BEIJING, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese Academy of
Sciences (CAS) has launched an initiative to boost the development of solar
energy technology, in a bid to turn it into a major energy source in China by
A CAS official said that the academy had organized
academicians and experts to make an action plan and will set up a platform to
support scientific innovations involving solar energy.
The plan will be carried out in three phases,
including "distributed utilization" by 2015, "alternative utilization" by 2025
and "large-scale utilization" by 2035, respectively.
This action plan aims to form value chain on
technological innovation including basic studies, application studies and market
CAS experts said that China has a big potential for
solar energy development. The duration of sunshine for two-thirds of its
territory is more than 2,200 hours a year. It also has vast desertareas, where
solar energy could be "harvested".
They said that the use of solar energy could
effectively reduce the discharge of green-house gases.
The United States, Japan and European countries began
to develop solar energy in the 1970s. Government investment has greatly promoted
solar energy research and development, especially in Japan, Germany and
Germany had promoted the solar energy "family
program", and fixed solar energy facilities on the roofs of a large number of
homes. Japan launched a program to polarize the use of solar energy, and to cut
the price of solar energy by half within three to five years.
CAS's advanced energy scientific and technological
innovation center invited experts and scholars to carry out investigation and
research on China's energy industry.
Experts said that lowering the costs for using solar
energy would be the key for stepping up the use of this renewable energy in