Energy

January 13, 2012
A session of parliamentarians from several countries of the Asian-Pacific region currently under way in Tokyo will consider Russia’s proposals to create a common system of laws for environment security, including nuclear security, in the region.
Solar farm
January 13, 2012
Total new investment in global clean energy increased 5 percent to set a record of USD260 billion in 2011, despite the sluggish global economy and a painful squeeze on manufacturers, according to a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance.Most notable, according to the report, is that the US reclaimed its crown from China for clean energy investment for the first time since 2008, with total investment surging by 33 percent to USD55.9 billion compared to China’s USD47.4 billion, which was only an increase of 1 percent over 2010.
Balloons of Pagan
January 13, 2012
There is an intriguing fight developing between clean and renewable business and non-green industries in Burma. In a very public announcement – to reporters in Rangoon – the minister for electricity Khin Maung Soe halted the construction of a Thai-backed coal-fired power station. It comes only months after the Chinese-funded Myitsone hydroelectric dam was halted after listening to “the people”.  This time he said the coal-fired plant at Dawei had raised pollution and environmental concerns.
China energy anxiety cycle
January 12, 2012
In a classic manifestation of “the more you have, the more you worry” syndrome, China's energy chief said this week that the country is under greater pressure to ensure energy supply this year as both demand and international competition for resources grows. Of course China is not the only country worried about energy supplies but it is the world's largest energy consumer, surpassing the US in 2010. Year-on-year China's power consumption rose 11.7 percent to 4.7 trillion kWh in in 2011 but this year growth is expected to slow to 8.5 percent amid the country's economic slowdown.
January 12, 2012
Researchers in California have produced a cheap plastic capable of removing large amounts of CO2 from the air. Down the road, the new material could enable the development of large-scale batteries and even form the basis of "artificial trees" that lower atmospheric concentrations of CO2 in an effort to stave off catastrophic climate change.
January 11, 2012
China's wind power plans are entering the second stage, according to the National Energy Bureau (NEB). Xinhua quoted Liu Tienan, minister of the NEB as saying the first stage of wind power projects for the 2011-2015 period, had a total installed capacity of 28.83 million KW. The NEB said it will not approve any wind power projects that are not part of the two approved groups.
January 11, 2012
Bangladesh's state-owned Infrastructure Development Company Ltd (IDCOL) has announced a plan to install one million domestic solar systems this year. They will primarily be in in the rural areas where grid electricity is not economically feasible or hard to reach, said a Xinhua report. The company estimates that each solar home system saves at least USD61.80 dollars worth of kerosene every year and reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 375 kilograms annually.
Anil Kakodkar
January 11, 2012
Anil Kakodkar has been unveiled as chairman of the recently launched Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during a speech to the Indian Science Congress.
January 11, 2012
Mahindra Solar One has just commissioned a 5-MW photovoltaic (PV) solar plant in Jodhpur near the state of Rajasthan which claims is the first in India to achieve non-recourse financing – i.e. with the loan secured solely on the future cash-flow of the project rather than other assets of the borrower.
January 11, 2012
Data released by the International Energy Agency shows global biofuels production dropped to 1.819 million barrels a day (b/d) last year from 1.822 million 2010, the first decline in a decade. According to the Financial Times, the decline can be attributed to poor margins in both the US and Brazil.
January 10, 2012
China is considering a proposal to create an energy "super ministry" as part of a sweeping cabinet reshuffle in 2013 - a step that would help Beijing impose its will on an industry beset by bureaucratic infighting, according to Reuters, quoting two independent sources.
January 10, 2012
The petition from a coalition of US wind power companies seeking anti-dumping and countervailing investigations against China won't hurt the domestic industry, Shi Pengfei, vice-president of the Chinese Wind Energy Association, told the China Daily yesetrday.
January 10, 2012
The Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) is seeking to raise USD3 billion from investments and loans to fund its major power projects this year according to the Vietnam Business Economy News.
January 10, 2012
According to IMS Research, second tier photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturers in China saw average utilization rates fall as low as 35 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011 as a result of overcapacity, high inventory levels and weaker than expected demand in 2012. The market research firm noted that many tier-two suppliers have reduced production significantly or suspended production entirely, resulting in the lowest-ever recorded utilization rates so far reported.
January 09, 2012
India's solar energy developer Azure Power has installed its third Indian photovoltaic (PV) plant in less than two weeks.
January 09, 2012
Canadian Solar and the Ningxia Electric Power Group have completed and connected to the grid a 10 MW ground mounted solar project, a part of a 50MW solar plant.
January 09, 2012
China has made substantial progress in boosting its burgeoning offshore wind power by launching its largest intertidal wind farm at the end of 2011.
January 06, 2012
The US Department of Energy (DOE) has released the 2011 Critical Materials Strategy - a report that examines the role that rare-earth metals and other key materials play in clean energy technologies such as wind turbines.
January 06, 2012
China looks likely to levy a carbon tax within the next three years to tighten its regulations on polluting industries and put the economy on a greener path according to a China Dailyreport. A draft of a new system of taxation has been submitted by the Fiscal Science Research Center of the Ministry of Finance to the ministry for review. The plan would impose a tax on emissions of greenhouse gases, Su Ming, deputy director of the center, said on Thursday.
January 04, 2012
BYD and the State Grid Corporation of China are claiming to have built the world's largest battery energy storage station. Based in Hebei Province and fed by 140 MW of renewable-energy sources like solar and wind, the system stores up to 36MW-hours of electricity which system feeds into a smart transmission system.