Green Energy Science Students Attended World Energy Engineering Congress 2015 (September 30 - October 2, 2015)
LAU Ying Suet
The international energy congress - the 38th World Energy Engineering Congress 2015 (WEEC 2015) was held in Orlando, Florida this year. I am glad that I could attend this key conference programs and special events. It is a great opportunity for me to explore more in green energy field. As Chinese proverb says, it is better to travel thousands of miles than to read thousands of books. Throughout this trip, I learned lots of the up-to-the date information of green energy technologies which is important for my major in Green Energy Science.
As a student receiving the WEEC Scholarship, I really appreciate that my department and the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) offer me this opportunity. The experience was important and useful for me to explore my own view on the development of green energy technology and energy management in Hong Kong. All in all, the trip encourages me to engage in the green energy industries in future.
Chan Yin Ling
It was my honor to attend the World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC). The WEEC was held in Orlando, Florida, U.S. so I had an opportunity of going to the United States. I learnt a lot that related to my major - Green Energy Science and gained rare experience from this congress. The opinion and sharing of different experts, employers and exhibitors benefited and inspired me greatly about the energy issues.
There were different events in three days such as AEE annual awards banquet, talks on various energy topics and exhibition. The most impressive event to me was the opening session since it invited five speakers who played the decisive role in energy aspect to share their view and prospect on energy issues. David Friedman who is Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy stated that economy was important in energy issue. The solar energy price dropped half since 2008 and the LED price dropped 85% since 2009, it seems that we are moving closer to tackle the energy problem, but the truth is that we are far from done because we are facing big energy challenges. He also pointed out that thinking bigger and broader was a must to duel with energy problem. However, we cannot jump alone and partners are the key to duel with it, and the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) provides a platform for different sectors working hand-in-hand.
The keynote speaker Dr. Condoleezza Rice who was the 66th United States Secretary of State stated that governmental problems were everywhere such as China, and the government should be a significant role to lead the cooperation between different sectors. Although new technologies and combination of energy mix can moderate the energy problem, Dr. Rice believed that education was indispensable since it not only changed the energy behavior of youth but also provided opportunities to poor kids in order to discover talent in energy aspect.
Besides keynote speeches, the exhibition was wonderful and broadened my horizons because there were numerous products and technologies that were popular in energy aspect and related to green energy such as solar panels and LEDs, and some of them were new to me such as energy recovery ventilation (ERV) and sun control window film. Although I was not familiar with those products and technologies, I learnt a lot through the explanation of exhibitors and they inspired my interest of it. In this exhibition, I felt that lots of people and companies put effort into research and development and it was one of the important parts to tackle the energy problem.
All in all, I gained knowledge that related to energy aspect and met many energy experts and exhibitors from WEEC, and these people really inspired me and broadened my horizon. And I believed that cooperation was extremely important to tackle the energy crisis and AEE as a platform for different sectors working together to change our world and make it better.