China’s installed hydropower capacity ranked world’s first
Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 22, 2015
At the recent convention of International Hydropower Association on May 19, journalists learned that China’s installed hydropower capacity reached 300 million kilowatt (kw) in 2014, ranking No.1 in the world, and represented one quarter of total world hydropwer capacity.As the plan for developing renewable energy is proceeding well, installed hydropower capacity will reach 420 million kw by 2020.
According to Renewables 2014 Global Status Report, renewable energy made up 22.1 percent of global electricity use in 2013, to which hydroelectricity contributed 85 percent by providing 16 percent of the renewable electricity used by the world. China water power resources research revealed that China has an installed hydropower capacity of 694 million KW, representing one-sixth of world capacity, of which 542 million KW is for technical development capacity and 402 million KW for economic capacity. As yet China has exploited only 50 percent of its hydropower resources, there is still plenty left to explore.
With the construction of projects like Three Gorges, Xiangjiaba, and Xiluodu hydroelectric stations, China’s hydropower equipment manufacture industry has taken its place in the front ranks of the world. In recent years, these hydropower industries have also started long-term cooperation with more than 80 other countries around the world.