In the space of just a few years, China has become a global leader in renewable energy investment and industry — and much more growth is anticipated. This 14-day course is conducted in conjunction with students from Tsinghua University (the MIT of China), who join UVM students to form research teams focusing on renewable energy. This program is a deep dive into China’s rapid adoption of wind, solar and biomass energy – and an exploration of how this is so successfully being accomplished. Students will examine how renewable energy technologies are being deployed in China with focus on solar photovoltaic, solar thermal, wind and biomass, and will compare and contrast laws and policies in our two countries to examine China’s success in rapidly adopting renewable energy. We will visit solar, wind and biomass companies in China, including manufacturing facilities and company headquarters. We will also meet with experts in the renewable energy sector in China including university faculty, government officials, trade associations, NGOs, and industry leaders. The goals and expectations of renewable energy in China will be compared and contrasted with those in the United States regarding exporting technology and internal consumption of solar technologies. Students will explore professional directions relating to China’s renewable energy industries, including internship and post-graduation employment opportunities. This course begins in Beijing and concludes in Shanghai and will include cultural stops at the Great Wall, The Forbidden City, and the Shanghai Arts District.
Summer, Travel Course