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A review on the energy production, consumption, and prospect of renewable energy in China


  • Chang, J.
  • Leung, Dennis Y. C.
  • Wu, C. Z.
  • Yuan, Z. H.


China is the second largest energy consumer in the world. This paper reviews the production and consumption of traditional and renewable energy in China over the past three decades. It also presents an overview on the research and development of renewable energy, such as solar, biomass, geothermal, ocean and wind energy in China. Study indicated that the usage of renewable energy in China shows a promising prospect in the near future, of which biomass is found to be one of the most promising renewable energy resources that have great potential for development in China.

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  • Chang, J. & Leung, Dennis Y. C. & Wu, C. Z. & Yuan, Z. H., 2003. "A review on the energy production, consumption, and prospect of renewable energy in China," Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Elsevier, vol. 7(5), pages 453-468, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:rensus:v:7:y:2003:i:5:p:453-468

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