Coal, Emissions, Renewables

China seeks Spanish support to develop renewable energy

25 July 2005 – China’s vice premier has urged the country to link with Spain to help meet its plans to increase renewable energy use from 7 per cent to 13 per cent by 2020.

Vice premier Zeng Peiyan, the China’s top economic planner, conveyed his plans to work with Spain to the Spanish Prime Minister, Jose Zapatero, on the final day of the leader’s tour of the Asian country.

The news came as the Spanish renewable company Acciona announced that one of its subsidiary’s was to supply 20 wind turbines to create a €21.8m ($26.3m) wind park in Inner Mongolia. Due to be completed in mid-2006, the 30 MW project will be the first time the company has supplied China with wind turbines.

Acciona also announced that it had signed a cooperation agreement with the Chinese state owned group, China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) that will see it provide renewable energy applications for the country’s aerospace industry. Furthermore, the agreement will see a pilot plant for biomass and biofuels constructed in the near future.

José Entrecanales, general manager of CASC, said that Acciona was “the first Spanish company to sign an agreement on this scale within the field of renewables.”

Acciona is currently constructing a third wind turbine manufacturing facility in China that will raise its production capacity in the country to over 1100 turbines per year.