Chinese turn to Nottingham for the future

Posted on: 1/31/2016
Chinese turn to Nottingham for the future

A CHINESE city is seeking to develop more renewable energy by tapping into Nottingham's growing reputation for expertise in the field.

Civic leaders in Huizhou, a city of four million people north of Hong Kong, are particularly interested in installing offshore wind turbines to supply a local economy which is growing at a rate of 18 per cent per year. 

A high-powered delegation of administrators from Huizhou, led by the vice-mayor, visited the University of Nottingham to learn about developments and expertise in clean energy in Nottingham and the university. 

The visit included a presentation by Romax Technology, the Nottingham-based gear and transmission specialists who have collaborated on the design of China's first 3MW wind turbine. 

The delegation visit was supported by the East Midlands China Business Bureau, which was involved in attracting Chinese car manufacturer Changan to set up an R&D centre at No.1 Nottingham Science Park. 

The University of Nottingham is keen to explore mutual interests in wind power, energy storage and carbon capture and storage and is now hoping that Huizhou's leaders will seek partners in Nottingham to work with in these areas. 

Vice-mayor of Huizhou Chen Xunting said the Chinese government had selected his city to pioneer the development of renewable energy. 

He added: "In the future our focus will be on low-carbon development. "We are promoting gas rather than petrol and replacing our urban lights with LEDs. Low-carbon energy is a new concept to us. "You had your industrial revolution over 100 years ago but we are in the middle of ours and we are hoping that we will gain some new ideas about how to manage a low-carbon economy."  

China is now the world's largest developer of green energy and is investing $40bn a year in a spectrum of waste and new energy technologies. 

Huizhou's leaders want to take advantage of the city's position on the Pearl River Delta to develop offshore wind turbines. The Pearl River Delta also has the potential for massive storage of carbon dioxide emissions.  

Dr Sarah Mackintosh, programme manager at the University of Nottingham's new National Centre for Carbon Capture and Storage, told the Chinese delegation that the geology at the mouth of the delta had the capacity to store 190 years' worth of carbon emissions.  

Jason Feehily, head of the East Midlands-China Business Bureau, said: "We see this as the early stages of a collaborative relationship whereby after understanding each other's needs and capabilities we may be able identify environmental projects that will not only benefit Huizhou Municipality but also the university and local environmental technology companies. "We are very keen to contribute to developing this relationship and are very enthusiastic in promoting future collaborations."

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