“There may be a breakthrough for Hanergy’s thin-film solar power business,” said Jo Leinen, Member of the European Parliament (EP) and Chair of the EP Delegation for Relations with China. “Because the technology can be used practically everywhere – mountains, valleys, deserts, wherever you are.”
The veteran German politician made the remark during a visit to the headquarters of Hanergy Holding Group in Beijing on March 27, accompanied by Frank Schwalba-Hoth, former Member of the EP and one of the founding members of the German Greens, as well as representatives from the Dragon Design Foundation and the World Green Design Organization. The guests were welcomed by Li Hejun, Board Chairman and CEO of Hanergy Holding Group, and other senior executives of Hanergy. The two sides exchanged views on the utilization of renewable energy and prospects of cooperation between Hanergy and the European Union (EU).
Jo Leinen (right) speaks with Hanergy Chairman Li Hejun (left)
Li Hejun gave an introduction of Hanergy’s history and cutting-edge technology of thin-film solar power, emphasizing that the company has been committed to changing the world by clean power over the past two decades and has made two miracles: firstly, Hanergy spent about ten years in building the world’s largest privately owned hydropower station – the Jin’anqiao Hydropower Station with an installed capacity of 3GW; secondly, Hanergy spent five years transforming itself into the world’s leading thin-film solar power company. Taking advantage of its thin-film solar technology, Hanergy is accelerating its efforts in the implementation of a Mobile Energy Strategy, integrating thin-film solar cells with a variety of other products, including automobiles, electronic devices, clothes, bags, tents, boats and unmanned aerial vehicles, etc.
Leinen was very impressed by Hanergy’s mobile energy products such as the solar powered car, solar backpack, solar coat and solar table, adding that he was happy to see the idea of renewable energy spreading across the globe. In his view, the world finally made a breakthrough in environmental protection following the Paris Climate Agreement in December 2015; therefore, with the help of its leading thin-film solar technology, Hanergy is going to have a lot of opportunities and a bright future.
Schwalba-Hoth expressed his hope for Hanergy and the EU to enhance cooperation on distributive solar projects in Belgian capital Brussels, where the EU is headquartered.
The guests visit the Hanergy Thin-Film Solar Power Products Experience Center
The guests also visited the Hanergy Thin-Film Solar Power Products Experience Center and Hanergy Renewable Energy Exhibition Center, showing intense enthusiasm to various types of BIPV (building-integrated photovoltaics) modules, rooftop solar panels and mobile energy products. “Amazing!” Leinen nodded his head throughout the visit. He put on a solar backpack and said, “This is feasible. You can bring it to the mountain. Wonderful!”Hanergy Solar Power, a purely solar powered concept car, captured the attention of many visitors, who posed for photos with the hi-tech vehicle.
Jo Leinen (first from left), his wifeHeike Gross (second from left) and former EP Member Frank Schwalba-Hoth (first from right) sit in Hanergy’s solar powered car
Jo Leinen (first from right) puts on Hanergy’s solar backpack
Leinen is well known for his environmental and foreign affairs activities. He became a spokesman of the anti-nuclear movement and the peace movement in the 1980s and has been elected Member of the European Parliament without interruption since 1999. After assuming the office of the Chair of the EP Delegation for Relations with China, he led to the delegation to visit China many times. He said during an interview last year that China and Europe could work together in areas such as the research and development of energy technologies, improvement of energy efficiency, building of green cities, production of green energy and development of green transportation.
The direction where the Chinese economy heads is closely watched by the world under the backdrop of rapid globalization, said Leinen earlier in March. He was deeply impressed by China’s new development concepts of innovation, coordination, green development, opening up and sharing, which, in his perspective, have portrayed a beautiful, modernized and ambitious blueprint for the future of China. He said that the five development concepts cover aspects of overall national development and environmental protection, human development, international exchanges and win-win cooperation.
According to his schedule, Leinen will pay several visits to China this year and meet with senior legislators of the National People’s Congress and leaders of the Chinese government, exchanging ideas on a wide range of topics, including trade, investment, finance, economic reform, visa facilitation and people-to-people exchanges, among other issues related to China.