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January 24, 2014

Trina Solar’s smart module used in first US project

Trina Solar’s ‘Trinasmart’ PV module using Tigo Energy's optimizer technology has been deployed for the first time in the US. (PV Tech)
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January 23, 2014

China’s polluted air is changing the weather

A study funded by NASA, Texas A&M’s Supercomputing facilities, and the Ministry of Science and Technology of China has found that air pollution in China is affecting global weather patterns. (Futurity)
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January 23, 2014

Sinopec parent makes ‘strategic breakthrough’ in Sichuan shale

China Petrochemical Corp made a “strategic breakthrough” in shale gas exploration in southwest China’s Sichuan province. The company had a significant advance in shale gas exploration technologies, Chairman Fu Chengyu said in a statement on the company’s official microblog. The new technologies have been applied in the Sichuan project, Fu said, without elaborating. (Bloomberg)
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January 23, 2014

PetroChina delays operation of refineries on overcapacity

PetroChina has put off starting up two new refineries and delayed expansion of another to counter the threat of overcapacity as oil demand growth slows in the world's second largest oil consumer, a company official said on Thursday. (Reuters)
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January 23, 2014

Samsung SDI to build electric car battery factory in China

South Korea's Samsung SDI Co Ltd has signed a preliminary agreement to build an electric car battery factory in China by next year, in anticipation of a boom in a market backed by government subsidies. (Reuters)
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January 22, 2014

Beijing announces strict new curbs on heavy industry to combat smog

Beijing has banned new heavily polluting industrial plants and expansions of existing ones in the first local clean air act on the mainland aimed at tackling smog. New and expanded projects including oil refining, cement, coking, and steel will be banned. Regulations will take effect on March 1st. (South China Morning Post)
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January 22, 2014

China approves 12 more free trade zones

China's central government has given the nod to 12 free trade zones (FTZs) following the one in Shanghai, amid a spurt of nationwide enthusiasm for such schemes. Tianjin Municipality and Guangdong Province have been green-lit to set up zones. Zhejiang, Shandong, Liaoning, Henan, Fujian, Sichuan, Guangxi and Yunnan, cities including Suzhou, Wuxi and Hefei have all said that filing FTZ applications is high up their 2014 priority list. (Xinhua)
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January 22, 2014

China reforms Hydro-electricity prices

China on Wednesday said it would reform the price that power-grid operators pay to hydropower plants for electricity to encourage investment in the industry. The price reform is likely to mean a rise in the prices paid to hydropower generators. (Wall Street Journal)
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January 21, 2014

Air quality law in works to punish polluters

Shanghai will impose legal penalties on violators of the new air pollution alarm system which was issued last week. Zhang Quan, director of the Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau, said that under the new system, factories will be suspended and vehicles banned from the roads on severely polluted days. (Shanghai Daily)
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January 21, 2014

First Sino-German cooperation in low energy buildings built in Harbin

The first Sino-German low energy housing project in China was completed recently. Units will not have air conditioning, instead ground source heat pumps will achieve energy savings of 40-50% compared to conventional air conditioning systems. This system combined with a ceiling soft micro-radiation system will keep temperatures at 20-26 C throughout the year. (Energy World/China Green Building Net)
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