Industry-college-institute cooperation is essential to deal with technical challenges in developing Guangdong’s new energy industry, said Ye Siyu, Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and an expert on new energy, during an interview with Newsgd.com on November 21st.
Ye made this remark during the 2019 ICCFED, which was held on November 21st-22nd. This year the conference gathered a dozen of foreign consultants from some of the world's leading institutions, to brainstorm strategies for the development of Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA).
Ye Siyu, Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and expert on new energy. [Photo: Nanfang Daily]
As regards cooperation on hydrogen energy, Ye proposed that the province should build a college and university R&D network in the GBA, and formulate a future development blueprint. The province also should establish an industrial alliance, to further facilitate the launch of industries and projects.
Ye believes that Guangdong's new energy industry has first mover advantages. In the field of pure electric vehicles, there are companies like BYD in Guangdong. In terms of hydrogen energy and fuel cells, Guangdong has also been in the leading position over the last two years. Sinosynergy Power, a company based in Yunfu, a city in the west of Guangdong, is a good example. “Next, we need to overcome the core technical problems in the hydrogen energy industry, and improve the industrial chain,” he said.
In recent years, the development of China's new energy vehicles has reached a new stage. However, at the same time, new challenges are emerging. “For example, range anxiety and charging speed have always been the "bottleneck" for pure electric vehicles,” he said. Fortunately, the use of hydrogen fuel cells in transportation will provide a solution to the shortcomings of the electric vehicles.
“In addition to the construction of hydrogen stations, we need to step up the R&D on the core technology of fuel cells,” according to Ye. At present, many crucial materials and components depend on import, such as membrane electrode assembly, which is effectively the fuel cell’s “chip”. Most cutting-edge technologies in exploiting hydrogen energy have been developed in the United States, Canada, Germany and Japan.
“Guangdong needs to continuously increase investment in scientific research and utilize research achievements to serve industry, so as to improve its competitiveness in this field.” The expert emphasized the importance of colleges, institutions and the introduction of talent, not only domestic and foreign experts in basic science, but also in applied research and industrial R&D.
Authors: Hu Nan, Hannah Zhou
Editors: Olivia Ouyang, Simon Haywood