Ten undergraduate students enrolled in the “Energy Policy and Analysis” and “Energy Development in China” courses, together with Dr. Daphne Mah, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and Director, Asian Energy Studies, and Ms. Jiang Li, Teaching Assistant of the Department, embarked on a 2-day field trip in Guangdong Province from 25 to 26 February 2017 to have a first-hand look at the solar and wind energy developments in China. This trip reinforced the students’ understanding of the practical operation and challenges facing the renewable energy sector.
The group visited the Singyes Solar Power Manufacturing Plant in Zhuhai to learn about the manufacturing of solar photovoltaic (PV) and thermal panels, and the applications of solar PV and thermal technologies, as well as green buildings in China. They visited a nearby wind farm in Gaolangang, Zhuhai to learn about its operations. The group observed the operations within the control room and site facilities, and had the opportunity to have a close-up look at a wind turbine. On the second day of the trip, they visited the Guangdong Key Laboratory of Clean Energy Technology in Nansha, where they learned about the research laboratory’s major projects and discoveries on renewables and microgrids, and engaged in a sharing session with the laboratory’s researchers and students on the technical and policy challenges and opportunities of renewable energy development in China.