What’s the future of solar energy and wind energy in China?

Should China set up solar thermal farms in the Gobi desert? I believe renewable energy can help clean up China’s dirty skies. What do you think?

6 thoughts on “What’s the future of solar energy and wind energy in China?”

  1. China’s leaders are irresponsible and its unlikely they’ll abandon the coal fired plants they bring on line every month. They should clean up their dirty human rights practices.

  2. China has the fastest growing renewable energy market in the world. Also the fastest growing coal industry, but thats what they get for making everyone elses junk to export.

  3. I am speaking to you as an Electrical Engineer with years of experience in the power industry. Solar, wind, tidal, geothermal, seismic, and other forms of power are not quite there yet technologically to be a feasible and viable solution to meet current energy demands. Much of the wind hype lately has been largely politically focused as politicians scramble to appease the green vote.

    I was at a renewable energy symposium this year where they looked at how things have improved. They have come a long way but if you look at how much it costs (money and pollution) to produce a wind turbine/solar panel and how much you get out of it, it’s really about breaking even at this point for wind and not even close yet for solar.

    Power companies are obligated to have outages that do not exceed a certain percentage of time per year and when the renewable resource power generation begins to take over the reliable methods of generation we have been using for years we see the reliability of this power go drastically down. Now if citizens were more energy conscious and were ‘ok’ with blackouts at night and other strict constraints then perhaps it would be a viable solution but people at the moment do not want their power usage dictated to them.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for renewable energy and they ARE making breakthroughs every single day that will eventually revolutionize the power generation industry but that will not be for some time.

  4. I was watching a documentary and some australians are investing in massive wind farms in china. have no idea about solar power. it is good, except solar panels are quite expensive. arabians built a solar village somewhere and its now abandoned.

  5. very soon, you’ll see both China and India get into renewable energy.
    it’ll happen when it becomes obvious that the Himalayan glaciers are melting, and will no longer supply water year round as they do now. faced with the prospect of no water, you’ll see renewable proliferation like nobody’s business.

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