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China targets 185GW from non-conventional sources by 2015

Posted: 27 May 2011     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:energy sources  power capacity  China power 

The generated power capacity of China's top four non-conventional energy sources will exceed 185GW by 2015, as that government prepares to expand the country's scope of energy industry programme under its 12th Five-Year Plan from 2011-2015.

According to a new report of CCID Consulting, the top four non-conventional energy sources for the current five-year period will be solar, wind, nuclear and biomass, which all saw continuous and rapid development and expansion under the previous 11th five-year plan that ended in 2010.

The CCID report said China's New Energy Industry Development Plan, now under review by the State council, also provided for the development and utilisation of new energy sources, such as clean coal, smart grid, coal bed methane, natural gas hydrate and other unconventional oil and natural gas resources.

According to the CCID Consulting report, China's new energy industry will see technological advancement, industrial structure optimisation and industrial upgrade along with a noticeable expansion in its size during the coming five years.

Of the top four non-conventional energy sources, CCID Consulting said that wind power will generate the highest power capacity of 130GW, followed by nuclear energy with 43GW, biomass with 7.2GW and solar power with five GW. No power projections for the new energy sources were mentioned in the report.

Wind power development will pay equal attention to quality and quantity during the 12th five-year period with an increase in both its installation capacity and in its wind power equipment manufacturing capacity, resulting in the expansion of industry size and sustaining its rapid development pace during the previous five-year period.

CCID Consulting said the projected 43GW nuclear power capacity in 2015 represented a four-fold jump from last year's recorded nuclear power generation installation capacity of only 10.8GW, further targeting a compounded annual growth rate of 30 per cent with the construction of nuclear power plants from coastal to inland areas.

The report said AP1000 III will be a mainstream technology for China's nuclear power industry and that the construction of nuclear plants will accelerate in Liaoning, Shandong, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Fujian, and other Eastern coastal provinces, at the same time as nuclear power projects will also be launched in Central inland provinces including Jiangxi, Hunan, Hubei and Anhui.

By focusing on highly-efficient and clean energy utilisation, the CCID Consulting report said biomass industry policies and standards will be improved, allowing biomass to be transformed into high-quality energy such as electricity, gas, and liquid fuels.

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