on dangerous air pollution that shrouds urban areas.

China’s State Grid Corp. Aims to Build ‘Global Energy Internet’

Feb 06, 2016

  • State Grid Corp., one of the world’s biggest utility companies, is striving to build a global energy network through a new unit, which is expected to attract $50 trillion worth of investment by 2050, sources said on Tuesday, Feb. 2. A report published by said that State Grid, also the largest electric power transmission and distribution company in China, had established a company last year to develop what its President Liu Zhenya called a “global energy Internet” through a massive electricity grid sharing renewables from all over the world.

China’s wind energy capacity rose 60% in 2015


  • China saw a 60 percent annual increase in its new wind generating capacity in 2015 as the country seeks to expand the use of clean energy to reduce air pollution and lower carbon emissions. The country installed new wind power capacity of around 32 gigawatts (GW) last year, bringing the total capacity to 129GW, Xinhua News Agency reported. That increase is more than the capacity of the United States’ three largest wind-producing states combined.

China Blows Past the U.S. in Wind Power

February 2, 2016

  • China solidified its standing as the world’s wind energy behemoth in 2015, adding almost as much wind power capacity in one year as the total installed capacity of the three largest U.S. wind-producing states: Texas, Iowa and California. New data from Bloomberg New Energy Finance show China installed just under 29 gigawatts of new wind energy capacity in 2015, surpassing its previous record of roughly 21 GW set in 2014. The country also accounted for more than 46 percent of all wind power installed globally for the year, eclipsing the next largest market, the United States, which added 8.6 GW (ClimateWire, Jan. 28).

China is ranked a booming market for wind capacity growth, according to Navigant Research

01 February 2016

  • A new report from Navigant Research has analyzed wind energy development policies in 42 countries, with rankings for current policy stability, past performance, sector potential, and economic forecasts. “Perhaps the most important insight from this analysis is a move toward lower but stable growth rates,” says Roberto Rodriguez Labastida, senior research analyst with Navigant Research. “While the mix of countries seeking to grow wind capacity continues to expand, today, only China is ranked by Navigant Research as Booming, while the United States, India, and Germany are categorized as Outperformers, and 21 and 17 countries, respectively, are classified as Growing or Stalled.”

China’s solar capacity overtakes Germany in 2015, industry data show

Jan 21, 2016

  • China is likely to have surpassed Germany in the fourth quarter as the country with the most solar capacity, despite missing its target for 2015, industry data showed on Thursday. China’s installed photovoltaic solar capacity stood at 43 gigawatts (GW) by the end of the year, up about 15 gigawatts from 2014, the China Photovoltaic Industry Association (CPIA) said, according to the official Xinhua news agency. This compares with a figure of roughly 40 GW for Germany, according to data from that country’s Federal Network Agency and Fraunhofer ISE.

Greenpeace: Air in China 10 percent less polluted last year

January 20, 2016

  • Greenpeace East Asia says average concentrations of air particulates in 189 Chinese cities fell by 10 percent in 2015, a sign of decreasing pollution overall even as catastrophic levels of smog this winter in northern China effectively shut down schools and roads.

China now the largest installer of clean energy, report says

Jan. 18, 2016

  • China was the largest developer of renewable energy projects in 2015, accounting for almost 40 per cent of all the wind, solar, biopower and small hydro installations around the world. New numbers from British-based research firm GlobalData show that China has become the largest installer of clean energy, with almost 45 gigawatts of renewable power projects added last year, out of 115 GW that started up worldwide. One gigawatt is enough to power about 700,000 homes, so globally there was enough new renewable energy installed in 2015 to power about 80 million homes.

China pushes global renewable capacity beyond 900GW

14 January 2016

  • Rapid rollout of solar, hydropower and onshore wind in China drove global installed capacity of green energy to 913GW

Yingli Solar forms JV for 300 MW solar panel fab in Thailand, its first outside China

  1. January 2016
  • Chinese firm’s subsidiary Hainan Yingli New Energy Resource teams with Thailand’s Demeter Power to build and develop 300 MW factory for multicrystalline PV panels, to be sold under Yingli brand name. Vertically integrated Chinese solar company Yingli Solar has today revealed plans to open its first manufacturing facility outside of China – a 300 MW solar panel fab to be located in Thailand’s Pruckdang district of Rayong.–its-first-outside-china_100022739/

New energy cars sales balloon in China

Jan 2, 2016

  • It’s an explosive year for new energy vehicles in China, with sales surging 290 percent in 2015. In China’s northern city of Tianjin, government subsidies, improving power battery technology and smart charging facility networks are fuelling the surge of new energy cars.

Chinese firms join forces to market Hualong One abroad

31 December 2015

  • Two Chinese nuclear power companies have agreed to create a joint venture to promote China’s “third-generation” nuclear reactor design, Hualong One, in overseas markets. China Guangdong Nuclear Power Group (CGN) and China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) announced the plan to establish Hualong International Nuclear Power Technology Co in separate statements yesterday. The new joint venture company has a registered capital of 500 million yuan ($77 million), with CGN and CNNC each holding a 50% stake.

China to Increase Wind, Solar Power Capacity by 21% in 2016

December 29, 2015

  • China, the world’s biggest clean energy investor, plans to increase wind and solar power capacity by more than 21 percent next year as it works to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by cutting its reliance on coal. The nation is targeting at least 20 gigawatts of new wind power installations and 15 gigawatts of additional photovoltaic capacity next year, the National Energy Administration said in a statement on Tuesday.

China’s new energy vehicle output surges 600%


  • China’s production of new energy vehicles surged by 600 percent year on year in November thanks to government support. Total production in November stood at 72,300 units, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said Monday in a statement. During the month, output of pure electric passenger vehicles soared 700 percent from a year earlier to 30,000 units and that for plug-in hybrid passenger vehicles tripled to 7,509.

China forecast to become world’s biggest electric car market

Dec 6, 2015

  • China is forecast to become the world’s biggest electric car market this year, with sales estimated at 220,000 to 250,000 vehicles, the official news agency Xinhua said on Sunday, quoting the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. Worldwide electric cars sales are expected to increase to 600,000 this year, association deputy secretary-general Xu Yanhua told an industry conference. China is tipped to surpass the United States as the world’s biggest electric car market, she said, putting the U.S. market at an estimated 180,000 vehicles.

China vows massive clean-up of power plants

December 2, 2015

  • China will upgrade its coal-fired power plants to reduce the discharge of pollutants by 60 percent before 2020, top officials said Wednesday. The move will save around 100 million tonnes of raw coal and cut carbon dioxide emissions by 180 million tonnes annually, the official Xinhua news agency quoted the State Council, or cabinet, as saying. By 2020 China will have shut down plants that do not meet the energy-saving standard, according to a statement from the council.

China tops developing world with $89b investment in clean energy


  • China invested $89 billion in clean energy in 2014, the largest among 55 nations surveyed in a global report, representing the country’s commitment to a low-carbon future. China scored the highest at 2.29 on a 0-5 scale on the list of clean energy investment and deployment after topping the list last year with a score of 2.23, according to Climatescope 2015, an independent industry report. The annual report, sponsored by Britain’s Department for International Development and the US Agency for International Development, surveyed 55 of the world’s most important developing nations on their performance with clean energy investment and deployment.

China’s Geely aims for 90 percent of sales to be green energy cars by 2020

Nov 18, 2015

  • China’s Geely Automobile Holdings plans to concentrate entirely on developing green energy vehicles, eschewing traditional combustion engines and completely overhauling its product portfolio, the company said on Wednesday. Geely wants 90 percent of sales to be so-called new-energy vehicles by 2020, the company said in a press release.

Wind power has taken China by storm


  • The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) recently reported that the wind market in China grew by 45 % in 2014, with an impressive 23 GW of new wind power installed. With China expected to raise new energy development targets for the 2016 to 2020 period, this rate of progress shows no signs of slowing down. This year of 2015 alone, China will install an estimated 23to 25 GW of wind energy, accounting for nearly half of all global wind installations. Wind power has overtaken nuclear power in China, in fact, at full pace, China’s wind farms could now produce more energy than all of the nuclear power plants in the US. Global Data (link is external) analysts also believe that China could overtake the US as the leading generator of wind power as soon as 2016.

US ‘playing catch-up to China’ in clean energy efforts, UN climate chief says

3 November 2015

  • China is now leading the world when it comes to fighting climate change – handily beating the US’s efforts under Barack Obama to move to a clean energy economy, the United Nations climate chief said on Tuesday. In a swipe at the US president, who has embraced the fight against climate change as his legacy, Christiana Figueres, the UN’s leading climate official, said that when it came to getting off fossil fuels America was still relegated to an also-ran. “The United States is actually playing catch-up to China,” Figueres said. “China has taken an undisputed leadership,” she told an event hosted by the Christian Science Monitor and the Nuclear Energy Institute, the industry lobby group.

China’s Li: Beijing has ‘duty to humanity’ to boost green growth

November 3, 2015

  • China has used up too much energy and too many resources in its quest for growth, Premier Li Keqiang told visiting French President Francois Hollande Tuesday, adding it has a “duty to humanity” to clean itself up.

China Said to Mull Wind, Solar Power Tariff Cuts Through 2020

October 30, 2015

  • China is considering cutting the preferential rate it offers wind and solar power developers because the surcharges slapped onto electricity bills to pay for clean-energy subsidies aren’t high enough. The National Development and Reform Commission, China’s top economic planning agency, plans to cut the tariffs annually in the five years through 2020 to make electricity from clean sources more competitive compared with coal power, according to a document seen by Bloomberg.

China will lead in new energy by year 2020


  • China will have the largest share in the renewable energy market in the next decade, driven by generation needs, pollution concerns and a favorable environment policy with ambitious targets, according to analysts from International Energy Agency. “China would require almost one-third of cumulative new investment after five years. Announcing power sector reforms to support the integration of higher levels of variable renewables should help reinforce their leading position,” said Heymi Bahar, renewable energy market analyst at IEA said.

Apple announces clean energy investments in China


  • Apple plans to boost its green credentials in China by investing in solar power generators and helping its manufacturing partners in the country become more environmentally friendly. Announcing the moves, Apple CEO Tim Cook said they will avoid over 20 million tonness of greenhouse gas pollution in China between now and 2020, equivalent to taking nearly four million passenger vehicles off the road for a year.

China starts building its largest electric car solar charging complex

Oct 21, 2015

  • Beijing has started construction of the country’s largest solar charging station, capable of charging 80 electric cars per day. The official Xinhua agency said (link in Chinese) Beijing has put 15 million yuan (US$2.36 million) toward building the complex, which is expected to be operational by the end of the year. It will have 30 fast-charge points, capable of charging a car to full power within 40 minutes, and 20 slow-charge points that will charge a car in two hours.

China Details Next-Gen Nuclear Reactor Program

October 16, 2015

  • A group of nuclear scientists and entrepreneurs gathered this week at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, in Tennessee, to observe the 50th anniversary of the molten-salt reactor experiment—a program carried out at Oak Ridge in the 1960s to build a novel nuclear reactor. Molten-salt reactors use liquid, rather than solid fuel rods, as the fuel to produce the nuclear reactions that heat water to make steam and, in turn, electricity. They have several advantages over conventional light-water reactors in terms of safety, anti-proliferation, and economics, and are enjoying a renaissance as the world searches for sources of low-cost, low-carbon energy.
  • Among the presenters was Xu Hongjie, the director of the molten-salt reactor program at the Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics. Under the auspices of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, SINAP is collaborating with Oak Ridge to advance research on both salt-cooled reactors (which use molten salts to transfer heat and to cool the reactor) and salt-fueled reactors (in which the fuel, where the energy-producing nuclear reactions occur, is dissolved within the salt coolant). Signed in December 2011, the Shanghai-Oak Ridge effort has been the subject of controversy and speculation among the nuclear power community, particularly those promoting advanced technologies such as molten-salt reactors and the use of thorium, an alternative nuclear fuel that is cleaner, safer, and more abundant than uranium.

China’s wind power capacity to hit 120 gigawatts by 2015 end

Oct 17, 2015

  • China’s wind power capacity is to hit 120 gigawatts by the end of 2015, according to the National Energy Administration. Wind power capacity reached 105 gigawatts by the end of June this year, Zhu Ming, Deputy director of the NEA’s New and Renewable Energy Department told PTI yesterday.

China to invest $78 bn to build 110 nuclear power plants by 2030, will overtake US

Oct 17, 2015

  • Beijing: China plans to build 110 nuclear power plants by 2030 with an investment of over $78 billion overtaking the US which has 100 such plants amid criticism that Beijing is yet to implement enough measures to develop safety controls in existing projects. China will build six to eight nuclear power plants annually for the next five years and operate 110 plants by 2030 to meet the urgent need for clean energy, Beijing-based China Times quoted plan analysts as saying.

China Tycoons to Invest $5 Billion in Indian Renewable Power

October 15, 2015

  • Chinese tycoons Liang Wengen and Nan Cunhui plan to pour $5 billion into India’s renewable power sector as Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeks a major expansion of clean energy in one of the world’s biggest polluters. Liang’s Sany Group will install 2,000 megawatts of capacity and generate 1,000 jobs from 2016 to 2020 at a cost of $3 billion, a statement released at a briefing in New Delhi on Thursday showed. Chint Group Chairman Nan said at the same event that his company will invest $2 billion in solar power and equipment.

Report: China Completes Tibet’s Biggest Hydropower Plant

October 13, 2015

  • BEIJING—China has completed the construction of the Zangmu hydropower facility in Tibet, the largest so far to be built in the region, the company in charge of building the project said on Tuesday. The project on the Yarlung Zangbo river, the upstream section of the transboundary Brahmaputra, is located around 140 kilometres from the regional capital of Lhasa and cost 9.6 billion yuan ($1.52 billion) to build, said Gezhouba Group, one of China’s biggest state dam builders, on its website.

China develops new super capacitors


  • BEIJING, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) — China’s largest rolling stock manufacturer CRRC Corp. has developed a new generation of super graphene capacitors that can power electric buses with higher efficiency and for a longer period. The train maker has produced two types of capacitors, 2.8 Volt/30,000 F and 3 Volt/12,000 F. The former can power trolley buses for up to 10 km after a one-minute charge, compared with 6 km in the previous generation. The latter one can provide enough electricity to power a tram for 6 km with only 30 seconds of charging.

China raises solar installation target for 2015

Oct 8, 2015

  • China has raised its solar power installation target for 2015 by 30 percent from its previous goal, state media reported, potentially adding to overcapacity as insufficient grid capacity remains a hurdle for the new plants to deliver power.

China will add another 5.3 GW installed capacity of solar power stations this year, on top of an earlier national target of 17.8 GW, Xinhua reported, citing a notice from the National Energy Administration last week.

Beijing to see clearer skies as wind power breezes in


  • Wind power developments accelerated in an astonishing manner in the new millennium. From 2006 to 2010, China’s new wind installations doubled almost every year. Statistics from the Chinese Wind Energy Association show the country ranked top globally in new installations in 2009. The next year, China ranked first in total installed wind capacity, a position it still retains. According to the Global Wind Energy Council, China built 23.2 GW of new wind capacity in 2014, accounting for about 45% of the world total that year. China’s total wind installations reached 114.61 GW. The United States followed with 65.88 GW; Germany with 39.17 GW; Spain with 22.99 GW and India with 22.47 GW.

China to hasten roll-out of car charging network: Xinhua

October 4, 2015

  • SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China wants to speed construction of a national network to charge electric cars, to help reach an ambitious goal of 5 million green vehicles on its roads by 2020, national news agency Xinhua said on Sunday, citing a senior energy official.–finance.html

India, China leading in renewable energy initiatives: IEA

2 Oct, 2015

  • IEA finds it encouraging that unlike the past, when the renewable energy was known as a source of energy only for the rich countries, it is the emerging economies that are taking the biggest steps in the next few years. China is estimated to account for 38% of future renewable capacity to the added worldwide, followed by India, 9% and Brazil 5%. “This gives us a lot of hope. China has nearly 40% share in global development of renewabale energy. The main driver for China is cleaning up the cities, cutting local pollution,” he said.
  • He said the cost of renewable energy was also falling. China’s push for solar energy has helped cut costs by two-thirds in the past five years, while onshore wind energy costs have also fallen by one-third, but prices of offshore wind energy were still going up. “The dogma that renewables are expensive, needs to be revisited.

China to adopt cap and trade system to limit carbon emissions

September 24 2015

  • Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday will announce a nationwide cap-and-trade program to curtail carbon emissions, adopting a mechanism most widely used in Europe to limit greenhouse gases, Obama administration officials said. Expanding on a pilot project in seven Chinese cities, the cap-and-trade program will impose a nationwide ceiling on emissions from the most carbon-intensive sectors of the Chinese economy and require companies exceeding their quotas to buy permits from those that have sharply reduced emissions.

China Pushes Ahead With Electric Vehicles Amid Diesel Scrutiny

September 25, 2015

  • China will forge ahead promoting electric vehicles as part of its energy policy to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, as regulators increase scrutiny of diesels following Volkswagen AG’s admission to cheating emissions rules.

News Analysis: China to resume inland nuclear power development


  • BEIJING, Sept. 9 (Xinhua) — China is likely to restart its nuclear power program in inland areas in the next five years to meet power demands, according to several sources. Over ten provinces have plans for nuclear power projects, with 31 proposals having already passed the initial-feasibility test. China aims to lift its operational nuclear power installed capacity to 58 million kilowatts by 2020, and those under construction will reach 30 million kilowatts according to the 13th Five-Year Plan, which will be released in October.

For Self-Healing Solar Panels, Just Add Gas

September 8, 2015

  • Recently, the Biomimetics for Energy Storage Group led by Professor Cui Guanglei at Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology (QIBEBT) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Professor Nitin P. Padture of Brown University have successfully established a new way to manipulate perovskite coating. They developed room-temperature, ultrafast methylamine-induced defect-healing (MIDH) technology.

China Leads Renewable Energy Push In Asia-Pacific, Says GlobalData

September 7th, 2015

  • The Asia-Pacific Region continues to move toward renewable energy, with China leading the way and becoming a major global player.
  • Unsurprisingly, according to GlobalData, “Investment in renewable energy projects increased following the introduction of the Kyoto Protocol in 1997,” of which Australia, Japan, and New Zealand are all signatories. China and India, who were only faced with non-binding targets as part of the Kyoto Protocol, later signed the Copenhagen Accord in 2009, pledging to work toward binding targets for carbon intensity reduction of 20 to 25% and 40 to 45% by 2020 respectively.

Creation of ‘lightest uranium isotopes ever’ in China could lead to clean nuclear power

02 September, 2015

  • Chinese scientists have created the lightest uranium isotopes ever, a development that could lead to cleaner and safer nuclear power. Uranium-238, the most abundant isotope of the radioactive element in nature, has 92 protons and 146 neutrons in its nucleus. Reduce the neutrons by three and you get U-235, the most important fissile material for nuclear reactors and weapons. Trimming the neutrons down much further was “impossible in the past”, according to Gan Zaoguo of the Centre for Nuclear Matter Science at the Institute of Modern Physics in Lanzhou.

China’s solar manufacturing output tops $31 bln in H1 -ministry

Aug 19, 2015

  • Aug 19 The value of China’s total solar photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing output topped $31 billion in the first half of 2015, the industry ministry said on Wednesday, as the push for renewable energy continues in the world’s largest solar PV producer. In the first half of 2014, the total output value surpassed 150 billion yuan ($23.44 billion).

Fast nuclear reactor to start construction in Fujian in 2017


  • China plans to begin building a pilot fast nuclear reactor in Fujian province in 2017, using one of the six next generation nuclear power technologies developed for cleaner and more sustainable energy, according to Shanghai’s China Business News. According to Xu Mi, a researcher at the Chinese Academy of Engineering, construction of a pilot project for a fast neutron reactor in Fujian’s Xiapu county is set to begin at the end of 2017. Xu, who is dubbed the “father of fast reactors” in China, said fast reactor technology will increase the amount of energy extracted from uranium from the current level of 1% to 60%, thus minimizing nuclear waste.

New-energy vehicle production rises rapidly in China


  • Chinese automakers produced 20,400 new-energy vehicles in July, 3.5 times as many as at the same time last year, after the government promoted the sector, official data showed on Wednesday. They produced 12,345 new-energy passenger vehicles last month, up 159% year-on-year. Production of new-energy commercial vehicles surged 677% to 8,045 units, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).

China wants to build hybrid fusion-fission reactor by 2030

3 Aug, 2015

  • China is going to build its first hybrid fusion-fission reactor by 2030, according to local media reports. The reactor is expected to recycle nuclear waste making energy production more environmentally friendly. The ambitious plan is in the works at the top secret Chinese Academy of Engineering Physics in Sichuan, where China develops its nuclear weapons, China Daily Mail reports. The plans were announced in a study published in the Science and Technology Daily, an official newspaper of the Ministry of Science and Technology.

Zhangjiakou Is China’s First Renewable Energy Pilot Zone

Aug 01, 2015

  • Hebei Province’s northwest city of Zhangjiakou has been approved by the State Council as China’s first renewable energy pilot zone, a feat seen helpful in Beijing’s bid to solve its perennial air pollution problem. The city, which is Beijing’s co-host in the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, has rich solar, wind and biomass resources.

China Must Reduce Dependence On Coal To Achieve Energy Security

July 31st, 2015

  • China must reduce its dependence on coal, and shift its attention to a variety of energy sources, if the country is to have long-term energy security. These are the primary findings from new research published by the University of East Anglia in England. The new study was published in the journal Technological Forecasting and Social Change, and analyses the electricity supply in China, in tandem with the issues China’s energy industry faces in reducing its carbon emissions — a vital discussion, considering that China’s electricity sector is accountable for over half of the country’s total greenhouse gas emissions.

China’s Green Leap Forward

July 30, 2015

  • China’s strategy for a more sustainable energy sector is two-pronged, focusing on bolstering green energy infrastructure and investing in R&D to make both green and non-renewable energy production methods more efficient. Over the past decade, China has passed many laws and goals for expanding renewable energy. Notably, China’s five-year plans have pursued an aggressive renewable energy policy, pushing to increase renewable energy production to 15 percent of the total energy mix by 2020. Heavy government investment and subsidies for both government owned and private companies will be a key driver in succeeding these goals.

China generating more electricity from clean energy


  • China generated more electricity from clean energy resources in the first half of 2015, as the country strived to boost the use of non-fossil fuel sources in its energy structure. Electricity generated from non-fossil energy increased 16 percent year on year in the first six months, said to Liu Qi, vice chief of the National Energy Administration, at a press conference on Monday.

China Will Soon Leapfrog Traditional Leaders in Nuclear Power

July 27, 2015

  • China is rapidly moving up the global nuclear power leaderboard. Since 2012, as the traditional leaders in nuclear energy production have remained stagnant or backed off of their reliance on nuclear in the wake of Fukushima, China has added 11 new reactors and over 11 gigawatts of nuclear generating capacity. By the end of this year, China is expected to pass Russia and South Korea and boast the fourth-largest nuclear generating capacity in the world, behind the United States, France, and Japan. By 2020 it will likely replace Japan in third place.

China adds 9.16 GW of grid-connected wind power in H1

Jul 27, 2015

  • BEIJING, July 27 (Reuters) – China connected an additional 9.16 gigawatts (GW) of wind power to its grid in the first half of 2015, according to figures published by China’s top energy regulator on Monday, raising the total by 9.5 percent compared to the end of last year. Total grid-connected wind capacity now stands at 105.53 GW, the National Energy Administration (NEA) said.

China unveils new energy micro-power grid guidelines

23 July 2015

  • China will develop a renewable energy micro-power grid, to further promote the sustainable development of energy resources, according to the National Energy Administration on Wednesday. Micro-power, the opposite of large power stations, refers to electricity sources that are small, mass producible, quick to deploy, cost competitive and rapidly scalable. The micro-power grid is an innovative approach to energy saving and emission reduction, according to guidelines released by the National Energy Administration.

China spends big on nuclear fusion as French plan falls behind

23 July 2015

  • The world’s largest nuclear fusion machine, currently being built in France, is unlikely to produce more energy than it consumes until the early 2030s, warned the UK’s head of fusion research this week. That is five years later than planned – by which time China could be ahead of everyone. Nuclear fusion involves heating a plasma of hydrogen isotopes so that they fuse into helium, releasing a large amount of energy in the process. Many physicists see it as the holy grail for producing cheap zero-carbon energy. But initiating the fusion reactions requires temperatures 10 times as hot as the core of the sun. And decades of experiments have yet to produce self-sustaining fusion reactions – known as “burning plasma” – that generate the energy required to produce such temperatures.

China air pollution levels fall: Greenpeace

July 21, 2015

  • Beijing (AFP) – Air pollution levels in China’s cities improved in the first six months of this year, environmental campaign group Greenpeace said Wednesday, but remained far worse than global and domestic standards. Average levels of PM2.5 — airborne particulates small enough to deeply penetrate the lungs — declined 16 percent in 189 cities that were ranked both this year and last, Greenpeace said in a press release.

China starts building its largest solar plant

July 22, 2015

  • China has begun constructing its largest solar power plant spread over 2,550 hectares in the Gobi desert. The plant will come up in Qinghai province. The plant will have an installed capacity of 200 megawatts, and be capable of supplying electricity to 1 million households, according to Qinghai Solar-Thermal Power Group.

Beijing closes 185 firms to fight pollution


  • BEIJING, July 17 (Xinhua) — Beijing closed or relocated 185 firms in the first half of 2015 in a battle against pollution, local authorities said Friday. The capital city is expected to shut down or move 300 polluting companies by the end of this year, according to a meeting held Friday to discuss the city’s economic situation in the first half of 2015.

How China hopes to solve nuclear waste issue with hybrid fusion-fission reactor at top secret facility

17 July, 2015

  • China will build a new hybrid reactor that can burn nuclear waste via a combined fusion-fission method by 2030. This could give a potentially dramatic boost to China’s attempt to switch to more environmentally friendly energy production methods, by recycling the waste produced by traditional nuclear plants into more electricity.

China Built 25,000 Electric Cars & Plug-In Hybrids In June Alone

Jul 10, 2015

  • The Chinese vehicle market is now the world’s largest, and has been for a few years now.
  • According to news site Gasgoo, citing statistics from the Ministry of Industry published in the Beijing Daily, the country’s automakers collectively built 25,000 new-energy vehicles in June alone. The total was made up of 10,500 battery-electric and 6,663 plug-in hybrid passenger cars, along with 6,218 battery-electric and 1,645 plug-in hybrid commercial vehicles.

China Eyes Safe Smart-Grid System by 2020 to Push Clean Energy

July 7, 2015

  • China plans to build a safe and environmentally friendly smart-grid system by 2020 as it promotes the spread of clean energy. The nation will build long-distance transmission networks and active power distribution networks to fully use hydro power, wind and solar, according to a statement from the National Development and Reform Commission.

NASA Satellite Images Show China Building A Massive Solar Power Plant In The Middle Of The Gobi Desert

July 02 2015

  • Satellite images captured by NASA show that China has tripled the size of its solar power plant in the Gobi Desert since 2012. It’s another indication that China, pushed by the United Nations, is looking to become a global leader when it comes to solar power after decades of notorious pollution problems. That, and the NASA pictures just look really cool.
  • A Chinese solar power plant in the Gobi desert is shown here in 2012, then in 2015, in images captured by a NASA satellite.

China’s Air Quality Improved in 2014 and Early 2015, Says Environment Minister

Jul 01, 2015

  • A year after “declaring war” on pollution, China is now experiencing better air quality thanks to stricter enforcement of environmental laws, environment minister Chen Jining told the Chinese parliament on Monday. In his speech during the bi-monthly session of the National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, Chen said that readings of PM2.5–small particulate matter that can penetrate deep into the lungs–dropped in 74 cities by 11.1 percent in 2014 and 15.2 percent from January to April this year.

China climate change plan unveiled

30 June 2015

  • The office of Premier Li Keqiang said that emissions “will peak by around 2030” and China would work hard to achieve the target even earlier.
  • The statement, released following a meeting in Paris between Li and French President Francois Hollande, said China aimed to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions per unit of GDP by 60-65% by 2030, from 2005 levels.

Laser radar to help cities combat smog


  • Advanced equipment developed in China will go on sale next year to monitor air pollution Chinese engineers are developing laser radar equipment that can monitor and analyze air pollutants such as PM2.5, the leader of the project has revealed.

CO2 emissions stall thanks to China’s passion for renewables

17 June 2015

  • New energy policies in China are being heralded as the source of a potentially historic break in the link between global economic growth and rising carbon dioxide emissions.
  • Arthouros Zervos, the REN21 network’s chair, called this “the landmark decoupling” of economic growth and carbon emissions and said it “is due in large measure to China’s increased use of renewable resources”. China is the world’s biggest installer of wind, solar and hydroelectric power plants, and last year for the first time it reduced coal burning. Other leading investors in renewables in 2014 were the US, Japan, the UK and Germany.

China is utterly and totally dominating solar panels

June 18, 2015

  • While China has long been a leader in making solar panels, it’s now become the largest market, by far, for solar panels. China has emerged as the world’s largest market for solar panels and in 2015 is expected to be home to a quarter of the planet’s new energy capacity from solar panels, according to a new report from GTM Research. China is rapidly adding as much power generation as possible, and solar is just one source of new energy generation in the country.

Half of the world’s new power capacity came from renewables last year, with China leading the way

June 16, 2015

  • Last year, the global economy grew by 3% but emissions stayed flat. This was “the first time in at least 40 years that such an outcome has occurred outside economic crisis,” the IEA said.
  • The biggest share of that, by far, came from China. The country deserves more credit for its renewables efforts, according to the IEA. China spent around $80 billion on new renewables generating capacity in 2014, as much as the European Union ($46 billion) and US ($34 billion) combined.

China ‘deserves more credit’ for renewable energy effort

15 June 2015

  • China should be given more credit for its investment in clean electricity, the head of the International Energy Agency says. Maria van der Hoeven says most people think that China is frantically building coal-fired power stations. The reality, she says, is that China is spending as much as the US and Europe put together on clean power.

China begins construction of ‘world’s tallest’ dam

July 15, 2015

  • Beijing (AFP) – China has begun building a 314-metre (1,030-ft) high dam which will be among the world’s tallest, officials said, as the country massively expands hydropower. The Shuangjiankou dam on a tributary of China’s mighty Yangtze river will be completed in 2022, the environmental ministry said on its website Tuesday.
  • China has been expanding its hydropower electricity generating capacity as it seeks to reach a goal of obtaining 20 per cent of its power from non-fossil sources by 2030. Beijing says reaching the target will help reduce growth in its carbon emissions responsible for climate change, the world’s largest.

Chinese cities see cleaner air in May after drastic measures

June 15, 2015

  • Beijing: China Monday said Beijing and its neighbouring cities enjoyed better air quality in May after years of dreadful pollution, as the main pollutants, ozone and PM2.5 decreased year on year. The figures released by the Ministry of Environmental Protection showed that PM2.5 in 13 cities monitored in the most polluted Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region decreased by 9.7 per cent compared with the same period last year.

Over 200 Chinese solar energy companies show on Intersolar Europe exhibition


  • MUNICH, June 10 (Xinhua) — More than 200 Chinese solar energy companies take part in a solar industry exhibition starting on Wednesday in Munich International Exhibition Center. Intersolar Europe, one of the world’s leading exhibitions for the solar industry, lasting from June 10 to 12 this year, has attracted more than 1,000 exhibitors to present their products and services.

Report: China to lead world in solar photovoltaic installations in 2015

June 11, 2015

  • China is expected to sail past 17.6 gigawatts of solar photovoltaic installations in 2015. It would be a 7 gigawatt increase on the previous year’s figure and places the country at top spot in the world in terms of solar PV capacity addition.
  • In 2014, China increased its installed solar photovoltaic capacity by 10.6 gigawatts. Ankit Mathur, the practice head for power, Globaldata, says China had previously set target of 15 GW of solar photovoltaic addition for 2015, “comprising 7 GW of distributed generation and 8 GW of ground-mounted capacity”.

China greenhouse gases: Progress is made, report says

8 June 2015

  • China’s greenhouse gas emissions could start to decline within 10 years, according to a report from the London School of Economics. This would be five years earlier than expected and would offer a boost towards efforts to protect the climate. The shift has been partly caused by a massive commitment to renewables. China is the world’s top investor in wind and solar power.

China’s nuclear power capacity to reach 30 million kw by 2015

May 21, 2015

  • BEIJING: China today said it will have 30 million kilowatts of nuclear power capacity by the end of this year and it will be increased to 58 million kilowatts by 2020 with an investment of $ 16.34 billion every year. Currently there are 23 nuclear power units operating in China, with a combined capacity of 21.4 million kilowatts. Twenty-nine units are being built or planned, Xu Yuming, deputy director of the China Nuclear Energy Association said.

7.7 Million Renewable Energy Jobs Worldwide In 2014

May 21st, 2015

  • China remains the world’s unquestioned renewable energy jobs leader, with 3.4 million renewable energy workers, led by 1.6 million jobs in the solar photovoltaic industry. China’s got 70% of the world’s solar manufacturing capacity, so naturally 80% of its renewable energy jobs are in the manufacturing segment. China is also the world leader for jobs in wind, solar heating and cooling, small and large hydropower, as well as biomass and biogas.

China is on track for the biggest reduction in coal use ever recorded

May 14, 2015

  • China is cutting down on its coal habit. In the first four months of 2015, the country consumed almost 8% less coal than in the same period a year earlier, according to a report by Greenpeace/Energydesk China.

China Solar Power Surges: Leaves Entire World Behind

April 26, 2015

  • The National Energy Board said 5.04 GW was installed in the first quarter of 2015. To put that in perspective, China’s three-month total was just a gigawatt shy of what the U.S. installed in all of 2014 – and it was a good year for the Americans, their best ever. And as an Australia-based renewable energy website noted, 5.04 GW is “an amount the Australian government has said would be impossible to install within five years.” China is now at 33.12 GW. If it hits the official 2015 target of 17.8 GW, China this year will soar past Germany – at 38.2 GW but expected to add only around 2 GW in 2015 – and claim the top spot in global solar. In its 2011-15 five-year plan for solar, China had been aiming to get to 35 GW by the end of this year, but it now appears likely to land as much as 10 GW above that figure.

China to commence building world’s first fourth generation nuclear power plant, and already has plans to export them

April 25, 2015

  • China has completely mastered the technology of its fourth-generation high temperature gas-cooled nuclear reactor, and is now able to make more than 95% of it. It built a 10-mW experimental reactor and has successfully used it to provide electricity to the power grid since January 7, 2003.

Trina hails milestone for multi-Si module with 19.14% record

24 April 2015

  • China’s Trina Solar has claimed a new efficiency record for a p-type multi-crystalline silicon module of 19.14%. The record was independently verified by the National Center of Supervision and Inspection on Solar Photovoltaic Product Quality (CPVT) in Wuxi, China.

China’s electricity could go 85% renewable by 2050 – study

22 April 2015

  • China could get 85% of its electricity and 60% of total energy from renewables by 2050, according to government agencies. A rapid rollout of wind, solar and bioenergy is technologically and economically feasible, a report led by the China National Renewable Energy Centre claims.

China to approve 6-8 nuclear reactors this year – industry association

Apr 22, 2015

  • China will approve six to eight nuclear reactors this year, the China Nuclear Industry Association said in an annual report on Wednesday. It also said eight reactors would go into commercial operation this year, which would be the biggest annual rise for China.

China can cut most of its reliance on coal by 2050

April 21, 2015

  • From a climate change perspective, China’s carbon footprint is huge: It consumes nearly as much coal as every other country in the world combined. And it’s the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitter. But it may be possible for China to shake most of its reliance on fossil fuels, in part by producing more than 85% of its electricity and more than 60% of its total energy needs from renewables by 2050, according to a study published Monday.

RPT-Thin-film solar technology under scrutiny as China’s Hanergy soars

Apr 19, 2015

  • (Reuters) – The green energy potential of thin-film solar panels has propelled Li Hejun to the top of China’s rich-list, but his Hanergy Holdings has yet to prove it can turn impressive laboratory research into commercially successful products. Hanergy Thin Film Power, a Hong Kong-listed unit, has seen its value soar six-fold in the past year to $37 billion – more than its nearest two dozen rivals combined.

China Installed 5.04 GW Of New Solar In Q1’15

April 20th, 2015

  • New official figures from China’s National Energy Administration show that the country installed 5.04 GW of new solar capacity in the first quarter of 2015. The figures, translated by PV-Tech, were published by the National Energy Administration (NEA) this week, and included 4.38 GW of utility-scale solar power plants, as well as 660 MW of distributed generation installations.

Interview: UNEP hails China’s leadership in renewable energy investment


  • NAIROBI, April 18 (Xinhua) — China is showing global environmental leadership in the adaptation of renewable energy strategies and investments, which will help other developing countries to embrace sustainable development at a lower cost, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Achim Steiner said on Friday.

“China is investing in renewable energy. They have reduced the price of renewable energy technologies. India has also announced plans for 10,000 megawatts of renewable energy. This shows renewable energy will become a central player in economic transformation within the BRICS economies,” Steiner explained in an exclusive interview.

Apple Backs China Solar Plants With SunPower in Green Push

April 16, 2015

  • Apple Inc., the world’s largest company by market value, is backing two solar farms in southern China with SunPower Corp. SunPower, the second-biggest U.S. solar manufacturer, will build the projects with 40 megawatts of total capacity in Sichuan Province, according to a statement Thursday. Financial details weren’t disclosed.

China and Brazil Lead Global Growth in Wind Energy

Apr 08, 2015

  • China and Brazil led the global growth in wind energy in 2014, according to the the Global Wind Energy Council. The council’s “2014 Global Wind Report: Annual Market Update” noted China’s installed 23 GW of new wind power last year, bringing its total to more than 114 GW. Meanwhile, Brazil was the world’s fourth-largest market in 2014, entering the top 10 for the first time.

Risen Raises $400 Million for Solar in Mexico, Mongolia, China

April 6, 2015

  • Risen Energy Co., a Chinese solar-panel maker, raised 2.5 billion yuan ($400 million) from investors to develop 379 megawatts of solar projects in Asia and Latin America. The company sold 293 million shares at 8.53 yuan each in the private placement announced on April 3, according to a statement on Monday.

Solar sector in China enters new round of expansion


  • China’s solar companies plan to expand production in 2015 after the Chinese government set a higher solar power installation target for the year, Beijing-based China Business Journal reports. The National Energy Administration announced an official solar installation target of 17.8 gigawatts (GW) for 2015 on March 16, up from the proposed target of 15 GW unveiled at the beginning of the year, the newspaper said.

US to strengthen cooperation on clean energy with China: Pritzker


  • WASHINGTON – US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker said on Monday it is “exciting” to bring companies to China and to share the UStechnology and capacity on clean energy. Next month Pritzker and US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz will lead a trade delegation of 25 American companies to visit Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou for smart cities built on clean energy.

China boosts solar target to 17.8GW


  • The National Energy Administration has released its 2015 solar electricity plan. It calls for China to raise its solar installation target to a record 17.8 gigawatts. That’s higher than the target listed in its draft plan last month, which was set at 15 gigawatts. China’s target last year was 14 gigawatts. But it fell short, installing only ten gigawatts, or around seventy percent of its goal, due to less-than-expected take-up of distributed solar.

China grew its economy last year without any extra coal

March 18, 2015

  • China’s economy grew by 7.4% in 2014 compared with the year earlier, but the amount of coal the country burned for energy fell by 1.6%. Some have seen this as evidence that China’s investment in green energy has made tangible progress toward decoupling the link between economic growth and greenhouse gas emissions. Globally there is good news too. Despite predictions that the world’s economy grew by 3% last year, the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by burning fossil fuels for energy was 32.3 billion tonnes—the same as in 2013. China’s burning less coal will have contributed to much of that rounding off of the world’s CO2 emissions.

China Spawns Its Latest Renewable Energy Billionaire


  • Cao Renxian, chairman of China’s Sungrow Power Supply, has joined the ranks of the world’s renewable energy billionaires following record closing highs in the share price of his Shenzhen-listed company this week. Sungrow makes power supply equipment for the solar and wind power industries, mainly inverters and converters. Its revenue rose by 44% last year to 3 billion yuan, or $479 million. That helped to boost net profit to 291.7 million yuan, or $46.6 million, an increase of 61% from 2013.

Yingli breaks ground on 50MW project on former mine site

16 March 2015

  • Chinese module manufacturer Yingli has broken ground on a 50MW project on a former mining site in eastern China. The company said it was the first project it had developed on a site degraded by mining activity. The 100-hectare site near Huangshi City, Hubei province, is expected to be connected to the grid in the fourth quarter of 2015. It will use around 170,000 72-cell multicrystalline modules.

China’s greener energy efforts help global carbon emissions stall after almost 40 years of gains

14 March, 2015

  • China burned less coal and generated more electricity from renewable sources last year, which helped halt the rise in global carbon dioxide emissions in the energy sector. Emissions of carbon dioxide were flat at 32.3 billion tonnes last year, just as they were in 2013, the International Energy Agency (IEA) reported yesterday.

China to slash coal consumption by 160mn tons in 5 years

March 06, 2015

  • China will reduce its coal consumption and move towards cleaner energy such as hydropower, nuclear, wind and solar, according to a 2015-2020 action plan, released by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) and the Finance Ministry on Friday, Xinhua news agency reports. The country’s coal consumption fell 2.9 percent last year for the first time in 14 years as China is trying to diminish air pollution and to boost green energy output.

China’s wind farms can now produce more energy than all of America’s nuclear plants

March 6, 2015

  • China is building more than a third of the world’s nuclear reactors currently under construction, and has plans to triple its nuclear power capacity by 2020. That has some observers worried about the country’s opaque and politicized nuclear safety regulations. But amid all the hype over nuclear power, China has been expanding its wind power capacity at an even faster clip. Last year, China’s wind farms reached a capacity of 115,000 megawatts, compared with just 20,000 megawatts from its nuclear sector. (To be sure, capacity is different than the actual amount of energy created.

China Brings Renewable Energy Growth Back

Feb 27, 2015

  • The reason for the jump is due mainly to China’s serious attempts to address its pollution problem. The government’s goal is to have 15% of China’s power mix coming from renewable energy sources by 2020. Accordingly, the country led the way last year with investments of $89.5 billion (29% of all global renewable energy investment) into renewable energy. That is a rise of 32% from 2013 to a record amount.

Power shift: China to boost clean energy investment

24 February, 2015

  • China dominated the world last year in clean energy investment, with total spending of US$89.5 billion, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. That’s a 32 per cent increase over 2013. The spending boom represents the country’s attempt to simultaneously mitigate its environmental impact while meeting its growing energy demands. Spending is expected to further increase on the heels of last year’s climate deal with the US, in which China agreed to derive at least 20 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030.

Chinese demand fuels renewables sector turnround

February 22, 2015

  • Production of wind turbines and solar panels soared in 2014, as increased demand from China fuelled a turnround for renewable energy manufacturers that had struggled with overcapacity and a sharp slowdown in demand from developed countries in recent years.

China: PV installed capacity grows to almost 30 GW in 2014

  1. February 2015
  • China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) has released 2014 solar figures. The report shows installed capacity approached 30 GW, while manufacturers are reporting greatly increased utilization rates. The NEA report concludes that as of the end of 2014, the total installed PV capacity of connected to state grid was 28.05 GW. Breakdown between installation type reveals ground-mounted capacity was 23.38 GW while Distributed Generation (DG) came in at 4.67 GW.–pv-installed-capacity-grows-to-almost-30-gw-in-2014_100018231/

China wind power capacity jumps to record high

Feb 13, 2015

  • China boosted its installed wind energy capacity last year to a record 19.81 million kilowatts as the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter tries to switch its power grid to cleaner energy sources. The National Energy Administration said Thursday that wind farms produced 153.4 billion kilowatt hours of electric power in 2014, making up 2.8 percent of total generated electricity.

China roars past EU as solar’s largest market

2 February 2015

  • Solar power is on course to overtake nuclear as a primary source of electricity production as the price of photovoltaic (PV) panels continues to fall. Mass production in China and Taiwan has helped to increase the extraordinary growth of the solar power across the world and has led to an 80% reduction in the cost of panels since 2008.

China’s electric car market booms

27 Jan 2015

  • Sales of electric vehicles in China increased 320 per cent last year, making the country the second largest electric car market in the world after the US. According to data released by the Ministry of Commerce and cited by China National Radio, sales of electric vehicles hit 75,000 in 2014.

Falling Oil Prices Unlikely To Influence China’s Renewable Energy Investment Strategies

January 28th, 2015

  • The price of oil has plunged. In just a few months it has gone from trading at more than $100 per barrel to hovering around $50. A “high-price” oil regime has become a “low-price” regime. Most commentators are linking this fall in oil prices to an anticipated scaling back in the prospects for renewable energy. But this time round, China is a factor – indeed a dominant factor. How then are falling oil prices likely to influence China’s renewable energy investment strategies?

China coal production falls for first time this century

27 January 2015

  • The impact of China’s clean air and renewable energy policies are beginning to have an impact on the country’s coal industry, according to reports suggesting domestic coal production fell last year. State media reported on Monday that coal production fell in 2014 for the first time this century, with production totalling 3.5bn tonnes between January and November representing a 2.1% fall on the same period in 2013.

China’s renewable energy use ranks top in the world

Jan 18, 2015

  • China ranks the top in the world in terms of the use of renewable energy with the increasing switch to renewable energy resources, said senior official on Saturday. China’s investment in clean energy in 2014 hit a record US$89.5 billion (S$118.7 billion), accounting for 29 per cent of the world’s total.
  • China’s renewable energy generation capacity reached 430 million kilowatts by the end of 2014, accounting for 32 per cent of the country’s total power capacity, said Shi Lishan, deputy director general of the New and Renewable Energy Department of the National Energy Administration during the fifth session of the International Renewable Energy Agency Assembly held in Abu Dhabi.

New Beijing-Shanghai highway electric chargers to promote green drive

January 16, 2015

  • State Grid of China has completed the installation of 50 fast-charging stations on a 1260 Km stretch at the Beijing-Shanghai road. The network provides one station at every 25km, which can be accessed by Chinese manufactured vehicles including BAIC Motor and BYD; BYD’s joint venture with Daimler of Germany; and Dongfeng-Nissan. By 2020, State Grid plans extending the expressway to another 19,000km.

China planning new policies to support green vehicles

Jan 13, 2015

  • (Reuters) – China is planning a new policy package to support the growth of “green” energy vehicles, including more charging stations and support infrastructure, the official Xinhua news agency said on Tuesday. Xinhua quoted Zeng Xiaoan, a director at the Ministry of Finance, as saying that China would look to create a favorable environment for the sector through fiscal policy, and would also help to improve innovation in the sector.

China Leads 16% Jump In Global Clean Energy Investments; Solar, Wind Sectors Grow

January 09 2015

  • Clean energy investment is rising again after three years of steady declines in the sector. The world spent $310 billion last year on solar and wind power, electric cars and energy efficiency and storage, up 16 percent from the previous year, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance. China led the spending surge, accounting for more than a fourth of the global total. Chinese investment jumped by 32 percent, to $89.5 billion, thanks to heavy government spending on its solar and wind power sectors, part of a broader effort to diversify China’s energy supplies and reduce pollution from coal-fired power plants. The government aims to get 11.4 percent of its electricity from renewable supplies by the end of this year, a target China seems on track to meet.

China extends lead over US as top green energy backer

January 9, 2015

  • China’s investment in “clean” energy, including renewables and efficiency improvements, rose 32 per cent to a record $89.5bn, with about three quarters of that going into wind and solar power. The US was in second place with 8 per cent growth to $51.8bn, the largest amount since 2012. Its investment was about 58 per cent of China’s.

Hong Kong: The Perfect Launchpad for Overseas Green Tech Startups


  • The limelight has long been shed on Hong Kong as a startup-friendly destination. Besides efficient business setup, a robust legal system, easygoing regulatory environment and a simple tax system – one of Hong Kong’s greatest advantages is its proximity to the largest economy in the world.
  • Besides being a hotbed for future-focused technologies, China has also been the manufacturing hub of the world for quite some years now. Shenzhen, which is easily accessible from Hong Kong, has been dubbed ‘the capital of electronics’ and so it should come as no surprise that foreign founders are setting up shop here.

China to Extend Subsidy for Green Vehicles Until 2020

Jan 03, 2015

  • The finance ministry of China announced the plan to continue giving subsidies for electric vehicles until 2020 that guarantees an extension to the initial plan which will eventually expire in 2015, Auto News China reported. Despite the continuous efforts that have been made on promoting the use of environment-friendly vehicles such as electronic cars, the Chinese government has failed to reach its expectations.

China’s Three Gorges Power Plant claims new world record for hydropower generation

Jan 2, 2015

  • BEIJING: China’s Three Gorges Power Plant, the largest hydropower project in the country, generated 98.8 billion kwh of electricity in 2014, bettering the world record for hydropower generation set by Brazil’s Itaipu hydroelectric plant, officials claimed today. Three Gorges Dam is the world’s largest power station in terms of installed capacity, but with a much smaller capacity, Brazil’s Itaipu hydroelectric plant had long been the champion of world hydropower generation.

Non-fossil energy rises in the mix


  • Non-fossil fuels accounted for 11.1 percent of China’s primary energy use in 2014, up from 9.8 percent last year, as the world’s second-largest economy cut emissions to fight climate change, a senior official said on Thursday. Non-fossil fuel refers to solar, wind, hydropower and nuclear energy. The share of non-fossil fuel will rise to 15 percent in the primary energy mix by 2020, according to a national plan released in 2009.

Chinese fast reactor completes full-power test run

19 December 2014

  • The Chinese Experimental Fast Reactor (CEFR) was brought to full power at 5.00pm on 15 December and operated at this level continuously for three full days, CNNC said yesterday. The sodium-cooled, pool-type fast reactor was constructed with Russian assistance at the China Institute of Atomic Energy (CIEA), near Beijing, which undertakes fundamental research on nuclear science and technology. The reactor has a thermal capacity of 65 MW and can produce 20 MW in electrical power. The CEFR was built by Russia’s OKBM Afrikantov in collaboration with OKB Gidropress, NIKIET and Kurchatov Institute.

Electric cars see strong growth in the Chinese market


  • China beat out the US this September in electric car sales becoming the world’s largest electric vehicle (EV) market, reports Sina Auto, an auto news portal of Sina. According to the report, there were 11,991 electric cars sold in September in China as opposed to 10,551 in the US. Among electric car models, Zhejiang-based Chinese automaker Kandi rose to second place by sales in September with its EV model while Shenzhen-based BYD entered top ten list with its Qin model.

China at forefront of clean-energy market

Nov. 30 2014

  • China has emerged as the leader in the race to dominate the fast-growing, global clean-energy market, an economic strategy that promises to deliver huge dividends as world governments work toward an agreement to rein in greenhouse gases in the battle against climate change. China is leaving its competitors in its wake as all countries look to gain advantage in the emerging low-carbon economy, according to new analysis by Ottawa consultant Céline Bak.

China starts building new billion-dollar ultra-high voltage power project

Nov 4, 2014

  • Nov 4 (Reuters) – China has begun construction on a large-scale ultra-high voltage (UHV) power project, which will help alleviate air pollution problems, the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) said on Tuesday. The project, estimated to cost 68.3 billion yuan ($11.2 billion), will involve 4,740 km of new power lines as well as several new transformer substations, and will stretch from Inner Mongolia in the northwest to the capital Beijing and down the coast to Shanghai, China’s state-owned power utility said in a statement on its website.

China rushes to harness wind with government help

October 30, 2014

  • China is on course this year to build four times the total wind power installed in all of Denmark as developers push to build the turbines ahead of cuts to incentives originally designed to spur the industry. “The trend is toward a rush of installations,” said Qin Haiyan, secretary general of the Chinese Wind Energy Association. The nation may add as much as 20 gigawatts of wind power in 2014 and maintain that pace next year, Qin said.

China to Promote Utility-Scale Solar Power Projects

Oct 13, 2014

  • China will draft plans to promote utility-scale projects in sunny areas after the nation installed a record amount of panels last year and became the world’s biggest market for the technology. The pace of building solar farms surpassed the ability of transmission grids to absorb the power in some areas, the National Energy Administration said in a statement on its website released today and dated Oct. 9. Areas with large unused land and good grid conditions will be identified.

China’s shale gas production surging


  • China’s shale gas production in 2014 will surpass 1.5 billion cubic meters, 7.5 times that of 2013, an energy expert predicted on Tuesday. Jiang Xinmin, a researcher with the Energy Research Institute under the National Development and Reform Commission, the country’s top economic planner, also predicted that China’s shale gas production would top 6.5 billion cubic meters in 2015.

Clean Energy in China


  • The Chinese government is working to try to proactively enhance the development of clean energy through the use of new-energy mechanisms. China’s Premier Li Keqiang once stressed at a State Council executive meeting that China will focus on developing clean energy and start up a number of projects including wind power, hydropower, photovoltaic power generation and coastal nuclear power.

China begins building largest hydropower station in Tibet

Oct 6, 2014

  • BEIJING: China has started building its largest hydropower station over the Yalong river in Tibet today to tap the rich water resources in the southwest of the plateau. The hydropower station, which straddles the Yalong River in Sichuan’s Ganzi Tibetan autonomous prefecture, has an installed generating capacity of three gigawatts with a total reservoir capacity of 10.8 billion cubic metres, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Global Clean Energy Investment Continues Year-Long Recovery

October 3rd, 2014

  • Chinese solar investment was the highlight of the third quarter for BNEF, with a new record of $12.2 billion, up from $7.5 billion in Q3 2013 and $8 billion in Q2 2014. Bloomberg predicts that China’s solar installations will total between 13 and 14 GW in 2014, which would be nearly a third of the world total.

China: Solar Schools to Help Build Green Cities

September 30, 2014

  • Energy efficiency and renewable energy are two critical elements of sustainable urban development strategy and are central in China’s push to reduce the carbon footprint of its economy. With support from the World Bank, Beijing is installing 100 megawatts of rooftop solar PV systems in 800 primary and middle schools – the largest of such initiatives in the country so far.

PV output in China accounts for 71% of global total


  • A report by Solarbuzz, the photovoltaics (PV) institute of consumer market research firm NPD, suggests that during the second quarter of the year, the world six largest manufacturers of PV parts and components were all from China. The combined output of solar modules by these Chinese businesses reached 5.2 gigawatts (GW) in the second quarter of the year, up 26% from the previous quarter. The output accounted for 71% of the combined output of the world’s top 20 PV makers, the report stated.

US and China collaborating on clean energy projects

22 September, 2014

  • The threat of climate change is driving China and the US – frequent rivals and the world’s two largest greenhouse-gas emitters – to collaborate on dozens of potential clean-energy breakthroughs. In research laboratories on opposite sides of the Pacific Ocean, more than 1,100 Chinese and American scientists are engaged in a joint programme marrying public and private money and talent. Among the US companies teamed with Chinese partners are Dow Chemical, Duke Energy and Ford Motor.

Renewable Energy Investment Attractiveness Sees China Soar, US & UK Lose Ground

September 22nd, 2014

  • There has been a lot of figurative-column space given over to China’s recent efforts to combat pollution by investing heavily in clean energies. From banning coal to increasing its renewable energy targets, China has become a clean-tech investors dream, a point borne out by its return to the top of Ernst & Young’s Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index.
  • “China’s government is placing increased emphasis on renewable energy as the country battles pollution, ushering in new market opportunities for foreign investors,” said Forer. “Aggressive policy targets, an increased focus on consolidation and the roll-out of pilot carbon emissions trading schemes also support the country’s pollution reduction initiatives and reflect the renewables sector’s strategic economic value.”

Economics: Manufacture renewables to build energy security

10 September 2014

  • China’s rise to become the world’s largest power producer and source of carbon emissions through burning coal is well recognized. But the nation’s renewable-energy systems are expanding even faster than its fossil-fuel and nuclear power. China leads the world in the production and use of wind turbines, solar-photovoltaic cells and smart-grid technologies, generating almost as much water, wind and solar energy as all of France and Germany’s power plants combined1. Production of solar cells in China has expanded 100-fold since 2005.

Ultra-High Voltage Transmission Can Break China’s Cycle Of Energy Dependence


  • But what if clean energy sources could be brought closer to people, enabling governments to electrify their cities and reduce emissions? A new technology being put to use in China aims to do exactly that. The technology is called ultra-high voltage-transmission (or UHV), and it tackles problems that have long perplexed the energy industry. First how to absorb the highly fluctuated power generation from renewable energy sources such as wind and solar. Second, how to transmit the electricity from remote areas to consumption centers without big losses over distances. At the moment, energy sources such as coal fired power stations need to be placed near cities to power them – helping pollute the air as they drive the economy.

China 1st Shale Gas Field Highly Productive: Ministry


  • It’s been confirmed that China’s first shale gas field has over 100 billion cubic meters of proven reserves. The Ministry of Land and Resources says the field, which is located in Southwest China’s Chongqing municipality, is highly productive, with daily output at each gas well exceeding 100,000 cubic meters.

Shale exploration ‘making great strides’


  • China has made great progress in shale gas exploration with about 400 wells drilled as of July, and production this year is estimated at 1.5 billion cubic meters, experts said on Wednesday. As of July, about 20 billion yuan ($3.2 billion) had been invested to find and develop shale gas resources, mainly in the Sichuan Basin, according to the Ministry of Land and Resources. Shale gas reserves are expected to hit 500 bcm, distributed over 170,000 square kilometers, it said.

Australian Scientists Say China Is Helping To Solve Climate Change By Boosting Renewable Energy Markets

Sep 11, 2014

  • Australian researchers say the rest of the world should follow China’s lead and boost markets for wind, solar and water power technologies. John Mathews of Macquarie University and Hao Tan of the University of Newcastle argue that by placing emphasis on production scale and market growth, China is driving down costs and “contributing more than any other country to a climate change solution”.

China producing more electric cars


  • BEIJING, Sept. 7 (Xinhua) — Chinese car makers produced 11 times as many new energy vehicles in August 2014 as they did in August 2013, as the government rolled out more support for the sector, new data has showed. They made a total of 5,191 of the green vehicles last month, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said in a statement.

China Could Reach 100 GW Of PV Capacity By 2018

September 1st, 2014

  • It was announced in the middle of August that the UK had surpassed 5 GW worth of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity, just the sixth country to have done so. However, Michael Barker, a senior analyst for NPD Solarbuzz, has written in a blog post that such a milestone will soon mean very little as countries start passing 10 GW, 50 GW, and even 100 GW in cumulative market capacity.

Surge in wind power installations has driven the development of Chinese wind power converter market now worth RMB 18.8 billion

28 August 2014

  • China now has become the world’s largest and the fastest-growing wind power generation market. In 2013, China had a cumulative 91.4GW of wind power capacity, of which 16.1GW was newly-added capacity, accounting for 46.1% of the world’s newly installed capacity and ranking No. 1 globally. The surge in wind power installations has driven the development of China wind power converter market, which was worth around RMB 18.8 billion in 2013, soaring by 44.6% from a year earlier.

Cool roofs in China can save energy and reduce emissions

Aug 28, 2014

  • ( —Working with Chinese researchers, the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has conducted the first comprehensive study of cool roofs in China and concluded that they would be effective in substantially reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in climate zones with hot summers.

China’s focus on renewable energy is paying off

21 August 2014

  • A new analysis from Greenpeace International shows that China’s consumption of coal dropped for the first time in a century during the first half of 2014. Moreover, the country’s gross domestic product grew, suggesting that China’s economy is not inherently connected to the coal industry any longer. China’s coal imports saw a modest 0.9% growth thus far this year, while domestic production of coal fell by 1.8%.
  • Coal is becoming less important to China as the country begins to focus more heavily on renewable energy. Solar and wind power, in particular, have become quite popular throughout the country and Chinese banks have begun investing in clean power projects that show economic promise. As clean energy becomes more prominent, the need for fossil-fuels diminishes. Coal is becoming more expensive, especially from an environmental standpoint, and China is growing weary of managing the costs associated with fossil-fuels when there may be a better energy alternative.

In race for solar power, China is winning

August 25, 2014

  • China is the world’s top energy consumer, with the vast majority of its electricity coming from domestically-mined coal. But the Asian nation is cutting its dependence on coal, oil and natural gas and replacing it with solar at a breakneck pace. Between January and the end of June, China added 3.3 gigawatts of solar capacity, double the additions over the same period last year, and equivalent to the entire solar capacity of Australia – one of the sunniest places on earth. That brings China’s total solar power supply up to 23 gigawatts, second only to Germany’s 36 GW, and just 13 GW shy of the country’s goal of having 35 GW of solar installed by 2015.

China overtakes Germany as world’s biggest solar market

14 August 2014

  • China has overtaken Germany to become the world’s biggest market for solar power in 2013, with newly-installed solar capacity in the country jumping 232 per cent to 12 gigawatts (GW) from a year ago, a new study has found.
  • China has overtaken Germany to become the world’s biggest market for solar power in 2013, with newly-installed solar capacity in the country jumping 232 per cent to 12 gigawatts (GW) from a year ago, a new study has found.

China bans all coal usage, sale in Beijing by 2020

August 5, 2014

  • China’s latest clean air provision includes the outright banning of all usage and sales of coal in Beijing by the end of 2020. The Beijing Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau posted plans for the ban on its website, saying the smog-infiltrated city will instead rely on electricity and natural gas, The Associated Press reported.

Emitters in China’s largest carbon market meet targets amid falling prices

Jul 15, 2014

  • (Reuters) – Nearly every carbon emitter covered by China’s largest pilot emissions scheme met Tuesday’s compliance deadline, a government official said, as permit prices slipped to an all-time low amid ample supply and with no last-minute scramble for allowances.

Global ranking for energy efficiency: U.S. near bottom, Germany at top

Jul 21, 2014

  • (Nanowerk News) Germany comes in first in a new energy efficiency ranking of the world’s major economies, followed by Italy, the European Union as a whole, China, and France, according to the 2014 International Energy Efficiency Scorecard published by the nonprofit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). New to the rankings this year are four nations: India, Mexico, South Korea, and Spain.

Yingli Green Energy Named One of the Best Supplier of 2014 by Fuji Electric

July 25, 2014

  • Out of 6,000 suppliers comphrehensively evaluated by Fuji Electric, Yingli was one of only eight companies to be recognized with an award during Fuji Electric’s third annual supplier conference, which took place in Tokyo on July 17th, 2014. Yingli is also the first Fuji Electric supplier headquartered outside of Japan to be honoured since Fuji’s supplier awards program was first established three years ago.

30 per cent of China’s government cars to run on ‘new energy’

July 13, 2014

  • BEIJING — At least 30 per cent of newly purchased government cars will be electric and other types of “new energy vehicles,” China’s official news agency reported Sunday, as the country attempts to tackle air pollution and encourage the electric car market.

China mulling open gate for new electric car industry investors


  • China’s government is reportedly planning to open up the electric car market to investment by firms other than conventional automakers, a move which may impact the nation’s new energy car market should firms with a technological advantage join the field, according to industry insiders cited in a report by our Chinese-language sister newspaper China Times.

China to boost new energy vehicles

July 21, 2014

  • Among the 25 specific policies issued Monday, seven aim to improve charging facilities through urban planning, electricity prices and technological improvements.
  • New energy vehicles should be no less than 30 percent of the total newly purchased vehicles in government departments in the coming two years, according to the guideline.
  • China produced 20,692 and sold 20,477 new energy automobiles in the first half of the year, up 18.01 and 16.07 percent from 2013’s total production and sales respectively.

China’s Rapid Renewable Energy Growth Driven by Ambitious Government Policies

10 July 2014

  • China’s Rapid Renewable Energy Growth Driven by Ambitious Government Policies is a new market research publication announced by Reportstack. China’s renewable energy capacity increased from 27.8 Gigawatts (GW) in 2001 to 183 GW in 2013, and alternative sources are expected to account for more than 20% of the country’s total electricity generation by 2020.

China Leads In Renewable Investment — Again!


  • According to The Global Status Report, which was released earlier this month by the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century, China once again led the rest of the world in renewable energy investment in 2013, spending a total of $56.3 billion on wind, solar and other renewable projects. The report stated that China accounted for 61 percent of the total investment in renewables by developing countries, and that China invested more in renewable energy than all of Europe last year.
  • By way of contrast, China has increased its investment in renewables nearly every year for the past ten years. New renewable power capacity surpassed new fossil fuel and nuclear capacity in China for the first time in 2013. China is now home to about 24 percent of the world’s renewable power capacity, including an estimated 260 gigawatts of hydropower.

China Now The World’s Largest Solar PV Market

July 6th, 2014

  • China is now the world’s largest solar PV market, according to the Global New Energy Development Report 2014, having now surpassed Germany to take the top spot.
  • Amongst the most interesting things to note are that 38.7 GW of new solar PV capacity was installed in 2013, and that out of that total figure 12 GW was installed in China — that’s a 232% increase over the previous year in the eastern manufacturing powerhouse. Total global cumulative installed solar PV capacity now rests at 140.6 GW.

China is growing more ambitious with renewable energy

09 July 2014

  • China has established itself as a leader in renewable energy, especially when it comes to investments, but the county is not willing to fall into complacency when it comes to sustainability. The Chinese government is ready to push for more success in its expansion of a clean energy infrastructure, adding new sources of wind, solar, and hydropower capacity. A new report from GlobalData, a research and consulting firm, predicts that China will reach a new milestone in terms of clean energy capacity because of its latest efforts.
  • 20% of China’s electrical power may come from renewable sources by 2020

Omnidirectional AR coating for solar cell designed via ant-colony algorithm


  • One well-known way to increase the efficiency of a solar cell is to decrease the reflectivity of the air/semiconductor interface; because semiconductors typically have high refractive indices and thus high reflectivities, this approach can substantially improve efficiency. The simpler the coatings, of course, the lower the cost of the resulting photovoltaic cells. Researchers at the Beijing University of Technology (Beijing, China) are optimizing three-layer broadband optical antireflection (AR) coatings for silicon using what is called an ant colony algorithm (ACA). Over the wavelength range from 400 to 1100 nm, the resulting coating has an average reflectance of 2.98% for incidence angles from 0° to 80° and 6.56% for incidence angles from 0° to 90°.

China leads in trade of renewable energy products, says UNEP


  • NAIROBI, June 25 (Xinhua) — China leads the globe in the trade of renewable energy products, a survey from the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) on Wednesday revealed.
  • “While there was a decline in growth in Europe in 2013, there was strong growth in China and several other developing country markets,” UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner told the United Nations Environmental Assembly.

China’s third-largest hydropower station in full operation


  • CHENGDU, July 10 (Xinhua) — China’s latest hydropower station started full operations on Thursday in the border region of southwest China’s Sichuan and Yunnan provinces, according to its operator, China Three Gorges Corporation. The Xiangjiaba hydropower on the Jinsha River in Sichuan’s Yibin County and Yunnan’s Shuifu County has a capacity of 6.4 megawatts – eight generating sets of 800,000 kilowatts each, the world’s biggest per-unit capacity. The station can generate 30.9 billion kwh of electricity a year.

China’s second-largest hydropower station in full operation


  • YICHANG, July 1 (Xinhua) — China’s second-largest hydropower station started full operation on Tuesday after its last generating unit completed a three-day test run late on Monday. With 18 large generators and a total capacity of 13.86 gigawatts, Xiluodu is the world’s third-largest station after the Three Gorges and Itaipu hydroelectric projects, according to its operator, China Three Gorges Corporation.

HTR-PM: Nuclear-Heated Gas Producing Superheated Steam

June 28, 2014

  • The first HTR-PM (High Temperature Reactor – Pebble Module), one of the more intriguing nuclear plant designs, is currently under construction on the coast of the Shidao Bay near Weihai, China.
  • This system uses evolutionary engineering design principles that give it a high probability of success, assuming that the developers and financial supporters maintain their steady progress. Considering the fact that the plant is a logical follow-on to a successful prototype that has been operating since 2000 and that it is being developed by long-term thinking Chinese engineering and constructors there does not appear to be much development risk. Since the project appears to have the solid backing of the Chinese government, there does not appear to be much risk of sudden funding removal.

China leads world to solar power record in 2013

June 23, 2014

  • China – the leading manufacturer of PV – had until recently installed very little solar power at home. Those days are over. Between 2010 and 2012, China’s PV capacity grew nearly ninefold to 7,000 megawatts. Then in 2013, China added at least 11,300 megawatts, the largest PV addition by any country in a single year. With 18,300 megawatts, China now trails only Germany (at 36,000 megawatts) in overall capacity. (See data.)
  • More than half of China’s new PV in 2013 was installed in the western provinces of Gansu, Xinjiang, and Qinghai, far from population centers. A 320-megawatt PV project – the world’s largest – was completed in late 2013 alongside the Longyangxia hydropower dam in Qinghai. As large project development in remote areas continues, China is also looking to increase the number of small systems that do not require long-distance electricity transmission, aiming for more than 8,000 megawatts of rooftop PV in 2014. It appears that China will soon lead the world in solar power as it does in wind: in May 2014, the government announced a PV target of 70,000 megawatts by 2017.

China Might Be Winning The Race To Reduce Solar Costs

17 June 2014

  • When Swanson’s Law still worked after a couple of doublings of capacity the Chinese government stepped up their efforts. As a result, Suntech now expects the goal to be achieved by 2016, or 2017 at the latest. That’s right: 2016. A couple of years. Of course, Suntech has an interest in exaggerating somewhat, but even so, that is stunningly close.
  • SunShot, however, has also been successful, and claims a 60 percent reduction in cost since its inception three years ago. Many believe that their stated goal of solar power at $0.06 per kilowatt hour (kWH) is achievable by 2018. Some of that cost reduction is no doubt down to China ramping up capacity at such a rate and flooding the market, but there have been technological advances over that time, as well.

Xi Jinping Gives the Nod To China’s Expansion of Nuclear Energy

June 17, 2014

  • After reading environmental historian Vaclav Smil’s 2013 book, Making the Modern World: Materials and Dematerialization, Bill Gates recently tweeted that “the most staggering statistic” in the book is this: “China used more cement in the last three years than the U.S. used in the entire 20th century.”
  • At the end of 2013, China’s 17 operational nuclear power plants were generating about 2 percent of the country’s total energy, according to Xinhua. But Ye Qizhen, an expert in nuclear energy at the Chinese Academy of Engineering, told the newswire that China should aim to get 10 percent of total energy from nuclear power.

World’s first kilometre-high tower planned to combat dirty air in China’s Wuhan

18 June, 2014

  • The world’s first kilometre-high double-tower building that could enter the record books as the tallest development in the world will be built in central China over the next few years, its British designer has said.
  • Chetwoods said the towers, which will cover an area of seven hectares, are “a new style of architecture that emphasises Chinese identity,” devised by the firm in response to a “lot of criticism of these Western-driven designs, almost irresponsible design”.

China-Europe fight over solar ends with whimper

July 29, 2013

  • EU settled the case in exchange for a Chinese pledge not to export at less than 74 cents a watt, 25% lower than when the case began. no steep tariffs despite previous threats.
  • trade experts said it was a meager outcome. political weakness was exploited by China despite economics and law giving Europe a strong case.
  • Germany not only opposed action against China but rallied other European governments to join. Chinese pressure aided Germany, included threats of tariffs on European wine.

China New Energy Vehicle Drive Motor Industry Report, 2014

11 June 2014

  • As of May 2014, about 30 companies in China, including complete vehicle factories, auto parts producers and independent motor manufacturers, can produce new energy vehicle drive motors, of which 15 could deliver goods in volume for complete vehicle factories.
  • In April 2014, China produced 3,850 new energy vehicles, soaring by 70.1% year on year. The accelerated growth of new energy vehicle market will promote the development of new energy vehicle drive motor market.

Research Report on Photovoltaic (PV) Industry in China, 2014-2018


  • The output volume of photovoltaic cell modules was 26 GW in China in 2013, accounting for over 60% of the global number. The export volume was 16 GW while the export value was USD 12.7 billion. As domestic market grew rapidly, new installation volume exceeded 12 GW while the total volume exceeded 20 GW. The proportion of sales volume of cell modules in domestic market increased from 15% in 2010 to 43%.
  • By the end of 2013, the installed capacity of power generation in grid-connected operation reached 19.42 GW, including 16.32 GW in photovoltaic power stations and 3.1 GW of distributed PV. Total annual power generating capacity was 9 billion kWh. New photovoltaic power generation capacity was 12.92 GW, including 12.12 GW in photovoltaic power stations and 0.8 GW of distributed PV.

China readies for an energy revolution

16 Jun, 2014

  • The growth rate for the country’s energy demand is set to decelerate from about 8.4 per cent to between 4 and 5 per cent, according to the Development and Research Centre of the State Council, the Chinese cabinet. However, the absolute size of demand will continue to rise.
  • For example, China’s coal consumption only increased 1.85 per cent between 2012 and 2013, compared to an annualised growth rate of 8.3 per cent between 2002 and 2011. On the other hand, the country’s demand for natural gas increased 15.4 per cent in 2012 and 13.9 per cent last year.

China, US ink deals on energy efficiency


  • BEIJING – China and the United States signed a package of agreements on energy efficiency projects on Wednesday, a move expected to deepen energy cooperation between the world’s two largest economies. The deals include a program of distributed energy to be piloted in a 20-square-km international tourism resort zone in Shanghai, signed between General Electric (China) Co Ltd and a Shanghai-based new energy company.
  • Other deals include a program to jointly train personnel specializing in energy efficiency management, one on a low-carbon eco-city in China, and another project featuring consulting services for improving corporate energy efficiency.

China New Energy Vehicle Drive Motor Industry 2014

09 June 2014

  • A total of about 46,000 sets of new-energy vehicle drive motors were made in China in 2013, generating output value of RMB 1.86 billion.
  • In April 2014, China produced 3,850 new energy vehicles, soaring by 70.1% year on year.

China’s green drive could squeeze out coal before 2020

12 May 2014

  • The research says that China’s stated intention to pursue more sustainable economic growth has prompted discussions on setting a target to curtail the rise in the country’s annual consumption of coal before the end of its 13th Five-Year Plan, which will run from 2016 to 2020.
  • Cutting consumption could take many different forms, from tapping into the huge potential for energy efficiency to more effective city planning and increased investment in technologies including carbon capture and storage, electric vehicles, and battery storage, following on from China’s success in adapting, improving and deploying at scale existing low-carbon technologies such as solar photovoltaics, wind energy and high-speed rail.
  • “Contributions of this nature by China could raise substantially the likelihood of more ambitious mitigation action by developed and other emerging economies,” the report says. “China would be well-positioned to both lead and share in much of the resulting global growth and would benefit immensely from the associated reduction in risks from climate damages.”

The Smart Way to Power China

April 24, 2014

  • China has been investing heavily in the development of a Smart Grid with Ultra High Voltage (UHV) technology.
  • Most importantly, a smart grid lays the foundation for China to develop renewable energy. By the end of 2013, wind power capacity within China exceeded 75 million kilowatts, making the country No. 1 in the world. China’s solar power capacity passed 15 million kilowatts, the fastest growth in the world.
  • China has abundant clean energy resources. Hydroelectricity has the potential of 600 million kilowatts, wind and solar power generation can reach 2.5 billion kilowatts and 2.7 billion kilowatts respectively. If all these resources can be converted into electricity effectively, 50% of China’s energy consumption can come from non-fossil fuel sources.

‘Solar chimneys’ may help solve China’s energy woes

19 April, 2014

  • The technology involves covering an area of several square kilometres to create a greenhouse around a high chimney. The hot air produced in the greenhouse rises through the tower, driving turbines that generate electricity. The higher the tower, the stronger the updraft and the more power created.
  • “Many Chinese cities are considering the construction of buildings more than 500 metres high, but have met strong resistance due to their high cost and energy consumption. The updraft tower will make a skyscraper ‘green’ and strengthen its physical stability as well,” Wei said. “If all new high-rise buildings are built with updraft towers, large cities’ demand for coal-fired power plants will be significantly reduced; air quality improves, smog lessens.”

China Targets 70 Gigawatts of Solar Power to Cut Coal Reliance

May 16, 2014

  • China, the world’s biggest carbon emitter, plans to speed up solar power development, targeting a more than tripling of installed capacity to 70 gigawatts by 2017 to cut its reliance on coal. The goal would be double a previous target set for 2015, according to a statement posted today on the National Development and Reform Commission’s website. China also plans to have 150 gigawatts of installed wind power capacity by 2017, 11 gigawatts of biomass power and 330 gigawatts of hydro power.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY: China and France were tied for fourth place

July 17, 2014

  • Germany is the world’s most energy efficient nation with strong codes on buildings while China is quickly stepping up its own efforts, an environmental group said Thursday.
  • The study ranked Italy second, pointing to its efficiency in transportation, and ranked the European Union as a whole third. China and France were tied for fourth place, followed by Britain and Japan. The report found that China used less energy per square foot than any other country, even if enforcement of building codes is not always rigorous.

China to build new hi-tech power network to help fight pollution

14 May, 2014

  • The 12 projects include eight ultra-high-voltage (UHV) lines, which offer distinct advantages over conventional power lines by transmitting electricity over significantly longer distances with far greater efficiency. Energy losses from UHV power lines are five to six times lower than the conventional ones, studies show.
  • State Grid claims UHV power lines can reduce the density of PM2.5 smog particles, which are considered most dangerous to human health, by 4-5 per cent in central and eastern regions and cut coal consumption by 200 million tonnes a year.

China-US cooperation on clean energy


  • Robert Malay, director of the US-China Clean Energy Research Center, office of policy and international affairs, at the US Department of Energy, listed them in remarks to the MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Club of Washington in February last year:

China will launch energy projects for greener development


  • China will embark on new nuclear power plants equipped with state-of-the-art safety measures on the eastern coast at the proper time, said Li. The projects will also include construction of hydroelectric power stations, wind and solar power stations plus ultra-high voltage transmission lines to send power from the west to the east.
  • As the fastest-growing atomic energy nation, China will launch another 800 gigawatts of capacity for nuclear power this year, according to the National Energy Administration. That is in stark contrast to the two reactors with 221 gigawatts of capacity approved in 2013.

Title: Asia-Pacific Renewable Energy Policy Handbook 2014

May, 2014

  • The study offers a close look at the main renewable energy policies in the major counties of the Asia-Pacific region, including Thailand, India, South Korea, New Zealand, China, Vietnam, Japan and Australia. It throws light on the actual and forecast renewable energy plans and targets together with a clear description of the present regulative policy framework. The topical report defines the growth potential of the Asian-Pacific renewable energy industry, reviews the major technology specific incentives and policies across the examined countries and also touches upon the key policy initiatives related to the development of such renewable energy sources as solar, biopower, wind, biofuels and geothermal in the region. Besides, the report offers a comparative analysis of the major renewable energy policies across the examined countries and provides a set of projections for the renewable energy sector’s performance across the major countries of the Asian-Pacific region.

China Has Potential to Become Top Player in the World Renewable Energy Market, Says GlobalData in Its Report Published at

May 12, 2014

  • China is emerging as a top player in the worldwide renewable energy market. During the recent years, the country has considerably developed its solar Photovoltaic (PV) and wind turbine manufacturing industries. The Chinese government has displayed commitment to renewable energy through the implementation of a range of novel laws as well as financial support measures. Australia and India have also adopted specific support measures for the development of their renewable energy sectors; the efficiency of these measures will likely determine the future growth in the local renewable energy markets.

China Fuels Highest Solar Silicon Demand Since 2011

Apr 30, 2014

  • China and Japan are driving the rebound with subsidies for solar panel installations. About 44.5 gigawatts of solar capacity will be added around the world this year, a 21 percent increase over 2013, according to the average estimate of nine analysts and companies. The two Asian countries may account for half of all new projects. China became the biggest solar market last year.

China’s Wind Energy Capacity Tops 92 GW With 16 GW Addition In 2013


  • According to the latest data released by the Chinese Wind Energy Association, the country added a staggering 16,089 MW of wind energy capacity [pdf], pushing the cumulative installed wind energy capacity to 92,038 MW at the end of 2013. The annual capacity addition grew by 24% while the cumulative capacity grew by 21% in 2013. Globally, a total of 35,501 MW wind energy capacity was added. Wind capacity addition in China was more than the capacity added in all of Europe.
  • Inner Mongolia, blessed with high wind energy potential, has the highest wind energy installed capacity in China. With 20,270 MW capacity installed by the end of 2013, the province commands a share of over 22% of national installed capacity.

Solar to match coal in China by 2016, threatening fossil dominance

May 30th, 2014

  • The company’s chief executive, Eric Luo, told RenewEconomy that grid parity is at hand, even in competing with the cheapest and dirtiest form of fossil fuels. “We are sure that by 2016 – or at the latest 2017 – the levellised cost of solar PV will be the same as coal-fired generation. It is going to completely transform the energy market in China,” he said.

Worldwide Renewable Energy Jobs Hit Almost 6.5 Million In 2013

May 12, 2014

  • Global renewable jobs hit almost 6.5 million in 2013, driven by the rising solar market and employment in China.
  • At 2.64 million, China is the world’s dominant renewable energy employer. The European Union comes in second at 1.245 million, and Brazil is third at 894,000. That leaves the United States in fourth with 625,000 renewable energy jobs.

Clean technology innovation in China: trends and challenges

February 13 2012

  • According to a new report by the Pew Charitable Trusts, in 2010, China led the world in cleantech investments of $54.4 billion, followed by Germany at $41.2 billion and the United States with $34 billion. Global Trends in Sustainable Energy Investment reports also confirm that China was the world’s largest recipient of renewable investment in 2010, while rapidly industrialized economies such as Brazil and India are ranked fifth and eighth, respectively.
  • In 2010, China installed more wind power, manufactured more solar panels and solar hot water heaters, and spent more money overall on clean technology investments than any other nation.
  • Many consumers of clean technology products, such as cities and municipalities, utilities, and transportation companies, are risk adverse, and late adopters of technology. This has made it difficult for many innovative companies to find customers for their products. Governments, including China’s, have responded to this challenge by establishing incentives, rebates, and other subsidies to encourage customer purchases and adoption. In 2010, the Chinese government announced a trial program in five cities to provide cash credit of up to 60,000 RMB for private purchases of electric vehicles.

Global Wind Power Sector Created 80,000 More Jobs Last Year

May 13 2014

  • In 2013, about 834,000 people were employed in the wind power industry worldwide, an approximately 11% increase from 753,000 in 2012, according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). However, employment opportunities in the sector saw a regional shift from developed to emerging countries.
  • By region, the report says China accounted for 356,000 wind jobs in 2013, up from 267,000 in 2012. Last year, Germany employed 138,000 wind sector workers, followed by India (48,000), Brazil (32,000) and Spain (24,000). The report says the “Rest of EU” region employed 166,000 wind workers.

The State Of The Chinese Solar Market


  • The Chinese solar market has been booming over the past few years, driven largely by a favorable policy environment intended to meet a greater portion of the country’s growing energy needs from cleaner sources, while also driving demand for domestic solar panel manufacturers. Last year, China installed a total of about 12 gigawatts of new solar capacity, up from just about 3 GW in 2012, making it the world’s largest solar market by far. In this note, we take a brief look at some of the current trends in the Chinese solar market.

Solar industry leads 14% rise in renewables jobs, global data shows

12 May 2014

  • The biggest renewable sector employer worldwide is the solar panel industry, which employed 2.27 million people, according to Irena, a body comprising 168 member nations. Biofuels, with 1.45 million, and wind power, with 0.83 million, were the next biggest employers. The largest employer by country is China, with 2.6 million jobs. Two-thirds of these jobs are in solar, in which employment has trebled in two years. Brazil, with 0.89 million jobs, and the US, with 0.63 million, are the next biggest renewable employment nations, with both countries having large biofuel sectors.

World Bank support for China solar and wind power may have cost U.S. jobs

October 14, 2013

  • As investment in alternative energy rebounded in 2011, U.S. wind and solar companies found stiff new competition — Chinese firms dominating the green industries that American officials looked to for growth. Supporting those Chinese companies was a surprising patron: the World Bank, a Washington-based development agency whose steady counsel and financing have helped China challenge U.S. economic dominance, and in this case may have cost the United States jobs.

A revolution is here, and clean energy is the spark


  • By the end of 2015 the country’s wind power capacity is expected to reach 100 million kW, with annual electricity output of 190 billion kW/h, the plan says. China’s wind power will reach 100 million kilowatts by 2015 and annual wind power generation will be 190 billion kilowatt hours.
  • China enjoys many advantages in developing solar energy. It has become a world leader in photovoltaic cell production. The demand in the country for new solar modules could be as high as 232 mW each year from now until 2012. The government has announced plans to expand the installed capacity to 1,800 mW by 2020.

Israel partners China in renewable energy technology

December 3, 2012

  • Israel is set to work with China in the future to develop renewable energy technology, following talks at the 5th Eilat-Eilot Renewable Energy Conference & Exhibition held last week in Eilat, Israel.
  • Israeli Minister of Energy and Water Resources Uzi Landau also told a Chinese newspaper that China leads the world in solar, wind, and methanol technology, and Israel looked forward to carrying out further cooperation with China in these fields.

China’s Plan to Rescue the Global Solar Industry

Oct 24 2012

  • But here’s a reason for optimism: the Chinese government — because it can do these things — plans to buy up over $11 billion of that excess and use it to build out its domestic solar energy capacity. In a mandate issued last month by China’s National Energy Administration, every province will be required to construct a series of small photovoltaic plants that altogether will generate more than 15 gigawatts of electricity, which in the United States would be enough to power up to 5 million homes. By taking the extra solar panels off the market, China hopes its emergency stimulus project will take its solar industry off of life support and restore balance in the marketplace.

China Leads The World In Renewable Energy Investment


  • China was responsible for almost one-fifth of total global investment, spending $52 billion on renewable energy last year. The United States was close behind with investments of $51 billion, as developers sought to benefit from government incentive programs before they expired. Germany, Italy and India rounded out the list of the top five countries.
  • In 2011, solar led the way as far as global investment in renewable energy, with investment surging to $147 billion, a year-on-year increase of 52 percent, due to strong demand for rooftop photovoltaic installations in Germany, Italy, China and Britain. Large-scale solar thermal installations in Spain and the United States also contributed to growth during the year. Wind power investment slipped 12 percent to $84 billion as a result of uncertainty about energy policy in Europe and fewer new installations in China, according to the report.

China dominates solar power


  • Analysts say Chinese firms now have 70% of the growing global market in solar panels, thanks to aggressive pricing and the collapse of three US competitors in the last two months.