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Azure International is a leading investment and advisory company focused on China's cleantech energy sector. Founded in 2003, we have a team of 20+ local and international professionals based in China with backgrounds in engineering, marketing, manufacturing, consulting, policy, government relations and finance. In addition to deep advisory capabilities in renewable energy, energy efficiency, carbon management, and energy finance, we have proven capability to invest in and accelerate the development of clean energy companies.  Our portfolio and partner companies have achieved both significant commercial success and returns to investors. Azure provides the necessary expertise and execution capabilities in China to lead relationship development with government and strategic partners, project execution, sourcing, sales and technology development – all with deep understanding of Chinese and international requirements.

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Energy Efficiency – MIIT and NEA release green data center pilot plans: On March 23, the NEA and MIIT released a comprehensive pilot program plan for developing green data centers in China. Building upon earlier policy releases, this plan calls for China to strengthen its support of technological innovation, technical evaluation and standards development. Specifically, by 2017 the plan calls for 100 green data center pilots with energy consumption at least 8% lower than the current national average. These projects will be supported by four new technology standards and lead to over 40 best practice guidelines. The policy also explicitly calls for greater international cooperation. In recent years, China has developed over 400,000 data centers comprising more than 1.5% of national electricity consumption. China’s data centers lag behind other countries with an average power usage efficiciency (PUE) of 2.2, compared to the U.S. average of 1.9 and best of class projects' average of 1.2. (MIIT CN)
 
Electric Vehicles – MIIT releases new guidelines for EV battery manufacturers: On March 24, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology released a finalized version of regulations for China’s EV battery manufacturing industry. The stated goal of this policy is to

ensure the healthy  development of the industry. Similar to the lithium ion battery scoping suggestions released in December, this policy seeks to control the industry through scale requirements:

  • Lithium ion >200 million Wh per year production capacity
  • NiMH >100 million Wh per year production capacity
  • Supercapacitor >5 million Wh per year production capacity
  • Battery system > 10,000 packs or 200 million Wh

 
The policy also lays out conditions regarding employment, manufacturing conditions and battery testing. Similar to other recent releases by the MIIT regarding China’s battery industry, the major, unstated goal of this policy is to drive industry consolidation to eliminate what the MIIT finds to be “an excessive number” of producers. While the policy will result in the closure of many smaller, inefficient producers, it will also impact early stage, innovative battery manufacturers. This could undermine domestic battery innovation. (MIIT CN)
 
Renewable Energy – Microgrid project designed by Goldwind begins operation in Jiangsu: On March 26, the Jiangsu Dafeng Smart Microgrid project successfully sent electricity into China’s grid. The project, which began construction in September 2014, consists of one 2.0 MW low speed wind turbine, one 100 kW wind turbine, a 96 kW ground mounted PV system and a 200kW/600kWh lead-carbon energy storage system. China has a policy goal of installing 30 microgrids by the end of 2015. Thus far, lead carbon battery systems, usually from Narada Power, have been the dominant energy storage technology choice.  (WindHR CN)
 
Electric Vehicles – XALT Energy announces lithium battery supply agreement with Chinese bus manufacturer: On March 24, US-based XALT Energy (previously called Dow Kokam) signed an exclusive global agreement with Hybrid Kinetic Group (HK Group) to supply lithium titanate (LTO) batteries for pure electric buses in China. The multi-year contract is valued at more than US$ 1 billion. The HK Group will use 86-100 kWh per bus. XALT’s fast-charging LTO batteries are more robust and longer lasting than competing Chinese LFP technologies. They will likely be competing against LTO manufacturer Microvast, who also owns electric bus manufacturer Hengtong Bus.  (AltEnergyMag EN)
 
Wind – China Longyuan Power Group on pace to become world’s largest wind power operator in 2015: China Longyuan Power Group, the nation’s largest wind-farm developer reported a 25% increase in yearly profits in 2014. Net income reached RMB 2.56 billion up 25% from RMB 2.05 billion in 2014 while net sales dropped 4.9% to RMB 18.2 billion. Longyuan stated that 2014 laid down a “solid foundation for us to become the world’s largest wind power operator in 2015.” (Bloomberg EN)

 

Outbound - China's Hanergy to invest US$ 1 billion in solar plant in Ghana: At a rencent conference Ghana, the Chinese Embassy's Charge d'Affaires Zhou Youbin announced that the Hanergy Group will invest US$ 1 billion to build a 400 MW solar plant in Ghana. (ChinaDaily EN)

 
Outbound – CGN subsidiary in talks to buy Brazil wind farm assets: According to Bloomberg, CGN Meiya Power Holdings is in talks to invest US$ 638 million to acquire a total of 392 MW in wind capacity. There are currently no Chinese companies developing or operating wind projects in Braziil. (Bloomberg EN


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