80+1 » China http://www.80plus1.org A Journey Around the World Thu, 25 Nov 2010 14:24:05 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.7.1 en hourly 1 Solar panels prices drop globally http://www.80plus1.org/blog/solar-panels-prices-drop-globally http://www.80plus1.org/blog/solar-panels-prices-drop-globally#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2009 08:27:59 +0000 Cyrus Farivar http://www.80plus1.org/?p=3945 As Chinese production of solar panel equipment has ramped up, the price has precipitously dropped. According to yesterday’s New York Times, panel prices have fallen about 40 percent since last summer, according to analysts at the investment bank Piper Jaffray.

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As Chinese production of solar panel equipment has ramped up, the price has precipitously dropped. According to yesterday’s New York Times, panel prices have fallen about 40 percent since last summer, according to analysts at the investment bank Piper Jaffray.

At the same time, demand for solar in Europe has slowed down as Spain has ended the government subsidy for solar panels. However, solar has gotten increased attention in the United States, particularly in the American southwest, in states like California, Arizona and Nevada.

Newsweek magazine also reported this week that “In 2008, 33,500 rooftop solar systems were installed in the United States, a 63 percent increase over the amount of capacity installed in 2007. In California, the solar capital of country, the increase was 95 percent.”

Chinese polysilicon companies, which manufacture a key component of solar panels, have been vastly boosted their production. In fact, Reuters reported yesterday that the Chinese company “GCL-Poly, which acquired $3.4 billion worth of solar assets in June, is on track to produce about 3,000 tons of polysilicon by year end. LDK Solar aims to produce 5,000 tons by 2010.”

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China takes larger steps to combat climate change http://www.80plus1.org/blog/china-takes-larger-steps-to-combat-climate-change http://www.80plus1.org/blog/china-takes-larger-steps-to-combat-climate-change#comments Mon, 24 Aug 2009 07:51:43 +0000 Cyrus Farivar http://www.80plus1.org/?p=3658 Following a meeting between British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Chinese officials in Beijing, China is expected to begin its next five-year development plan in 2011 with stricter measures to halt carbon dioxide emissions.

According to a report by Reuters: “I…

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Following a meeting between British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Chinese officials in Beijing, China is expected to begin its next five-year development plan in 2011 with stricter measures to halt carbon dioxide emissions.

According to a report by Reuters: “I think the single most important thing is to understand that in its development plans — in other words, how the Chinese economy grows over the coming years — low-carbon growth is at the heart of those plans,” Blair told a news conference.

It is expected that Western nations will put increased pressure on China at the upcoming Copenhagen conference, which will act as the new Kyoto Protocol, which is set to expire in 2012.

Already China is booming in the green energy sector and has a nation-wide goal of cutting energy use by 20 percent over the next five years to 2010 levels.

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Over 1,200 new cars hit Beijing streets every day http://www.80plus1.org/blog/over-1200-new-cars-hit-beijing-streets-every-day http://www.80plus1.org/blog/over-1200-new-cars-hit-beijing-streets-every-day#comments Mon, 17 Aug 2009 12:55:09 +0000 Cyrus Farivar http://www.80plus1.org/?p=3362 According to the Agence France Presse, quoting Chinese state media agency Xinhua this past weekend, more than 1,200 new cars every single day. According to the Beijing Traffic Management Bureau, there were 261,000 new vehicles registered in the first half…

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According to the Agence France Presse, quoting Chinese state media agency Xinhua this past weekend, more than 1,200 new cars every single day. According to the Beijing Traffic Management Bureau, there were 261,000 new vehicles registered in the first half of 2009.

That’s a nine percent increase from the first half of 2008.

Given how fast China is booming, and sucking down energy faster than it can build power plants, traffic in Beijing must be horrendous.

According to the same Chinese government agency, around one of three Beijing residents has a driver’s license. Sadly, that office didn’t say how many illegal drivers there must be.

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Three Gorges Dam closed in preparation for oncoming flood crest http://www.80plus1.org/blog/three-gorges-dam-closed-in-preparation-for-oncoming-flood-crest http://www.80plus1.org/blog/three-gorges-dam-closed-in-preparation-for-oncoming-flood-crest#comments Wed, 05 Aug 2009 12:19:45 +0000 Cyrus Farivar http://www.80plus1.org/?p=2756 The Chinese news service Xinhua is reporting that the ship locks at the Three Gorges Dam has been closed since Monday and has no immediate plans to reopen.

The region has been pounded by a massive rainstorm on the upper part of…

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The Chinese news service Xinhua is reporting that the ship locks at the Three Gorges Dam has been closed since Monday and has no immediate plans to reopen.

The region has been pounded by a massive rainstorm on the upper part of the Yangtze River, with water entering the reservoir at 41,000 cubic meters per second. That water level has been lowered by 28 meters down to 145 meters to preserve the safety of the facility.

The water level in the reservoir has been lowered by about 28 meters to 145 meters to ensure the dam’s safety.

ChinaDaily adds that effects of the rainstorm and flooding have caused an estimated $26 million worth of damage in the region.

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China government audit: Xiluodu dam project overbudget http://www.80plus1.org/blog/china-government-audit-xiluodu-dam-project-overbudget http://www.80plus1.org/blog/china-government-audit-xiluodu-dam-project-overbudget#comments Tue, 21 Jul 2009 16:52:46 +0000 Cyrus Farivar http://www.80plus1.org/?p=2453 These days, it seems like China is just tackling one massive energy project after another. Of course, there’s the Three Gorges Dam, the South-North Water Diversion Project, and now, also, the Jinsha River dam. This is a $10 billion project that…

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These days, it seems like China is just tackling one massive energy project after another. Of course, there’s the Three Gorges Dam, the South-North Water Diversion Project, and now, also, the Jinsha River dam. This is a $10 billion project that would make it the second largest dam in the country, after the Three Gorges.

The China Daily reports today that a government audit says that the project was about $250 million overbudget and that the project was 27 months ahead of schedule, and raised the height of the dam.

The Chinese newspaper also reported that company representatives are denying the allegations made in the report.

“They have exaggerated the problems a little. We have explained to the auditors before that we have run the project according to a long-term plan,” Hong Wenhao, construction director of the Xiluodu dam project, told China Daily from the site, which borders Yunnan and Sichuan provinces in southwest China.

“The office said we have shortened 27 months of construction. Well, they have overrated our efficiency,” he said.

“There will be no safety risks under our current working procedures because we do not allow any shortcuts when we build major projects, such as the near-300-m-tall dam.”

The newspaper added that the dam would be online as early as 2013, and would be able to produce 64 billion kWh, equivalent to the entire hydropower capacity of Iceland.

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China working on the ‘Three Gorges Dam’ of wind power http://www.80plus1.org/blog/china-working-on-the-three-gorges-dam-of-wind-power http://www.80plus1.org/blog/china-working-on-the-three-gorges-dam-of-wind-power#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2009 16:20:49 +0000 Cyrus Farivar http://www.80plus1.org/?p=2091 China’s not quite done with its massive energy building. Beyond the famed Three Gorges Dam and the North-South Water Diversion Scheme, the Middle Kingdom apparently is also working on a ginormous wind farm.

According to an account this past week in…

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China’s not quite done with its massive energy building. Beyond the famed Three Gorges Dam and the North-South Water Diversion Scheme, the Middle Kingdom apparently is also working on a ginormous wind farm.

According to an account this past week in the Agence France Presse, Feng Jianshen, a vice governor of Gansu province said that by 2020, China will have a fantastically large wind farm in that same northwestern province. That brings the country’s wind power energy capacity to 20 gigawatts by that point.

Adds the AFP: Zhang Guobao, head of China’s National Energy Administration, said last year that the government would build several “Three Gorges of wind power” by 2020 in provinces and regions including Inner Mongolia, Xinjiang, Gansu and Jiangsu.

I think that wind companies just found their newest market.

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