[p2p-research] China Leading World in Green Energy
alex.rollin at gmail.com
Mon Aug 24 11:20:00 CEST 2009
On the subject of solar et al...
China Leading World in Green Energy
This idea of China being ahead of the game in anything environment
protection related probably strikes readers as ironic, given reports
of extensive industrial pollution, such as air pollution on a scale
that is changing weather patterns, large scale lead poisoning, and
cadmium in the soil. As Forbes commented recently, "China: Where
Poisoning People Is Almost Free."
But we pointed out in April that China had been out for some time to
take the lead in electric cars. Not only has the US fallen behind in
battery technology, but we also gave up the know-how for the related
h torque DC servomotors are the sine qua non for electric vehicles.
High torque performance is achieved via magnets made of alloys of
various so called "rare earth" elements. Prominent among the alloys
are samarium-cobalt and neodymium-iron-boron. GM held a majority
interest in Magnaquench, an Indiana company with expertise in such
materials and magnet fabrication. GM however decided that electric
motors did not fit into its "core competencies."
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard of the Telegraph tells us China is taking
ground on other green energy fronts, namely solar panels and wind
China is running away with the green technology prize. It has
conquered a third of the world market for solar cells and is on a
breakneck course to build 100 gigawatts of wind turbines by 2020,
doubling again the global capacity for wind power across vast
stretches of Inner Mongolia and Xinjiang.
But potentially more important, China is on the cutting edge of price
Suntech Power in Wuxi has just broken the world record for capturing
photovoltaic solar energy, achieving a 15.6pc conversion rate with a
Trina Solar is neck-and-neck with America's First Solar, the low-cost
star that has already broken the cost barrier of $1 (61p) per watt
with thin film based on cadmium telluride.
The Chinese trio of Suntech, Trina and Yingling al...
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