On September 15th (local time), DENNIS SHE, Vice President of LONGi, participated in the panel session of the WTO Public Forum 2023 held in Geneva, Switzerland. During the event, representatives from governments, intergovernmental organizations (IGOs), non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academia and industry from around the world engaged in a passionate discussion on “how trade and the WTO can help create a greener and a more sustainable future,” with LONGi’s call to “promote global energy justice empowered by solar technology” resonating widely among them.
Unbalanced global economic development has led to significant differences in per capita energy consumption across countries, with approximately 80% of the world’s energy consumed by the most developed 20% of economies. At the same time, about 11% of the world’s population does not have access to electricity, and about 1/3 does not have access to clean energy for cooking. Energy poverty directly hinders local economic development and improving people’s quality of life. On the other hand, the uneven distribution and limited availability of the world’s petrochemical energy resources also hinder the realization of global energy justice.
How can we deal with global differences in energy consumption and uncoordinated regional development?
Dennis believes that a more equitable supply of clean energy becomes the best option for promoting coordinated global development. Energy justice is about providing clean, affordable and non-discriminatory energy services for all. Solar energy is more widely and abundantly distributed around the world than traditional fossil fuels and is more suitable for underdeveloped countries. As the development of photovoltaic technology continues, the LCOE of photovoltaic power is decreasing rapidly. Large-scale development of renewable energy, in particular photovoltaic energy, can, on the one hand, improve energy autonomy, while on the other hand, strengthen global synergies. In this way, it can significantly reduce the impact of the energy crisis.
Dennis said that to rapidly achieve energy justice, enabling clean energy to contribute to human development, it is imperative that technological innovation continuously improves. LONGi remains steadfast in its commitment to improving the efficiency of photovoltaic cells. In 2022 alone, LONGi broke the world record for photovoltaic cell conversion efficiency seven times. It should be noted that last November, LONGi’s independently developed silicon heterojunction intrinsically thin film (HIT) cell achieved a conversion efficiency of 26.81%, breaking a world record for silicon solar cell efficiency that had stood for five years. LONGi also recently introduced its innovative BC PV cell technology, taking the efficiency of commercial PV power generation to unprecedented new heights.
As the energy revolution enters a new round of faster progress, driven primarily by renewable energy, we can expect that the global distribution of resources will be achieved through an equitable distribution of clean energy. In a future of energy justice and carbon balance, the world will have unlimited opportunities for sustainable development.
Founded in 2000, LONGi is committed to being a leading global solar technology company, focusing on customer-centric value creation for a comprehensive energy transformation.
Under its mission to “get the best out of solar energy to build a green world”, LONGi has devoted itself to technological innovation and established five business sectors covering mono silicon wafer cells and modules, commercial and industrial distributed solar solutions, green solutions energy and hydrogen equipment. The company has advanced its green energy capabilities and recently also adopted green hydrogen products and solutions to support global zero-carbon development.