Wide-scale deployment of CSP molten salt towers will start soon. The CSP industry says to be ready for a wide-scale rollout of molten salt tower plants between 2018 and 2020.
Molten nitrate and potassium salts are used for energy storage in many CSP tower plants, but the 110 MW Crescent Dunes plant in Nevada and 20 MW Gemasolar plant in southern Spain are the only commercial tower plants to use molten salt as a heat transfer fluid (HTF) as well as for storage. Read More
A Polysilicon shortage probably is causing problems for the solar panel industry. Producers of solar panels expect high costs and lower margins due to an unexpected shortage of raw materials.
Last months, the price of pure metallurgical silicon, the most important raw material for solar cells, rose by 35%. According to news agency Bloomberg, the price rose after officials in China closed several factories. Read More
“IKEA Group investments into wind and solar energy generation contribute to the shift to a low carbon economy, and from a business perspective, help to secure our future as we become energy independent.” – Steve Howard, Chief Sustainability Officer, IKEA Group
87 of the world’s leading companies are now members of RE100.
Together they have a creating demand for around 107 Terawatt hours (TWh) of renewable electricity – around the same amount of power consumed by the United Arab Emirates or The Netherlands. Read More
At the North Pole, the temperature is so high that the mass of sea ice is much smaller than normal. In many places, the Greenland ice is covered with a layer of water. Fortunately, the United States and China are the major drivers behind the Paris agreement.
Mega water diversion project China will only solve water shortage of 5%
Enormous water transportation from the South of China to the dryer Northern regions seems to be useless. This is one of the conclusions mentioned in a scientific report which is published in PNAS. China has been building a canal from the South to Peking. A distance of 750 miles (1200 km). Transportation of water will supply only 5% in the water needs of Beijing while the Southern exporting provincies will be running out of water. Read More
The area of restoration on the Loess Plateau in China is the size of Belgium and thousands of years of subsistence farming had made it barren and infertile.
Large, decimated ecosystems can be restored. Bringing large areas back from environmental ruin is possible, and the results are key to stabilizing the earth’s climate, eradicating poverty and making sustainable agriculture a reality. Under the guidance of a few people who have knowledge and vision, local uneducated rural poor can to restore empty, degraded ecosystems — transforming them into fertile, life-sustaining environments which enable people to break free from entrenched poverty.
China leads the global PV market, followed by Japan and the United States
The International Energy Agency (IEA) reports that solar energy is growing fast. Mainly due to the technological developments and the announced policy on CO2. As a result, the share of solar energy (renewable energy) may be greater in 2050 than any of the shares of fossil energy, wind power and nuclear energy. More than a quarter of the electricity will be Sun Power in 2050. Especially by an increasing amout of solar panels installed by consumers and industries. Read More
Chinese sanitation workers in Shanghai fish out thousands of dead pigs found floating in the Huangpu (March 2013)
China has not only problems solving their air pollution. Poor water quality is also of serious concern.
Therefore the Minister of Environmental Protection announced a trillion-yuan plan to reduce water pollution in a country where a fifth of the rivers are consider to be toxic, and two fifths of poor or very poor quality. Read More
Three of the spheres between the planned Phoenix Towers will be themed restaurants. Courtesy Chetwoods Architects
As China struggles with it’s industrial emissions, the concept of a new eco-city is a possible model for it’s sustainable development.
Last year the academy of social science, launched the 2014 ecological city ‘the greenwork’, with technical solutions to get cities green. One of the sustainable solutions is ‘The Phoenix Towers’ in Wuhan. Read More
The environment is high on China’s political agenda. It’s all about ‘war on water pollution’.
The environment is high on China’s political agenda. It’s all about ‘war on pollution’. The message is clear: policies to tackle pollution and water scarcity will ‘spill over’ to impact industry. Financial analysts are trying to quantify the financial implications of these regulations. On the flip-side, there is increased interest in the water & wastewater treatment and waste-to-energy sectors. Read More