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China to Build Gigawatt Photovoltaic Plant

Written by , on January 4, 2009

Two Chinese companies have announced plans to build a solar photovoltaic power plant in northwestern China that will eventually supply 1,000 megawatts of electric power. China Technology Development Group Corp and Qinghai New Energy Group will begin building the first stage –  a 30 megawatt solar power station – in China’s Qaidam Basin this year […]  Read more »

China Taking Lead in Renewables

Written by , on August 2, 2008

China is already the world’s leading renewable energy producer and is over-taking more developed economies in exploiting valuable economic opportunities, creating green-collar jobs and leading development of critical low carbon technologies, according to a new report to be published by The Climate Group*.  The key findings of the report include: China is already the world’s […]  Read more »

Chinese Wind Power Estimates Blow Out

Written by , on June 20, 2008

At the end of last year, China’s installed base of wind power totaled just over 6 gigawatts. This led in April to  the current Five Year Plan being revised to increase the target for 2010 from 5 gigawatts to 10 gigawatts. Experts now believe that China has already exceeded 10 gigawatts capacity and could achieve […]  Read more »

Indian Boom Triggered by Bust

Written by , on April 27, 2008

In the late 1990s, it was realized that many old “legacy” programs stored dates with the year represented as two digits (as “95″ for 1995, for example). As the year 2000 approached, this would cause errors because the year “00″ would be interpreted as 1900 rather than 2000. This “Y2K problem” had the potential to […]  Read more »

China and the Supply Chain

Written by , on April 26, 2008

It would be hard not to notice China’s ever-increasing domination of the production of ever-cheaper manufactured good. Many in the West explain this by pointing to China’s pool of cheap labour. This simplistic explanation is mistaken and will lead to missed opportunities as China continues to play an increasingly important part in the global economy. […]  Read more »