Yang Chen has inherited his interest in energy technology from his father, who was an engineer in Beijing. In 2002 Yang’s passion for energy technology took him from China to Sweden and the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. Today he travels frequently between the two countries in his role as one of the ÅF Infrastructure experts in simulations and energy calculations.
Your career was internationally orientated right from the start. Have things continued in the same vein at ÅF?
“Most certainly. I work on international projects in Russia, Finland, Norway and China together with my ÅF colleagues from all over the world. ÅF has energy technology consulting operations in 23 countries and we work closely with one another across national borders.”
What ÅF projects are you currently in charge of in China?
“At present we are developing the eco-cities of Xi’an and Gongqing. With China’s energy needs escalating to meet the rapid pace of development in the nation, the Chinese government is investing heavily in sustainable urban planning and infrastructure. ÅF is helping by optimising energy use in the cities’ various systems for managing water, electricity, energy, waste and traffic, and by making sure that these work together as efficiently as possible.”
Are you involved in any similar projects here in Sweden?
“One similar project that we are working on right now is the new Karolinska University Hospital in Solna, Stockholm. Our energy simulations show how to optimise the building so that the entire hospital uses as little energy as possible.”
How come you’re so interested in energy and sustainability?
“It’s something that’s fascinated me ever since I was a little boy, when my father was working in energy technology sector. How to find sustainable solutions to our energy needs is one of the most important challenges facing the world today. Here at ÅF we’re doing everything we can to be a part of that solution. Energy savings and sustainability are key components in everything we work on. ÅF even publishes its own magazine – the ÅF Green Advisor Report – that charts the progress we’re making towards a more sustainable society.”
How has ÅF contributed to your development?
“First and foremost by enabling me to complement theory with practical knowledge. I have my more experienced colleagues to thank for that. I’ve developed a greater understanding about what is needed to turn our ideas for solutions into reality. Thanks to ÅF’s close collaboration with the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, I am also able to combine post-graduate research with my work. My next goal is to progress from being responsible for energy calculations to leading a group or a section. I want to be one of those who lead ÅF into the future!”