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China's Hydropower Push in the 12th Five-Year Program period (2011-2015) (part 4)

An official of Yunnan Provincem, China said that currently organizations and experts formerly involved in hydropower projects have met in Yunnan Province to discuss the current hydropower situation. They hope that the Chinese government will officially announce the resumption of hydropower projects. It's said that the Chinese central government is also trying to overcome prior obstructions.

Zhang Boting, deputy secretary-general of Chinese Society of Hydroelectric Engineering, says that in the 12th Five-year Plan (2011-2015), the starting capacity for hydroelectric output was cited as 70 million kilowatts, but in reality, the number is around 20 million kw, just 20% to 30% of the estimated figure.

China's Hydropower Push in the 12th Five-Year Program period (2011-2015) (part 3)

It's also said that hydropower (hydroelectric power generation) presents an ideal project for western China and other undeveloped areas in China, and a fitting goal for regional development. Combined with preferential policies for the western areas included in the 12th Five-year Plan (2011 - 2015), the western China is expected to experience an economic boom.

Tibet's Zangmu Dam, which was built for hydroelectric power production, was completed on November 12, 2010. Chinese experts anticipate Qinghai and Tibet provinces to be primary sites of hydroelectric development in the future. A Qinghai Province official has confirmed that the Chinese central government has promised opportunities for local hydroelectric development.

China's Hydropower Push in the 12th Five-Year Program period (2011-2015) (part 2)

Due to the unique geographic location and rich natural resources, Nujiang is a perfect place and has been keen to develop hydropower for nearly ten years. At present, small or medium-sized hydropower projects line the rivers in the Nujiang Lìsu Autonomous Prefecture. As we know from the statistics, there are more than 80 new hydropower (hydroelectric power generation) projects currently under construction and 44 completed hydroelectric power generation projects.

The total investment amounts in this area to about RMB 3.46 billion yuan (about US$52 million). The development of Nujiang is back on track after years of controversy.

Exclusive Interview with EUROBAT: The battery industry's view on the electrification of cars (part 9)

Westgeest: Internationally, there is a lot of good standardisation work being done for battery management systems and battery cells. For example, IEC for batteries and ISO are collaborating for a joint memorandum on batteries. But the big discussions are around charging protocols and connectors. CENELEC will not set all the standards. It only looks at what needs to be done on European level to help implement the global standards in Europe. 

Exclusive Interview with EUROBAT: The battery industry's view on the electrification of cars (part 8) If you would be asked to formulate a global action plan for a rapid introduction of electric vehicles, what would be your top 3 points on the agenda?

Westgeest: First of all, we need security, in terms of regulations, policy AND investment. Stop-and-go policies and investments that fluctuate with short-term funding will not create a sustainable EV eco-system. The market needs a stable incentive system.

Secondly, we need to educate consumers and raise awareness about the importance of EVs in regards to environment and sustainability.

Exclusive Interview with EUROBAT: The battery industry's view on the electrification of cars (part 7) What are the key areas in battery technology that still need development and improvement from your point of view?

Westgeest: Innovation is needed in Battery Management Systems (BMS) and cell technologies. As I said, there is room for new comers who offer innovation in these fields. They could quickly grab the attention of the market or be swallowed by the bigger companies, but nonetheless BMS and new cell technologies offer opportunities. How do you evaluate the Chinese competition in the market?

Westgeest: The advantage of the Chinese competition is that they have less incumbent systems and China is important to help create the market. But in Europe, we need to stick to reliant and safe products . It is important that Europe holds on to our high level of safety. It is extremely important that the technology is solid.


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