ENGG1901 Engineering the Climate Change

The Faculty of Engineering organized two credit bearing summer programs. The first program ” ENGG1901 Engineering the Climate Change” was completed on Jul 13, 2012. Fifty students from different countries such as Mainland China, Australia, UK, France, India and Vietnam joined this one week intensive course. Some of them are from the top universities around the world such as UC Berkeley, Oxford University, University of Technology of Sydney, Fudan University, Peking University, and Renmin University of China.

After Prof. Norman Tien, the Dean of Engineering, presented his welcome speech, a series of lectures, workshops, technical visits and group presentation began.

The course leader Dr. Wilton Fok gave a series of lectures including “Climate Change and Engineering “, “Green ICT” and “Electrical Vehicle” in the course. Other teachers from the faculty such as Dr. C.H. Liu and Dr. Sam Hui from the Department of Mechanical Engineering talked about the topics on “Climate Change and Urbanization” and “Green Building” respectively. Dr. Jin Zhong from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering gave a lecture on “Smart Grid for Renewable Energy Management “. Students also conducted a hands-on workshop on “Vacuum for energy saving” supervised by Dr. H.N. Lam of the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Besides lectures by our faculty teachers, Dr. Rob Jarman, the Acting Dean of Engineering of the University of Technology of Sydney, was also invited as a visiting scholar and lectured a topic on “Renewable Energy” in this course. Ms. Ann Kildahl, the Manager of the HKU Sustainability Office, and Ms. Joy Lam also introduced the initiatives on sustainability in HKU for the students.

Besides lectures and workshops, some technical visits were organized as well, such as the field trip to the Building Service Lab, Hong Kong Observatory, Hong Kong Science Museum, CLP Power Plant in Castle Peak, sustainable development facilities HKU and the energy efficiency gallery in the headquarters of the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department. On the first evening, the group also experienced the ever green transportation vehicle – The Hong Kong Tramway and enjoyed the welcome dinner on the tram.

By the end of the course, students were required to give a group presentation to address the problems and solutions of climate change. The judges, Dr. Wilton Fok and Dr. Rob Jarman, were very impressed by the enthusiasm and innovative ideas of the students. Students also gave feedback that the course could help them understand more about the problem of climate change and they determined to apply their engineering knowledge in practical use for a better environment for our future.

Day 1 morning: Lecture and campus visit


Prof. Norman Tien, the Dean of Engineering, presented a welcome speech to the course delegates


Mr. Frankie Cheung, the Senior IT Manager of the Computer Centre, introduced the green ICT measures taken in the HKUCC Data Centre

Day 1 afternoon: Hands-on workshop on vacuum application, lecture and welcome dinner


“Sucking out air to create a vacuum space”

In the Workshop debrief


Student used iClass to draw and share their design on the teacher’s screen and presented their ideas


Dr. H.N. Lam, Department of Mechanical Engineering, demonstrated the effective and practical way to apply vacuum in daily life.


Dr. Jacqueline Lam and Dr. Frank Xu introduced an on-line application for the calculation of carbon footprint on food.


In the evening, the delegates experienced the evergreen transportation vehicle – The Hong Kong Tramway and enjoyed the welcome dinner on the tram!

Day 2 morning: Lecture and lab visit


Dr. C.H. Liu, Department of Mechanical Engineering, lectured a topic on “Climate Change and Urbanization”


Dr. CH Liu introduced the operation of hte road-side air pollutant meter


Dr. CH Liu introduced the micro wind turbine in the Building Service Lab

Day 2 afternoon: Visit the Hong Kong Observatory and HK Science Musuem


Lecture on Climate Change by Hong Kong Observatory


Visit the facilities for climate change monitoring


Group photo in front of the Hong Kong Observatory, one of historical building in Hong Kong.


Visit the Hong Kong Science Museum

Day 3 morning : Visit the CLP Power Plant


Dr. Wilton Fok introduced the operation of transmission power line


Introduction of the coal fuel operation in the power plant


Viewing the operation of the power generators

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Group photo in the CLP Castle Peak power plant


Outdoor facilities in the power plant

Day 3 afternoon: Visit the HK Science and Technology Park


Group photo in the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park


Visit the exhibit in the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park


Introduction of the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park by Ms. Katrina Kwok Assistant Manager, Industry and University Collaboration, Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation.

Day 4 morning: Lecture and facilities visit


Dr. Rob Jarman, the Acting Dean of Engineering of the University of Technology of Sydney, and lectured a topic on “Renewable Energy”


Students used iClass to share their ideas on energy conversion on their iPad.


Sharing ideas by drawing on a tablet PC


Ideas from different groups can be displayed on the screen in real-time


Visit the heat pump facilities inside the HKU Main Library


Visit the facilities for the “Integrated Resource Management” in HKU


The “Integrated Resource Management can monitor the power consumption of each building or even floor through a wireless tablet PC in real-time

Day 4 Afternoon: Visit the EMSD Energy Gallery


Visit the solar panel and micro wind turbine at the rooftop of the building


Students experienced the interactive game for environmental education in the gallery


Answering quiz challenge


Dr. Jin Zhong, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, lectured a topic on “Smart Grid for Renewable Energy Management “.

Day 5 morning: Lecture and facilities visit


Dr. Wilton Fok introduced the operation of the Electric Vehicle in the EV garage


Dr. Sam Hui, Department of Mechanical Engineering, lectured a topic on “Green Building”


“Safety first!” preparation of the site visit


Visit the facility of a green building in HKU

Day 5 afternoon: Students’ presentation


Student group presentation: Green feature of sustainable building


Student group presentation


Presentation of certification by Dr. Wilton Fok, Assistant Dean (External Relations and Knowledge Exchange), Faculty of Engineering, HKU


Presentation of the outstanding awards by Dr. Rob Jarman, Acting Dean of Engineering of the University of Technology of Sydney


Presentation of the outstanding awards by Dr. Wilton Fok


A group photo in front of the HKU Main Building