Author: Liu, Tianxu
Title: Potential of solar photovoltaic applications in buildings in Hong Kong
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 2011
Subject: Building-integrated photovoltaic systems -- China -- Hong Kong.
Buildings -- Energy conservation.
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Faculty of Construction and Land Use
Pages: vi, 83 leaves : ill. ; 30 cm.
Language: English
Abstract: After the recent nuclear disaster in Japan, many governments are re-considering their current energy policy, Germany and Switzerland will phase out nuclear power in about 20 years in their countries. Besides, energy shortage and greenhouse gas emissions are also very serious problems in western and developing countries like China. Many countries are now changing their policies towards renewable energy applications, especially solar photovoltaic and wind power generations. This project is to investigate the potential power generation from solar photovoltaic application in buildings in Hong Kong and its financial and environmental effects if a large number of solar photovoltaic power plants are installed in the territory. Possible subsidy policies to promote solar photovoltaic applications are also discussed so that suggestions can be made to policy makers for solar photovoltaic applications in buildings in Hong Kong. The study shows that the total power generation from solar photovoltaics in buildings could be about 13579.1 GWh per year and the percentage is about 32% of the total power demand in the territory if most of the available sun-exposed building roofs and facades are integrated with photovoltaics. About 8.7 Megatons per year of greenhouse gas emissions would be reduced. The government can also consider new policies to subsidize solar photovoltaic investors for promoting solar energy applications.
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