Clean Energy Part 2

Hybrid and Electric Cars Gain Popularity in China

24 January 2017

  • Environmentally-friendly vehicles are gaining popularity in China due in large part to concerns over air quality. The sale of these green vehicles — hybrid, electric and fuel cell — grew to 507,000 units in 2016, an increase of 53 percent over 2015 according to China Association of Automobile Manufacturers.

China energy firm expands in crisis-hit Brazil

January 24, 2017

  • China’s State Grid signed a deal Tuesday to buy a majority stake in Brazil’s electricity giant CPFL for $4.5 billion, offering a boost to a Latin American giant struggling with recession. The purchase of a 54.64 percent stake in CPFL for 14.19 billion reals expands the Chinese company’s presence in Brazil, a huge emerging market with some 200 million inhabitants.

China, Europe drive shift to electric cars as U.S. lags

Jan 15, 2017

  • Electric cars will pick up critical momentum in 2017, many in the auto industry believe – just not in North America. Tighter emissions rules in China and Europe leave global carmakers and some consumers with little choice but to embrace plug-in vehicles, fuelling an investment surge, said industry executives gathered in Detroit this past week for the city’s annual auto show. China, struggling with catastrophic pollution levels in major cities, is aggressively pushing plug-in vehicles. Its carrot-and-stick approach combines tens of billions in investment and research funding with subsidies, and regulations designed to discourage driving fossil-fueled cars in big cities.

China Usurps United States As Global Clean Energy Leader

January 9th, 2017

  • China invested a record $32 billion in global renewable energy projects during 2016 and is expecting to invest at least $361 billion into its own renewable energy sector by 2020, securely placing China as the leading clean energy player in the world.

China cementing global dominance of renewable energy and technology

6 January 2017

  • China is cementing its global dominance of renewable energy and supporting technologies, aggressively investing in them both at home and around the globe, leaving countries including the US, UK and Australia at risk of missing the growing market. A report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (Ieefa) found China’s dominance in renewables is rapidly spreading overseas, with the country accelerating its foreign investment in renewable energy and supporting technologies.

China to spend $493 billion on green power by 2020

5 Jan 2017

  • China will plough 2.5 trillion yuan ($493 billion) into renewable power generation by 2020, the country’s energy agency says, as the world’s largest energy market continues to shift away from dirty coal power towards cleaner fuels.$493-billion-on-renewable-fuel-by-2020/8164434

Chinese Renewable Power Giant Builds Global Empire

January 04, 2017

  • Other investors are wary of Brazil, but when Duke Energy wanted to sell 10 hydroelectric dams there, a Chinese utility shrugged off the country’s economic turmoil and paid $1.2 billion to add them to an energy empire that stretches from Malaysia to Germany to the Amazon.

Asia’s first molten salt solar power plant to go live in China


  • Asia’s first molten salt solar power plant has been successfully connected to the grid and will go into operation on January 2, 2017 in Dunhuang, a county in China’s northwestern Gansu Province.

China plans renewable energy boost by 2020


  • China will replace huge amounts of fossile fuels with renewable energy in the next five years in pursuit of better air quality. By the end of 2020, renewable energy facilities will supply 1.9 trillion kilowatt-hours of electricity, accounting for 27 percent of total power generation, according to the National Development and Reform Commission 2016-2020 plan for renewable energy.

Why China Is Dominating the Solar Industry

December 19, 2016

  • Between 2008 and 2013, China’s fledgling solar-electric panel industry dropped world prices by 80 percent, a stunning achievement in a fiercely competitive high-tech market. China had leapfrogged from nursing a tiny, rural-oriented solar program in the 1990s to become the globe’s leader in what may soon be the world’s largest renewable energy source.

China’s top coal province to shut 49 million tonne a year in capacity by 2020

December 08, 2016

  • BEIJING: China’s biggest coal-producing province Shanxi pledged to eliminate 49 million tonnes a year in capacity by shutting 39 mines over the next five years, according to documents posted on the website of the province’s development and reform commission.

Why Latin America and China Are Beating the U.S. in Renewable Energy

November 26, 2016

  • While U.S. electricity consumption is stagnant, Latin America and China are growing. According to the EIA, China’s electricity demand more than doubled between 2005 and 2013, and Mexico’s demand grew 25% from 2004 to 2014. This growth is a big reason China is the world’s leader in wind and solar energy, and why Latin America has seen a flood of new renewable projects announced this year. Countries across Latin America like Chile, Argentina, and Brazil are also seeing increased electricity demand, which is a big driver of their renewable energy growth.

Graphene Solar Absorber Could Enable Cheap Thermal Desalination

21 Nov 2016

  • Now researchers at Nanjing University in China have developed a solar absorber material made from graphene oxide that enables a solar approach to desalinating water without the need for solar concentrators and thermal insulation. The result could be a low-cost, portable water desalination solution ideally suited for developing countries and remote areas.

World CO2 emissions stay flat for 3rd year, helped by China falls – study

14 November 2016

  • World greenhouse gas emissions stayed flat for the third year in a row in 2016, thanks to falls in China, even as the pro-coal policies of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump mean uncertainty for the future, an international study said on Monday. Carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels and industry were set to rise a tiny 0.2 percent in 2016 from 2015 levels to 36.4 billion tonnes, the third consecutive year with negligible change and down from three percent growth rates in the 2000s, it said.

China Scales Back Solar, Wind Ambitions as Renewables Cool

November 8, 2016

  • China, the world’s biggest clean-energy investor, lowered its solar and wind power targets for 2020, a reflection of how record installations of renewables have overwhelmed the ability of the nation’s grid to absorb the new electricity. China is now aiming for 110 gigawatts of solar power by 2020, a 27 percent reduction from an earlier target, according to a webcast posted on the website of the National Energy Administration that cited the agency’s chief engineer, Han Shui. The nation reduced its goal for wind power by 16 percent to 210 gigawatts.

China to have 58 mln kw nuclear power by 2020


  • China will have 58 million kilowatts of installed nuclear power by 2020 as it expands its clean energy network and pursues green growth, the country’s energy regulator announced Monday. The government will have around 30 million kw of nulcear energy facility going into operation and over 30 million kw of such facility under construction in the next five years, according to the 13th Five-Year Plan for power development released by the National Energy Administration and the National Development and Reform Commission.

China to overtake US nuclear capacity

26 Oct, 2016

  • The growth of China’s nuclear power industry will make it the world’s biggest in 15 years, the World Nuclear Association (WNA) said on Tuesday. China’s push to develop nuclear energy comes from the need to improve air quality in its rapidly growing cities as well as reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with international commitments. The country has one of the highest rates of air pollution related deaths in the world. The WNA report showed that in Asia 134 operable reactors generated 400 terawatt hours of electricity last year, making up 16 percent of global nuclear generation. There are firm plans to increase that figure, with 39 reactors comprising 47.4 gigawatts (GW) currently under construction in Asia. Twenty of those are to be built in China.

Renewable energy capacity overtakes coal

25 October 2016

  • The International Energy Agency says that the world’s capacity to generate electricity from renewable sources has now overtaken coal. In China, it says, there were two wind turbines set up every hour. China, the report says, “remains the undisputable global leader of renewable energy expansion, representing close to 40% of growth”.

In China and Germany, Renewables Are Outgrowing Their Grids

October 13, 2016

  • A similar story is playing out in China. According to a BBC report, the country has built so many coal-fired power plants, which are slow to turn on and off, that it has to turn its wind turbines off for as much as 15 percent of the time because its grid can’t always handle both being online concurrently. It’s not the first time that China’s renewables eyes have proven bigger than its grid belly, either: it’s been adding solar power installations so fast that it can’t make use of as much as 50 percent of the energy being generated in some provinces.

Over 400 European firms demand end of solar trade dispute with China

Oct 12, 2016

  • October 12 (SeeNews) – More than 400 European companies have turned to European trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom with a request to end the trade duties imposed on Chinese solar modules and cells. Companies from every EU member state and all segments of the value chain have signed the letter sent to Malmstrom.

China will build the world’s biggest solar farm: 6 million panels amounting to 2GW, stretched over 7,000 city blocks

September 29, 2016

  • California will soon no longer be home to the largest solar power plants in the world after China will complete a 2 GW solar farm in the Ningxia region. According to Bloomberg, the power plant will be huge by current standards surpassing anything that came before it by a long shot. Owned and operated by China’s biggest private investment group, once completed the solar farm will cover 4,607 hectares and supply 2GW of power. That’s more than Thailand’s entire photovoltaics capacity in 2015 or nearly as much as Canada’s.

China’s Citizens Overwhelmingly Want Renewable Energy

September 29th, 2016

  • There are many places in China that are “worst-case scenarios” of the Industrial Age and its wastes. It is no wonder that many Chinese citizens are wide awake to solutions. A new survey (by Ipsos) shows that 96% of Chinese urbanites believe “green power” could help. Of course, it will. Renewable energy can turn cities around. 3,000 residents of Chinese cities surveyed by Ipsos reveal that ~90% of people in China want to prevent environmental pollution. Business Green aptly describes the problem as “afflicting many of the country’s cities.”

LeEco’s successful fundraising shows China’s electric car momentum

September 21, 2016

  • Chinese technology company LeEco has raised $1.08 billion for LeSEE, its electric car unit. Chinese companies including Yingda Capital Management, China Minsheng Trust and Legend Holdings, controlling shareholder of PC maker Lenovo Group, were among the investors in the latest funding round. “It represents a new major milestone in LeSEE’s development,” said Jia Yueting, founder and chief executive of LeEco group, which is also the parent of Shenzhen-listed video streaming service

China embarked on wind power frenzy, says IEA

20 September 2016

  • China has been building two wind turbines every hour, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has told BBC News. This is the world’s biggest programme of turbine installation, double that of its nearest rival, the US. The nation’s entire annual increase in energy demand has been fulfilled from the wind. But the IEA warns China has built so much coal-fired generating capacity that it is turning off wind turbines for 15% of the time.

BYD Takes #1, #2, & #4 In China Electric Car Sales

September 19th, 2016

  • The Chinese market had more than 31,000 new EVs zooming the streets last month, a 95% increase over the same month last year, inline with the annual growth rate, with the EV market share firmly above the 1% barrier, at 1.3% of all new car sales. At this rhythm, the Chinese EV market is headed for some 450,000 units and 1.5% market share by December 31st, which will not only beat North America and Europe as the top-selling market, both in volume and market share, but would also mean that China will absorb around half of the EVs delivered in 2016 globally.

China to build at least 60 nuclear plants in coming decade -industry official

Sep 16, 2016

  • China plans to build more than 60 nuclear plants in the coming decade, a top Chinese industry official said on Friday. Zheng Mingguang, vice president and chief nuclear designer at China’s State Nuclear Power Technology Corporation (SNPTC), told Reuters at the World Nuclear Association conference in London that China would build about 30 reactors in the next five years and more in the five years after that. Zheng said that the 60 new plants would include between six and 10 CAP1000 reactors, which are Chinese versions of the AP1000 made by Toshiba-owned Westinghouse.

Latest Trends In China’s Continuing Renewable Energy Revolution

September 15th, 2016

  • China has made strategic choices favouring renewables over fossil fuels that are still not widely understood or appreciated. Hao Tan and I have been making these arguments for several years now, and in particular in our article in Nature in September 2014 we argued that China had overwhelming economic and energy security reasons for opting in favour of renewables, in addition to the obvious environmental benefits.1 In this article I wish to take these arguments further and update the picture to incorporate comprehensive 2015 data as well as fresh targets for 2017 and 2020. The context is China’s continuing battle to scale back its use of coal; its imminent release of the country’s 13th FYP for Energy, based on the overall 13th FYP for economic development over the five years 2016 to 2020, where new renewable energy targets will be announced or consolidated [See ChinaDialogue]; and China’s hosting of the G20 meeting in Hangzhou in September, where it will be promoting an international drive for greening of finance – with China itself playing a key role in this process. China is becoming a major promoter of international infrastructure development, in Africa and across Central Asia through the One Belt-One Road strategy – and this too carries strong implications for other countries’ energy choices.

China provides $1 trillion in ‘green credit’ by end-June: regulator

Sep 2, 2016

  • China’s banks had provided a total of 7.26 trillion yuan ($1.09 trillion) in “green credit” by the end of June this year, the banking regulator said on Friday, part of its efforts to steer its economy onto a more environmentally friendly course. The figure amounted to 9 percent of total loans from 21 major banks and financial institutions, the China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC) said, without giving a time period.

China’s renewable energy firms tap into niche market in Ghana

Aug 14, 2016

  • One of such companies, Halo International, will open its new factory to start producing solar panels in Ghana this September. “Our company came from China and now we are registered in Ghana. We are brothers, so we can share technology and low-cost productions. Now our responsibility is to import good technology for renewable energy production for use in Ghana.” Kante-Solar has been in Ghana for 10 years and has been the sole distributor for some diesel generator manufacturers from China. It has however expanded its business to cover renewable technology to meet Africa’s power needs.

China may increase gas imports 500% by 2030, striving to cut emissions

4 Aug, 2016

  • In order to shift from coal to eco-friendly energy, Beijing may increase imports of gas from the current 53 billion cubic meters per year to 190-270 billion, said CNPC International Department head Li Yueqiang. “Despite the fact the Chinese economy has entered a new stage, and there has been growth slowdown, the demand for gas will increase. This corresponds to the concept of green development of the Chinese economy and the reduction of pollutant emissions,” RIA Novosti quotes Li Yueqiang as saying. According to the CNPC manager, in 2015 China used 200 billion cubic meters of gas, of which a quarter was imported.

Fail-Safe Nuclear Power

August 2, 2016

  • Given unprecedented access to the inner workings of China’s advanced nuclear R&D program, I was witnessing a new nuclear technology being born. Through the virtual reactor snaked an intricate system of pipes carrying the fluid that makes this system special: a molten salt that cools the reactor and carries heat to drive a turbine and make electricity. At least in theory, this type of reactor can’t suffer the kind of catastrophic failure that happened at Chernobyl and Fukushima, making unnecessary the expensive and redundant safety systems that have driven up the cost of conventional reactors. What’s more, the new plants should produce little waste and might even eat up existing nuclear waste. They could run on uranium, which powers 99 percent of the nuclear power plants in the world, or they could eventually run on thorium, which is cleaner and more abundant. The ultimate goal of the Shanghai Institute: to build a molten-salt reactor that could replace the 1970s-era technology in today’s nuclear power plants and help wean China off the coal that fouls the air of Shanghai and Beijing, ushering in an era of cheap, abundant, zero-carbon energy.

China surges further ahead in solar power production

Jul 25, 2016

  • China’s state-run news site said that the nation has pressed further ahead of other countries in its deployment of solar electricity, adding an additional 20 billion watts (20GW) in the first half of this year alone, according to a Reuters report. The 20GW installation figure beats most analysts’ expectations by a large margin, according to Mohit Anand, a senior analyst for Global Solar Markets with GTM Research. “It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy,” Anand said. Photovoltaic module production also increased to 37.8% in the first half of the year to 27GW of capacity, according to the China Photovoltaic Industry Association. Cheap government capital and access to supply chains, has led Chinese module manufacturers to significantly drive down costs, according to Tyler Ogden, a solar analyst with Lux Research.

Germany and China are beating the U.S. in energy efficiency

Jul 21, 2016

  • Here are the top 10 nations and their overall scores, out of 100 points: Germany (73.5) China (64)

Hanergy debuts four solar-powered prototype vehicles

03 July, 2016

  • Chinese solar company Hanergy Holding Group has unveiled four solar-powered cars, reflecting the company’s effort to diversity into the automotive industry as a way to expand the use of its thin-film photovoltaic technology. Gao Weimin, vice president of Hanergy Holding, said the dual-junction solar cells’ conversion rate, which reflects energy efficiency, is now at 31.6 per cent. It is expected that the costs of thin-film solar cells can be reduced by more than 90 per cent when the solar cars start mass production, he added.

Solar PV power to be China’s main energy source by 2020

July 1, 2016

  • CHINA is actively looking to sustainable projects so that it can eventually rely on green energy. Back in 2009, researchers revealed that the country is set to surpass its target of renewable power from solar PV devices by 2020. The target is forecasted to meet “more than fivefold or possibly even tenfold” of the initial goal set for renewable power. However, China will be facing plenty of challenges before they can reach their goal of 100% renewable energy reliance, as the country is still strongly dependent on fossil fuels. In fact, the demand for oil from China is said to have helped OPEC with their issue of oversupply. Their strong dependency on fossil fuels led the government to build underground storages for their reserved petroleum.

OVERVIEW – China tops 25 GW of utility scale solar

Jun 22, 2016

  • Energy industry commentators focus on China’s coal-fired power generation, while the dramatic strides which the world’s second-largest economy is taking to deploy renewable energy are too often overlooked. China has been on top of the world league table of the deployment of utility scale solar power since 2013. Figures for the first quarter of 2016 show that its installed capacity is now more than 25 GW.

China saves 1.57 bln tons of coal in last 10 years

June 20, 2016

  • According to information released by the conference, China saved 1.57 billion tons of standard coal between 2005 to 2015, which is the equivalent of reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 3.6 billion tons. The proportion of coal consumption in China’s energy portfolio has declined from 72 percent to 64 percent, while non-fossil fuel use has soared from 7.4 percent to 12 percent. China’s construction and transportation industries have also seen an obvious improvement in energy savings. As of 2014, up to 10.5 billion square meters of energy-saving buildings have been constructed in urban areas, accounting for 38 percent of the country’s overall civil construction, while China’s new-energy vehicle production has seen a forty-five fold growth. In non-fossil fuel development, China’s renewable energy sector made up 25.4 percent of the world’s total installed capacity in 2014, with hydropower capacity increasing 1.7 times, wind power capacity up 100.8 times and solar power capacity up 615 times, compared with 2005.

Stanford researchers find new ways to make clean hydrogen and rechargable zinc batteries

June 18th, 2016

  • A Stanford University research lab has developed new technologies to tackle two of the world’s biggest energy challenges – clean fuel for transportation and grid-scale energy storage. “Millions of cars could be powered by clean hydrogen fuel if it were cheap and widely available,” said Yi Cui, an associate professor of materials science and engineering at Stanford. To capture sunlight before it escapes, Cui’s team turned to nanotechnology. The researchers created microscopic arrays containing thousands of silicon nanocones, each about 600 nanometers tall.

Large wind capacity in China tops 136 GW at end-May 2016

Jun 16, 2016

  • As for the county’s large-scale hydropower plants (HPP), their total installed capacity rose by 4.8% year-on-year to 279,790 MW at the end of last month. Over January-May, China connected approximately 3,210 MW of new HPPs. In the first five months of 2016, the country’s total power consumption grew by 2.7% on the year to 2,282.4 TWh. In May alone, China’s total electricity demand amounted to 473 TWh, marking a 2.1% year-on-year increase. The global leader in installed wind capacity plans to boost it to 250 GW as part of its 2016-2020 five-year plan on energy.

The developing world is outspending richer countries on renewable energy investment

June 01, 2016

  • Renewable energy had its best year ever in 2015, in terms of both investment and building. As a relatively small industry, that might not be surprising. Without massive setbacks (like the 2008 financial crisis), and with a lot of room for growth, each successive year might be expected to be better than the one before. Developing nations invested $156 billion in renewables in 2015—a 19% increase on the year before, and more than all richer nations combined. China was top, pumping more money into the sector than any other country, and building more wind, hydropower, and solar than anywhere else. China is now the world leader in terms of installed renewables—by a long way.