Deconstructing China’s Cleantech Charts

If you have been following China for any amount of time, then you will know that China is good for a chart that will shock and awe readers.  Few, if any, in the cleantech space have as much power as the one above, from the Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP study China’s Promotion of the Renewable Electric Power Equipment Industry (download here), and why I chose to pull it out is twofold. First, just loo…

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Understanding China’s Position on Climate Change, and Repositioning Global Discussions

Regardless of whether you believe COP15 still has hope, or is a predetermined failure, the fact is that in about 3 weeks a large number of scientists, environmentalists, policy makers, and cleantech funds are going to be in Copenhagen... and the world will be watching. Even prior to the recent announcements from Singapore though, many had already begun gaming the outcomes, and hyping the need for…

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Chinese Cleantech Firms Opening Shop in US. Smart

With last week's congressional fireworks display over the fact that a Chinese firm was going to be receiving TARP money to install the largest wind farm in Texas, and be reaping the majority of the jobs in the deal, it should come as no surprise that Chinese firms are now announcing investments in the US. Chinese wind turbine firm plans U.S. plant China's A-Power Energy Generation Systems has sig…

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Cleantech Investments in China Just Blowing in the Wind

Rarely a day passes without a headline like Al Gore praised China and Japan on their climate leadership, which touts all that is great about China's commitment to green, and how China's leadership should serve as a model for others. It was a recent topic of conversation between myself and an old friend who has been working with some of Europe's leading brands in the space in fact, and our concern…

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Tianjin Staging Up for Cleantech

Tianjin's Economic Development Zone (TEDA) has been one of the premier investment zones in China, and keeping in mind their proximity to the new Singapore invested ecocity, it should come as no surprise that this would lead to some very large cleantech projects for TEDA. Here are three that they recently reported out as part of their monthly newsletter 1) THE LARGEST INTEGRATED WIND ENERGY EQUIP…

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China to Triple Wind Energy Targets. Blowing Air? Or Generating Energy?

Perhaps one of te best things about this recession is that fact that commodity pricing and stimulus packages have essentially increased not only the affordability of many things, and for China that means big investments in wind energy. China has set a target for renewable energy consumption of 40 percent of the market by the year 2050. The news comes as it emerges that China will have 100 GW of…

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Shanghai to Add 254,000 kw of Wind Power

With the World Expo less than a year away, Shanghai has now begun the process of topping off its green goals by installing 34 wind turbines 92 meters high near the Shanghai East China Sea Bridge. The first of a number of planned wind farms, the article states that a total of capactiy 293,000 kw will eventually be online, 1.5% of Shanghai supply. More interesting though is the fact that the art…

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First Hotel Designed as Carbon Neutral is … Designed

In another, don't pop the bubbly story, Patel Architecture Inc. announced that they have completed the design of a 5-Star China Hotel To Be Carbon-Neutral For those of you who are saying... Wait a minute, URBN hotel in Shanghai is the first carbon neutral hotel, you would be right... and wrong. Where this story really is interesting, is that per the announcement, it appears that this facility…

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Renesola and Vestas Sign More Deals in China

With all the discussion on how bad the cleantech market has been with the financial crisis, it is good to see that both Vestas and Renesola are both still finding markets in China at a time when China's energy consumption is on the decline. Perhaps we will see in a couple years, when the demand comes back up, the full environment value of these investments.…

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China Blasts through Wind Energy Target

While the US and other countries back away from renewable energy investments, the recent story China blasts through wind energy target, offers evidence that China has put the pedal to the metal: China’s wind power industry, dominated by the ‘big five’ state-owned electric power companies, increased the country’s total installed wind power capacity to approximately 12.8GW by the end of 2008, accor…

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