China embraces Kung Fu Panda to electrify new Silk Road

6 July 2017

A solar farm made to look like a giant panda has been connected to the grid in the city of Datong in China’s northern Shanxi province. It will be the first of 100 panda-shaped solar farms that will follow China’s modern Silk Road.

The 50MW Panda Power Plant covers a total area of 248 acres, with the black part of the panda composed of monocrystalline silicone and the grey and white parts made of thin film solar cells.

The panda in the photos of the solar farm bears a resemblance to the panda cubs from Dreamworks’ Kung Fu Panda films.

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Designed to improve “youth engagement and innovation” the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and China Merchants New Energy say they will “work together to promote and popularise the promotion of new energy through summer camps and open innovation design contests”.

The camp “will offer participants a deeper understanding of green energies and first-hand experience of environmental protection, with top notch mentors and facilitators in the field to monitor and provide on-site support”.

The UNDP “will identify outstanding, marginalised youth groups in China to develop and strengthen their leadership skills through an international exchange initiative”.

There are plans over the next five years build 100 similar plants along the new Silk Road, with some being built outside China.

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Image courtesy of Panda Green Energy

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