Last month, representatives from more than 190 nations met in Lima, Peru, in an attempt to hammer out a global framework towards a sustainable future. Mr. Li offers in his book a promising way forward: Thin-film solar power, the zero-emissions renewable energy form that can revolutionize how China, the U.S, and everywhere else produces and consumes energy.
Speaking about the book, economic and social theorist and bestselling author Jeremy Rifkin said: “Li Hejun spells out clearly and convincingly why clean energy is poised to drive the third industrial revolution. Solar technology is going to play an increasingly critical role in the transition to a global economy powered by renewable energy. His vision, once a far-stretch of the imagination, is rapidly becoming a reality. The ideas presented in this book will affect not only China, but the globe.”
Twenty years after founding Hanergy, Li has leveraged core strengths in R&D and technological integration to help grow the company into the world’s largest thin-film solar enterprise, with 3GW of thin-film production capacity and industry-leading technical expertise.
In his book, published by McGraw-Hill Education, he explains why thin-film solar technology, with its superior flexibility, exceptional performance under weak sunlight conditions, and wide market adaptability is poised to become the energy of choice. He points out that in addition to conventional applications like rooftop installations, thin-film can be integrated into building components and its ease of portability and resilience to environmental factors makes it ideal for powering our daily lives on everything from mobiles and automobiles to jackets and camping gear.
Mr. Li goes on to show how every industrial revolution has in fact been an energy replacement—first with coal for wood, then oil for coal—and now, he believes we are on the brink of a third industrial revolution that will be powered by clean energy, with thin-film solar at the forefront.
The United States is experiencing a historic boom in solar installations and PV power generation, with the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and GTM Research reporting that in the second half of 2014, more than half a million U.S. homes and business were generating solar power. According to the SEIA, the solar industry in America employs roughly 143,000 Americans and generates $15 billion annually.
With the price of solar plunging 99 percent over the past 25 years, the power it generates is now cost competitive with fossil-fuel burning power plants in many markets across the U.S. and abroad. Mr. Li’s book describes in plain language how this cheap, clean solar power can be scaled up, distributed, and optimized to meet the growing energy demands of our world.
The book and e-book are available for purchase wherever books/e-books are sold, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, independent book stores, and direct from McGraw-Hill. For more information about the book, its author, and Hanergy download the China’s New Energy Revolution App from Apple’s App Store or on Google Play.
About Hanergy Thin Film
Hanergy Thin Film is the world’s leading thin-film solar technology enterprise. It is mainly engaged in the research and development and design of large-scale thin-film solar turnkey production lines, as well as the development and operation of downstream solar power projects and application products. On November 27, 2013, Hanergy Thin Film was included in Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) China Index. The Company is the No.1 solar thin film turnkey line provider in the world by scale and by profitability, having delivered about 2,000MW production lines. In 2013, the Company recorded a net profit of HKD2.06 billion, enjoying a remarkable growth of 57.2% year-on-year. Hanergy Solar places technology advancement as its top priority and is equipped with strong R&D capabilities, with a focus in advanced thin-film technology applied in flexible substrates. Hanergy Thin Film’s CIGS solar cells have reached a conversion efficiency of 20.5% under the guidance of a world-class thin-film solar energy expert team. In February 2014, Hanergy Thin Film acquired 100% interest of Hanergy UK and currently sells “Hanergy” branded thin-film solar photovoltaic equipment through IKEA UK directly. In May 2014, Hanergy Thin Film formed a strategic partnership with Tesla, a US electric vehicle maker, for the construction of PV Supercharger stations in China.