Welcome to Azure International

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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Smart Grid – NEA releases suggestions for microgrid demonstration project construction: On July 22, the National Energy Administration published a series of suggestions for pushing forward microgrid development in China. These suggestions are quite general, discussing the types of generation to be considered and the need to create repeatable development models. However, the policy does call for every province to develop 1-2 projects. It also provides sizing guidelines based on voltage levels in the technology qualifications attachment. Up till now, China has been slow in realizing its goal of 30 microgrids by 2015. However, this new policy calls for greater local government support and will likely inspire a new wave of technology demonstrations (over 50 based on the per province guidance), which will in turn create new opportunities for solar, energy storage, small-scale wind  and distributed natural gas generation technology suppliers. As many microgrid demonstrations to date have been funded by domestic innovation programs, it is not clear whether foreign companies will be able to participate in this new wave of microgrid development. (NEA CN)
 
Outbound – China State Grid to construct Brazil’s longest UHV line: On July 17, China State Grid won a concession to 
build a UHV line to

connect the Belo Monte Hydroelectric Plant to Brazil’s national grid. This UHV line will stretch 2500 km from the plant in northern Para state to Rio de Janeiro. China State Grid beat out Spanish Abengoa by offering the lowest transmission tariff. Unlike other Chinese overseas power projects, much of the financing will come from local banks, including up to 50% from BNDES, Brazil’s state development bank. Construction of this line will be particularly challenging as it crosses Brazil’s northern Amazon region. It has faced strong opposition from environmentalist groups and indigenous tribes. (Reuters EN)

 
Wind – Shunfeng International Clean Energy to abandon wind development pipeline: On July 17, Shunfeng announced that it will terminate its previously announced plans to purchase 8 wind farms with a total capacity of 723.5 MW. (SeeNews EN)
 
Wind – Chinese companies competing for 300 MW of wind projects in Argentina: Several Chinese firms, including PowerChina, HydroChina and China United Engineering Group, are making offers to expand the state-run Arauco Wind Farm by 300 MW. Development at the Arauco Wind Farm up till now has featured Argentinian technology. (SeeNews EN)
 
Biomass – DuPont to license biofuel technology in China:  DuPont announced that it will license its cellulosic ethanol technology to Jilin Province New Tianlong Plant, China’s largest cellulosic ethanol producer. Specifically, the plant will use DuPont’s Accellerase enzymes to produce ethanol using leftover biomass from Jilin’s corn farms. (EnvironmentalLeader EN)
 
Grid – H1 2015 generation utilization statistics released by the NEA: Provincial level generation breakdowns by technology show rapidly declining coal utilization, but improved hydroelectric, wind and nuclear production. (NEA CN)
 
Gas – Honeywell announces technology cooperation with Sinopec for LNG pipeline monitoring: Honeywell announced a key strategic project with Sinopec and the Guangxi government to supply LNG pipeline flow and pressure monitoring for a pipeline in Guangxi. The pipeline will be part of a network that eventually connects to Kazakhstan. (CEAsiaMag EN)
 
Gas – Domestic natural gas consumption grew 2.1% in H1 2015. (CEC CN)
 
Coal – Domestic coal production dropped 7.4% in H1 2015, consumption dropped 8.1%. (BJX CN)


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