China Set to Become Renewable Superpower

January 13, 2019

Above, General Richard Zilmer was formerly Commander of US Forces in Anbar Province, Iraq.
Now retired, he warns that the US is abdicating leadership in global energy technology.

Dominic Dudley in Forbes:

The continuing growth in renewable energy around the world is set to boost the power of China while undermining the influence of major oil exporters such as Russia and Middle East states like Saudi Arabia, according to a new report on the geopolitical implications of the changing energy landscape.

With a leading position in renewable energy output as well as in related technologies such as electric vehicles, Beijing now finds itself in an influential position which other countries may struggle to counter.

“No country has put itself in a better position to become the world’s renewable energy superpower than China,” says the report, which was issued by the Global Commission on the Geopolitics of Energy Transformation – a group chaired by a former president of Iceland, Olafur Grimsson.

While the changes promise to democratize the provision of energy, not all countries will fare equally well in the new landscape.

The report points out that China has taken a lead in renewable energy and is now the world’s largest producer, exporter and installer of solar panels, wind turbines, batteries and electric vehicles.

China also has a clear lead in terms of the underlying technology, with well over 150,000 renewable energy patents as of 2016, 29% of the global total. The next closest country is the U.S., which had a little over 100,000 patents, with Japan and the E.U. having closer to 75,000 patents each.

While not all patents are useful or valuable, these figures give an indication of how much investment different countries have been putting into the industry. By contrast, major oil exporters such as Russia, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia had negligible numbers of renewable energy patents.



21 Responses to “China Set to Become Renewable Superpower”

  1. Sir Charles Says:

    Now there should be a reason for calling out for the Climate Crisis.

  2. J4Zonian Says:

    [The first part I’ll leave out because it’s just utterly ridiculous corporate coal sludge, doing what the Republicans do so well–naming things to mislead]

    “…coal, fossil fuels, and petroleum…” [OK let’s let that slide–everybody says some dumb things when speaking] “will not be able (x2) to meet the growing global demands by the turn of the century…”

    1. Assumes more of the same: warlord capitalism, inequality, the continued extravagance of the rich, plus current trends of others following the example of the rich and using ever more. Maybe, but if we try, we’re much more likely to fail to replace coal, fossil fuels (and nukes and gas) with clean safe renewable energy. That probably can’t be done in time without emphasizing efficiency and wiser lives, which necessarily means equality and a damn sight more psychological health.

    2. “Turn of the century”? Is everybody in the US on anti-anxiety and anti-depression meds? The transition needs to happen in the next 7 years. And those who want civilization and the rest of nature to survive have to do what it takes to make it happen.

    • dumboldguy Says:

      Not bad, Jeffy, especially the parts about “coal sludge talk” and everyone BS-ing about the “turn of the century” when we have only 7 (or 5, or 10) years left to take serious action.

      Chucky gives us a “look what I found, aren’t I clever?” chart, as usual not really understanding what it means. (And what is 24=14? A reference to a passage in Matthew? Some clever arithmetic?)

      Here’s some “alternate” math for Chucky to contemplate.

      $35,000 x 7,500,000 = $262,500,000,000

      That’s the average price of a new motor vehicle in the U.S. in 2017 multiplied by the number sold in 2017 to get the total of $262.5 billion “invested” in one year in motor vehicles, most of them ICE.

      Compare that to the $133 billion invested by China in RE in 2017 and the $57 billion invested by the U.S.—–total of $190 billion. Add Europe’s $57 billion to get up to $247 billion. Add Japan’s $23 billion and you get $270 billion invested in RE by the top four worldwide, and that total barely exceeds the amount spent on freaking CARS in the U.S. that year(!!!!)

      Americans spent $70 billion each year on PETS as well, and maybe it’s time to bring up the stats on projected air conditioning increases around the world. Chucky should start looking for some numbers to show us that mean something (or better, ask someone who passed 5th. grade math to point them out to him).

      • Sir Charles Says:

        Where are you getting your numbers from, grumpo? Right out of your butt to suit your calculation? There were way more cars sold in the US in 2017. Trucks and SUVs now account for two-thirds of the market.

        BTW, 1 4 = 2 4 means get rid of the second “for” in the sentence above (typo).

        You need to strengthen you fantasy, grumpo, if you wanna keep up with my posts. The average household expenditure for transport is a multiple of that for electricity. Therefore you’re comparing apples with oranges.

        Energy-Related Carbon Dioxide Emissions by Sector (MMtCO2), 2000–2016

        • Sir Charles Says:

          BTW, China is also world’s top market for EVs. The country has introduced world’s most stringent emission regulations for vehicles.

        • dumboldguy Says:

          Baiting a low IQ narcissist to show his stupidity is easier than shooting fish in a barrel—-look at Chucky floating on the surface with all those holes in him. All one has to do is make a deliberate misstatement to get him all motivated to strike back. Shades of Trump and just as stupid!

          Yep, Chucky is correct in that I left off the 1 in 17,500,000, and he took the bait. So let’s now correct the rest of my math:

          $35,000 x 17,500,000,000 = $612,500,000,000 Which is $350 BILLION MORE than the original figure and MORE than what the top FIVE in his chart spent in the last TWO years. So, my original point is even more shocking.

          And lets add the $117 billion lost on gambling, the $100 billion spent on illegal drugs, and $72 billion spent on alcohol each year in the U.S.—–that’s a total of $289 BILLION, also more than the $285 billion spent on RE by the top five last year.

          To make Jeffy4Z happy, let’s add the $433 billion lost in wasted energy and the $165 billion lost on wasted food each year—-That’s $600 BILLION there, which, like the $$$ spent on cars, dwarfs the “investment” in RE.

          So, Chucky needs to get HIS head out of HIS butt and get someone to explain my “calculations” to him. He likely won’t bother—narcissism and all that.

          “BTW, 1 4 = 2 4 means get rid of the second “for” in the sentence above (typo).”
          WHAT sentence above, Chucky? Hallucinating again?

          And thanks for the laugh of the day; “You need to strengthen you (sic) fantasy, grumpo, if you wanna keep up with my posts”. BWA-HA-HA! “Keeping up” with Chucky’s posts requires one to do no more than get on the ground and crawl on hands and knees (slowly).

          Proving my point yet again, Chucky finishes with a meaningless and irrelevant graph about something he doesn’t understand and offers a feeble “apples and oranges”—–BWA-HA-HA again!

          • Sir Charles Says:

            Plus your electricity bill is a lot of money, grumpo. Don’t get too sic[k].


          • dumboldguy Says:

            The fish simply refuses to acknowledge that he’s been had, and YET AGAIN makes some feeble comment and posts a pretty graphic. Time to fire more shots into the barrel.

            First, any projection that goes out to 2040 is highly questionable, since the world will be in chaos by then.

            Second, yes, it looks like China has big plans to go with solar and wind. Good.

            Third, Chucky picked this graphic out of 6 or 8 in the link, and he skipped over the VERY FIRST ONE, which shows that China will be generating MORE electricity from coal in 2040 than it does today. How can that be? Simple, the second graphic (also skipped by Chucky) says that by 2040 the average Chinese household will consume nearly TWICE as much electricity—-that’s GROWTH due to changing expectations and lifestyles even if the population stabilizes.

            Fourth, and not unsurprisingly, Chucky failed to see the numbers in the center of the bullseye that show the NON-decline of coal (or maybe he just can’t do the simple math).

            2016 58% of 1625 = 942.5 GW from coal
            2040 32% of 3188 = 1020 GW from coal

            So, although a lot of RE MAY be deployed in China by 2040, it’s coal use (and CO2 emissions therefrom) will increase a bit. Kind of takes the edge off the good news.

          • Sir Charles Says:

            China’s coal consumption did already peak.

          • dumboldguy Says:

            No, no, no! You’re missing the point AGAIN! Try to figure it out on your own—-I’m busy right now, but will be back to see if you’ve gotten any smarter..

          • dumboldguy Says:

            No comment from the troll who can’t resist commenting. Or maybe he DID try to figure it out but was once again stymied by the fifth-grade math needed to interpret the graph. So, yet another science and math lesson from DOG—-once a teacher, always a teacher.

            This is another of the graphics from the link:

            Once again, there IS good news in that link, provided we can just blindly accept projections that go 21 years out to 2040 and ignore all the other problems China faces.. It looks like RE is going to grow nicely in China, but some of the other graphs raise the question of what’s going to happen with coal—–I pointed this out in other comments, particularly the very first graph there, which Chucky skipped over because it didn’t suit him.

            The yellow line shows a drop in %-age of coal in the energy mix from 72% to 60% over a span of 8 years—-project that out until it gets to ZERO coal (a 12% drop every 8 years for 40 years and that takes us to 2059). (DO realize, Chucky, that the Y axis for the yellow line starts at 54%).

            Just because the bars for 2012 and 2013 are higher than those before and after doesn’t mean “China’s coal consumption has already peaked”, Chucky. Production is actually now showing an upward trend, and the trend for consumption has flattened and turned very slightly upward. Hardly enough change to matter, and, as pointed out, other data from the link shows at best very slow decline of coal.

  3. indy222 Says:

    The problem with these “pumper” pieces, is that the give the impression of a landslide movement towards solar and wind, and the demise of fossil fuels… and therefore the real danger for us all – COMPLACENCY. If only it were true! China has already OVERbuilt it’s solar PV capacity and is paying the price. Curtailment costs to solar and wind are highest in the world. Their solar PV companies are predicted to be operating at a loss this year and next. China’s cut it’s projected deployment of solar PV to 30% below 2018’s level for 2019, and then leaving it there for 2020. Fossil fuels, horrid though they are, still provide power at the characteristics required by the existing grid

  4. indy222 Says:

    We, China, and everyone, will continue to do ONLY what is profitable, and what promotes economic growth. And that is the mindset that will “kill us all”, in the words of Sarah Connor. Yean, the mix of solar and wind will someday creep upwards from the measly 13% it has occupied for decades. It doesn’t really move the needle as long as we hold to this cancerous mindset.

  5. rhymeswithgoalie Says:

    C’mon everybody! We have to invade China and take their…wind farms… and solar farms….

    Hmm… It was so much more straightforward with oil.

  6. Sir Charles Says:

    What are the tariffs for LNG from the US to China?

    Click to access ChinaOutlooklaunch.pdf

  7. sandomina Says:

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