China Utility Week
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China Utility Week offers a powerful portfolio of end-to-end T&D solutions as well as specific zones dedicated to innovation and start-ups, intelligent buildings and the energy revolution.

“As part of China’s stated effort to open up the electricity sector, the NDRC (National Development and Reform Commission) allows foreign investment in the construction and operation of the power grid.”

At the beginning of 2019, the two state-owned grid companies (China State Grid and China Southern Power Grid) issued official documents indicating that integrated energy featured in their strategic planning.

It is easy to see the energy transformation and power system reform being undertaken in China. Under the dual role, the development of integrated energy services has become one of the most important issues in China.

In this process, it is naturally indispensable to learn from foreign mature experience.

Don’t miss...

• Opening Keynote:Microgrid Group Pilot Project Showcase, Tuesday 16 April, 14:00.

• Sharing Session:1. VPP Standard and Cases in Germany, 2. Power Plant Portfolio Optimisation and Case Studies, Tuesday 16 April, 14:30.

• Panel Discussion: How to Localise Integrated Energy Solutions in China Tuesday 16 April, 16:30,

EnerSafari Initiate! Program.

In 2017, China’s investment overseas in renewable energy fields reached $44.3 billion and has continued to grow year on year. However, as the progress of cross-border investment is in full swing, overseas energy technology companies and investors still have difficulty in accessing the Chinese market because of barriers to market promotion and cross-border communication.

In 2019, how should we overcome the obstacles caused by different time zones, languages, cultures and politics? Only by aggregating information in the energy field, bridging gaps with information, advancing decision-making with big data, and opening up online and offline can we discover the infinite possibilities of global energy.

Our Initiate! Programme, which helps investors and start-ups get matched, bridges the information gap at both ends.Don’t miss...

• Road show for start-ups, Monday 15 April, 09:30

• Panel Discussion: Focusing on energy investment, Monday 15 April, 10:30

• Match making for investors and start-ups, Monday 15 April, 11:30

This article was originally published in Smart Energy International 2-2019.  The full version will be published on 06 May. Read all articles via our digital magazine today.

At the beginning of 2019, the two state-owned grid companies (China State Grid and China Southern Power Grid) issued official documents indicating that integrated energy featured in their strategic planning. It is easy to see the energy transformation and power system reform being undertaken in China.

Under the dual role, the development of integrated energy services has become one of the most important issues in China. In this process, it is naturally indispensable to learn from foreign mature experience.

China Utility Week will provide the opportunity to hear about a number of pilot projects happening across China.

One of these projects is a microgrid group pilot project at the Xiaolan Multi-energy Commercial and Industrial Park. This project aims to create a 3-in-1 grid-connected smart microgrid group integrating the business park microgrid (“590” Innovation Park), campus microgrid (Tellhow Animation Academy) and industrial park microgrid (Power Industrial Park) to research and explore the control, interaction, operation and management of technologies and models of multiple microgrids – as well as to set up an Energy Internet technology demonstration showcase where various energy internet technologies can be deployed and demonstrated.

The microgrid is made up of distributed photovoltaic panels, photovoltaic carports, energy storage, EV charging stations, diesel generators, heat pumps, gas CHP systems, an online monitoring platform and display screen.The design and set-up of the microgrid system, through the operation and management of the microgrid, would allow for the exploration of various business models such as green power trading, P2P trading, energy blockchain trading and demand response; along with research and application of advanced technologies such as sector coupling, flexibility management and virtual power plant.

The organisers welcome domestic and international providers to showcase their energy technologies, especially microgrid technologies, in the Xiaolan Park.As an important carrier of the Energy Internet, microgrids play an important role in the energy transition revolution.

However, from a business point of view, the development of microgrids is indeed subject to certain economic constraints. With the advancement of distributed renewable energy storage, the cost reduction of distributed generation and the development of power sector reform in China, microgrids are expected to have an increasing market share in the foreseeable future in China.

It is a huge market.

Currently, it is easier to employ microgrid technologies where multiple energy resources are needed, where a power trading market is open and the park owners are aware of energy efficiency and technology. The main barrier for the application of microgrids is the lack of proof of concept as well as coordination of multiple types of energy equipment and technologies.

The development of the Xiaolan Park, as an open microgrid demonstration park, will provide a showcase to show microgrid technologies.