UK Trade & Investment: ‘Smart Grids’ Mission to Guangzhou, China 18 -22 March 2013

Published by DIT - East of England

A major business sector is being created in China by its construction of a "Strong and Smart Grid" involving the whole of the power network from generation plant to consumption. Now in the second (construction) phase of an 11-year deployment plan, some £150 billion is being invested over 5 years (to 2015), encompassing all aspects of the grid, including increasing generation and transmission capacity, nationwide smart meter deployment, large-scale renewable energy integration, and a large substation build-out. This investment includes some £3.5bn pa for interactive, or “smart” functioning across the whole of the grid network.

UKTI is developing an appraisal of this sector, and is planning a visit to China for UK companies to explore the opportunities that this investment is creating. The programme is likely to include:
  • Beijing; meetings with China State Grid, and China Electric Power Research Institute
  • Changsha (Hunan province): Visit to Changsha Sustainable City, (Option to visit Zhuzhou Sustainable City), Meeting with Hunan Department of Science & Technology to explore the early concept of Hunan’s smart grid development, Visit to BYD Changsha Auto Co which assembles the pure electric car; and view of its energy storage facility.
  • Guangzhou; Visit to Sino-Singapore Knowledge City, China China Southern Grid, Guangdong Electric Power Design Institute (involved in feasibility study/design of grid projects in Pearl River Delta and beyond), Yudean Group (with an MOU for Smart Grid Development with Donggyuan City). 
  We will design elements of the programme around the specific interests of delegates, and will release more details in early January 2013. In the meantime, please let us have expressions of interest urgently (we expect strong demand for this visit). If you would like to be considered please email your details to:   Name:   …………………………………………. Position:     Company:     Company website:     Email address:     Phone number: Mobile number:      UKTI is the UK government organisation that helps UK-based companies succeed in global markets. We provide knowledge, advice and practical support, tailored to the needs of individual businesses to maximise their international success.

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