Non-fossil fuels now account for 17.6% of China’s total energy supply. This is 6% higher than 5 years ago. China’s installed electric power generation capacity is about 1.8 billion kilowatts, and non-fossil fuel generation capacity accounts for 38% of the total. China plans to cap its coal-fired power capacity at 1,000 gigawatts in 2020. Non-fossil fuel is likely to account for half of the country’s total electric power generation by 2030.

A massive lithium deposit has been found in China’s Sichuan province.  Lithium is a rare earth metal that is used in batteries and is especially important for electric car batteries. The Institute of Multipurpose Utilization of Mineral Resources reported the 519,500 ton deposit was found at Keeryin Ore Concentration Area, Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture. More than 2,000 tons of rubidium were also detected in the area. With a large electric car industry developing, China currently imports 70% of its lithium. The China Industrial Association of Power Sources predicts global lithium demand will increase to 1 million tons in 2026 from 189,000 tons in 2016, primarily driven by the switch to electric vehicles.

China expects to sell between 700,000 and 1 million “new energy” or alternative energy vehicles in 2018, according to the Society of Automotive Engineers. A “new energy” vehicle is one that does not require gasoline or diesel to propel it, such as electricity, hydrogen, or renewable biofuels.

This week we learn how a molten salt nuclear reactor works, the pros and cons of fossil fuels, the pros and cons of wind power, the pros and cons of solar power, the pros and cons of geothermal, the pros and cons of nuclear energy, and the pros and cons of hydro power.

Do you want to know where your electricity comes from? This real-time electricity map shows the sources of electricity for several countries in the world.

In the 3rd quarter of this year, renewable energy accounted for 30% of the UK electricity production. Together low carbon energy (nuclear, wind and solar) generated 54% of the nation’s electricity according to government statistics. The increase in renewables was attributed to increased wind capacity as well as higher wind speeds in recent months.

Renewable energy will account for 33% of Germany’s total electricity usage this year, up from 29% last year. The data comes from the German Association of Energy and Water Industries. The use of coal fell from 40.3% of total electric production last year to 37% this year.

 

 

 

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