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1. China embraces the atom
By Frederick W Stakelbeck Jr
March 04, 2006
With domestic energy demand expected to increase steadily over the
next several decades and with a precipitous decline in domestic
production from existing oil and natural-gas fields, China finds
itself at an unavoidable "energy crossroads" that will define its
growth, influence and prosperity for years to come.
Recognizing the potential consequences associated with any protracted
energy shortage, Beijing has embraced nuclear power as a solution.
According to the China National Nuclear Corp (CNNC), the government
body responsible for much of the country's nuclear-power program,
China plans to invest US$48 billion to build 30 nuclear reactors by
2020. Currently, the country has nine reactors in operation with
another two under construction at a combined cost of $3.2 billion.
2. Let a Thousand Reactors Bloom
Explosive growth has made the People's Republic of China the most
power-hungry nation on earth. Get ready for the mass-produced,
meltdown-proof future of nuclear energy.
By Spencer Reiss
3. . China may halt production of liquefied coal: official
June 10, 2007
China, which is rich in coal but poor in petroleum and gas, may put an
end to projects which are designed to produce petroleum by liquefying
coal, an official with the country's top economic planning agency has
The consideration came after evaluation of the nation's limited energy
resources and its econological environment, a deputy director of the
industry department of the National Development and Reform Commission
(NDRC) told a seminar on China's fuel ethanol development, held in
Beijing on Saturday.
"Liquefied coal projects consume a lot of energy, though the
successful industrialization of liquefied coal could help reduce the
country's dependence on petroleum," said the official who declined to
The Chinese government said earlier it would invest more in developing
alternative energy resources including biomass fuel and liquefied coal
to substitute petroleum during the 11th Five-Year Program (2006-2010)
period, amid concerns over the country's growing dependence on
(more) ..... elsewhere I recall China's official abandonment of this
technology as it requires enormous amounts of water. Already scarce
water is more precious for human consumption and for agriculture.
4. Ban on use of corn for ethanol lauded
By Le Tian (China Daily)
Updated: 2007-06-22 06:47
China's policy not to use basic food crops, especially corn, to make
biofuel as a substitute for petroleum is a "sound decision", a Food
and Agriculture Organization (FAO) official said yesterday.
"Such a decision by such an important world player as China is likely
to accelerate the second-generation technology for production of
ethanol fuel from non-food crops - through conversion of biomass,"
Abdolreza Abbassian, Commodity Analyst and Secretary of FAO's
Intergovernmental Group for Grains, told China Daily.
The UN food body official's remarks came shortly after China imposed a
moratorium on projects making ethanol fuel from corn and other basic
food crops. The importance of corn in China's food economy has
prompted the government to ask companies to switch to non-basic food
products such as cassava, sweet potato and cellulose to make ethanol
"Food-based ethanol fuel will not be the direction for China," said Xu
Dingming, vice-director of the Office of the National Energy Leading
Group, at a seminar on China's ethanol fuel development in Beijing on
5. It goes without saying that China is charging ahead on all fronts
to develop hydroelectric power, wind farms, coal bed methane, solar
power and more I can't remember for the moment.