China Rongsheng Heavy Industries is set to make its first foray into the offshore-rig-building market with a deal potentially worth up to US$800 million from a Singapore-based company.Saturday, 12 May, 2012, 12:00am
I read about a new solar power station in Spain that can provide electricity 24 hours a day. It works day and night. It is the first solar power station that can do this.
In addition, the station generates far more electricity than earlier models. Yet because of our great electricity needs, even thousands of such stations would not be enough.4 Apr 2012 - 12:00am
Wireless gadgets are built on a big lie. Smartphones, game consoles, laptops and tablets are fast making homes hotspots where Wi-fi rules, and within a generation virtually every appliance could be networked and exchanging data, but all these gadgets and gear still need power.16 Mar 2012 - 12:00am
If the damp squibs that were the Copenhagen and Durban conferences have told us anything, it is that the threat of environmental catastrophe is not enough to spur energy reform. But however much politicians may debate the trade-offs between reform and economic inconvenience, change is likely to be forced on us before long.13 Jan 2012 - 12:00am
Recent trade and legal disputes between Chinese and American solar and wind power equipment makers have created headlines for various reasons, but a common thread linking them is the mismatch between overzealous investment in new production capacity by project developers and lagging government support for the consumption of expensive renewable energy.31 Dec 2011 - 12:00am
A clear energy-conservation policy should be drawn up for the city's commercial sector, following the release of a new index indicating the sector wasted up to 40 per cent more energy and HK$7 billion in the past two decades, a green group says.2 Dec 2011 - 12:00am
Recently, the International Energy Agency (IEA) released its report on the state of energy in the world. It said the growth of renewable energy will depend on subsidies rising from US$64 billion in 2010 to an estimated US$250 billion in 2035, a lifeline that cannot be taken for granted in this time of fiscal austerity.16 Nov 2011 - 12:00am
Energy powers our industrial development, urbanisation and other necessary functions. In other words, it permits the progress of human civilisation and is the essential lifeblood of modern human society. Therefore, energy has to be secured for all people.14 Oct 2011 - 12:00am
Companies and governments are hoarding oil and coal and risking creating a 'carbon-asset bubble' - which when it bursts will destabilise economies worldwide on the same scale as the global financial crisis.1 Oct 2011 - 12:00am
We need to get ready for challenges
Today's children are growing up in a technological world and most of them can get what they want easily.
In the 1970s and 80s, however, children grew up in a different world. Most of them did not have access to new gadgets, as we do. Yet I don't think that means we are necessarily better off than them.19 Sep 2011 - 12:00am