Chinese investors go green
Alternative energy is actively being developed all over the world. The growth rate of investments in renewables is promising and leading among other industries.According to the International Energy Agency report, the rapid development of solar power is substituting the coal production. Over the past year, solar power plants generated 74 gigawatts of energy which is 17 gigawatts more energy comparing to the amount produced at coal-fired power plants. China is one of the leaders in this area. China produces 50% of the world’s renewable energy. The country intends to develop this industry in Kazakhstan. Chinese investors will build a solar power plant with a capacity of 100 megawatts in the Otyrar district of the South Kazakhstan region and activate the production of solar panels. Businessmen plan to invest approximately US$200 million. Chinese experts say that such projects are highly recouped.
LIU XUN ZHAO, MANAGER, DUNHUANG HOTEL:
- Geographical features of the Gansu region are ideal for the production of alternative energy. The day is long and the night is short. There is a lot of sunshine. We reduced the cost of heating by using solar energy. We invested 3 million yuan into the project. If everything goes according to plan, the expenses will be recouped in three years.
In the next three years, China plans to invest US$366 billion in green energy. The country is confident that this is a requirement of the present, not of the future. The evidence for this is China’s active participation in EXPO 2017 in Astana.
WANG JINZHEN, CHINA COUNCIL FOR PROMOTION OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE:
- At the expo in Astana, leading Chinese companies in areas of solar, wind and hydro powers shared their achievements. During the exhibition, more than 400 different events were held. As a result, we signed approximately 70 joint agreements and a memorandum of cooperation.
The opportunities of Southern Kazakhstan are attractive for German investors. The German Institute of Solar Systems intends to finance a project for the production of gel facilities. Green devices can provide clean energy to remote villages or farms. The plant will be built in Shymkent. Several projects will be implemented based on the South Kazakhstan State University in order to increase the efficiency of biogas and to catch associated gases in mining, metallurgical and petroleum industries.
ZHUMAKHAN MYRKHALYKOV, DEAN, AUEZOV SOUTH KAZAKHSTAN STATE UNIVERSITY
- With each ton of produced oil 50 cubic meters of gas is released. If these gases are assembled and recycled into energy, it is possible to yield 30% of the energy consumption. We have started the design of the project with foreign colleagues.
Pavlodar will improve the wind generators based on the experience of Germany and Turkey as well as the production of Polish blue coal.
GAUKHAR AKHMETOVA, DEAN, TORAIGYROV PAVLODAR STATE UNIVERSITY:
- The blue coal technology belongs to Poland. We are trying to implement it at the Ekibastuz coal basin and the Pavlodar Mayor’s office supports this.
Аccording to experts, the use of renewables in Kazakhstan will increase. There are quite objective reasons for this like the climatic features of the regions that are suitable for development of all types of renewables.