Energy & Environmentally Sound Technologies

Growing the global solar sector – Will investors take a short-term or holistic perspective?

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Earlier this month, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) released figures showing that overall global investment in clean energy reached record highs in 2011, with investment in solar technologies by far the highest. Yet at the same time, 2011 saw a drop in spending on clean energy R&D, and further reductions are expected. Given the increasing dominance of the solar sector, what does this mean for countries, particularly emerging economies, seeking to incorporate solar and other clean energy sources into their ...

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A happy marriage?

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China is the lead exporter of solar panels, and the US the leading supplier of the prime ingredient polysilicon – should be a happy marriage, right?

It could be if governments would step away and let sectors with competitive advantages be truly competitive. Instead, the US Commerce Department is claiming the Chinese government subsidises the export of its solar panels and China of course points to the failure of US-backed solar panel manufacturer Solyndra. Now the Chinese industry may retaliate with its ...

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China turning up the heat?

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International R&D collaboration is on the rise as China sets out to meet its smart grid goals.

French energy company Alstom signs a new R&D partnership with CET, a subsidiary of China’s State Grid Corporation and one of the largest electrical equipment companies in China. Under the terms of the agreement, CET and Alstom will cooperate on the development and manufacture of key technologies for future ultra high voltage electrical grids.

Is this a signal that China’s R&D efforts will become increasingly ...

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On the grid? China thinks big on smart grid technology

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Chinese officials have outlined plans to invest nearly $500 billion in electric power infrastructure — including roughly $90 billion in smart grid technologies — by 2020. According to a report by the Center for American Progress, Chinese leaders view smart grid technology as “the next industrial revolution”.

What does the regulatory landscape need to look like in China for this to be possible, and will it also open unsolicited opportunities for foreign competitors?

To read more, see http://tinyurl.com/62zdtcf.

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