Honey­well to trim en­ergy us­age

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By WANG YING in Shang­hai wang_y­ing@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Honey­well is part­ner­ing with a lo­cal com­pany to launch a new en­ergy ef­fi­ciency plat­form in Shang­hai, putting China among the first batch of coun­tries where the pro­gram is be­ing tested.

The For­tune-100 di­ver­si­fied tech­nol­ogy and man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pany will work with real es­tate de­vel­oper Shang­hai New Changn­ing Group on 30 com­mer­cial build­ings in Changn­ing dis­trict, it said. The two sides have al­ready signed an MOU to work to­gether.

Ac­cord­ing to the deal, all of the build­ings will have au­to­mated-de­mand-re­sponse sys­tems in­stalled. Th­ese are de­signed to con­duct real-time mon­i­tor­ing of the smart grid and strike a bal­ance be­tween en­ergy loads and con­sump­tion.

They are ex­pected to re­duce the to­tal heat­ing, cool­ing, light­ing and com­put­ing loads by 15 per­cent for industrial use and 20 per­cent for com­mer­cial use, the com­pany said.

“The au­to­mated-de­man­dresponse sys­tem al­lows the power com­pany to re­duce the en­ergy load in the com­mer­cial build­ings and fac­to­ries with­out caus­ing brownouts or black­outs,” said Roger Fradin, vice- chair­man of Honey­well.

“There is a bal­ance be­tween the amount of en­ergy be­ing gen­er­ated and the amount of en­ergy be­ing con­sumed.”

This is Honey­well’s sec­ond project in China af­ter a sim­i­lar demo project got off the ground ear­lier in Tian­jin.

More than half of China’s 1.4 bil­lion pop­u­la­tion live in cities. An ad­di­tional 350 mil­lion are ex­pected to bol­ster the coun­try’s un­prece­dented ur­ban­iza­tion drive by 2030, which will cre­ate huge de­mand for bet­ter ways to con­sume en­ergy, ac­cord­ing to a re­port is­sued by McKin­sey & Co.

As more peo­ple pur­chase air con­di­tion­ers, flat screen TVs and mod­ern kitchen ap­pli­ances, en­ergy con­sump­tion will rise and the threat of short­ages grow.

“It’s not a China-spe­cific is­sue, but an is­sue around the world,” said Fradin.

He said en­ergy ef­fi­cient so­lu­tions will help to man­age de­mand for elec­tric­ity rather than sim­ply ramp­ing up sup­ply.

Such mea­sures can also save costs as there is con­sid­er­able waste in­volved in sat­is­fy­ing peak de­mand due to the amount of en­ergy gen­er­ated that goes un­used. Re­duc­ing power us­age also makes mod­ern life­styles more sus­tain­able, the com­pany said.

China now makes up 6 per­cent, or $2.4 bil­lion, of Honey­well’s global rev­enue. In 2013, China be­came its largest mar­ket out­side of the United States.

Sales rev­enue in China has jumped 500 per­cent over the last decade, out­pac­ing the do­mes­tic econ­omy’s four-fold growth, Fradin said.

“We are con­fi­dent of con­tin­u­ing our high-speed growth in China in the com­ing years,” he added.

More than 50 per­cent of Honey­well’s prod­ucts and so­lu­tions are linked to clean en­ergy and en­ergy ef­fi­ciency, which fits well with the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment’s de­mand to cut car­bon diox­ide emis­sions and pro­mote ef­fi­cient en­ergy us­age.

Turbo-charg­ing tech­nol­ogy is an­other ex­am­ple of Honey­well’s en­ergy sav­ing prod­ucts. This has been proven to re­duce ve­hi­cles’ fuel con­sump­tion by be­tween 20 per­cent and 40 per­cent. It can cut emis­sions by up to 30 per­cent.

“It al­lows you to get the per­for­mance of a big­ger en­gine on a small en­gine, with good driv­ing per­for­mance but much lower emis­sions,” said Fradin.

Fradin is a mem­ber of the first US pres­i­den­tial mission to ex­pand bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion in the realm of clean en­ergy.

Led by Sec­re­tary of Com­merce Penny Pritzker and Deputy Sec­re­tary of En­ergy El­iz­a­beth Sher­wood-Randall, it aims to help US com­pa­nies launch or in­crease their busi­ness in China in terms of en­ergy ef­fi­cient tech­nolo­gies, clean air and wa­ter tech­nolo­gies, and green build­ings.

“We are here in China as part of the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion’s first-ever pres­i­den­tial trade mission,” said Pritzker dur­ing a re­cent fo­rum at the China Ex­ec­u­tive Lead­er­ship Academy in Pudong, Shang­hai.

“We brought 24 US firms with us,” she said. “(They) not only rep­re­sent the gold stan­dard in clean tech­nol­ogy, but are also ex­am­ples of the Amer­i­can spirit of in­no­va­tion and en­trepreneur­ship.”

“There is a fun­da­men­tal be­lief that good en­vi­ron­men­tal prac­tices are not against good econ­omy,” said Fradin.

Such co­op­er­a­tion is a win­win strat­egy as it will help China cut its emis­sions and pol­lu­tion lev­els while win­ning more busi­ness from US com­pa­nies, said Song Guoyou, a pro­fes­sor at the Cen­ter of Amer­i­can Stud­ies at Shang­hai’s Fu­dan Uni­ver­sity.

He said such co­op­er­a­tion could add $100 bil­lion to the com­bined GDP of China and the US in the fu­ture.

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