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10-day trip to Shanghai and Hong Kong

19.06.2023

We are excited to share that our CEO Oliver Ruus and Head of Procurement Madis Anni recently completed a 10-day trip to Shanghai and Hong Kong! During their visit, they had the opportunity to explore various renewable factories as well as attend the SNIEC fair.

The two were able to gain valuable insights into the renewable industry, meet potential partners and suppliers, and get an in-depth look at how manufacturing is being done in both cities. In this blog post, I will share my insights on what I learned and saw during our visit!

During our two-day visit to SNIEC, we had the opportunity to learn from industry experts about their experiences developing and implementing these cutting edge green technologies. The SNIEC is an extraordinary place filled with awe-inspiring energy production, conservation, and distribution technologies. This international expo centre in Shanghai offers visitors a chance to get up close and personal with the latest innovations that are revolutionizing the way we produce, conserve, and distribute energy. The organizers had put in months of hard work to ensure that everything ran smoothly on opening day. On the first day there were 500 000 visitors but still everything was managed smoothly without any chaos or waiting lines.

On the following days, we visited both large-scale and small scale manufacturing facilities. We were welcomed with a tour of the facility, an introduction to their products, and a discussion about state-of-the-art solar technology. We have the opportunity to see firsthand how they produce their panels and what goes into making them. The visits were informative – we learned about different types of solar panels, their efficiency rating, and any other details related to the manufacturing process. We also had a chance to discuss challenges in the industry and explore new technologies that can be used to increase panel efficiency. All in all, it was an eye-opening experience that allowed us to gain valuable insights into our work.

On Sunday, our first free day, we explored the city of Shanghai. A day in Shanghai is like living a dream. From the moment you wake up and take in the city’s astonishing skyline to when after the sun goes down the city comes alive again, it’s an experience unlike any other. Whether it’s taking a stroll through one of its many parks or visiting iconic landmarks such as The Bund and Yuyuan Garden, there’s something for everyone. With its unique blend of culture, food, entertainment, Shanghai offers visitors an unforgettable journey that will leave them with lasting memories. For those looking to explore the city’s rich history, Shanghai is home to some of China’s oldest temples such as Jing’an Temple and Longhua Temple. Not only can visitors admire the intricate architecture but they can also learn about Chinese culture and traditions.

New week brought us to new factories. This time we visited the factories that produce panels and trackers to our solar parks. We had the opportunity to observe firsthand how the factories operate. We get to see the production process in action but also were able to learn about the latest technology being used there. To our surprise, a lot of the work is still done by hand – from winding coils for transformers to soldering circuit boards. We also got a peek into how batteries are produced and were able to observe the production line that produces modular central inverters which could be the future in energy storage solutions.

Our last days were spent at the Huawei head office in Mainland China. It was a great opportunity for us to see firsthand how this global tech giant is innovating and leading the way in sustainable energy solutions. 

The average age of the city Shenshen where Huawei HQ is located is 33 years making it the youngest city in China. We were privileged to be given a tour of their impressive research and development facilities and learn more about their plans for the future. To reduce the energy costs of the main building half of their windows are acting as solar panels covering 40% of their needs. We also got a chance to visit Huawei’s original headquarters, which has been around since 1987. It was an incredible experience to walk through the halls where this tech giant first began. We were welcomed with open arms and a delicious lunch. Our final stop before heading home was a meeting at the R & D (research and development) center on the other side of the city. Thanks to their generous hospitality, we were able to get there quickly and on time with a special means of transportation.

The R & D center was breathtaking. They have gathered bits and pieces from 17 European cities to make their 40000 employees feel like home and to honor the scientific contributions European scientists have made over the years.

Overall, our visit to the Huawei head office in Mainland China was an incredible experience. We got to witness firsthand the company’s commitment to sustainability and innovation, as well as how much they value their employees – no matter who you are or where you’re from. 

Last but not least, our hosts did not forget Oliver’s birthday. Our hosts had prepared an exciting day for him, with a cake, boat trip and dinner at the second highest building in China. The view was breathtaking!

Then it was time to head back home.