Clean Energy Part 4

New hydrogen-powered bus unveiled in Chengdu


  • An environment friendly hydrogen-powered bus has made its debut in Chengdu, capital of Sichuan Province, reports the official Wechat account of the Chengdu Municipal Development and Reform Commission. Built by a local company, the 10.5-meter long bus is equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell system which can guarantee a smooth ride of 500 to 600 kilometers on a full tank of hydrogen.

China set to overtake U.S. as biggest nuclear energy nation, IEA says

Feb 22, 2018

  • China is set to more than triple its nuclear energy capacity over the next 20 years, overtaking the U.S. to become the world’s largest nuclear-power producer, according to the International Energy Agency. Speaking at the International Petroleum Week conference in London on Wednesday, IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol expressed concerns that the U.S. and Europe aren’t investing enough in nuclear power, while China is charging ahead. “China is coming back strong. Today there are about 60 nuclear power plants under construction and more than one third of them are in China. China is growing and as a result of that we’ll soon see China overtaking the United States as the number 1 nuclear power in the world,” he said.

Reactor pressure vessel of Hualong One nuclear project installed in China’s Fujian


  • Photo taken on Jan. 28, 2018 shows the installation site of reactor pressure vessel (RPV) of the No.5 unit of China National Nuclear Corporation’s Fuqing nuclear power plant in southeast China’s Fujian Province. It is China’s first demonstration nuclear power project using Hualong One technology, a domestically developed third-generation reactor design. (Xinhua/Lin Shanchuan)

China’s EV Charging Point Network Grew 51% In 2017

January 23rd, 2018

  • The number of public charging points for so-called “new energy vehicles” — that is: plug-in electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles, amongst a few others — in China grew by around 51% during 2017, the country’s Industry and Information Technology Minister Miao Wei has revealed (as quoted by the country’s official news agency Xinhua). To be more specific, the number of public NEV (new energy vehicle) charging points in China grew to 214,000 in 2017 — which means that the country is now home to the largest number of public NEV charging stations in the world (by country).

A peek at China’s own 3rd-gen nuclear power tech


  • China’s self-developed third-generation nuclear reactor, namely the “Hualong One”, is being delivered to a power plant in southeast China’s Fujian Province. The core part of the tech, the container of nuclear fuel, began installation on Wednesday and is expected to be finished by the end of this month. Designed by the Nuclear Power Institute of China (NPIC) and manufactured by China First Heavy Industries (CFHI), the 400-ton pressure vessel adopted a new reactor-core structure design, which will prolong its projected lifetime from 40 to 60 years. Security has also been increased with a higher seismic performance requirement.

China’s Shenzhen city electrifies all 16,359 of its public buses


  • If you ever see anyone crowing about how nobody’s taking the initiative on sustainable transport, point them in the direction of Shenzhen. The Chinese city has announced that it has successfully electrified its entire fleet of public buses, all 16,359 of them. In addition, more than half of Shenzhen’s cabs now run on electricity, and the plan is to get rid of the remaining gas-powered rides by 2020.

China already the clear powerhouse in electric cars

29 December, 2017

  • Electric car sales in the US are set to rise nearly 30 per cent in 2017, according to Genevieve Cullen, president of the Electric Drive Transportation Association, calling it “a notably good year” for the country’s sellers. But the raw number of pure-electric and plug-in hybrid cars sold still won’t top 200,000, which represents barely more than 1 per cent of the total 17 million cars and light trucks sold.

China’s super low cost heat only nuclear plants

December 6, 2017

  • On November 28, 2017, China National Nuclear Corporation officially launched a project to create a 400 Megawwatt Yanlong deep pool-type low-temperature heating reactor. A 400 megawatt Yanlong low-temperature heating reactor could heat as much as 20 million square meters, the equivalent of 200,000 three-bedroom homes. A demonstration reactor was already used to (49-2 heap) to heat 10,000 square meters of buildings (about 50 three bedroom homes) in the institute for 168 hours. This proved the feasibility of the pool-type low-temperature heating reactor and marked important progress for the China National Nuclear Corporation in the field of nuclear heating technology. It provided strong technical support for the follow-up of pool type low temperature heating reactor model development. China National Nuclear Corporation also established a research center for nuclear energy heating technology.

Ford recruits Alibaba to help break into China’s electric vehicle industry

Dec 7, 2017

  • Ford has put a lot of focus on China’s electric vehicle market — with a local joint venture expected to lead to 15 electric or hybrid models on sale in the country by 2025 — and today the automotive giant announced a tie-in with Alibaba to fulfill its ambitious goals. The Chinese giant recently invested in national hypermarket operator Sun Retail in a move that it hopes will increase the synergies between e-commerce and physical retailing, and automotive is one vertical where that mesh is more obviously beneficial. People like to touch, feel and drive cars before they buy them, but yet doing basic research and purchasing online is more productive than visiting multiple showrooms.

China is winning electric cars ‘arms race

November 20, 2017

  • China is outmaneuvering the U.S. and other countries in the global scramble for a vital element for electric cars. As demand for the vehicles surges, Chinese companies have been doing deals around the world to secure supplies of lithium, a silvery-white metal mined from rocks in Australia and brine pools in South America. China is the top market for electric and hybrid cars, accounting for roughly half of global sales, and the government is pushing the development of the industry within its borders. That calls for a lot of lithium, a key component of the vehicles’ batteries. “Whoever controls the lithium supply chain will control the future of the electric vehicle space,” said Simon Moores, managing director at research and data provider Benchmark Mineral Intelligence. “There’s a global battery arms race.”

China aims to stop renewable energy being wasted by 2020

November 13, 2017

  • China aims to prevent power generated by its renewable energy sector being wasted by 2020, the country’s National Energy Administration (NEA) said on Monday. Power from wind, solar and hydro plants is often wasted as there is not enough transmission capacity to absorb it, leading to high curtailment rates, especially in northwestern China.

We are paving the way for Chinese dominance in clean energy


  • For early baby-boomers, the federal government’s release on Nov. 3 of the comprehensive science report on climate contained few surprises. It simply confirmed what we have been experiencing for six decades. The central question is whether the U.S. will surrender to Chinese leadership in this key strategic area of clean energy systems while we plod along relying heavily on carbon-based, dirty fuels. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration oversaw the report, with input from 12 other federal agencies.

China to account for half of global electric vehicle sales until 2030

18 Oct, 2017

  • Electric vehicles (EVs) will account for 90 per cent of car sales globally by 2050, while China is expected to maintain a 50 per cent share of global pure EV sales until 2030, the Bank of America Merrill Lynch said in a report. The report also highlights that China will be leading in market share by 2030 as well as 2050. Until 2030, China will have about 50 per cent of the market share, according to the South China Morning Post.

China Gets That Going Green Is A Win For Job Creation. Why Doesn’t Trump?

Oct 17, 2017

  • The country is still the world’s largest coal consumer. But it is also the largest investor in green energy. In 2016, China accounted for roughly one quarter of the world’s total $329 billion of new energy investment, according to BNEF. China is piloting the largest carbon-trading system in the world. It is creating more green energy jobs, faster than we are. And it is at the forefront of electric vehicles, as part of a larger push by the State Council to make China a global leader in AI by 2030. Among other areas in AI, China’s focus is on energy. Combined with One Belt, One Road (OBOR), China’s initiative to finance and build massive infrastructure projects in neighboring Eurasian nations, a focus on exporting clean energy know-how could be powerful.

China Remains EY’s Most Attractive Renewable Energy Country As US Stalls At #3

October 10th, 2017

  • China has held on to its spot as EY’s most attractive renewable energy country after taking the top spot earlier this year, leaving room for India to step into second place as the United States stalled at third due to new political headwinds. EY published its latest Renewable energy country attractiveness index (RECAI) report on Tuesday, revealing that China has held on to its position as the world’s most attractive renewable energy market. China and India both overtook the United States in May’s RECAI report, dropping the US out of top spot for the first time since 2015. China maintains its top spot with unsurprising constant focus on renewable energy development and energy efficiency policies, but India’s position at second is now viewed by EY as “increasingly precarious” due to cancelled wind energy Power Purchase Agreements and steep declines in tariffs bid in recent auctions which have placed doubt over India’s 2022 target of 100 GW of solar PV.

While U.S. moves toward coal, China bets big on solar

October 9, 2017

  • China, on the other hand, is doing the opposite. Coal is on the way out and solar power is coming in. On a farm in northern China, they are planting a new crop: Nearly 200,000 solar panels in the heart of coal country. In the south, China flipped the switch on the world’s largest floating solar installation — built on top of a lake created by an abandoned coal mine. Projects like these helped China double its solar capacity last year. It is now twice as big as the U.S. capacity.

IEA proclaims ‘New Era for Solar Power’ – but are their projections bright enough?

Oct. 7th 2017

  • The International Energy Agency (IEA) has significantly upped their global installation predictions of new solar power and other renewable energy technology through 2022. This updated growth prediction is greatly based upon the significant acceleration of solar power being installed in China and the abruptly falling prices of large installations. The biggest part of the story is China’s future growth. Of the 920GW of renewable energy coming, China is expected to build 318GW of that volume. That amount is about equal to 324GW from the next four largest groups – the US, India, Japan and the EU – combined.

General Motors, with an eye on China, promises at least 20 all-electric vehicles by 2023

Oct 2 2017

  • This is especially true in China, which is both the world’s largest auto market and its fastest growing. General Motors now sells more of its cars in China than in the U.S. “China is their biggest market,” said Michelle Krebs, analyst at Autotrader. “If China decides to go electric, they have to do it.” China’s government last week announced that roughly 10% of passenger vehicles sold in 2019 will be zero-emission “new energy vehicles,” moving up to 12% by 2020 and growing year by year. One highly placed Chinese official said the country may ban traditional engines altogether at some point in the future.

China’s New Electric Car Rules Are Amazingly Aggressive

September 29, 2017

  • This is how you really get an industry to change its ways. Bloomberg reports that China’s government has announced that any automaker producing or importing more than 30,000 cars in China must ensure 10 percent of them are all-electric, plug-in hybrid, or hydrogen-powered by 2019. That number will rise to 12 percent in 2020. In fact, the new regulations are actually more lenient than drafts of the rules had suggested: they scrap a 2018 introduction to give manufacturers more time to prepare, and will also excuse failure to meet the quota in the first year. So, really, the 12 percent target in 2020 is the first enforceable number.

Nuclear Experts Head to China to Test Experimental Reactors

September 22, 2017

  • “China is where the demand exists and where willing partners exist for this kind of plant,” said TerraPower President Chris Levesque, whose company has been working on the traveling-wave technology for a decade. “It is really encouraging when your partners are announcing a site.” Beijing’s Tsinghua University has been running a small experimental pebble-bed reactor on campus since 2003 and has worked on the technology in cooperation with researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the U.S. China Nuclear Engineering Construction Corp. is now building the world’s first commercial plants using the technology, including one in Shandong province, south of Beijing, that is due to connect to China’s grid next year.