China's $536 Billion Environmental Protection Plan
China's government recently announced a set of goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 8 percent by 2015 in a blueprint expected to cost 3.4 trillion yuan ($536 billion). The plan will include raising the ration of non-fossil fuels as part of total energy use, lowering the ratio of coal and adding 42 million tons of daily sewage treatment capacity in the next three years.
The government's announcement comes amid growing public frustration regarding the country's deteriorating quality of air, soil and water supplies from the past 30 years of rapid economic growth and pollution. Millions of Chinese have vented online over raising health fears and cancelled flights due to the thick smog blanketing Beijing in the last month. Additional angst has grown over the government's falsely published data, showing that air quality is only slightly polluted while the smog remains visible and the US embassy's data ranks it as extremely unhealthy.
While companies and local authorities will mostly be expected to fund the investments, the government will provide support “depending on different circumstances,” it said in a statement on its website.
As part of a plan to move the world's largest energy using and polluting country toward a more energy independent, cleaner state, President Hu Jinatao has pledged to bolster sustainable economic growth.
“Boosting environmental protection is an important step in China’s move to shift its growth model,” said Wang Jun, a researcher with the government-backed China Center for International Economic Exchanges in Beijing, to Bloomberg. “Excessive infrastructure investment over the past years has been a key factor fueling China’s high inflation and also added to financial risks.”
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According to the listed projects in achieving the mandatory emission reduction targets, China will build at least 1,184 new sewage treatment plants with a daily capacity of treating 45.7 million tonnes of sewage, and equip thermal power plants with a total generating capacity of 400 million kW. Annual performance evaluations will be conducted by the central government to ensure goals are met. Underachievers will be held accountable, according to the State Council.
Sungrow links Europe's largest energy storage plant to grid
Europe's largest energy storage project, the 100MW/100MWh Minety plant featuring Sungrow's 1500V energy storage system solutions, has been successfully connected to the UK grid.
The UK experienced the most debilitating blackout in nearly a decade in August 2019. The incident exposed the serious lack of frequency regulation of the national grid and demonstrated that the construction of energy storage projects that can regulate the frequency of the grid in a timely fashion should be prioritised. The Minety project, which began at the end of 2019, considerably mitigates the problem and is designed for facilitating grid stability and maximising renewable energy utilisation.
Sungrow supplied both NCM and LFP battery energy storage system solutions featuring high integration, which minimise the footprint, slash the commissioning duration and significantly reduce the system cost by 5%. The solution well meets the latest UK frequency regulation requirement called dynamic containment - requesting the plant to respond to the power instruction of the grid within 1 second, making the project one of the rare 30% of the UK's storage plants equipped with this function.
"We are proud of being part of this landmark project, offering solutions with extreme efficiency and safety while in compliance with the stringent UK grid codes," said James Wu, Vice President of Sungrow, which shipped more than 800MWh of energy storage systems in 2020.
Battery storage capacity in the UK is likely to heavily increase as move towards operating a zero-carbon energy system. At the end of 2019 the GB battery storage capacity was 0.88GWh. National Grid forecasts it could be as high as 2.30GWh in 2025.
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