BY Megan Bennett
Antser, Andy, and I recently traveled to Taoyuan to do an inspection on rooftops and their capability of accessing solar panels. The two sites we visited were a steel company and a food distribution company. I mainly assisted with the blueprint sketches of the total three out of four roofs that ended up being compatible. I helped record measurements. Considering these measurements, I recalled my past lab experiences that required measuring, and I wondered how accurate the measurements were, and to what uncertainty they held. The lengths and heights were measured by a laser ruler.
Besides the technical aspect of the trip, I also learned about the communication skills required. Antser and Andy agreed that the communication aspect was far more challenging than the technical requirements. To talk with the buyer included convincing them and answering their questions about the solar energy they could activate.
We ventured back to Taipei via the “high-speed bullet train.” It was a rainy and productive day. I recall that the clients we met with were friendly. I also noticed how in their method of business, humor was incorporated. This gesture was a valuable attribute because it appeared to ease the situation. The clients even offered us warm water bottles as a gift of hospitality. They seemed curious and ready to learn and understand the ways they could be involved in solar energy.
Reflecting on this trip, I remember I also learned about what makes the best features of a capable rooftop, including concrete as number one. It was also interesting to learn about the illegal building of homes because of it being too hot. I noted that one limitation of a capable rooftop is having obstacles that lessen the available space.
In conclusion, this trip was very educational and I appreciate the chance to experience new things! Thank you!
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