Dr. Gregory Gangi, Institute for the Environment and the Curriculum in Environment and Ecology
Renewable energy and energy-efficiency technologies are evolving at a rapid rate. The prices for energy sources like solar and wind have fallen precipitously over the past thirty years and now compete with conventional fuels like coal and nuclear in many markets. Experts also expect the price of energy-storage technologies to scale up during the next decade and become an affordable option for utilities, residential consumers, and industry. Meanwhile, advances in information and communication technologies are giving consumers the power to manage their own consumption in a manner that was unfathomable even a decade ago, electric and self-driven cars promise revolution in the way we get around, and a growing numbers of credible experts talk of a coming “death spiral” for electric utilities.
The program will use clean technology as a lens to gain insights into how innovation advances in China and South Korea. The course will also explore the link between industrial policy and economic strategy in China and South Korea and how this affects the growth of a sector like clean technology. An important component of this course will involve visiting companies at the forefront of the clean energy sector, like BYD, Huawei, Hanwha, and LG.
Students on the three-week program will spend one week in each of the following cities:
- Seoul, South Korea
- Shanghai, China
- Shenzhen, China