UK regulators complete initial nuclear reactor design scrutiny

It is part of a process that assesses the acceptability of safety, security and environment protection

Solar firms threaten legal action against EU-China deal

European solar manufacturers said they plan on filing a lawsuit against the agreement reached between the EU and China over the trade dispute. Solar panel manufacturer association EU ProSun, which represents around 40 firms, said it would go to the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg to challenge the deal. The new proposal sets a […]

China to invest ¥12.8bn on shale gas exploration

Businesses in China are set to invest around ¥12.8 billion (£1.3bn) for shale gas exploration in the country. A total of 16 firms have been awarded exploration rights on 19 shale gas areas to search and develop the “blocks” in the next three years, according to the Chinese Ministry of Land and Resources. The news […]

Chinese prefer Europe to US when it comes to green investment

Chinese companies consider Europe a more attractive place for renewable energy investment than North America. New research claims almost 80% of Chinese investors, debt and service providers and government agencies surveyed said they plan to invest or take over firms in Europe in the next 18 months and only 54% plan the same in the […]

First electric minicabs roll-out in London

London is set to have its first fleet of electric minicabs rolled out next year. Chinese car manufacturer BYD will supply GreenTomatoCars with 50 of its all-electric vehicles for trail use in London as part of a new agreement. Known as zero-direct-emission EVs,  they emits no harmful toxic emissions or greenhouse gases directly. Mayor of […]

Siemens pulls out of solar business

Siemens has announced it plans to sell its loss-making solar business after a fall in profits. The German firm said due to “changed regulations, lower growth and strong price pressure in solar markets, the company’s solar energy activities have not been met”. It intends to focus its renewable energy activities on wind and hydropower instead […]

Buy solar cells at an IKEA store

Buying solar panels couldn’t get any easier as you will soon be able to purchase them at your nearest IKEA store. The Swedish firm will be stocking the thin-film solar system along with a homeowner service package, which includes a full site survey, installation, fitting and a guarantee. Hanergy Holding Group Limited, a Chinese firm […]

Solar dumping allegations “unfair”

Chinese firms have hit back at claims they’re underselling solar panels. The issue was raised by EU companies who made a complaint about Chinese solar producers selling panels below market value in Europe, a practice called “solar dumping”. The European Commission made an announcement yesterday to launch an investigation into it. China’s JinkoSolar Holding said […]

Public outcry pushes China to release stricter air pollution standards

The Beijing City Government is soon to release the results for stricter air pollution standards, according to the Chinese media. This follows a public outcry about Chinese officials underestimating the extent of smoke and fog that often blankets the capital. Under the stricter standards, Beijing’s government will monitor the smaller air particles, 2.5 micrometers in […]

US unions call for Obama to act on Chinese solar trade

US steelworkers have backed Congress members who have called for protection from the Chinese clean energy sector. The letter to President Obama sent by 59 Congressmen focuses on a recent trade case filed by the US solar energy industry against Chinese imports. The letter confronts what it calls China’s predatory, protectionist and illegal trade practices […]