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Three collaborate on solar research article

An Alfred University (AU) professor, a former AU visiting professor, and an educator from the School of Public Health at Wuhan University in Wuhan, China recently collaborated on a paper featured in Energy Policy, an international journal of political, economic, planning, environmental, and social aspect of energy.

The article, titled “Farmers’ Willingness to Convert Traditional Houses to Solar Houses in Rural Areas: A Survey of 465 Households in Chongqing, China,” was written by AU Professor Xingwu Wang, Xuesong Li, and Hao Li. It examines factors contributing to farmers’ willingness to convert their houses to environmentally friendly solar houses and found several factors which strongly correlate to farmers’ willingness to convert, including the possible implementation of government subsidies for conversion and new policies to encourage solar harvesting.

One factor which negatively impacts farmers’ willingness to convert, the research emphasized, is the high out-of-pocket starting cost. The conversion of houses can serve to decrease pollution and improve farmers’ living conditions, contributing to the social and environmental importance of the research.

Former visiting professor Xuesong Li played an integral role in this research. A celebrated Chinese renewable energy expert and associate professor at Chongqing Electronic College in Chongqing City, China, Li taught at AU’s Kazuo Inamori School of Engineering through August of 2013. Li presented on the topic of solar conversion in December and submitted an abstract on his work to the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, a professional organization which promotes the art, science, and practice of multidisciplinary engineering and related sciences.

Xingwu Wang, professor of electrical engineering at AU, also contributed to the research. Wang holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Harbin Naval Engineering Institute, a master of science degree  in physics from Hangzhou University, and a Ph.D. in physics from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

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