Manufacture renewables to build energy security

Newcastle Business School's Dr Hao Tan, along with a co-author from Macquarie University, has had an article published in Nature, the world's most highly cited interdisciplinary science journal.

In the article, 'Manufacture renewables to build energy security', Tan argues that nations' energy security can be enhanced through production and use of renewable devices such as solar cells and wind turbines. By doing so the narrative around renewables can change; renewables go beyond being just means to reduce carbon emissions to also being a source of energy security. In this regard the industrial development of the renewable energy sector in China serves as a good example.

China's rise to become the world's largest power producer and source of carbon emissions through burning coal is well recognised. But the nation's renewable energy systems are expanding even faster than its use of fossil-fuel and nuclear power. China leads the world in the production and use of wind turbines, solar-photovoltaic cells and smart-grid technologies, generating almost as much water, wind and solar energy as all of France and Germany's power plants combined.

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