Grids back North­east Asia co­op­er­a­tion

China Daily (Canada) - - LIFE - ByWANG YANFEI wangyan­fei@chi­nadaily.com.cn

State Grid Corp of China an­nounced on Wed­nes­day it will es­tab­lish a North­east Asia grid co­op­er­a­tion scheme in col­lab­o­ra­tion with firms in three neigh­bor­ing coun­tries, mark­ing the first step in build­ing a frame­work for a global en­ergy in­ter­con­nec­tion.

The State Grid has signed a mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing with Ja­pan-based Soft­Bank Corp, Rus­si­abased Ros­seti and Korea Elec­tric Power Corp in an ef­fort to sup­port the global trans­for­ma­tion to­ward a sus­tain­able and cleaner en­ergy sup­ply.

Liu Zhenya, chair­man of the State Grid, ex­pects that with an es­ti­mated $50 tril­lion of in­vest­ment, the global cross-con­ti­nent col­lab­o­ra­tion scheme will bring huge eco­nomic and so­cial ben­e­fits when it is fi­nally es­tab­lished by the end of 2050.

“Through smart grids, we hope to en­sure global en­ergy sup­ply by pro­mot­ing the in­te­gra­tion of clean en­ergy,” Liu said at the In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence on Global En­ergy In­ter­con­nec­tion held in Bei­jing onWed­nes­day.

Liu added that the col­lab­o­ra­tion is help­ful in ad­dress­ing the in­ef­fi­cient us­age of re­new­able re­sources, such as wind, so­lar and hy­dropower sup­ply.

Tak­ing ad­van­tage of abun­dant re­sources, China has made a big bet on re­new­able en­ergy in­stal­la­tion to wean off dirty fos­sil fu­els, ac­cord­ing to Liu Jizhen, pres­i­dent of North China Elec­tric Power Univer­sity.

But of­fi­cial data show that a big pro­por­tion of power gen­er­ated from so­lar farms, so­lar en­ergy projects and hy­dro­elec­tric dams has failed to reach en­ergy users — around 15 per­cent of elec­tric­ity gen­er­ated from wind projects has been wasted and 12 per­cent from so­lar projects has no place to go last year.

Liu, the univer­sity pres­i­dent, said that en­ergy wasted can be bet­ter used when it is trans­mit­ted to re­gions with high­erde­mandthrough ex­tra high-volt­age power lines.

“The good news is that coun­tries in­volved un­der the North­east Asia col­lab­o­ra­tion frame­work are well-pre­pared with sound tech­nol­ogy bases to build elec­tric­ity trans­mis­sion sys­tems across coun­tries,” said Masayoshi Son, CEO of Soft­Bank Corp, which pro­posed the es­tab­lish­ment of an Asia Su­per Grid as early as 2012 and has joined with New­com in Mon­go­lia to sup­ply clean power.

At the same time, Son noted that fur­ther col­lab­o­ra­tion could only be es­tab­lished when a clear and con­crete scheme across coun­tries is in place and geopol­i­tics stakes are not in the way.

He Dexin, head of the Chi­nese Wind En­ergy As­so­ci­a­tion, sug­gested that China has to re­solve its own in­ef­fi­ciency be­fore par­tic­i­pat­ing in a larger col­lab­o­ra­tion frame­work.

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A worker sol­der­ing power trans­mis­sion fa­cil­i­ties in Zigui county, Hubei prov­ince.

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