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China Ramps Up Geothermal Energy Plan

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April 22, 2011
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China has announced plans to increase its proportion of geothermal-generated power over the next five years. Already the world's largest consumer of geothermal energy, China has set a target of 1.7 percent of total energy use from geothermal sources.


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Thailand Climate Protection Through Energy Efficiency

Thailand Climate Protection Through Energy Efficiency

Deutsche Welle (Mar. 13, 2012) — Thailand needs ever more energy for its industry. It already imports up to 10 percent of its electricity. The growth of industry is bringing a sharp rise in greenhouse gas emissions. Now a German-Thai project funded by the International Climate Protection Initiative is working for a more efficient use of energy, thereby contributing to climate protection.The Thai government has a long-term goal of "Low-Carbon Industry". It is collaborating with Germany in the umbrella organization "Energy Efficiency for Small and Medium Enterprises" on several pilot energy-efficiency projects in small and mid-sized companies. The Environment Ministry holds consultations regularly. The aim is to cooperate with German experts and develop an "Energy Use and Climate Protection Plan" for Thailand's economy.
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China's Nuclear Development

China's Nuclear Development

Xinhua News Agency (Nov. 1, 2012) — China has made a major energy breakthrough, completing the second of three stages in its nuclear power development. According to the China Institute of Atomic Energy, the country has finished building its first experimental fast neutron reactor, which is expected to allow China to use its nuclear energy 60 times more efficiently.
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Iceland Proves Ideal for Carbon Neutral Data Center

Iceland Proves Ideal for Carbon Neutral Data Center

Reuters (Mar. 19, 2012) — With access to both geothermal and hydroelectric energy and a suitable climate for cooling, a carbon neutral data center is providing data services from an old NATO base in Iceland. The facility was officially opened in February but could be the first of many such centers to take advantage of Iceland's unique environment. Jim Drury reports.
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Studio Guest: Dr. Brigitte Knopf, Climate Scientist

Studio Guest: Dr. Brigitte Knopf, Climate Scientist

Deutsche Welle (Sep. 11, 2011) — Dr. Brigitte Knopf works for the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. She focuses on energy systems and their effect on the climate.DW-TV: Welcome to the program. Scientists from the Max-Plack-Institute suggest that wind energy is limited. What's your take on that?Brigitte Knopf: First of all it's fully correct that there is in principal a physical limit on the wind potential. But it's not relevant for energy supply for the whole world. So it's not relevant for today or for 2050 or even 2100. So nothing to worry about at the moment?Not that much, no.Would you agree that solar power is the renewable that has the most potential at the moment?At the moment yes, it has a big technical potential. But you also have to consider the costs and you have to compare the different technologies and what is less expensive.Most worldwide energy needs at the moment are still being met by carbon fuels: oil, natural gas, coal. Renewables now only cover 13% of energy needs. Only a tiny fraction
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