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Old July 20th, 2011, 10:02 AM   #101
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Overdo it with the wind farm projects as pervasively planed or run by local authorities and cause serious overinvestment and low return on investment, especially for those small-scale wind farms. I think the central government will take contral of the approval of those low RoI projects.
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Re-use, recycle, reduce to cut energy consumption, lower emissions

BEIJING - The Chinese government will double its investment in the circular economy this year to 2 billion yuan ($300 million) to support the national policies of energy conservation and emission reduction, a senior official said on Monday.

The figure was provided by He Bingguang, a director-general level official at the department of resource conservation and environmental protection of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).

The NDRC will use financial support and tax breaks to draw investment into the circular (recycling) economy, which will benefit companies and society, He said.

Most of the spending will go into the construction of industrial parks, the transformation of urban mining industries, clean production, food waste recycling and staff development, He said.

The major part of the investment will be used in the industrial sector, said Zhou Changyi, director general of the department of energy conservation and resources utilization of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

Zhou said eliminating obsolete production capacity and controlling energy-intensive, polluting industries will remain the major tasks in the next five years.

According to He, China achieved much in the energy-conservation sector during the 11th Five-Year Plan period (2006-2010) and the country will step up its efforts to cut carbon emissions and save energy during the current five-year plan.

The circular economy concept has three basic principles: recycle, re-use and reduce.

The circular economy is a national strategy in China, said He. "No other country has given it such a high priority.

"We are now filing and summarizing the 60 cases of successful development modes of the circular economy in the past five years and will publish the final report in two months."

The NDRC has established 178 demonstration units since 2005 to implement circular-economy projects, and about 1,300 companies have joined the program.

The official said the results are good examples not only for domestic industries but also for foreign countries.

China has a State-level circular economic pilot area in Chadamu in Qinghai province, covering 256,000 square kilometers. The project includes 15 programs dealing with environmental protection and ecological construction.

Many coal mines are applying the circular economy concept under the central government's guidance.

Huaibei Mining Group, a coal company in Anhui province, has won approval for five Clean Development Mechanism projects that will recycle the industrial waste of coal production.

Wang Mingsheng, president of the company, said depending on coal production to expand the industrial chain is the company's key strategy to grow stronger, and during the transformation, the circular economy will play an essential role.

The cumulative value of the circular economy industry was 1 trillion yuan as of the end of 2010, and it is forecast to grow at least 15 percent annually during the 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-2015) period, said He.

"The country will focus on the application of the circular economy concept in industry, agriculture, services and green consumption," He said. "The policy will be implemented at all stages of the production, distribution and consumption processes."

However, China will still pay the most attention to reducing energy consumption in industrial production.

According to He, the development plan for the circular economy for the 12th Five-Year Plan period, the first five-year program for the circular economy, will be published by the end of the year. The plan will focus on curbing industrial energy consumption.
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Green help for the poor cited in top Asia prize
Agence France-Press 7:52 am | Thursday, July 28th, 2011

http://technology.inquirer.net/2739/...op-asia-prize/

MANILA—An Indian engineer, a Philippine charity group and an Indonesian social worker are among the winners of Asia’s Magsaysay award this year for giving green technologies to the poor, organisers said Wednesday.

Award foundation president Carmencita Abella said the trio had helped harness the technologies to empower their countrymen and worked to create waves of progressive change across Asia.

“Working on critical issues… they are showing how commitment, competence, and collaborative leadership can truly transform individual lives and galvanise community action,” Abella said.

The award, often described as Asia’s Nobel Prize, is named after a famous Philippine president who died in a 1957 plane crash.

It aims to honour people who address issues of human development in Asia with courage and creativity.

One of the 2011 winners was US-trained Indian engineer Harish Hande, 44, for bringing solar lights to a country where half of all households have no electricity, the awards foundation said.

His Solar Electric Light Co.-India has tapped the sun’s energy to light up 120,000 households and is now one of the country’s largest solar technology providers.

Indonesian social worker Tri Mumpuni, 46, was recognised after her IBEKA foundation built 60 small power plants harnessing the energy of water stored in dams to bring electricity to half a million people, the awards foundation said.

She was once kidnapped with her husband by former separatist rebels in Aceh province while pursuing her non-governmental group’s project to bring electricity to rural Indonesia.

In the Philippines, Dutch marine engineer Auke Idzenga’s Alternative Indigenous Development Foundation won for using an ancient, near-forgotten technology, the ram pump, to help impoverished communities on Negros island.

Re-engineered for upland farms, the pump gave the communities clean, cheap water for household use and for raising livestock, fish, and small farms, it said.

A ram pump, which does not need an external power source, harnesses the force of a large body of moving water to pump a small amount of water uphill.

Each year six people or organisations are named joint winners of the Magsaysay award.

This year the other winners were a man who set up an Islamic school for girls in Indonesia, a lender to India’s poorest, and a man working to restore democracy in Cambodia after the Khmer Rouge murdered his father.

The winners are to receive their awards in Manila on August 31.
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Thailand may need to spend 400 billion baht over the next two decades to promote energy saving and efficiency, says the Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency Department.

"World oil prices rise each year, prompting governments and businesses alike to think about investing more in saving energy," said Danai Egkamol, director of the department's Bureau of Energy Regulation and Conservation.

"Commercial banks themselves have become more willing to extend loans for this purpose."

The department estimates that between now and 2030, campaigns could save 14,500 tonnes of oil equivalent worth 272 billion baht each year as well as cut carbon dioxide emissions by 49 million tonnes annually.

Thailand has had energy saving campaigns since 1990. These have mainly involved public announcements not backed by research funding, Board of Investment privileges, grants, project financing facilities, technical advice or even energy saving competitions.

Such incentives started being offered only in 2003.

Combined spending by both companies and state agencies from 2003 to last month was an estimated 216 billion baht.

It helped save energy equal to an average of 3,000 tonnes of oil equivalent or 240 million litres per year and electricity of 1.2 billion units worth 5.5 billion baht annually.

The campaigns also cut annual carbon dioxide emissions by 8.4 million tonnes.

"Over the next decade, new technology will drive electrical equipment and machinery, and renewable energy will lead to efficient power consumption," he said.

He said the department had joined the Revenue Department to offer tax deductions on corporate and personal income tax for buying products carrying the No. 5 energy-saving label.

Individual and corporate taxpayers are entitled to deduct 25% of the cost of or expenses incurred in the acquisition of energy-saving materials, equipment or machinery excluding vehicles and the materials, equipment and machinery used with them.

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Another new solar farm projects to be built.

Phoenix Solar undertakes 15.9 MW Thai PV project

Phoenix Solar AG’s Singaporean subsidiary, Phoenix Solar Pte Ltd has signed a contract with Solarta Co Ltd for the construction of two photovoltaic power plants worth 15.9 megawatts (MW) in Thailand.

The two photovoltaic projects are located around two hours away from Thailand's capital, Bangkok. Image: Wikipedia/Binh Giang.
Work on both the Sai Yai and Sai Thong solar parks, worth 9.7 and 6.2 MW respectively and located around two hours’ drive north west of Bangkok, is already underway. They are scheduled to be connected to Provincial Electricity Authority’s grid by the end of the year.

The German parent company says that Phoenix Solar Singapore will work closely with Thai company Process Engineering Services Co Ltd. Meanwhile, it will both plan the two projects, and supply the 67,000 Schott Solar photovoltaic modules, SMA inverters, and cables needed to kit them out.

Phoenix Solar goes on to explain that the project sites receive around 1,850 kilowatt hours of of sunlight per square meter annually. As such, the photovoltaic systems are expected to generate 25,000 MW hours of energy a year which, it says, is enough to supply around 10,000 Thai households with electricity.

It adds that during the first ten years, the energy electricity produced by the two projects will receive a tariff of around 25 euro cents (converted from Baht) per kilowatt hour fed into the grid, after which the prevailing wholesale tariff will apply. This is currently around seven euro cents.

Commenting, Andreas Hänel, Phoenix Solar CEO said: "We are delighted by this strategically important project in Thailand. Our intention is to concentrate our projects business more on the regions of Asia, the Middle East and the USA. Following our first megawatt project in Saudi Arabia, the two projects in Thailand are another important milestone for us."

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Maybe this is considered as a "green" and "renewable" energy development too? Biomass power plant in the PHL.


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By: Amy R. Remo
Philippine Daily Inquirer 10:20 pm
Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011


Global Biomass Plc Corp. will put up in Iloilo a $4-million research, development and manufacturing facility.

The company said it was “the first of its kind in the world” as it would be dedicated to improving the supply chain for biomass plants.

The Philippine-based Global Biomass is currently in the business of purchasing from farmers and consolidators agricultural wastes such as rice and corn straw, as well as biomass residues of coconut, banana and pineapple.

The wastes are then sold to power generation companies that use them as feedstock for biomass facilities.

With the construction of the facility, the company will be able to conduct its own research, and develop, design and manufacture equipment that will further improve the harvesting, collection, transportation, storage and processing of wastes, said Global Biomass chief executive officer David de Montaigne. Construction of the 5,000-square-meter facility will start on August 7.

Global Biomass now seeks to register its facility under the Renewable Energy Act of 2008 to secure various incentives.

According to De Montaigne, Global Biomass selected Mina as the location for its facility due to the “progressive development plan for the municipality, its good governance and strong support [from] the provincial government of Iloilo.”

Mina is also the site of two 17.5-megawatt multifueled biomass power plants that are currently being developed by Global Biomass affiliate Green Power Panay Philippines Inc.
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The first CSP in Thailand

I think this is the first of the solar-thermal power plant in Thailand as far as I know. It's interesting that while everyone else is going for PV plants, these consortium's are choosing to build the CSP instead. Could be just a pilot project for feasibility study? ... Given our strong but half of the time scattered sunlight, I wonder how they will do it. More interestingly, they mention something about an "organic steam turbine". Whata heck is that ? ... time to do some googling I guess

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20.07.2011: The US developer of small scale CSP power plants Sopogy and MAI Development from Thailand signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the construction of a 6 MW solar thermal power plant in Thailand.

The plant is to be built in Bau Yai in the Nakorn Ratchasima Province and will provide electricity to the Provincial Electricity Authority of Thailand (PEA) in 2012. Additionally Sopogy granted MAI Development exclusive distribution rights for its MicroCSP system in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. MAI Development holds 45 power purchase agreements with PEA to supply 360 MW of solar electricity for an estimated value of over US$ 500 million.

Sopogy uses small parabolic trough collectors to generate heat for an organic Rankine steam turbine. Typical power plants with this technology lie in the area of some few MW. Commercial non-micro CSP plants typically have a size of minimum 50 MW.

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02.07.2010: Solarlite GmbH is building a parabolic trough power station in Thailand that is unusual in many ways.

For a start, it is tiny: it has an electrical capacity of only 5 MW. Solarlite writes in a press release that power plants with capacities of as little as 500 kW would even be possible. The parabolic troughs of the mini power station are made from a GRP composite material, which keeps the mirror in form. The mirror itself is made of glass, as with classical parabolic troughs, but as it is carried by the composite material the glass can be thinner. This results in a shorter optical path of the light and thus a higher level of reflection. Solarlite says that the direct reflection, weighted according to the solar spectrum, is up to impressive 95%. This value was measured by the DLR and is around 1 to 2% more than for the conventional glass mirrors. The composite troughs are not quite so good in terms of accuracy. According to Finance Director Moritz von Plate, in an average collector around 98 % of the reflected radiation hits the 70 mm thick receiver tube. Solarlite guarantees that this figure is at least 95% for all collectors and also uses this value in its yield predictions. The aperture width of the troughs is standard, at 4.6 m, and so is the length. Solarlite can therefore use absorbers from the usual manufacturers, although the Solarlite absorbers are built slightly differently. The company does not use thermal oil as the heat transfer medium, as with conventional trough power stations. Instead, water is vaporized directly in the receiver tubes. For this reason, the walls of the tubes have to be thicker in order to withstand the high pressure (see SWE 4, page 92).

The aim of this unusual concept is to reduce the costs of the parabolic trough power station. Moritz von Plate says that the current investment costs are around 3,000 to 3,500 €/kW for the solar field and power block of such a mini power station. This range of costs is partly a result of the labour costs for the installation. A power station in Thailand would cost less than one in California. But regardless of the location, von Plate admits that: "The costs must, of course, be reduced further". Twenty Solarlite employees are currently working on this.

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GE plans move into Thai solar-energy market

GE Energy plans to introduce its cadmium telluride (CdTe) thin-film photovoltaic technology to the Thai solar-energy market within the next two years. The company claims it is the most efficient of its kind and could soon be generating energy at less than US$1 per watt.

Since GE acquired CdTe solar-panel manufacturer PrimeStar Solar in 2008, the company has penetrated solar-energy markets across the world. In Southeast Asia, Thailand is the company's main focus, since the country is the most advanced in terms of renewable energy.

The company recently invested US$600 million (Bt17.9 billion) in building a 400-megawatt (MW) manufacturing facility in the US.

Kovit Kantapasara, country executive for Indochina, said recently that once the facility in the US was completed by 2013, GE Energy would be ready to enter the Thai market. By that time, the Energy Ministry is likely to be offering solar-farm investors an adder of Bt6.50 per megawatt and the market for solar energy should be larger than at present, he said.

He said GE Energy had held discussions with clients in Thailand who had been granted power-purchase agreements (PPA) with the Energy Ministry.

Kovit said GE's CdTe solar panel had been verified by the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory as having a sunlight conversion efficiency of nearly 13 per cent, the highest of its kind. The company is developing the technology to improve conversion efficiency. It is confident it can reach 16 per cent within the next few years.

"For every 1 per cent improvement in conversion efficiency, it can help investors save 10 per cent of solar farm costs," Kovit said. "The cost of CdTe has fallen 60 per cent over the past three years and GE Energy expects the cost to fall a further 30 per cent in the next two years, resulting in the solar panel cost falling to less than US$1 per watt. So CdTe technology will be competitive compared to other panels."

He said investment in renewable energy, mainly photovoltaic solar farms, in Thailand had reached US$700 million. The amount of investment would increase soon following the Energy Ministry's announcement of new PPAs.

GE Energy has invested US$250 million in research and development (R&D) in solar energy. It also builds wind turbines for wind farms. Renewable energy generates revenue of US$30 billion for the company.

Last year GE announced it would provide equipment for Pro Ventum International's wind farm project in Thep Sathit district of Chaiyaphum province. The farm will have a generating capacity of 90 MW, making it the largest wind farm in this region once it commences operations next year.

Kovit said that the market for renewable energy had been in the global spotlight since the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster, and that it could only expand in the future. Many players in the business are investing in R&D, aiming to produce energy more competitively and efficiently than can be done through fossil fuels.

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Malaysian firms can tap India's energy sector
By Rupa Damodaran Published: 2011/08/08
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian companies, having carved a niche in the Indian infrastructure and property sector, can hope to achieve similar success in tapping the republic's billion dollar energy sector.

With the Indian power sector projected to attract a total investment of US$300 billion (RM885 billion) by 2017, Malaysian power companies are ideally placed to profit from the opportunities which are abound, says the mentor to the Indian Electrical and Electronics Manufacturers Association (IEEMA) Sunil More.

"Malaysian property and infrastructure companies operating in India are highly respected for their expertise and skills in delivering complex infrastructure turnkey projects.

"Those involved in the energy sector can use the country's existing business footprint in India as a platform to enter India's power sector," he said in an interview recently.

Overseas power and related companies have already entered India and there is ample scope for Malaysian power and electrical and electronics companies too.

"In India, consumption economics cannot go wrong, with the huge demand for power. We are adding 13,000 megawatts (MW) every year under the 2007-2012 plan," Sunil said.

India is currently the world's sixth largest energy consumer, accounting for 3.4 per cent of global energy consumption, with an average growth demand of 3.6 per cent per annum.

The sector is looking forward to new investments in its transmission and distribution sector.

"From what I observe, Malaysian companies (operating in India) have demonstrated their strength the way India has done in the IT sector. Currently, there are few Malaysian ventures in our sector although we have Indian players like Kirloskar in Malaysia," he said.

The Malaysia India Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement, which came into effect on July 1 can accelerate the participation of Malaysian players.

Strategic tie-ups and partnerships with Indian companies can lower the barriers of entry and boost market access for Malaysian companies seeking deals in India.

"In our industry, duties are only 10 per cent, not only for finished products but also for raw materials. The potential is huge - the only thing is to strike the right partner and right product, which is where IEEMA comes in," Sunil said.

India's existing energy capacity is 175,000MW, of which 65 per cent is thermal, 20-22 per cent is hydro and 3 per cent nuclear and renewable.

"Our renewable energy business is growing quite well and we have 10,000MW of wind power. If you convert that, it is equivalent to US$900 billion (RM2.6 trillion) in opportunities in next 10 years, that is huge business," he added.


Opportunities for technology development are also large as India upgrades its voltage, and has commenced its pilot project transmitting 1200 KV in central India.

More, who was also former director general of IEEMA, was in Kuala Lumpur to promote the ELECRAMA 2012, the premier trade fair for the power and electrical sector, which will be held from January 18 to 22 in Mumbai.

ELECRAMA showcases products and technology through the entire voltage spectrum, from 110V to 1200kV, conforming to global standards and specifications.

The event - the world's largest annual show for the electrical and transmission industry is expected to attract participation from the large multinational companies such as Schneider, Siemens, Hyundai and Panasonic.

An average of US$200 million in sales is generated annually through the event.

Last year, it was a one-stop shop for the widest range of electrical equipment on display under a single roof, from over 221 transformers, 321 cables and conductors, 202 control and switchgear, 113 instrument sand instrumentation.
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Okay ... For anyone who might be interested in the "organic Rankine Cycle" from my previous post, I've looked it up from wiki already. It turns out be just a Rankine heat-transfer cycle that uses organic fluid instead of oil, nothing that extraordinary.

I guess I'm probably the only nerd around who got interested in this kind of thing. Any engineer or have taken courses in Thermo Dynamics around here?

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The organic Rankine cycle (ORC) uses an organic fluid such as n-pentane[1] or toluene[2] in place of water and steam. This allows use of lower-temperature heat sources, such as solar ponds, which typically operate at around 70–90 °C.[3] The efficiency of the cycle is much lower as a result of the lower temperature range, but this can be worthwhile because of the lower cost involved in gathering heat at this lower temperature. Alternatively, fluids can be used that have boiling points above water, and this may have thermodynamic benefits. See, for example, mercury vapour turbine.
The Rankine cycle does not restrict the working fluid in its definition, so the inclusion of an “organic” cycle is simply a marketing concept that should not be regarded as a separate thermodynamic cycle.

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A solar photovoltaic power station in Golmud, Qinghai province. China produced 48 percent, or 13 gigawatts, of the world's solar panels in 2010.

BEIJING - China will double its solar capacity and is likely to reach 2 gigawatts (gW) by the end of the year.

That's as the world's largest solar-panel maker ramps up domestic installation, said researchers from the National Development and Reform Commission's (NDRC) think tank on Friday.

The solar feed-in tariff, the price of solar-generated electricity, could drop below 0.8 yuan (12.5 cents) for each kilowatt-hour (kWh) by 2015, equal to conventional coal-fired electricity by that time, according to the latest report by the Energy Research Institute, the NDRC's think tank.

Despite the promising prospects, the current pricing system may fail to provide enough funding to subsidize 2gW of solar capacity which will require at least 2 billion yuan, experts said.

Meanwhile, the country is expected to produce 90,000 tons of polysilicon this year, representing 80 percent of its domestic demand, said Wang Sicheng, a researcher at the Energy Research Institute.

Polysilicon is an essential material for solar-panel production. Domestic polysilicon output is estimated to have been 40,000 tons in 2010 but demand stood at 80,000 tons, with imports topping up the shortfall.

China produced 48 percent, or 13 gW, of the world's solar panels in 2010 and experts expect the country to be the world's largest solar market within two years.

The NDRC set the country's first unified benchmark solar feed-in tariff last month. The rates start at 1 yuan for each kWh for projects approved after July 1 and 1.15 yuan a kWh for those projects approved before July 1 and completed by the end of this year.

The rates are higher than many of those that were proposed and accepted by State-owned solar-power developers in China's previous official tenders, which ranged from 0.73 to 0.99 yuan for each kWh last year.

"The rates should vary in accordance with the density of solar resources (in any given area)," said Wang of the Energy Research Institute, adding that the rate should be set at 1 yuan in western China, where the solar resource is richer, and 1.6 yuan in the east.

However, as investors become bullish about the industry's prospects and the government remains committed to ramping up domestic demand, with a target of 10gW by 2015, concerns are being expressed about overheating in the sector.

China had 900 megawatts of solar capacity by 2010 and more than one thousand players in the industry.

"Any policy should be in accordance with the scale and pace of development, rather than spurring another round of fever," said Li Junfeng, director of the Energy Research Institute, referring to a potential influx of players.

China plans to obtain 11.4 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2015, according to the country's 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-2015).
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China's LDK Solar Co Ltd said it had signed an agreement with US's Advanced Solar Products to supply 58,803 photovoltaic (PV) modules for a solar power project in the New Jersey campus of the McGraw-Hill Companies.

Advanced Solar Products will install a 14.1 Megawatt (MW) state-of-the-art, ground-mounted system, using the company's patented Solstice Mounting System.

According to the terms of the project, all panels will be delivered by November 2011. Construction on the project commenced July 22, 2011, and the system is expected to be fully operational by the spring of 2012.
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BEIJING - China will soon release detailed plans on ensuring that its goal for reducing carbon intensity from 2011 to 2015 is attainable, and it has started looking at technical options for cutting carbon dioxide emissions after 2020.

Xie Zhenhua, vice-minister of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), said on Wednesday at a conference that a comprehensive plan to allow China to meet its objective - laid out in the 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-2015) - of reducing carbon intensity by 17 percent reduction will be released soon.

China has set a target to cut its energy intensity (the amount of energy consumed for each unit of GDP) by 16 percent and reduce its carbon intensity (the amount of carbon emitted for each unit of GDP) by 17 percent from 2011 to 2015.


In this file photo, two 90-m-high cooling towers collapse following a controlled explosion at the Huaneng Changxing Power Plant in Changxing county, Zhejiang province, on September 16, 2010. The plant shut down two outdated electric generating sets in order to reduce coal consumption and waste emission in August. [File/Xinhua]


"The targets surely need to be handed over to local governments, and a specialized blueprint for cutting greenhouse-gas emissions is a necessity," Su Wei, director-general of the Department of Climate Change of the NDRC, told China Daily.

According to a draft plan released in January, the areas will be divided into five types with various energy intensity reduction goals ranging from 10 percent to 18 percent.

The target is a step in the government's pledge to cut carbon intensity by 40 to 45 percent from 2005 levels by 2020.

The NDRC has also begun working out ways to attain further, large-scale reductions of carbon dioxide emissions after 2020.

Xie said that China considers carbon capture and storage (CCS) an important technical means of reducing carbon dioxide emissions in the next few decades, and that the country should already be working toward the development of the emerging technology.

CCS development faces great uncertainties worldwide because of the high costs and safety concerns, and several projects in developed countries were halted last year.

Despite the challenges, China won't rule out CCS as a key technical option in the future, but its use will depend on its competitiveness and the global demands for emissions reduction, he added.

Xie called for international collaboration in research and technology transfers from developed countries.

China has set targets to boost its non-fossil-fuel use to 15 percent of energy consumption by 2020, and many obsolete and inefficient coal-fired power plants have been closed.

However, coal remains the primary source of energy in China, the world's largest consumer of coal, with more than 70 percent of the country's energy consumption depending on it.

Foreign companies count on China to take a leading role in the commercialization of CCS, but according to Su, China sees CCS mainly as a means of reducing carbon dioxide after 2020 and 2030.
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BEIJING - China concluded a nationwide safety inspection of nuclear plants on Aug 5 in the wake of Japan's nuclear crisis, indicating that the country is advancing closer to the resumption of approvals for new nuclear plants, according to a website notice by the China Nuclear Energy Association on Thursday.

On April 15, the inspection group, which consisted of the National Nuclear Safety Administration (NNSA), the National Energy Administration and China Earthquake Administration, started a national safety check on nuclear plants that are under construction and in operation, according to the notice.

The safety inspection was expected to last for six months.

China suspended approvals of new nuclear plants on March 16 following Japan's Fukushima nuclear incident caused by a devastating tsunami.

"The inspection, which was completed at least one month earlier than expected, could be an indication that China has no major safety issue in its current plants," said Xiao Xinjian, industry expert at the Energy Research Institute of the National Development and Reform Commission.

A possible concern may be over the first reactor China has ever built at the Qinshan Nuclear Power Station. It went into operation in 1991 and is scheduled to shut down in 2020, the expert said.

China is likely to issue a safety plan at the end of this month, after which, the country will resume nuclear plant approvals, Lin Chengge, former deputy director of the NNSA, told China Daily earlier.

Results of the inspection will be provided to the government for a review on safety improvements, Lin said.

These results will also serve as the basis for China to adjust its nuclear development program, though experts expected no dramatic change of the plan.

The country had a total of 10.82 gigawatts (gW) of nuclear capacity at the end of last year.

China is capable of adding 12 gW of nuclear capacity in the near term, experts said.

The Chinese government should aim to maintain its 2020 target of achieving 40 gW, according to Kevin Tu, a senior energy expert at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a Washington-based think tank.

On Aug 7, a new unit of the Ling'ao Nuclear Power Plant at Dayawan in Shenzhen began commercial operation. Dayawan is China's largest nuclear power base.

China will not waver in its determination to develop nuclear power, Vice-Premier Zhang Dejiang said during a visit to the China Institute of Atomic Energy on April 14.

As China attaches more focus on the safety of nuclear technology, it is likely to adopt the third-generation AP 1000 technology developed by US-based Westinghouse Electric Co in its future plants.


According to Westinghouse, the first reactor vessel had arrived at the Sanmen Nuclear Power Plant in China's Zhejiang province at the end of July.
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UK rules mean Chinese company can make new approach next week

SYDNEY - China Guangdong Nuclear Power Group (CGNPC) Co may bid again for Kalahari Minerals Plc, triggering an acquisition of uranium explorer Extract Resources Ltd, after withdrawing an offer in May, according to Patersons Securities Ltd.

"The Chinese will be back," Simon Tonkin, senior resources analyst at Patersons, said on Thursday from Perth, Australia. "It's likely."

The United Kingdom's Takeover Panel barred State-owned China Guangdong from lowering a March proposal of 290 pence ($4.63) a share that valued Kalahari at 756 million pounds, the London-based resource company said on May 10. Both companies had approached the panel with a price cut to 270 pence a share, a move that after Japan's nuclear crisis slashed the value of Kalahari's 43 percent holding in Sydney-listed Extract.

China Guangdong can make a fresh bid from Wednesday - three months after the previous acquisition offer was denied - under UK rules, Tonkin said. A new offer for Kalahari may be about 250 pence a share, he said.

Shares of Kalahari climbed 4.8 percent on Wednesday to close at 218 pence in London trading, valuing the company at about 535 million pounds.

A telephone message left at the London office of Kalahari after hours wasn't immediately returned. Meanwhile, John Gardner, a Sydney-based spokesman for Extract, declined to comment on Thursday. Six telephone calls to China Guangdong's public relations department seeking comment weren't returned.

Offer for extract

With Kalahari owning 43 percent of Extract, Australian rules would normally require China Guangdong, the country's second-biggest atomic plant builder, to make an offer for Extract, Patersons said in March.

Extract, which on Wednesday announced a 37 percent gain in reserves at its Husab project in Namibia, rose 0.4 percent to A$7.23 ($7.79) at 2:40 pm Sydney time, valuing the company at A$1.8 billion. The shares have fallen 23 percent this year, compared with a 13 percent decline in the benchmark S&P/ASX 200 Index.

The acquisition of Kalahari would give China Guangdong access to Extract's Husab project as China seeks uranium to increase nuclear power generation. Extract expects China will remain keen to expand its atomic power program after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan crippled the Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant north of Tokyo, Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Leslie said on March 23.

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Very impressive. 2 GW power generation is equivalent to 2-3 big coal-fired power plants already.

This is an old news from last year which I came across by accident while searching for other things. Somehow I missed this huge 800MW wind-energy project totally ...

Wind Energy plans 800-MW projects

80,000 rai required for wind farms

Wind Energy Holding Co, a Thai energy engineering group, aims to build wind-turbine power projects with a total capacity of 800 megawatts within five years, says CEO Nopporn Suppipat.

"Thailand has very strong potential for building wind farms," he said. But he declined to specify the company's investment.

The company last year received two licences from the Energy Ministry for building wind turbine farms with a combined capacity of 240 MW, on which construction is expected to start soon.

"Reaching our target of 800 MW would need a massive amount of land - of about 80,000 rai - but we believe we could acquire enough land to reach our target," said Mr Nopporn.

Thailand has strong potential in terms of geography as well as in government support, he added.

Wind Energy's first project is its wholly owned Huay Bong 1 and 2, with a combined capacity of 180 MW, on 12,000 rai in the Dan Khun Thot district of Nakhon Ratchasima.

The company's 60-MW Khao Kho project in Phetchabun is operated by the joint-venture company Sustainable Energy Corp - in which it holds 60%, while the top private power producer Ratchaburi Electricity Generating Holding has 30%, and Demco Plc 10%.

Wind Energy yesterday signed a purchasing contract with Siemens Wind Power Co, a unit of Siemens AG, which will supply wind turbine equipment for the two projects.

Demco also joined a contract signing ceremony yesterday for the Huay Bong 1 and 2 wind power turbines worth 2.6 billion baht, for which it won the construction contract. Construction is expected to start within the third quarter this year and commercial operation is due to begin by the end of next year.

Demco has also won the 900-million-baht construction contract for the Khao Kho project, due to start construction in the third quarter this year and to operate from mid-2011.

In another development, Ratchaburi Electricity Generating Holding Plc plans three renewable energy projects with a combined capacity of 100 MW by 2016. These include the Khao Kho project, in which it aims to acquire a majority stake.

Ratchaburi aims to conclude talks this year with a strategic partner for its second renewable project, a biomass power with projected capacity of about 10 MW.

The company is also conducting a feasibility study for solar power facilities at an expected investment of between 1 billion and 2 billion baht. The company is talking with solar cell suppliers and developers to select technology and set the construction cost.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/business/...00-mw-projects
http://www.evwind.es/noticias.php?id_not=4756
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Some updates I got from my RSS feeds ...

The good thing - It seems like there is an announcement for a new solar power plant project every 1-2 weeks. I've lost count on how many projects are under construction / operational these days already.

The bad thing - Most of these projects are still considered small (<100MW) and that their combined capacity is equivalent to replacing only 1-2 big and dirty coal-fired plants. Nevertheless, it's a small step toward energy sufficiency and saving the world we're living in ...

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PTT, IRPC in 90-MW solar venture

PTT Plc and its subsidiary IRPC Plc have formed a partnership to develop solar farms with a capacity of up to 90 megawatts at a cost of 6 billion baht.

The two partners signed a memorandum of understanding this week for a joint feasibility study on solar plants.It will be completed within six months, then submitted for final endorsement by both companies.

Pailin Chuchottaworn, the IRPC acting chief executive and newly appointed CEO of PTT, said the first 50-MW solar farm would be developed on a 2,000-rai site IRPC owns in Chana district of Songkhla.

IRPC has another land plot in Rayong for future solar projects, said Dr Pailin, also chief operating officer of PTT.

Outgoing PTT chief executive Prasert Bunsumpun said the solar venture was being developed in response to the government's policy of promoting renewable energy and strengthening the security of the country's power supply.

PTT and IRPC will later set up a joint venture to invest in the solar farms and apply to sell the electricity to the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand.

IRPC, an integrated petrochemical firm, yesterday inaugurated its 8-billion-baht combined heat and power (CHP) power project in Rayong. The gas-based 220-MW plant also generates 408 tonnes an hour of steam.

Dr Pailin said the plant would help reduce electricity costs by 16% or 150 million baht per month. By replacing the old fuel oil-based plant, the CHP will lower IRPC's carbon dioxide emissions by 400,000 tonnes a year, with that amount to be sold as carbon credits for extra income.

"We're in the final stage of selling the carbon credits as per the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change," he said, adding that credits are priced at 13 (557 baht) per tonne.

Analysts said the CHP would lower costs of IRPC in the fourth quarter, when financial performance is expected to soften due partly to a maintenance shutdown.

IRPC's second-quarter net profit rose by 156% year-on-year to 2.98 billion baht thanks partly to stock gains, while revenue increased 19% year-on-year to 67.6 billion.

IRPC shares closed yesterday on the SET at 5.05 baht, down 20 satang, in trade worth 685 million baht.

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Astronergy Partners with Solar Park Co., Ltd. to Invest in Solar Farms in Thailand

Astronergy (a Chint company) announced its new plans to invest in solar farms in Thailand with its partner, Solar Park Co., Ltd., expecting commercial operation on December 30, 2011.

Located in Saraburi province, 100 KM north of Bangkok, the PV plants have a combined total capacity of 5.5 MWp. All of the plants will incorporate Polycrystalline PV modules from Astronergy (CHSM 6610P), inverters from Chint Power System Co., Ltd., and BOS components from other Chint subsidiaries. Sourcing project materials from one channel removes complexity out of the equation for clients who used to juggle multiple suppliers. This project once again exemplifies Chint Group as a total solution provider.

Receiving Thailand's excellent solar radiation, these projects generate electricity up to 8,800,000 kWh per year, supplying the electricity needs of more than 4000 homes.

Among South East Asian countries, Thailand has taken a lead in renewable energy investment. By the end of 2011, Thai government expects to replace its existing adder policy with a newly formed fit campaign to further accelerate clean energy development. The campaign will pledge Thailand towards energy sustainability, answering the challenges of both carbon footprint reduction and rising energy demand.

"Solar energy could soon be a key energy source in Thailand. Considering its strong demand in energy and rising prices of imported oil or coal, PV is an excellent way to contribute energy without any other emissions," commented Dr. Liyou Yang, CEO at Astronergy. "We have seen the great effort that the Thailand government has made recently and its clear vision for the future. It increases our confidence in investing in Thailand, and we are sure we can bring more cutting-edge PV products to Thailand through successful cooperation."

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BANGKOK: A doctor who runs a hospital known as Thailand's cosmetic surgery capital has become the country's single largest individual investor in solar energy.

Riding on a boom in the sector that has investors flocking for a place in the sun, Dr Supot Sumritvanitcha, 62, is developing three solar farms over 404ha.
The sites will produce 34.25MW of power - enough for tens of thousands of homes.


For the doctor who started Yanhee Clinic 25 years ago and now has a hospital with 400 beds, soon to increase to 600 beds, solar energy was just a side interest. Until recently, the cost of generating power from the sun was just too high. But the economics of the industry now makes it attractive.
A study this year by Solarbuzz, a solar energy research organisation, said Thailand was marching 'possibly far ahead of schedule' towards its goal of 500MW of solar power by 2022.

There is plenty of room for growth and an ongoing blizzard of investment. Last year, some 30MW of solar power came on line, and this year somewhere between 50MW to 100MW is being installed. Thailand's Ministry of Energy has applications for 3 gigawatts worth of solar projects - six times the target - and is considering expansion of its targets to accommodate the investment.

... (and more in the link) ...

This month, GE Energy said it planned to introduce its cadmium telluride thin-film photovoltaic technology to the Thai market. Last December, Japan's Kyocera Corp said it was gearing up to supply Thailand with one million solar panels, worth US$485 million. Dow Chemical will build two new overseas manufacturing plants next year, to make speciality films used in photovoltaic modules - one in Germany, the other in Thailand.

In an interview, Mr Krairit Nilkuha, the Ministry of Energy's director-general of alternative energy development, said: 'As of March this year, alternative energy accounted for 11.7 per cent (of the country's energy mix). Solar energy and biogas are going to exceed their targets. 'We have strong confidence that we are going to achieve our target of 20 per cent renewable energy by 2022.'

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Mitsui, Toshiba plan Japan's largest solar plant-Nikkei

Aug 20 (Reuters) - Japan's Mitsui Chemicals Inc , Mitsui & Co and Toshiba Corp plan to construct the country's largest solar power facility with an output of 50 megawatts (MW), the Nikkei business daily reported.

The project is in anticipation of the passage of a bill that will require utilities to purchase electricity from renewable sources at fixed rates, the paper said.

The daily said the proposed plant will be built on 800,000 square meters of land owned by Mitsui Chemicals in Aichi Prefecture and have a 6 MW wind farm.

The companies, which plan to sell the power produced at the plant to Chubu Electric Power Co from 2013, have asked Chubu to participate in the project, while Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co and Toagosei Co may also join the project, the Nikkei said.

The government-backed Development Bank of Japan is to provide a low-interest loan to cover about 90 percent of the project's estimated 20 billion yen ($262.3 million) cost, the business daily added.

The renewable energy legislation is currently being discussed and is expected to take effect in July 2012, the paper said.

http://af.reuters.com/article/commod...7JJ3EN20110819
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Another new PV project announced ... almost every week now


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Loxley Plc is prepared to launch a solar farm with capacity of over 8 megawatts, in its bid to expand into the green energy business with the generating of power from seaweed, wastes and wind.

"We're geared towards alternative energy business and energy conservation, in line with the 10th national economic and social development plan which focuses on greenhouse gas reduction. This is also in line with the Energy Ministry's 15-year alternative energy plan," said Thongchai Lamsam, president of Loxley.

Aside from being a developer, the company also plans to become a solution provider for any companies interested in alternative energy investment. It shows the readiness in terms of procurement and construction.

Thongchai said that Loxley's strong network of partners which include local and foreign companies who own advanced technology would compliment the company's R&D.

Loxley earlier joined the Energy Ministry, Bangchak Petroleum and Ratchaburi Electricity Generating Holding in the extraction of oil from seaweed, through an Australian innovation and cooperation with James Cook University. To develop solar power, under the joint venture named L Solar 1, it also joined hands with Leonics Ltd and a group of investors to invest nearly Bt1 billion in an 8.67MW solar farm in Prachin Buri.

"Our next move is to generate power from wastes, with the newest technology from Switzerland which permits a higher volume of biogas. A pilot project is now kicked off, aside from the feasibility study on wind power," the executive said.

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The Malaysian Insider | The SUN Daily | August 23, 2011
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PUTRAJAYA, Aug 23 — US-based solar photovoltaic cell maker Solexel Inc is to invest up to RM2.8 billion over the next five years in a 40-ha plant in the Senai Hi-Tech Park (SHTP) in the Iskandar region, creating an estimated 2,300 jobs, officials said today.



The company will run the plant that is to have an eventual capacity of 1 GW of solar PV cells annually with the first phase requiring an investment of RM800 million to produce 200 MW some time in 2014. The energy is largely for export, with an unspecified target for domestic consumption.

A Memondum of Understanding was signed today before Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak (picture) between the SHTP and Solexel (M) Sdn Bhd, a unit of the California-based Solexel.

“The solar power cells project by Solexel is one of the technology sectors that the government is highly promoting at the moment to encourage green and renewable energy industry in the country that will form the foundation for future green energy policy,” Najib said in his speech.

He added that today’s investment by Solexel will also include research and development and help attract and build a local supply chain for chemicals used in the solar and semiconductor manufacturing industry.

Solexel Inc president and chief executive officer Michael Wingert said Malaysia had beaten its regional partners for the investment because to its “well-established” solar manufacturing base, experienced workforce, existing materials supply infrastructure and business incentive package.

Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir said today’s latest investment will add to the RM15.8 billion worth of investments secured until June this year for the solar PV industry, a significant step for the country's bid to become the world’s third-largest solar PV cell producer.

“We have had 23 approved projects in the said industry — 19 of which are already in production or in active planning. From the RM15.8 billion, RM1.1 billion is a domestic investment from a local company.

“Among the products produced are silicone PV, solar wafers, cells, modules and panels and these companies now employ about 14,300 people,” he told a press conference today.

He added that the revenue forecast for the 23 companies over the next three years amounts to an estimated RM10 billion.

Mukhriz said Malaysia's continued attraction of global solar PV industry players to set up their businesses here has spurred the country’s growth of its solar energy cluster.

“It is a major boost for the economy and also proves that our efforts to attract foreign direct investments, particularly in solar technology has continued to bear fruit,” he said.


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Berjaya Corp, KUB plan RM1 billion solar photovoltaic power plant
Business Times | July 14, 2010
http://www.btimes.com.my/Current_New...cle/index_html

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Flextronics to expand solar business in Malaysia
Business Times | July 7, 2011
http://www.btimes.com.my/Current_New...cle/index_html

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Robert BOSCH to set up RM2.2 billion solar panel manufacturing facility in Penang, Malaysia
TheStar Biz | Thursday June 23, 2011
http://biz.thestar.com.my/news/story...3&sec=business

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Japan's Tokuyama Corp to invest a further RM3.72 billion in Phase 2
TheStar Biz | Friday May 13, 2011
http://biz.thestar.com.my/news/story...9&sec=business

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Flextronics to produce PV panels for new SunEdison's Malaysian plant
PV Magazine | May 12, 2011
http://www.pv-magazine.com/news/deta...ent_100002903/

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Local firm Cypark to build renewable energy park
TheEdge Malaysia | Tuesday, 08 March 2011 19:20
http://www.theedgemalaysia.com/index...82982&Itemid=2

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Osram Opto to expand LED wafer capacity in Malaysia and Germany
Compound Semiconductor | Mar 07, 2011
http://compoundsemiconductor.net/csc...nd-German.html

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SunPower Corp and Taiwan's AU Optronics team on 1.4GW Malaysian plant
Reuters | Thu May 27, 2010 12:56pm EDT
http://www.reuters.com/article/2010/...79959620100527



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China's EQ Solar plans RM1.7 billion solar module plant in Johor
TheStar Biz | February 13, 2010
http://biz.thestar.com.my/news/story...ess/5668496&se

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First Solar inaugurates first Malaysian manufacturing plant
Sustainable Business | July 23, 2008
http://www.firstsolar.com/Downloads/...cts_KLM_EU.pdf
http://www.sustainablebusiness.com/i...splay/id/16450


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TheStar Biz | Tuesday June 3, 2008
http://biz.thestar.com.my/news/story...2&sec=business
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Solar trees @ the fort bonifacio (MANILA)

They gather solar power using three solar panels during the day, and they light up during the night. There's also a charging station that lets you charge your mobile phone for free using the energy it has gathered from the sun,







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Nice street accessory. Although I'm not sure if the recharging station idea would work in practical. You will have to basically stand guard next to your mobile for 0.5 to 1 hour to recharge it and make sure no one just grab your iphone and run away
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haha lol

i guess it's OK if it's in a public park.. but I'm not even sure if that's a park.
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