Clean Energy Part 3

China is selling more electric vehicles than the US—and it’s not even close

May 03, 2017

  • The electric car has finally arrived—and most of them are racing off to China. China registered as many as 352,000 new electric vehicles (EV) in 2016, compared to only 159,000 cars registered in the US during the same time period (more than half of which were in California). While automotive analysts caution China’s numbers could be inflated due to subsidy cheating, even the lower estimates remain higher than the US. (Navigant Consulting puts China’s 2016 figure as low as 250,000, but expects new registrations will nearly double this year).

China to Increase Non-Fossil Fuel Consumption to 20% by 2030

Apr 25, 2017

  • China wants its non-fossil fuels to account for around 20 percent of its total energy consumption, increasing by over half of the current demand by 2050, the country’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) said on Tuesday. According to a policy document, carbon dioxide emissions will peak by 2030 and total energy demand will reach six billion tons of standard coal equivalent by 2030, 1.6 higher than this year’s target, Reuters reported.

Clean energy vehicles gains popularity in China


  • According to a recent report from Nielsen, the popularity of clean energy vehicles among Chinese consumers is rising, with 27% of car-buyers willing to consider purchasing Blade Electric Vehicles (BEV), and 25% interested in Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV). This is the first time that pro-BEV buyers outnumber those that are pro-PHEV. “As clean energy solutions continue to grow in importance globally, consumers in China are also taking note of the benefits of owning an electric vehicle. Today we’re seeing a massive opportunity emerging for Gas-Electricity Hybrid Vehicles (GEHV) and BEVs are also growing in popularity. We’re seeing that buyer and driver satisfaction levels are not only very high, but are only going to improve,” said Olive Zhang, vice-president of Nielsen China.

China may lead the electric car revolution

Apr 23, 2017

  • For years, carmakers have talked about the growing relevance of China, and while most automakers aren’t writing off the importance of the US customers, China is now the world’s biggest car market. And among the big winners in the Chinese market are global luxury brands. “We’re up over 100 percent calendar year to date,” said Reid Bigland, Maserati Global CEO, in a roundtable at the New York show. “China is our number one Quattroporte market around the world. They’re very committed to next generation of vehicles in China with electrification. There’s a lot of upwardly mobile young people in China who have been attracted to Maserati.”

Greenpeace: China to see $782bn investment in solar, wind, by 2030

April 12, 2017

  • China is set to attract as much as 5.4 trillion yuan ($782 billion) in wind and solar sector investment between 2016 and 2030, off-grid solar stands out as the most economical way to address energy poverty, and curbing carbon footprint brings further environmental and economic benefits, finds a report by Greenpeace. In order to deliver on its pledge to increase the proportion of non-fossil fuel sources in primary energy consumption to at least 20% by 2030, China is set to pull in 5.4 trillion yuan ($782 billion) in investment, finds a new report by environmental organization Greenpeace, drafted in collaboration with five industry associations and research groups.

China’s First Hualong One Reactor Vessel Completes Hydraulic Pressure Tests

Apr 11, 2017

  • The reactor pressure vessel for the fifth unit of the Fuqing nuclear power plant has completed hydraulic pressure tests and is expected to start operation in 2019. The unit, which is the first of the two demonstrations Hualong One units being constructed in China’s Fujian province, completed the test on April 8. The tests were used to confirm the integrity of the vessel’s welds and seals, according to the World Nuclear News.

China’s Xi Outshines Trump as the World’s Future Energy Leader

April 11, 2017

  • It is also too bad for the U.S.—because, ironically, the silence leaves China as the world’s future energy leader. As many see the Trump regime abandoning U.S. leadership in the fight to restrain global warming, China seems willing to step up, at least in rhetoric. “What should concern us is refusing to face up to problems and not knowing what to do about them,” Xi said in a speech to the World Economic Forum in January. “The Paris Agreement is a hard-won achievement which is in keeping with the underlying trend of global development. All signatories should stick to it instead of walking away from it, as this is a responsibility we must assume for future generations.” At the same time, the Chinese have taken the lead in producing clean energy—from topping the world in the production and installation of solar power to building an entire new series of nuclear power plants, making use of the latest technology. Trump’s avoidance of the climate change problem could leave U.S. industry at a competitive disadvantage.

China’s Global Solar Business Shakes Foreign Competitors

Apr 10, 2017

  • China’s relentless pursuit to become self-dependent on sophisticated industries, such as solar panel systems, have left foreign competitors and even smaller-scale Chinese businesses in the dust, an article by Today Online reported. “A small vibration back in China can cause an avalanche in prices around the world,” said Frank Haugwitz, a solar industry consultant based in Beijing, in an interview with Today Online.

Chinese scientists explore all-weather solar cells

April 2, 2017

  • A PHOTOVOLTAIC revolution is taking place with the emergence of all-weather solar cells, according to a Chinese scientist. “Solar cell research is mainly focused on elevating photoelectric conversion efficiency upon direct sunlight until new light has been shed on persistent high-efficiency power generation in poor light conditions such as rain, fog, haze and night,” said Tang Qunwei, a professor with Ocean University of China.

Solar power growth leaps by 50% worldwide thanks to US and China

7 March 2017

  • The amount of solar power added worldwide soared by some 50% last year because of a sun rush in the US and China, new figures show. New solar photovoltaic capacity installed in 2016 reached more than 76 gigawatts, a dramatic increase on the 50GW installed the year before. China and the US led the surge, with both countries almost doubling the amount of solar they added in 2015, according to data compiled by Europe’s solar power trade body.

China Building 21 Nuclear Reactors to Boost National Power Supply

Mar 03, 2017

  • Of this total, the construction of five should be finished within the year. The construction of eight more reactors will start this year while planning for eight more will be advanced, also this year, according to China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) in its Energy Work Guidance Opinion for 2017 published in February. NEA expects completion within the year of the Sanmen 1 reactor for the Sanmen Nuclear Power Station; the Haiyang 1 AP1000 units at the Haiyang Nuclear Power Plant; the Taishan 1 European Pressurized Reactor at the Taishan Nuclear Power Plant; the Fuqing 4 reactor at the Fuqing Power Plant and the CPR-1000 units at the Yanjiang Nuclear Power Station.

China’s world-beating solar farm is almost as big as Macau, Nasa satellite images reveal

24 February, 2017

  • The US space agency Nasa has released spectacular satellite images of the world’s biggest solar farm, which sits on the Tibetan Plateau in China. The images published last week show how the Longyangxia Dam Solar Park in northwestern Qinghai province grew from a small cluster of panels to become a sprawling farm with 4 million solar panels in just four years.

Chinese firms dominate top 200 clean energy moneymakers

February 21, 2017

  • However, while the highest-ranked Chinese firm in the list, Xinjiang Goldwind Science & Technology Co Ltd, sits only at No. 15, as many as 71 companies from China are in the latest quarterly rankings. That’s almost double the 41 companies featured from the USA.

China to build inland, floating nuclear plants by 2020: official


  • In the face of increasing domestic demand for power, as a part of China’s 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20) work is likely to restart on inland nuclear power plants, which was stopped after the 2011 Fukushima disaster in Japan, an energy official revealed. Wang Yiren, vice director of the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense, and vice-chairman of the China Atomic Energy Authority, said in an interview with China National Radio published Monday that the country has already decided where its inland nuclear reactors will be built and that construction is likely to start in the next four years.

China Remains Global Wind Energy Leader, Expands Lead Over US

February 13th, 2017

  • China installed a total of 23 gigawatts of wind energy in 2016, nearly half the total 54 gigawatts that was brought online around the world, and continues to expand its lead over its nearest competitors, the United States and Germany. The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) published its annual statistics report for the global wind energy industry this week, revealing that a total of 54 gigawatts (GW) worth of wind energy was brought online in 2016, bringing the global cumulative total up to nearly 487 GW. Leading the way was China, followed well behind by the United States, Germany, and India. Also making strong performances in 2016 were France, Turkey, and the Netherlands.

China is now the biggest producer of solar power


  • You probably don’t think of China as a clean energy champion given its frequent problems with smog and continued dependence on coal power, but you may have to rethink your views after today. The country’s National Energy Administration has revealed that its solar power production more than doubled in 2016, hitting 77.42 gigawatts by the end of the year. The country is now the world’s biggest generator of solar-based electricity in terms of capacity — it doesn’t compare as well relative to population (Germany, Japan and the US could easily beat it), but that’s no mean feat for any nation. Right now, solar is a drop in the bucket for China. It represents just 1 percent of the country’s total power output. However, the NEA plans to add over 110 gigawatts by 2020, giving the technology a much greater role within a few years. It’ll help China increase its use of non-fossil fuel power from 11 percent now to 20 percent by 2030.

Next-Generation Nuclear Power? Not Just Yet

February 3, 2017

  • Meanwhile, China’s efforts to become the world’s largest nuclear power industry look well on track. As we’ve highlighted in the past, it’s busy building new conventional reactors, as well as investing in R&D to build more exotic kinds of next-generation hardware, such as thorium molten-salt reactors, high-temperature gas-cooled reactors, and sodium-cooled fast reactors.

China to launch green certificates for renewable power in July

February 04, 2017

  • China will launch the trading of green certificates for solar and wind power on July 1 in a bid to help reduce government subsidies to the renewables sector, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) said on Friday. In a pilot program, the NDRC said solar and wind producers would be issued tradeable certificates, proving that electricity has been generated through renewable energy sources.

Environment: China deploys big data to clear smog

01 February 2017

  • China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection is tackling the country’s severe air-pollution problems by using a holistic approach to the collection, analysis and quality assurance of vast amounts of data — and making the information publicly accessible. The ministry has improved sharing of data from multiple sources. Satellite data are used to analyse and predict general air quality and pollution by particulate matter. Drones monitor pollution discharges, measure air quality and assess the effectiveness of environmental-protection programmes. Citizens contribute widely by promptly reporting pollution episodes.

China’s Nuclear Power Capacity Set to Overtake U.S. Within Decade

January 31, 2017

  • China’s rapid nuclear expansion will result in it overtaking the U.S. as the nation with the largest atomic power capacity by 2026, according to BMI Research. The world’s second biggest economy will almost triple its nuclear capacity to nearly 100 gigawatts by 2026, making it the biggest market globally, analysts said in a note dated Jan. 27. The nation added about 8 gigawatts of nuclear power last year, boosting its installed capacity to about 34 million kilowatts, according to BMI.