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24 March

Hanergy Charging Toward The Solar Electric Future!

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Harmonious Sunshine (photographed by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)

Harmonious & Collaborative Sunshine (photographed by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker)


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The aggresive Chinese NEA in the previous post has inspired me to have a closer look at some of the current Chinese effort toward solar energy.  Interestingly,  some new development regarding Hanergy Holding getting ready to launch five models of solar-powered cars in October this year got my attention, for I’ve had a history of covering the solar car events since 2011.

Hanergy is a privately held Chinese multinational renewable energy company founded in 1994 by Li Hejun  (its current chairman and CEO). Its headquarter is in Beijing. It is active in solar, wind and hydropower generation and is one of the world’s largest thin-film solar power company. Hanergy was ranked No. 23 in the 2014 list of 50 Smartest Companies by MIT Technology Review, noting “the Chinese energy company is snapping up advanced solar technologies at fire-sale prices.”

As the market share of thin film photovoltaic panels is expected to decline each year to 2017, according to one of the NPD Solarbuzz PV Equipment Quarterly report, it is not surprising that Hanergy has been further exploring and expanding into other clean energy territories such as auto sector.  Considering the fact that transportation vehicle is one of the main contributing factors for CO2 emission and particulates pollution any where on planet earth, Hanergy Holding is likely to continue to have tremendous impact toward cleaning our earthly environment in the future.

Solar Charging Station (credit: Hanergy)

Solar Charging Station (credit: Hanergy)

Hanergy was on the top of Tesla‘s list of collaborators for the first PV Supercharger station in China. Two solar PV charging systems designed and manufactured by Hanergy Solar Group (at Tesla’s request), were showcased in April, 2014, by Tesla. Finally, some body has taken up on Elon Musk’s offer of Tesla’s patents for free! Plans for Tesla’s supercharger network in China will continue to roll out in large cities such as Beijing and Shanghai. Tesla’s founder Elon Musk said: “In the future, Tesla will work with partners to build supercharger network. The first charging station in Beijing was built in cooperation with Hanergy Solar Group. Tesla will continue to invest in the construction of superchargers in China, aiming to quickly expand the network.” Elon Musk also noted that large investments will be brought into China for the building of seven Supercharger networks.

The two solar PV charging systems showcased were somewhat different, as indicated in the press release at the time, below (in italics):

The Beijing carport, a mobile carport designed to be assembled and transported, adopts Hanergy’s GSE flexible thin-film solar modules. The Shanghai carport will be a fixed structure, and adopts Hanergy’s MiaSole CIGS high-efficiency modules. The first phase of both carports has been completed.

The PV charging system by Hanergy Solar Group protects vehicles like ordinary carports, while (at the same time) converting sunlight into electricity (via) its solar rooftop. At the same time, the system charges the electric vehicle through its energy storage system. The system uses the CIGS thin-film PV technology, the most advanced in the world. With conversion rates peaking at 20.5%, this technology offers light weight, flexibility, excellent low-light performance and advanced packaging. More importantly, no fixed column is required, which significantly reduces the cost.

Vice President of Hanergy Global Solar Power and Application Group, Ms. Zhang Qingliang, stated: “Hanergy has been actively exploring ways to utilize its thin-film photovoltaic technology to provide solutions through technological innovation and cross industrial integration. We have been working with multiple domestic and foreign automobile manufacturers to integrate solar, and is also researching on energy storage, photovoltaic car roof and other solar-automobile applications.”

As Hanergy continues working with three domestic and two foreign companies on solar powered cars, it will be interesting for us to keep our eyes on what 5-models of solar cars that will be unveiled in October of 2015.  With an earthly population of over one billion people, China will provide a huge potential market for future solar cars. The collaboration between Hanergy and Tesla in solar electric cars and supercharging stations will bring forth not only the vehicle of Solar Energy Age, Cleaner Environment, but an important appreciation for multinational collaboration.  This is truly the kind of success through Harmonious Collaboration that our planet needs more of on our way toward a brighter, healthier, and better world.

P.S. The English edition of China’s New Energy Revolution by renewable energy advocate and Hanergy Chairman Li Hejun is now available for purchase in bookstores across the U.S. as well as in e-book format.

~have a bright and sunny day~

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8 September

Momentary Interruption From Solar Decathlon of 2011

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Dear Readers,

If you are in favor of renewable,  clean, or solar energy, please sign this petition for FIT/CLEAN Program, accessible at http://sunisthefuture.net/?page_id=1065 Thank you very much. We are at a critical juncture in human history when individual effort and participation in the transition into renewable energy age is desperately needed!  Your signature will be very meaningful in helping all earthlings!  For a summary of why we need to switch to power the earth with Wind-Water-Sunlight quickly, reasons are explained by Stanford Professor Mark Z. Jacobson at  http://sunisthefuture.net/?m=20110731 There are more than sixteen episodes of discussions on FIT (Feed-In-Tariff/CLEAN Program) available at http://sunisthefuture.net Please feel free to read/listen to them (type in feed-in-tariff in the search box at right).

Just a quick digression from Solar Decathlon of 2011, to share several interesting links with you all:

1.  From Roger Ebert’s Journal, “What if Solar Got the Same Subsidies as Fossil Fuels?”, in Chicago Sun-Times, http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/science-and-not/what-if-solar-energy-received-.html

2.  From Solarbuzz, “SolarCity Plans Solar Power on 160,000 Military Homes”, http://solarbuzz.com/industry-news/solarcity-plans-solar-power-160000-military-homes

3.  From Renewable Energy World, “The Political and Technical Advantages of Distributed Renewable Power”, http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/blog/post/2011/09/the-political-and-technical-advantages-of-distributed-renewable-power

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2 August

Feed-In-Tariff Is Fuel For Solar Markets In Asia

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If you are in favor of renewable/CLEAN energy, please sign the petition page showing support for FIT/CLEAN Program at http://sunisthefuture.net/?page_id=1065 Thank you.

I can really feel the momentum and growth activity as multiple feeds came in today.  It’s given me a great deal of hope that our combined efforts will be able to solve much of earthlings’ problems.  Reports  from Solarbuzz is expecting Asia-Pacific PV markets to account for 26% of global demand by 2015, compared to the 11% it represents in 2010.  The top five markets, China, Japan, India, Australia, and South Korea, will more than likely to account for 3.3 GW of demand in 2011 alone, with China and Japan leading the region.    This anticipated growth may be due to major policy structure changes in the Asia-Pacific market, APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation nations).  China, India, and Australia are building on-grid markets.  China, Japan, and South Korea are all energizing their respective domestic demands through various national and provincial programs. It will not be surprising that  China’s 2011 market will reach 174% of its 2010 level.  Much of these developments are due to the help of Feed-In-Tariff.  Please read more at  http://www.solarbuzz.com/our-research/recent-findings/major-asia-pacific-photovoltaic-markets-reach-26-global-demand-2015

Soon afterward, I came across the new announcement by Chinese National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) detailing its new national photovoltaic FIT (Feed-In-Tariff) scheme.  Rates of around one Renminbi (rmb) per kilowatt hour (US$.156/kWh)will be paid, and projects are subject to NDRC approval (unclear process at the moment).  The FIT  rate is expected to change since photovoltaic system costs decline over time and an initial rate of 1.15rmb/kWh will be paid for projects approved before July 1, 2011 and completed by the end of the year whereas projects approved after July 1, 2011 will be at the rate of around 1 rmb per kWh. Please refer to: http://www.pv-magazine.com/news/details/beitrag/china-announces-fit_100003763/

Once again, I would like to call for action for those of us residing in Florida and USA.  We have seen how  carefully planned and executed Feed-In-Tariff (FIT)/CLEAN Program may benefit other countries/communities by creating jobs and economic prosperity.  We have always enjoyed the fruit and labor of our founding fathers, our freedom, our liberty, and our pursuit of happiness.  It is time for us to shoulder the burden of our democratic society.  Let us create more local jobs and economic and energy security by learning more about Feed-In-Tariff/CLEAN Program (by going to the search box at right and type in feed-in-tariff, then read the post and view/listen to the video), and talk to your friends, relatives, neighbors, and write/email your legislators asking them to consider implementing Feed-In-Tariff/CLEAN Program.  Keep on coming back to this site, http://sunisthefuture.net and check for the petition that I will be setting up soon.  Together, we can create many local jobs and economic prosperity for the communities we reside in and make the transition into Renewable Energy Age.

For a quick review of Feed-In-Tariff (FIT), I would like to share a clip from a previous post, showing you how Feed-In-Tariff has already benefited Gainesville, FL region:


 

 

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23 February

Hello World! A New Beginning for Sunisthefuture

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If you are in favor of renewable/CLEAN energy, please sign the petition page showing support for FIT/CLEAN Program at http://sunisthefuture.net/?page_id=1065 Thank you.

This is the beginning of a new and exciting journey. I feel as though all of my past training and experience (in math, engineering, sciences, and education), at this juncture in human history, had been preparing for me to face the challenges in our new world of renewable energy. My earnestness in teaching and sharing knowledge and experience in math and sciences is intersecting  my fervor for solar and renewable energy technology for a quarter century.

The current energy dynamics dictates that the world will soon run out of relatively cheap and easily accessible oil (Campbell & Laherrere, 1998) and to be followed with natural gas and coal. So a growing number of environmentalists, scientists, economists, policy experts and citizens understand that alternative energies must be developed quickly; delaying of such developments in alternative energies would at best lead to sagging economic output and productivity and massive wealth transfers to the oil-rich countries of the Middle East by the middle of twenty-first century and at worst may lead to global ecological melt-down, increased wars among nations for oil reserves, and human sufferings on an unimaginable scale.

My interest in solar and renewable energy went as far back to my freshman year in college, while working on a solar energy project, I came to realize that there were only about twenty or so solar companies in US at the time. About twenty-five years ago, after my graduate work was completed at University of Illinois at Urbana-Chmpaign in applied math and engineering, I was one of the three finalists being considered for a position at Argonne National Lab (our nation’s  first national laboratory). One of the panelists of interviewers asked me, “Where do you see the future direction of our energy?” Even realizing that Argonne National Lab was responsible for developing many of the advanced nuclear reactor designs at that time, I could not contain my enthusiasm and honest belief in solar energy and responded, “The cleanest, safest form of renewable energy, without much movable parts… in time, this is where the future will lie, in solar energy.” It may had been a difficult assertion to accept at that time, but a quarter century later, with a recent wiki analysis sponsosred by Etrade, solar industry is now reaching revenues of more than $50-60 billion in a year (in 2009, PV or photovotaics of solar industry alone was reaching revenues of $38.5 billion according to www.wikinvest.com, and www.solarbuzz.com is forecasting the demand growth at more than 100% in 2010). Programs and incentives that have directly stimulated recent growth of renewable energy markets and photovotaics, in particular, included feed-in-tariffs, net-metering, rebate programs, consumer tax deductions, and production tax credits. (Bradford, 2006).

But in a discussion I had with some friends and neighbors, I have come to realize that a good percentage of the American public are not aware of our energy issues or the related incentive policy or programs. In 2010, I became fascinated by a new vehicle of communication, the Facebook, after having read one of the National Bestsellers’ books, Accidental Billionaire.  Yes, Facebook, what better way to reach the American general public, I thought, a vehicle that has already touched more than 500 million people on a global scale! So, I spent a weekend to play around with Facebook, tested out its various features and reported some bugs while setting up the community pages for “Feed-In-Tariff” and “Feed-In-Tariff for Florida” on Facebook.  My intention was to try to educate the American public and bringing awareness to energy issues and its incentive policy and programs, but what I received were responses from overseas (from solar industries in Britain, Canada, and Germany), an invitation to work for Facebook , a letter of support from Ed Begley, Jr. of the hit TV show host of “Living with Ed” (a show about green living) and a call from the Governor’s Office of Florida (Charlie Crist, at the time). Most of the American general public simply could not make sense of the energy issues or take advantage of any of the incentive programs associated with it. I started to see the light or gap in our educational system. The root cause for our lagging behind in having a long-term  comprehensive energy policy (Bamberger, 2004) may be due to a gap in our educational system.  While our system of democracy is wonderful in maintaining the equality and freedom for all and its governing power is supposedly derived from the people, it is necessary to have a group of informed governing body/ people in order to effectively introduce, establish, and test legislatures. While much of the rest of the world (composed of both developed and less developed nations) are moving forward in making the transitions into the renewable energy world as a result of having less democratic but more efficient systems (e.g. Canadian’s energy law/decision on solar feed-in-tariff policy was basically decided by one individual, the Canadian Prime Minister), we are at the mercy of our republic, the truly democratic governing system.  Since I am a strong believer in the system of democracy and less centralized power distribution, then it is necessary to get down to the basic, to reach out and educate our general public about the energy issues and its related policies. It is necessary to bridge the gap of understanding between the basic math and sciences necessary to be applied to the understanding of our renewable energy world. In the coming century, not only will our general public consumers be needing to help shape energy policies, they will also need to be preparing themselves for new industries and job markets associated with the newly developed renewable energy world.

I’ve resigned from a previous teaching post (after having taught mathematics full-time and part time at various universities and colleges for over fifteen years) during part of 2010 to help caring for my dying father. Even before he completely lost his ability to speak, he expressed that last ounce of mortal enthusiasm for some of my interests and plans for a solar energy project. During those few days when he was lucid, he seemed to have that intuitive  understanding of what the future has in store for the human race. So, it is as much for the memory of my father, who carried the family name of “Sun”, as for my interest in taking part and facilitating for the transition of our human race into a new age of renewable energy in the coming century, that I have accepted this challenge.

I grew up in a family/world surrounded by engineers, mathematicians, physicists, and scientists. It is natural that I also ended up with degrees, scholarships, trainings, and work/job experiences in these fields. I did not fully appreciate how much what I/we, as mathematicians, engineers and trained scientists, discussed, sounded foreign to the general American consumers until after I posted those community pages on Feed-In-Tariff and Feed-In-Tariff for Florida.  Some of my old high school buddies had no idea what these incentive policies meant. Upon  conversing with some of the young people currently attending local colleges, they appeared interested but could not make the connection either due to the lack of understanding of basic math and sciences or the lack of ability to apply their understanding of math and science to the energy issues, at first. After spending some time explaining to them the ramifications of our current energy issues and some of the possible incentive programs and industries for alternative energy, these young students became quite excited and interested in searching for future job opportunities in these new renewable energy industries. Although there are a handful of certificate training programs on alternative energy or solar energy workshops online, I believe, at this particular point in human history, there is a gap in the education of our general public that needs to be filled. We need to bring better and more focused understanding of applied math and sciences specifically in association with the energy and alternative energy issues. In light of the current and future growth in renewable energy industries, both in US and abroad, we will need to prepare for current and future generations to be ready for our transition into the renewable energy world.

After my father’s funeral and my mother’s gradual recovery, I’ve returned to the job market and searched mainly for online teaching positions. For after fifteen years of teaching math in traditional classroom format, hybrid format, and online format, I’ve come to have a real sense of appreciation for the online format after I’ve noticed that some of my adult students having difficulty in coming up with gas money to attend class from time to time. I knew that in order to reach all students, the world of online educational technology will be needed tremendously in the coming century.  For the past five years, I have been teaching online math courses at various universities and colleges, I would like to take the challenge of producing a course that would help to bridge the gap of understanding of applied math in our renewable energy world. Since my early association with learning, I’ve often been reminded by various mentors, of math, science, or music, to go back to the basics. Once again, I see the solution to a better future in our renewable energy era is by going back to the basics.

written & posted by sunisthefuture-Susan Sun Nunamaker, sunisthefuture@gmail.com
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