Energy


China's coal strategy hits importers and consumers, data show

China coal strategy hits importers and consumers, data show

(ATF) China will remain heavily dependent on coal despite its environmental goals, while consumer prices will stay high due to its unofficial ban on imports from Australia, reports indicate.The country’s official production outlook envisages growth for the next five years, despite China’s commitment to have the nation’s carbon emission peaking …

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China faces challenge as Europe energises EV market

China faces challenge as Europe energises EV market

(ATF) Car sales in China surged in March – powered by a jump in demand for electric vehicles (EVs) - as the world's biggest car market leads the recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.Sales reached 2.53 million vehicles in March, up 74.9% year-on-year, data from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers …

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Aussie oil refinery closures could play into Beijing's hands

Aussie oil refinery closures could play into Beijing's hands

(ATF) Natural resource-rich Australia, the world’s largest producer of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and the largest coal and uranium exporter, has found itself in yet another energy bind.The country has experienced natural gas pains due to it exporting the fuel, while leaving little for its domestic market. This prompted a …

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China rolls out blueprint for high-tech rail – and space solar power farm 

China rolls out blueprint for high-tech rail – and space solar power farm 

(ATF) China has rolled out a ‘business card’ for the nation’s massive national infrastructure plan – and its high-speed rail network appears top of its list. The latest data shows that the total extent of China's high-speed rail network has exceeds 30,000km, accounting for more than 60% of the world's …

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China adds record wind power capacity as subsidies phased out

China adds record wind power capacity as subsidies phased out

(ATF) China installed more than 50 gigawatts (GW) of wind power in 2020, a new report said, cementing its place as a world leader in renewable energy despite falling government subsidies.The nation added 52GW of new generation last year – double the amount in 2019 and about 70% of the …

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Fukushima re-invents itself as a green hydrogen leader

Fukushima re-invents itself as a green hydrogen leader

(ATF) Japan’s Fukushima prefecture is re-branding itself from a textbook example of what can go wrong with nuclear power to becoming a renewables and even green hydrogen leader.March 11 marked the 10th anniversary of the record breaking 9.1 magnitude earthquake off Japan, the fourth largest globally since at least 1900, …

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Japanese-Australian venture extracts hydrogen from 'dirty' coal

Japanese-Australian venture extracts hydrogen from 'dirty' coal

(ATF) Australia's brown coal reserves are being used to produce hydrogen in a joint venture with a Japanese company to prove the liquefied gas can be exported safely, the project sponsors said on March 12.Japan's Kawasaki Heavy Industries is running the $387 million pilot project with government support from both …

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China to speed up reform of SOEs, plus energy and railway sectors

China to speed up reform of SOEs, plus energy and railway sectors

(ATF) This year China aims to complete 70% of its three-year plan for market-oriented reforms of state enterprises, and to ramp up reforms in the energy and railway sectors, officials said during the 'Two Sessions'.The 'Two Sessions' – annual gatherings of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) and the …

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India’s green hydrogen cost parity could be less than a decade away

India’s green hydrogen-fossil fuel cost parity could be less than a decade away

(ATF) India’s latest clean hydrogen move came late last week when Dublin-based Fusion Fuel Green Plc, a green hydrogen tech company, signed a memorandum of understanding with Indian engineering, procurement and construction heavyweight BGR Energy Systems to develop projects in India.The two companies’ first project will include a demonstrator plant …

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Biden sends warning to China on chips and rare earths

Biden sends warning to China on chips and rare earths

(ATF) President Biden sent an effective warning to China on Wednesday February 24 as he signed an executive order for a review of supply chains that will cover semiconductor chips and rare earths.Biden signed the executive order after a meeting with both Democratic and Republican politicians that he hailed as …

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