A boost for so­lar power in­no­va­tions

China Daily (Canada) - - SHANGHAI - By WANG YING in Shang­hai wang_y­ing@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Bright Minds Chal­lenge, a pro­gram aimed at scal­ing up projects in re­new­able en­ergy in­no­va­tions in China, has been launched to tap into the nation’s so­lar power mar­ket.

Royal DSM, a global com­pany that deals with health, nu­tri­tion and ma­te­ri­als, on Dec 13 signed a con­tract with the Na­tional Cen­ter of Su­per­vi­sion and In­spec­tion on So­lar Pho­to­voltaic Prod­ucts Qual­ity (CPVT) to jointly pro­mote the pro­gram and en­cour­age en­ter­prises, in­sti­tu­tions of higher ed­u­ca­tion, re­search in­sti­tu­tions and in­di­vid­u­als to con­trib­ute to the re­new­able en­ergy and so­lar pho­to­voltaic sec­tors in China.

The Bright Minds Chal­lenge is a global move­ment that strives to pro­mote in­no­va­tion in re­new­able en­ergy, specif­i­cally in so­lar and en­ergy stor­age fields. Every­one is wel­come to take part in the move­ment and mem­bers of the pub­lic are en­cour­aged to get in­volved by help­ing find sci­en­tists with pos­si­ble so­lu­tions, be­fore vot­ing for the in­no­va­tions they think are the most promis­ing.

“The Bright Minds Chal­lenge hopes to iden­tify and help ac­cel­er­ate the scal­ing of so­lu­tions for 100 per­cent re­new­able en­ergy — fo­cus­ing on so­lar and en­ergy stor­age,” said Os­car God­dijn, vice-pres­i­dent of DSM ad­vanced sur­faces.

“This is very much aligned to the lo­cal gov­ern­ment’s en­ergy strategy fo­cus, which was out­lined by Premier Li Ke­qiang at the Na­tional En­ergy Com­mis­sion Meet­ing to ac­tively pro­mote en­ergy con­sump­tion and sav­ings so as to bet­ter sup­port the sus­tain­able and sta­ble devel­op­ment of the Chi­nese econ­omy.”

Ac­cord­ing to the con­tract, CPVT will join a global con­sor­tium led by Royal DSM that will pro­vide the win­ning projects of the Bright Minds Chal­lenge with in­cu­ba­tion sup­port that in­cludes com­mer­cial, tech­ni­cal and men­tor­ing as­sis­tance to help sci­en­tists scale up their so­lu­tions as quickly as pos­si­ble.

The con­sor­tium in­cludes com­pa­nies such as Ac­cen­ture, Green­town Labs, So­lar­century, So­larAid, Sungevity, the Na­tional Re­new­able En­ergy Lab­o­ra­tory and the Skoll Cen­tre for So­cial En­trepreneur­ship of the Univer­sity of Ox­ford.

Ac­cord­ing to Wu Jianguo, di­rec­tor of CPVT, there is great mar­ket po­ten­tial in China’s so­lar power sec­tor, but it cur­rently faces bot­tle­necks in costs and stor­age so­lu­tions. He be­lieves that the pro­gram can help to ad­dress these is­sues.

“Those in­volved in the Bright Minds Chal­lenge are in­sti­tu­tions and en­ter­prises that are ex­perts in this field and are ded­i­cated to the in­cu­ba­tion of 100 per­cent re­new­able en­ergy projects. This is a great op­por­tu­nity for sci­en­tific tal­ents in China to tap into.”

China has in re­cent years been ac­tively pro­mot­ing the devel­op­ment in en­ergy trans­for­ma­tion. Last year, China sur­passed Ger­many as the world’s largest gen­er­a­tor of so­lar power, with its in­stalled PV ca­pac­ity reach­ing 43 GW (gi­gawatt). Wu added that the coun­try will in­crease its ca­pac­ity to about 75 GW this year.

GAO ERQIANG / CHINA DAILY

Vis­i­tors take photos of an in­stal­la­tion called The Gi­ant Dan­de­lion dur­ing Lu­mieres Shang­hai, a light­ing fes­ti­val or­ga­nized in co­op­er­a­tion with the Fes­ti­val of Lights Lyon, a renowned an­nual event in France. Lu­mieres Shang­hai kicked off at The Hub (Hongqiao Tiandi) on Dec 8 and fea­tures five light­ing in­stal­la­tions cre­ated by lo­cal and for­eign artists.

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