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a. A Visit to Shenglong Electric

Shenglong Electric is one of the leading manufacturer of power transmission and distribution equipment in China. Shenglong Electric's business covers all provinces and cities in China and more than 20 countries overseas. We visited the company on August 9, 2018 and made an interview to their technical director. He mentioned that the biggest limitation to the construction of photovoltaic power plants is natural conditions. There is no suitable large-scale land to build solar power stations in the eastern regions in China. However, the electricity consumption in this area is really high. It will be a good idea that we use bacteria, a system at a really small scale to produce enough electric energy to solve the land limitation problem. In addition, traditional solar panels are very susceptible to weathering. So we designed that when exposed to light, Rhodopseudomonas pallidum absorbs light energy and stores it in the negative electrode chamber in form of lactate. When the light is off, even if the lactate in the negative electrode chamber is consumed, its content will not change abruptly. That means the microbial fuel cell has a certain energy storage function itself so that we can save the cost of the energy storage device in our project.


b. A Visit to Hiconics Drived Technology Co. (Wuhan)

On August 15, 2018, we visited Hiconics Drived Technology Co. (Wuhan). This company’s products mainly focus on equipment manufacturing and high-tech industries with high-end manufacturing of energy-saving equipment, new energy vehicles and environmental protection. Representatives from the company took us visit the new energy vehicles, solar charging sheds, charging piles and charging stations they designed. They told us many things about the development of solar energy in our country, the national policy of new energy generation and the existing main problems at present, such as the recycling and reuse of solar panels made of monocrystalline and polycrystalline silicon and the impact of secondary pollution. We still need to pay more attention to the by-product of our “Optopia” to avoid the pollution. Because we are still working at a small scale, the pollution cannot be detected. We are going to do experiments at a larger scale to see its impact on the environment if possible.