eoYouth Summer Field Trip Update

The 5th eoYouth Summer Field Trip was organized by Energy Observer magazine and organized by the Master of Environmental Policy at Duke Kunshan University. This Summer Field Trip supported student teams from top Chinese Universities to investigate environmental problems from different perspectives. Most of the teams have completed the first phase of researches. The research locations are mainly focused on North China, East China and Southeast China. Now let’s see what they have achieved.




Interviewed Jianshu Lin, Engineer at Hualong International Nuclear Power Technology Co., Ltd.

Xiamen University team went to the Nuclear Power Station in Sanshan Town, Fuqing City, Fuzhou, to conduct the research on the theme of China Nuclear Fuqing Project. In the nuclear station, the students learned the prospects of the nuclear power industry and current situation of China's nuclear power development. They also participated the seminar on No.1 Hualong Introduction, learning construction progress and technical features of No.1 Hualong.

Interviewed Junwei Hao, Engineer at China Guangdong Nuclear Power Group

At the nuclear power office in Fujian Province, the students studied about the nuclear power planning and consumption in Fujian and raised the research topics on NIMBY, fundamental nuclear physics, application of nuclear technology and application of nuclear power in unexplored areas. In the Guangdong Nuclear Research Institute, they also learned about the advanced nuclear power design and the developing direction of China's nuclear power.

Field trip to the natural gas station for research interview

At the meanwhile in Nantong, Jiangsu, students from China University of Petroleum were investigating the social capital input and the development model in the oil and gas infrastructure construction. During August 5-10, they interviewed Professor Yuxing Li from China University of Petroleum, and received some relevant information; On August 10, the students had an online discussion with Professor Jianhong Yang from Pipeline Research Laboratory of China National Petroleum Corp Planning Institute on the natural gas market development and supply situation, LNG project in progress, and pipeline laying agreement situation in Jiangsu; They also conducted an on-site interview with China Petroleum Beijing Natural Gas Pipeline Company to understand the problem of mixed enterprise reform, oil and gas pipeline operation, capital investment on oil and gas infrastructure, and construction status.

Team members collecting data at Bureau of Statistics in Jiangsu

Students from North China Electric Power University took the field trips to Xiamen, Fujian and Yancheng, Jiangsu respectively to study the research of Offshore Wind Power Cost Analysis and Future Development Model.

Offshore wind turbine in Xiangshui, Yancheng

In addition to the above three teams, the others were also engaged in the intense research work. For example, the students from Renmin University of China were investigating the Thermal Power Flexibility and Transformation in Liaoning Province. On July 28, they studied the current thermal power transformation situation, the technical principles of heat storage tank and how to solve the problem of low heating capacity in the daytime from China Datang Group.

The team of Duke Kunshan University interviewed the Beijing Greenovation Hub, mainly consulting about the NGO recommendations on the green financial (sustainable financial) policy. They were aware that green finance is the best embodiment of China's One Belt One Road initiative. The essence of green finance is to use the financial leverage to flow the capital into climate-friendly and environment-friendly fields.

Photo with Prof. Yanling Zhu during the research

In mid-August, students from Duke Kusnhan University came to Yunnan, and investigated the Yunnan railway sector and NGOs. NGOs on green basin are mainly committed to promoting government, market and the society to participate in river basin management, watershed protection and sustainable development. The focus is to apply the green financial policy-oriented role to Yunnan local watershed protection and supervision. Later, they visited and interviewed at the railway runnel construction site near DuiLangcang River, Jinghong City, Xishuangbanna.

Yumo railway construction site in Xishuangbanna

Each research team has been to a lot of places and done many things in the first month. 

The researchers will still be on the road, sharing more interesting stories.