Hanergy Mobile Energy is a multinational clean energy company as well as the world’s leading thin-film solar power company, committed to change the world by thin-film solar.
The company is headquartered in Beijing and has a total of 15,000 employees. It has branches in provinces all over China as well as in the Americas, Europe and the Middle East, Asia-Pacific, Africa and other regions.
In the field of thin-film solar power, the company engages in the integration of the entire thin-film value chain, covering R&D, high-end equipment manufacturing, thin-film solar module production and construction of thin-film solar power plants. It has invested in the construction of thin-film solar R&D and manufacturing bases throughout China with a total production capacity of 3GW. In addition, Hanergy has entered into thin-film solar power plant construction agreements across the globe totaling a capacity of about 10GW.
Through global technical integration and independent innovation, Hanergy has become a world leader in thin-film solar technology. The maximum research conversion efficiency of its copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) technology has reached 21%, as certified by Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE), and its gallium arsenide (GaAs) technology’s research conversion efficiency has reached 31.6% -- the world record for the highest conversion efficiency of thin-film solar technology, as certified by the U.S.’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).
Thin-film solar technology enables cutting-edge features such as flexibility, light weight, superior low light performance, and diversified color and shapes. These unique qualities make it adaptable to a wide range of applications, including Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV), residential power, agricultural applications, automobile power, electronics, consumer and specialty products, as well as commercial unmanned aerial vehicles.
Li Hejun was born in 1967 to a Hakka family in Heyuan City, Guangdong Province. He graduated from Beijing Jiaotong University in 1988 with a BS (Bachelor of Science) degree in Mechanical Engineering. He started his doctoral studies at Cambridge University in Macro Economics from 2002.
Li, vice chairman of the 11th Congress of the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce (ACFIC), delegate of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), Chairman of China New Energy Chamber of Commerce (CNECC), and the Board Chairman and CEO of Hanergy Mobile Energy.
Li was ranked by New Fortune as the richest person of China in 2014 and 2015 with personal wealth of 13.4 billion and 25.5 billion USD respectively. In 2015, he was ranked China’s richest person by Hurun Report with 24.6 billion USD.
In 1991, Li Hejun started from scratch and borrowed 50,000 Yuan from his university teacher to establish Hanergy Mobile Energy Holding Group. After more than 20 years, Hanergy has become the world's leading thin-film solar energy company. In his 20 years of entrepreneurial history, he has accomplished two miracles of the Chinese business circle. The first one is that Li led a team of more than 10,000 members to construct Jin’anqiao hydropower station, which lasted for eight years from 2002 to 2011, costing more than 20 billion Yuan. The construction management team built a 3 million kilowatt-capacity Jinanqiao hydropower station over the Jinsha River in Yunnan Province of China, at an altitude of more than 2000 meters, up from nothing. The installed capacity was 10% larger than that of the Gezhou Dam Hydropower Station in China, and 30% larger than the Hoover Dam, a symbol of US strength in that very year; the second one is that, he led Hanergy to make massive industrial transformation and strategic upgrade from 2010. During the past eight years, through four mergers and acquisitions for overseas technology, Hanergy has acquired Solibro in Germany, MiaSolé in the United States, Global Solar Energy, and Alta Devices Co., Ltd, successively, and have invested more than 50 billion Yuan to march toward the thin-film solar industry with its unique technological advantages. As Hanergy successful leaps to be a leading thin-film solar energy company with an entire industry chain for its scale and technology, Hanergy has hence become a leader in the global thin-film solar industry.
The second miracle is that, he led Hanergy to make massive strategic transition and industrial upgrade from 2010. From 2010 to 2015, Li led Hanergy to enter the thin film solar industry, which was not seen as a promising investment back then. Hanergy’s strategic transition took 6 years, with a total investment over 50 billion Yuan. Through 4 overseas M&As, Hanergy now ranks No. 1 globally in thin-film solar, in terms of output, technology, covering the whole industrial chain.
While creating two miracles in Chinese history of economy, Li made an important strategic judgment that “being thin and flexible is the future of solar industry”. He believes that thin film solar is like artificial chlorophyll, enabling humans to utilize sunshine like green plants. Thin film solar is waging a new industrial revolution of energy production and consumption – and this upcoming industrial revolution is as profound as that of the internet. Thin film power is showing us to a mobile energy era, where we can generate and utilize power in a mobile way like we use mobile internet and mobile phones.
Li Hejun is an advocate of new energy revolution. He and his company are dedicated to “Change The World With Thin-Film Solar”. In 2011, Li Hejun raised the concept of users “generating power for their own consumption and selling surplus to the grid.” This notion was affirmed by the Chinese government and enacted as a national policy, changing the landscape of the Chinese energy sector. In 2014, Li raised the concept of Mobile Energy for the first time in the world, which was highly appraised and recognized by the energy industry and beyond. He posits, “highly-efficient, flexible thin film solar technology enables us as humans to live without the traditional way of using fossil energy mostly by burning, instead, every person, even every item can generate power, and human society will enter an era characterized by distributed power generation.”
In November 2013, Li Hejun published his first book, New Energy Revolution: the Power to Change China and the World. The book emphasizes that the nature of industrial revolutions is indeed energy revolution. In the future, competitions for energy will not be for resources, but core technology. During the meanwhile, this book systematically argues that “a combination of thin film power and internet will lead to the Third Industrial Revolution.”The English version of this book, China's New Energy Revolution, was published in 2014, receiving positive comments from all over the world.
With his charisma and strategic vision, endurance and perseverance of ten tough years, and his dedication to dreams, Li is widely recognized as one of the Chinese entrepreneurs with the Most Respectable Entrepreneurship.
Li also launched multiple philanthropic programs. As the one of the primary sponsors and the first executive director-general of the China Red Ribbon Foundation (a special fund for AIDS prevention and treatment in China), Li has made profound contributions to the programs of anti-AIDS, education, anti-desertification in China and poverty relief.
Ecological civilization will be ushered in for the world after thousands of years of agricultural civilization and hundreds of years of industrial civilization. Under the new civilization, man and nature will learn to live in harmony and sustainable socioeconomic development will become a reality. As the ultimate driver of the ecological civilization, clean energy will eventually transform the way that mankind lives, works and consumes. Therefore, clean energy remains the fundamental pursuit of Hanergy Mobile Energy and is our decision made for a sustainable and harmonious world.
Based on a strategic vision, Hanergy strives to become an influential global player as a Chinese company through innovation and exponential growth. Driven by our mission “Change The World With Thin-Film Solar” and a great sense of social responsibility, Hanergy endeavors to accommodate the expectations and interests of all stakeholders while providing clean energy to the public. In this way, we can promote the balanced economic development and fulfill our economic, environmental and social responsibilities.
I believe that new energy in particular solar power will replace the conventional energy instead of just providing an alternative. It is a revolution that will soon be achieved. New energy will transform not only the energy landscape of the world, but also the lifestyle of mankind. Chinese companies have unprecedented opportunities in the new energy industry, as manufacturing and hi-tech are the two pillars of this energy industry and China has remarkable edges on both fronts.
Hanergy is the director of China New Energy Chamber of Commerce. In recent years, since our entry into the solar power photovoltaic industry, both a hi-tech and new energy industry, and guided by the new energy development strategy of the government, we have soon become the sole hi-tech clean energy private company in China that extends its presence throughout the entire value chain of photovoltaic solar power industry. Our business components include hydropower, wind power, photovoltaic solar power generation, R&D of photovoltaic technologies, production of high-end equipment and photovoltaic cells, construction of photovoltaic power stations and BIPV (Building-integrated Photovoltaics).
We have stood up to the test from the construction of Jin’anqiao Hydropower Station. The eight years of efforts by Jinsha River presented as an exercise to temper our persistence, build our staff and consolidate our strength. At present, Hanergy has taken off to a steep growth curve and attracted the limelight of the photovoltaic solar power industry again thanks to its strategic business planning and investment in the new energy sector.
I have summed up my years of experience in one statement. Namely, we generally overestimate the changes in one to two years and underestimate those in five to 10 years. The changes and development with new energy have been underestimated by all. I hope that Hanergy will transform the global energy landscape and become one of the most influential companies in the world in the coming decade. I am confident in this because Hanergy is a miracle maker and Jin’anqiao Hydropower Station was the first miracle we made. I believe that together we can continue to make many more miracles.
Vice Chairman of the 11th Congress of the ACFIC,
Delegate of the CPPCC,
Director of China New Energy Chamber of Commerce,
Board Chairman and CEO of Hanergy Holding Group
《China’s New Energy Revolution》is Li Hejun's first book, and also the first Chinese book to explore how China will crack the energy bottleneck by the photovoltaic revolution in order to achieve sustainable development and finally complete the peaceful rise.
Changing the world with thin-film solar energy is our common belief.
Righteousness, nobility, wisdom and inclusiveness are our temperament.
Vision and pragmatism are our styles.
The secret of survival is that technology always takes a lead.
The secret of development is to make the outcome better than you think.
The secret of success depends first on people, second on people, and third on people.
The problem of morality is the zero factor. Zero times billions is zero.
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