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Thursday, 10 December 2009 19:21

Green Roof of the World project brings renewable energy to remote western China

According to a press release by Huawei Technologies, it has worked with China Mobile to successfully complete a solar-and-wind-power and Internet project in China called ‘The Green Roof of the World.’

On December 10, 2009, Huawei Technologies announced that China Mobile has completed ‘The Green Roof of the World’ project.

The project consisted of at least two thousand solar-power sites in the remote and mountainous western part of China.

Western China is considered the western region of China that is comprised of the six provinces of Gansu, Guizhou, Qinghai, Shaanxi, Sichuan, and Yunnan; one municipality of Chongqing; and three autonomous regions of Ningxia, Tibet, and Xinjiang.

Learn more about Western China at China-Window.com’s website “Western Region Development.”

The article states, “The territory of the western region is vast, its population sparse, and its undeveloped economic resources need to be strengthened and exploited. Of the China's poor who lack adequate food and clothing, the majority live in this region. It is also the region in which most of China's minority nationalities live.”

In fact, as part of the huge Green Roof project Huawei engineers were able to place one of these solar powered sites on Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain peak.

The press release (“China Mobile Successfully Completes ‘The Green Roof of the World’ Project”) stated that the solar energy and wind power facilities now functioning in this part of China is saving 4,400 tons of coal each year, along with a reduction of emissions from sulfur dioxide (SO2) in the amount of 92.8 tons, carbon dioxide (CO2) of 14,504 tons, and soot of 1,080 tons.

Page two continues with the problems of building such a solar-powered network in Western China, and also the benefits.

At an average height of 4,000 meters (13,120 feet) above sea level, the remote and mountainous western region of China is highly inaccessible to the building of power plants and other power-generating facilities.

The press release describes the area as: “The vast territory, inhospitable hinterland and harsh natural conditions in this region posed multiple difficulties for typical power construction.”

The Green Roof of the World project is part of China Mobile’s ‘Green Action Plan,” which was begun in 2007.

It was envisioned near the end of 2004 when China Mobile and Huawei Technologies decided to develop solar-powered and wind-powered technologies in Western China.

The plan focuses on “… energy-saving, land and materials, costs-saving, waste recycling and environmental protection, to ensure a 40% drop of electricity consumption in 2010, compared with that of 2005.”

By 2010, China Mobile hopes to save about 82 billion kWh (kilowatt-hours), which will reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emissions by 6.94 million tons.

Page three discusses the impact that this project has on the peoples of Western China.

By the end of 2008, the joint effort had successfully connected wirelessly the Internet to at least 683 villages and towns in the region.

This number amounted to over 70% of the total number of villages and towns comprising the area within western China.

Less than one year later, in June 2009, the two companies had installed 1,156 sites on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau with solar power facilities.

The multiple-site area now is considered the largest solar power group in the world.

The press release states, “Nearly 80% of the 1,000 BTS [Base Transceiver Station] sites in this area are using solar power now.”

Now at the end of 2009, the total solar power capacity in this area totals 10,000 kilowatts, with a generation capacity of about 20 million kilowatts-hours.

In 2009, the venture added another one thousand solar power sites to the area.

Page four concludes with work in the future, and how this Green Roof project has changed the lives of these people.

And, in the future, China Mobile states that it will “… conduct advanced research on the wind/solar and mains hybrid power supply systems, actively piloting new sources of power such as fuel cells, small hydro power, and terrestrial heat.”

Because of The Green Roof of the World project, these remote towns and villages of Western China are now connected to the outside world.

They now have access to information on health-care and education, along with other necessities of life.

According to the press release, “Huawei Technologies is a leader in providing next generation telecommunications networks, and now serves 36 of the world's top 50 operators, along with over one billion users worldwide. The company is committed to providing innovative and customized products, services and solutions to create long-term value and growth potential for its customers.”

Huawei Technologies is headquartered in the Longgang District of Shenzhen, Guangdong, China.

China Mobile Limited, a state-owned enterprise of China, provides mobile voice and multimedia services through its nationwide mobile telecommunications network. It is the world’s largest mobile network.

Note: This important story was brought to the attention of iTWire by Mr. Jeremy Mitchell, Director of Media Relations for Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific, for Huawei Technologies (Australia) Pty. Ltd. Thank you Jeremy!


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