IEEE Power & Energy Magazine - September/October 2014 - 29

Adaptation, Mitigation, Innovation:
The Case of the Chinese PV Industry

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At the very beginning of this
year, news that heavy pollution containing
black carbon from Asia was drifting all the
way to the Pacific coast of the United states
made headlines in the news media. the
pollution cloud was attributed to Chinese
manufacturing. old-fashioned air pollution,
acid rain, and extreme weather events from
climate change are just three of the consequences of intensive fossil fuel burning.
the electric power industry is one of the
main sources of the carbon dioxide (Co2) and
other pollutants in China, where industry relies
heavily on coal as a primary resource for electricity generation. three-quarters of total electricity generated in China comes from coal,
according to the institute for energy research.
While the United states still far exceeds China
in per capita Co2 emissions, China is currently
the biggest overall emitter of greenhouse gases
in the world.
the electric power sector not only contributes to climate change but is also highly
vulnerable to changes in climate. Consider
freshwater supply, which is already scarce
in northern China and the American West.
hydropower in both countries is especially
vulnerable to reduced runoff from the
tibetan Plateau and the rocky Mountains,
respectively, but almost all other kinds of
power plants rely on water for cooling and
steam generation.
According to a new report from the intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, climate change may "influence the integrity and
reliability of pipelines and electricity grids"
and "require changes in design standards for
the construction and operation of pipelines

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Date of publication: 18 August 2014

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