Renewable Energy in China- Technologies and Advances

gtchina 4 November 2015 Renewable energy business

The world today is realizing the urgent need to shift to clean and renewable energy options. The damage to the ozone layer, the alarming levels of carbon dioxide emissions, global warming, the pollution levels on the ground, water, and air, are all choking off the world not so slowly anymore, but definitely and surely.

China is a major economic power which has realized the need of the hour and has made considerable advances in the renewable energy sources sector. The Chinese government has set a target of ensuring that 16% of its primary energy requirements will come from renewable resources by 2020. It’s polices are geared towards the development of renewable energy and energy efficiency and a low carbon- growth strategy.

development of renewable energy

China achieves what it sets out to do and it is determined to become a leading player as a clean energy technology provider. Its policies ensure emphasis on investment in the green sector, renewable energy and energy efficiency. To ensure technological advances in this field the government offers a range of financial incentives, for instance- allocating a considerable chunk of national funds to encourage Research & Development in this area, tax benefits and discounted lending for clean and renewable energy projects, and having regulations to ensure that power grid operators buy only from registered renewable energy producers. A multi- pronged strategy of policy and investment incentives has given a tremendous boost to this sector especially the wind and solar power sector.

Wind Power

The government has announced its intention to have an installed capacity of 100 GW from Wind power by 2020. Joint ventures, technology transfers, subsidized wind energy, mandated use of wind turbines for power generation, intense R & D at various levels, has given a massive fillip to the wind turbine technology in China.

Solar Power

China was producing 63% of all global solar PV’s and today, as of 2015, it is the largest manufacturer of solar photo voltaic technology. By 2020 the country has a target of having an installed capacity of 20GW from solar power alone. Today china is the world’s largest market for solar water heaters. The Plan on Promoting Solar Thermal Utilization ensures that SWH systems are given priority in the bulk hot water consumer sector like hospitals, swimming pools, restaurants, schools, etc. In addition to this more than one tenth of Chinese households rely on solar power to heat their water, and this number is going up by leaps and bounds. The solar power sector finds favour both by the manufacturing sector due to its profitability, and the consumers due to the energy efficiency and easy to install aspect.

  clean energy technology

Bio-Energy is expected to grow to 15 megatons/year by 2020 in China.

Geothermal energy is another energy source in China, as it has abundant hot springs with temperatures exceeding 250 degrees centigrade. The country is the second largest user of geothermal energy in the world.

At the end of 2013 China was having a total capacity of 378 GW, mainly from hydroelectric and wind power and was leading the world in this sector. By 2014 it was the world leader in the manufacture and use of wind power, solar power and smart grid technologies. In addition to the obvious benefits to the environment and energy efficiency, this sector has been generating jobs and incomes for a huge percentage of the population. Today China is well set on the path of becoming a world leader in the clean and renewable energies sector and has overtaken all other countries including the US in this regard.

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Riya
7 years 1 month ago
The world today is realizing the urgent need to shift to clean and renewable energy options. The damage to the ozone layer, the alarming levels of carbon dioxide emissions, global warming, the pollution levels on the ground, water, and air, are all choking off the world not so slowly anymore, but definitely and surely.China is a major economic power which has realized the need of the hour and has made considerable advances in the renewable energy sources sector. The Chinese government has set a target of ensuring that 16% of its primary energy requirements will come from renewable resources by… Read more »
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Chen
6 years 8 months ago

This is really very informative blog, and it helps me a lot.

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Jiang
6 years 8 months ago

Wonderful blog! Thanks for sharing such an useful post!

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