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.
- 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).