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In 2016 the National Development and Reform Commission issued guidelines for the development of Internet+ smart energy demonstration projects. Out of an initial 300 applications, 55 projects were chosen for development.T

These projects are meant to explore and understand the societal benefits of the energy internet for, among others, agricultural, industrial, transportation, commercial, sports and education applications.

The Sanxing garden “Internet+” smart energy demonstration project is a micro grid project especially designed for use in the countryside. The main objective of the project is to develop an emissions free energy system.

There are three parts to the project:

• The power supply part, which includes PV and wind turbines;

• The power distribution part, which includes two kinds of Li-ion battery, one brand new and the other recycled from an electric vehicle;

• The power consumption part which includes the local lighting utility, agricultural, government, commercial, industrial and residential properties.

The land, provided by the Yuhaitang Agriculture Technic Co. Ltd, will provide the opportunity for projects like the Sanxing garden “Internet+” smart energy demonstration project to “make our environmentally friendly and data-based project a reality,” according to the project researchers.

“With these projects, government can also get a vision of how to develop the countryside.”In 2016 the National Development and Reform Commission issued guidelines for the development of Internet+ smart energy demonstration projects.

Out of an initial 300 applications, 55 projects were chosen for development.The main objective of the project is to develop an emissions free energy system.

One unexpected outcome from the current project development is that residents seem to be reluctant to have PV solar panels installed on their roofs.

It may well be that the current low cost of grid generated electricity and the lack of difference between peak and off-peak tariffs has created reluctance among residential consumers to adopt renewable energy or storage at home.

The Sanxing Garden “Internet+” smart energy demonstration project will be discussed at China Utility Week on 15 April 2019 during the Energy Internet Demonstration Project session.

This article was originally published in Smart Energy International 2-2019.