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Japanese and American academics discuss Asian environmentalism

LOS ANGELES — Scholars from Japan and the United States analyzed the history of Asian Buddhist environmental advocacy at the University of Southern California East Asian Library on September 6, 2013. The 2013 Joint Symposium on Buddhist Environmentalism was co-sponsored by the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP), the Asia Society Southern California and USC Center for Japanese Religions and...

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Japan to promote renewable energy through Next-Generation Energy Parks

Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has authorized eight new plans for Next-Generation Energy Parks which will be used to promote renewable energy in the country. The eight newly approved plans for building Next-Generation Energy Parks are in line with Japan’s goal of developing public understanding and awareness of future energy use that is in harmony with the glo...

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Alstom completes largest hydropower industrial site in China

French conglomerate Alstom has just completed its largest hydropower industrial site in Tianjin, China, allowing the conglomerate to answer not only hydropower needs of the country but also of the Asian region.The facility, which was just inaugurated, represents a $133 million investment from Alstom. Spanning over 250,000 square meters, the facility houses around 2,000 Alstom employees in...

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Yingli supplies S.G.C.C. with 28 MW-worth of PV modules

Yingli Green Energy will be supplying 28 megawatts-worth of multicrystalline photovoltaic modules to one of the State Grid Corporation of China's solar projects. The 28 MW-worth of PV modules will be used to power the largest of the three solar projects that the S.G.C.C. is developing in Zhangbei County, Hebei Province. The PV modules are expected to be delivered in the fourth quarter of this year...

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Panasonic’s 300 MW solar module factory in Malaysia, operational

Panasonic Corporation’s solar module manufacturing factory in Malaysia has begun operations, enabling the company to better meet solar demands. Panasonic’s solar module manufacturing factory, located in Kulim Hi-Tech Park, Kedah, Malaysia, has an annual production capacity of 300 megawatts. The factory will be devoted to producing Panasonic’s heterojunction with intrinsic thin layer photovoltaic module, or HIT,...

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A.D.B., Indonesia links transmission line with Malaysia for hydropower

The Asian Development Bank will be providing a $49.5 million loan for the construction of a cross-border power transmission that will bring hydropower from Malaysia to Indonesia. The loan provided by A.D.B. will be used to finance a 145-kilometer distribution line, distribution feeder extension, and a new substation that will be built to improve the reliability of power in West Kalimantan, Indonesia. Additionally,...

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Smith Electric Vehicles forms J.V. to bring E.V. fleets to Taiwan

Global electric vehicle producer Smith Electric Vehicles and Taiwanese commercial vehicle manufacturer Taikang Technology Corporation have signed a letter of intent to form a joint venture to produce and distribute vehicles. Smith Electric and Taikang Technology Corporation will enter into a definitive licensing agreement which will see the assembly and distribution of all-electric vehicles in Taiwan. The J.V. will...

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China to reap opportunities from investing billions in clean technologies

China’s plans to invest billions of dollars in clean technologies will provide the country with a multitude of opportunities. China plans to invest 1.8 trillion yuan, or $294 billion, on renewable energy, and an additional 2.3 trillion yuan, or $375 billion, on energy efficiency during the current 12th Five-Year Plan (see related story). A Chinese energy analyst has said that this will present a lot of opportunities for the country,...

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Yingli Green Energy, L&H Group sign agreement to distribute solar modules in Australia and New Zealand

China’s Yingli Green Energy Holding Company is expanding its footprint in the Australian and New Zealand solar market. Yingli Green Energy has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Yingli Green Energy Australia Pty Ltd., has entered into a sales framework agreement with L&H Solar + Solutions, a subsidiary of L&H Group, the largest electrical wholesaler in Australia and New Zealand. “This agreement...

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China's air pollution “severe” for first half of 2013

The air in several Chinese cities and provinces was reportedly heavily polluted in the first half of 2013. Among the cities and provinces that are suffering from heavy air pollution in the first half of the year are Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei, according to the Ministry of Environmental Protection, reported the Shanghai Daily. “The air pollution situation in Chinese cities is severe,” said the...

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