Tag: energy

Will Sky City’s sustainable claims stand up?

changsa-skycity-oneDoes China need another signature skyscraper? Changsha’s Sky City, currently still at the project stage,  caught my attention, not so much for its ambition to become the world’s tallest skyscraper (yawn) but for its desire to promote a more sustainable way of urban living in China. (continue reading…)

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UK fears China syndrome

Tianwan 4 first concrete - 460 (CNNC)The UK government has restarted the country’s long-stalled nuclear power program and French electricity giant EDF will build a new plant. The controversial decision has attracted howls of outrage from some quarters, doubly so because Chinese investors are also being allowed to participate in this landmark project. (continue reading…)

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PE industry places bets

chinese-shanghai-yuan-505x300What are the hottest sectors in China for attracting private equity investors?

Ravenous energy demands and chronic environmental problems have, not surprisingly,  put alternative energy, energy saving and environmental protection firmly on the radar screen as favorite areas for PE  investment. (continue reading…)

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What’s ‘Welcome to Britain’ in Chinese?

uk_flagjpgWhen the UK lowered the flag on its former colony of Hong Kong in 1997, China was still playing catch-up with other Asian economies. Today, China is second only to the US in economic might and the UK, along with every other country in the world, is keen to build closer ties. (continue reading…)

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China launches tax rebate for solar power

China has begun offering tax rebates to its photovoltaic panel manufacturers to boost domestic adoption of this clean energy source and support its domestic PV industry, hard hit by tumbling prices and  excess capacity.  (continue reading…)

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What’s China doing to fight climate change?

yutian10aChina has long been aware of the high environment cost of its  recent industrialisation. Whether it has done enough to mitigate the damage is another question. (continue reading…)

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Chinese solar cells achieve record

csun-logoChina Sunergy, a leading manufacturer of photovoltaic (PV) cells, has developed a new generation of high-efficient mono-crystalline cells which have reached a record 20.26% conversion efficiency. (continue reading…)

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China’s great solar shakeout

solar-panels-in-sunAfter the storm, the calm. China’s solar industry is going through a big shakeout, and consolidation and bankrupcies.

However, this dramatic process or readjstiment is not going to change the Asian giant’s global dominance over the resurgent sector anytime soon, according to Lux Research. (continue reading…)

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Caterpillar loses track in China

caterpillar.jpgCould this be a trend? US construction equipment giant Caterpillar became the latest western manufacturer to report disappointment in China as demand for capital equipment slows.

United Technologies recently posted a drop in Chinese orders while 3M forecast below-trend growth. (continue reading…)

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JA Solar inks tie-up

innovalight.jpgJA Solar, one of China's biggest solar cell manufacturers, hopes to leapfrog its rivals using innovative “solar ink” manufacturing technnology from a Silicon Valley start-up.

The announcement is just the latest example of how Chinese tech firms are challenging the commonly-held prejudice in the west that Chinese businesses do not innovate.

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