Clean Energy Part 3

China seen making 25 percent more solar panels in 2017

July 20, 2017

  • China’s solar industry is expected to produce 25 percent more panels in 2017 than last year, supported by domestic sales and demand from the United States and emerging markets, the head of a Chinese industry association said. China was expected to produce solar panels with a combined capacity of 60 gigawatts (GW) this year, said Wang Bohua, secretary general of China’s photovoltaic industry association. China produced panels with capacity of 48 GW in 2016.

China is crushing the U.S. in renewable energy

July 18, 2017

  • China may be the planet’s biggest polluter but it’s also powering ahead of other countries on renewable energy. As the Trump administration yanks the U.S. out of the Paris climate change agreement, claiming it will hurt the American economy, Beijing is investing hundreds of billions of dollars and creating millions of jobs in clean power. China has built vast solar and wind farms, helping fuel the growth of major industries that sell their products around the world. “Even in China where coal is — or was — king, the government still recognizes that the economic opportunities of the future are going to be in clean energy,” said Alvin Lin, Beijing-based climate and energy policy director with the Natural Resources Defense Council. More than 2.5 million people work in the solar power sector alone in China, compared with 260,000 people in the U.S., according to the most recent annual report from the International Renewable Energy Agency.

Inner Mongolia: China’s coal base transforms into the hub of clean energy

July 13, 2017

  • Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region is an important energy base in China. Blessed with abundant coal, wind and solar energy, the growth of its traditional power and clean energy industry has been gaining momentum, thus making the Region one of the front-runners of the nation’s power industry. In 2016, the output of coal production reached 845.5 million tons. The installed wind power capacity was 25.56 million kilowatts, 17% of the country’s total. The wind power output reached 46.4 billion kwhs. The installed solar power capacity reached 6.36 million tons and the output 8.3 billion kwhs. China is currently the largest energy consumer in the world and the largest producer and consumer of coal.

BP: China a leader in renewable energy

July 7, 2017

  • CHINA became the world’s largest renewable energy producer last year following its efforts to reduce carbon emissions, British Petroleum said on Friday. The nation contributed 40 percent to the growth of the global renewable energy last year, which pushed it ahead of the United States to become the largest renewables market, said Spencer Dale, company’s chief economist, at a conference in Shanghai. Although renewables only accounts for 3.2 percent of the world’s primary energy generation, it has become the fastest growing energy source last year with it rising 12 percent over the year, BP said in a report.

China cuts use of dirty coal by 40 percent, consultancy Wood Mackenzie says


  • The Chinese government’s efforts to clean up air quality are bearing fruit as use of dirty coal has likely dropped 40 percent over the last five years, said Wood Mackenzie. According to data from the consultancy, the use of low-quality or dirty coal, known as sanmei, will fall to 469 million tons this year from 774 million tons in 2012. Over 80 percent, or 650 million tons of this coal, was used in the industrial sector in 2012.

China Just Built a 250-Acre Solar Farm Shaped Like a Giant Panda

6 JUL 2017

  • Most solar farms align their solar arrays in rows and columns to form a grid. A new solar power plant in Datong, China, however, decided to have a little fun with its design. China Merchants New Energy Group, one of the country’s largest clean energy operators, built a 248-acre solar farm in the shape of a giant panda. The first phase, which includes one 50-megawatt plant, was completed on June 30, according to PV magazine.

Future Energy: China leads world in solar power production

22 June 2017

  • Ten years ago, Geof Moser had just graduated with a master’s degree in solar energy from Arizona State University – but he didn’t feel much opportunity lay at his feet in his home country. So he headed for China. “The solar industry was fairly small and there weren’t a lot of jobs,” he remembers. “Just a few for installation.” But the Chinese government had big ambitions to expand solar and Moser saw his chance. Moser isn’t the only US entrepreneur who turned to China. Alex Shoer, of Seeder, helped to launch a business that brings solar panels to the roofs of buildings within the country.

China Exclusive: Plateau province runs 7 days on renewable energy alone


  • Northwest China’s Qinghai Province has just run for seven straight days entirely on renewable energy. From June 17 to midnight of June 23, Qinghai used only wind, solar and hydro power stations. Quan Shengming, general manager of the provincial grid company, said during the period, electricity use was 1.1 billion kilowatt hours, equivalent to 535,000 tons of coal. Hydro power plants supplied 72.3 percent of the electricity, with new energy like wind and solar supplying the remainder for the province, which is home to 5.8 million people, said Han Ti, vice general manager.

China Breaks Clean Energy Record: Province is Running Solely on Renewables for 7 Day Trial

21 June 2017

  • Attempting to demonstrate the possibility of eliminating fossil fuels, a Chinese province is running on only hydropower, wind, and solar power for this week. Continuing to follow through on commitments to be a world leader in fighting climate change, a Chinese province is operating entirely on zero-emission, clean energy for a seven-day experimental trial this week, officials said. China’s Qinghai province will break the previous record held by Portugal, which ran for four days straight on renewable energy in May 2016.

China propels rise of electric ultra-high-performance cars

June 19, 2017

  • Want an insanely fast ride with zero emissions? Startup NIO has the car: An electric two-seater with muscular European lines and a top speed of 195 miles per hour (313 kilometers per hour). The catch: The EP9 costs nearly $1.5 million. NIO, a Chinese-Western hybrid with bases in Shanghai, London and Silicon Valley, created it to showcase the company’s technology and had no sales plans. But it is taking orders for “bespoke vehicles” after hearing from buyers ready to pay the eye-popping price.

Enter the Nimble Dragon: China looks to small reactors for nuclear edge

June 14, 2017

  • China is betting on new, small-scale nuclear reactor designs that could be used in isolated regions, on ships and even aircraft as part of an ambitious plan to wrest control of the global nuclear market. Within weeks, state-owned China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) is set to launch a small modular reactor (SMR) dubbed the “Nimble Dragon” with a pilot plant on the island province of Hainan, according to company officials. Unlike new large scale reactors that cost upward of $10 billion per unit and need large safety zones, SMRs create less toxic waste and can be built in a single factory.

China Will Make as Much Clean Electricity by 2030 as the U.S. Does From All Sources Today

June 2, 2017

  • On Thursday Elon Musk pushed back on some of President Donald Trump’s claims in the wake of the U.S.’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement. Musk placed the new American stance in the context of the ongoing Chinese commitment to producing clean power in a tweet. In fact, China has already been outpacing the U.S. in reducing its greenhouse gas emissions. According to The Washington Post, “[E]xperts now predict that China’s carbon emissions will peak, and then begin to decline, significantly earlier than the country’s 2030 target, and the country is investing more in renewable energy than any other nation in the world, pledging a further $360 billion by 2020.”

China Turns On the World’s Largest Floating Solar Farm

June 7, 2017

  • Last week, workers switched on a solar energy plant capable of producing 40 megawatts of power, which floats on a manmade lake in China’s Anhui province near the city of Huainan, reports Sarah Zheng at the South China Morning Post. The array is the largest floating solar project in the world, though at the brisk pace China is building new renewable projects it’s unlikely to hold that title very long. Built by the company Sungrow Power Supply, the power plant will produce enough energy to power 15,000 homes, Zheng reports. While the company has not revealed the exact size of the operation, it produces twice as much energy as the previous holder of the largest-floating-solar-plant title, which is located in the same area and was launched by the company Xinyi Solar in 2016.

Star Rapper Akon Mulls IPO of Chinese-Funded African Solar Unit

June 5, 2017

  • Akon, the star rapper and renewable-energy entrepreneur, is considering an initial public offering of his Chinese-funded solar business in Africa to fuel an intercontinental expansion. In just three years, the Akon Lighting Africa initiative has completed 203,200 small-scale solar projects including the installation of miniature grids and street lighting across 17 African countries. The financial engine and IPO candidate behind the venture, Solektra International LLC, is owned by its three co-founders, including Akon. Pilot projects in Brazil are already underway with expansion plans for China and India, according to the singer, who said his “dream” is to eventually build a solar farm in the U.S.

Largest Floating Solar Power Plant Now Supplying Power To China


  • It’s no secret that China ranks quite high on the list of countries that suffer from pollution caused by rapid industrialization and the fuel-powered power plants that are required to power those industries. The country has been gradually shifting to cleaner sources of electricity as it strives to fight pollution that often rises to dangerous levels in major cities like Beijing. The country has now started sourcing power from a floating solar farm which it claims is the largest floating solar power plant on the planet. The Chinese government has confirmed that it has completed construction of the world’s largest floating solar power plant. The Sungrow Power Supply Company has developed a 40 megawatt solar power plant atop a flooded coal-mining town in the country’s China’s eastern Anhui province.

China’s first Hualong One nuclear project taking shape


  • China’s first pilot nuclear power project using Hualong One technology, a domestically-developed third generation reactor design, will soon take shape with its containment dome expected to be installed within the next two days.

China, Germany urge US not to ditch Paris climate accord


  • At climate change talks in Berlin, Germany and China have called for the US to remain a party to the Paris climate accord. US President Donald Trump has said the US might pull out, having called global warming a hoax. Both Germany and China on Monday urged the US to stand by its signing of the Paris Accord, ahead of an expected decision on whether Washington will ditch the agreement.

Everything You Think You Know About Coal in China Is Wrong

May 15, 2017

  • In December 2016, the Center for American Progress brought a group of energy experts to China to find out what is really happening. We visited multiple coal facilities—including a coal-to-liquids plant—and went nearly 200 meters down one of China’s largest coal mines to interview engineers, plant managers, and local government officials working at the front lines of coal in China. This issue brief covers three things American observers need to understand about coal in China China’s new coal-fired power plants are cleaner than anything operating in the United States. China’s emissions standards for conventional air pollutants from coal-fired power plants are stricter than the comparable U.S. standards. Demand for coal-fired power is falling so quickly in China that the nation cannot support its existing fleet. Many of the coal-fired power plants that skeptics point to as evidence against a Chinese energy transformation are actually white elephants that Chinese leaders are already targeting in a wave of forced plant closures.

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.