The Norwegian company Aqualyng, in cooperation with a Chinese state-owned company, will build a gigantic desalination plant close to Beijing. The first phase will ensure a capacity of 50 000 t fresh water per day, but the contract gives the option of expanding the capacity to 400 000 t/d, which would make it the world’s largest desalination plant. In the project, Aqualyng have secured half of the revenue from selling the water for the next 30 years.
The North Sea has the capacity to store EU’s total production of CO2. Storage of carbon dioxide may become a major industry for Norway, SINTEF chief researcher Erik Lindeberg believes. Norway has gained acceptance for a proposal to change international regulations so that CO2 may be exported to other countries.
Chinese negotiators have started a new round of campaigning in their battle to secure a meaningful climate change deal at the upcoming Copenhagen summit. However, Yu said China will not set a binding carbon reduction target at the summit, despite pressure from many countries for Beijing to accept such a goal. "We hope the Copenhagen summit will become a milestone in mitigating global warming, and China has always been playing an active role in the process," said Li. "China will try everything possible to make the Copenhagen summit a success and will not end the summit with an empty political declaration."
“This is something Statkraft can be proud of and something I, as the Minister of Petroleum and energy, am proud of too,” said Terje Riis-Johansen after the opening of the osmotic power plant at Tofte. A few minutes before, Crown Princess Mette-Marit walked in to a tent filled to capacity at the seaside at Tofte, to open the world’s first osmotic power plant prototype.
China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the top economic planning agency, Thursday announced a rise in the price of electricity for non-residential use by 2.8 fen (0.4 U.S. cents) per kilowatt hour on average nationwide. Residential electricity prices would not be raised this time. However, they would be charged on a progressive basis in the future, which meant prices would increase with consumption, said Cao Changqing, director of the NDRC’s department of pricing.
Now that China is becoming a major player in renewable energy – mostly in wind and solar – there are growing concerns (and excitement) about how the country will impact the dynamics of this burgeoning industry. These worries are certainly valid. On the other hand, we need to drive down manufacturing costs for wind and solar equipment as quickly as possible. Many people argue that countries like China and India are the keys to bringing renewables to grid parity. “China needs to play a role if we are going to bring the cost of solar down to match the cost of generating energy from fossil fuels,” says Steve Chan, chief strategy officer for Suntech Power, the top Chinese solar manufacturer in the world.
Chinese President Hu Jintao said Sunday morning that China is ready to work with other participants at the UN-sponsored climate change conference to be held in Copenhagen next month to yield a positive outcome. Pushing for a positive result of the conference conforms to the common interests of all parties, he said.
United States President Barack Obama will likely head to meetings this month with President Hu Jintao with a fuzzy bottom line about what the US will agree to at December’s international climate change summit in Copenhagen. As the two leaders prepare to talk today, the chances of the US passing climate change legislation – the key to the US’ negotiating position at the summit – seem slim.