CLPð?? & CityUHK Partner for Campus Solar Power System.

By Oliver Townsend Jun 2, 2024
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CLPð?? and City University of Hong Kong (CityUHK) have joined forces to implement an advanced solar power system across the campus. This collaboration aims to promote renewable energy adoption in the University in a cost-effective manner. The installation of high-efficiency bifacial solar panels across more than 30 buildings on the CityUHK campus will significantly contribute to reducing carbon emissions and generating electricity.

Installation of High-Efficiency Solar Panels

The installation of nearly 2,000 high-efficiency bifacial solar panels on the rooftops of CityUHK buildings will cover approximately 4,500 square meters of rooftop space. These panels, which absorb sunlight on both sides, are expected to generate around 10% more electricity than traditional single-sided panels. The system aims to produce approximately 1.15GWh of electricity per year, equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of about 280 households.

Furthermore, CLPð?? will introduce a real-time monitoring platform to enhance the operation and efficiency of the solar energy system. This monitoring system will improve performance and operational efficiency, ensuring optimal utilization of solar energy.

Scientific Research Integration

The collaboration with CityUHK will not only focus on the installation of solar panels but also incorporate scientific research. The project will include testing the effectiveness of electricity-free, passive radiative cooling paint developed by i2Cool, a technology-based start-up under the HK Tech 300 Programme. This innovative paint reflects sunlight and helps reduce building temperatures, ultimately enhancing solar power generation efficiency.

Commitment to Sustainable Development

CityUHK President Professor Freddy Boey emphasized the university’s commitment to sustainable development and environmental conservation. Through groundbreaking research and innovative solutions, CityUHK aims to address pressing global issues such as global warming and extreme weather. The collaboration with CLP will enable the university to accelerate decarbonization efforts and promote renewable energy adoption on campus.

CLP Managing Director Mr. Ringo Ng expressed his enthusiasm for collaborating with CityUHK to provide a bespoke Solar-as-a-Service solution. This partnership will fund, design, and install solar panels tailored to each building’s rooftop characteristics. By managing the system’s operation post-installation, CLP aims to ensure the cost-effective promotion of renewable energy on campus.

Future Collaboration and Initiatives

The solar project is scheduled to commence in the third quarter of this year and expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2025. CLP and CityUHK plan to explore further collaborations in energy conservation and carbon reduction, including building energy management systems, retro-commissioning services, and smart sensing technologies. These initiatives aim to enhance sustainability elements on campus, raise awareness of green living, and foster partnerships between businesses and educational institutions to drive sustainable development.

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