80+1 » Energy 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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07.07.2009: Qigong in Linz09 Kinderpunkt http://www.80plus1.org/blog/07072009-qigong-in-linz09-kinderpunkt07072009-qigong-in-linz09-kinderpunkt http://www.80plus1.org/blog/07072009-qigong-in-linz09-kinderpunkt07072009-qigong-in-linz09-kinderpunkt#comments Wed, 19 Aug 2009 13:54:47 +0000 YuHan http://www.80plus1.org/?p=3600 OnJuly 7th we practiced the ways to breathe properly and discover our potential following the instruction from a Qigong Master. Although it was raining heavily outside, we learned more about ourselves…

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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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03.07.2009: Live connection to the Three Gorges Dam, China http://www.80plus1.org/blog/0072009 http://www.80plus1.org/blog/0072009#comments Thu, 13 Aug 2009 14:23:46 +0000 YuHan http://www.80plus1.org/?p=3171 Talking face to face with people from Three Gorges region in China.


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Johnannesburg airport hit by fuel shortage http://www.80plus1.org/blog/johnannesburg-airport-hit-by-fuel-shortage http://www.80plus1.org/blog/johnannesburg-airport-hit-by-fuel-shortage#comments Tue, 11 Aug 2009 20:41:29 +0000 Cyrus Farivar http://www.80plus1.org/?p=2964 Apparently due to an interruption in rail service from South Africa’s coast, Johannesburg’s Tambo airport has recently been running short on jet fuel, reports the Agence France Presse.

As Africa’s busiest airport, and a key hub for next year’s World Cup…

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Apparently due to an interruption in rail service from South Africa’s coast, Johannesburg’s Tambo airport has recently been running short on jet fuel, reports the Agence France Presse.

As Africa’s busiest airport, and a key hub for next year’s World Cup Final, this situation is quite worrying to many at the southern tip of the continent.

A government probe is underway to investigate the exact cause of the shortage, and hopefully to prevent it from happening again.

The AFP quoted government spokesman Bheki Khumalo as saying:”The minister wants to ensure that we are ready for 2010. She has asked all of them to work together and ensure that there is sufficient supply of jet fuel at the airport.”

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