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Alternative Energy

Civilisation as we know it isn't too big to fail

An Occupy Wall Street demonstrator marches around the Chase banking offices near Wall Street in New York. Photo: Reuters

What in the world is happening to this fragile planet?

Saturday, 4 May, 2013, 4:04am

China's solar energy industry may see phoenix-like rise

China's solar energy industry may see phoenix-like rise

China's state subsidies during the past two decades have caused cycles of boom and bust for major companies in multiple industries. The latest is solar energy. The bankruptcy declaration this month by Suntech Power, once the world's largest solar-panel producer by sales, has sent shock waves across the industry.

28 Mar 2013 - 7:11am

Nuclear energy key to China's development

Fossil fuels still dominate Beijing's energy mix. Photo: AFP

The State Council has partially lifted a ban on new nuclear power stations in China - imposed following the Fukushima nuclear incident - allowing construction to go ahead in coastal areas. Under the new terms, no inland projects will be allowed to be built in the next three years of the current five-year plan.

6 Nov 2012 - 2:26am

Swire sails into offshore wind farm market

Swire Blue Ocean has taken delivery of the biggest ship in the world specifically built to install offshore wind farm equipment in a move that marks the firm's entrance into the burgeoning global offshore wind farm market.

30 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Campus powers down

The Chinese University of Hong Kong uses more than 100 million kWh of electricity every year, and has a power bill of about HK$87 million. After the completion of new buildings on campus, it is estimated that electricity consumption will increase by at least 10 per cent.

14 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Sunny future for HK's car-cooling invention

A car air-conditioning system that runs on fuel-saving solar power is slowly gaining traction among firms and the government, with its Hong Kong makers saying the technology is unparalleled in the world.

1 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Looking to the future

Hotel renovations are usually carried out mainly to renew or upgrade amenities, but with increasing concerns over the environment, some also take the opportunity to meet sustainability and social responsibilities to make the property fit for the future.

8 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

CNOOC in US$300m deal with Spanish solar firm

China National Offshore Oil Corporation, the state-owned parent of listed dominant offshore oil and gas producer CNOOC Limited, has agreed to pour US$300 million toward a Tianjin-based joint venture with Spanish solar-panel maker Isofoton.

3 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Solar subsidy plan can't ensure broad, even growth

The number of solar farm installations in the mainland's interior has surged since Beijing unveiled a tariff-based subsidy scheme favouring solar power in August.

However, analysts say the scheme is inadequate to ensure similarly rapid growth in coastal regions that have fewer hours of sun a day, compared to the arid and often cloudless inland regions.

2 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Solar so good for Germany

Reiner Metzger thought it a smart investment two years ago when he installed a four-kilowatt-peak (kWp) solar panel - made in China - on the roof of his Berlin home.

By law, he can sell the solar electricity to German power plants at a set rate until 2029, and looks to make a small fortune in 20 years.

30 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Wind farm debate moves up a gear

The need for more renewable energy has long been recognised. The potential for the use of wind power in Hong Kong is, perhaps, limited by our city's relatively small size. But the move by CLP to develop a wind farm in Sai Kung is a step in the right direction.

10 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Planned wind farm to use green technology

An eco-friendly technology which allows building offshore windmills without dredging the seabed will be used for the first time in Hong Kong by CLP Power, which plans to spend HK$70 million to put up a data mast off Clear Water Bay to collect necessary information for its future sea-based wind farm.

6 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Solar equipment maker gets green light for IPO

Guodian Technology and Environment Group, a solar and wind power equipment making unit of state-owned power-generation major China Guodian Group, has received approval from the mainland's environment watchdog to launch an initial public offering in Hong Kong.

3 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

HK$135m sun-powered boat on epic voyage to the future

Just one glance at the boat pulling into Ocean Terminal last month was enough to tell you were looking at something revolutionary.

The Turanor PlanetSolar is the largest solar-powered boat ever built and is helping to prove the practical value of harnessing energy from the sun.

1 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Bulk carrier powered by the sun

Solar Sailor, an Australian company specialising in renewable energy technologies, is negotiating to install its solar and wind power systems on a massive dry cargo ship that could be used to haul iron ore from Australia to China.

31 Aug 2011 - 12:00am