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News Summary:

  • 7 GB UHV Wind Power Transmission Base will be built in the Xilin Gol League
  • Analysis of UHV energy transmission efficiency
  • Mingyang wins 300MW offshore wind order in Guangdong
  • 303.4 million RMB wind power production equipment purchasing
  • Apple supports renewable energy in China
  • UHV construction to support Smart Cities

7 GB UHV Wind Power Transmission Base will be built in the Xilin Gol League

On March 19, 2018, Xilin Gol DRC announced the construction of a new UHV Wind Power Transmission Base in the Xilin Gol League. The project is aimed at supporting export of power produced in the Xilin Gol League power base which will including 7 GW of wind power. (Xilin Gol League DRC)
The line will connect via lower voltage lines to wind farms in 8 cities, guaranteeing grid offtake and tackling the high wind curtailment problem in North China. This will in turn enable new growth for Xinlin Gol league in which new large wind farms are planned.

Source: North China Electric Power University, Beijing 102206, China

UHV: Many transmission projects have a low efficiency‘

The Chinese National Energy Administration released detailed analysis of 10 different high-tech power grid projects, showing that most of them are characterized by low power transmission and high losses, with average annual utilization of less than 5,000 hours. The National Energy Administration will urge power grid companies to rapidly implement actions focused on improving operational effectiveness of the power grid projects, in order to increase return on investments. (National Energy Administration)
Inter-regional power trading which relies on accurate forecasting, complex dispatch mechanisms and strong cooperation between the regions has always been problematic in China.  The grid companies are called to implement a more standardized management system, collaborating and identifying solutions to common problems.
Mingyang Smart Energy Group Co. won the auction for a 300MW offshore wind project in Guandong

Mingyang Smart Energy Group Co has won the bid for supply of wind turbines and towers for a 300 MW offshore wind plant in Yangjiang City, Guangdong province. The company has been able to outclass competitors, GoldWind and Shanghai Electric, by offering 2.32 billion RMB to Three Gorges New Energy Yangjiang Power Generation Co. The project will cover an area of about 50km2, with water depth ranging between 27and 32 m. (3-Gorges)
Being the only wind turbine OEM headquartered in Guangdong province which has significant offshore wind pipeline activity, we expect Mingyang to secure several orders in the region in the short term. At the end of 2016, Mingyang and Three Gorges Group signed an Offshore Wind Power Strategic Cooperation Agreement in Guangdong province, addressed at constructing an offshore wind industry zone.

303.4 million RMB wind power production equipment purchasing

On April 9, 2018, Mingyang Smart Energy Group Limited has signed two contracts with Concord New Energy Equipment for the purchasing of power generation equipment that will be used in onshore wind farms in Hubei and Anhui Provinces. The Group will pay a total amount of 303.4 million RMB. (Concord New Energy)
Apple supports renewable energy in China

The goal of Apple CEO Tim Cook is to increase renewable energy sources adoption in order to address the issue of manufacturing emissions upstream of the supply chain. This year, the firm has announced partnerships with 9 new suppliers, including 3 in the eastern part of China, that have promised to use 100% clean energy to manufacture products. In addition, Apple is currently building more than 485 MW of wind and solar energy projects in six provinces in China. (TOUTIAO.COM)
On April 10th, Tim Cook declared on social networks that the company’s global facilities are powered by 100% clean energy. Currently, 23 of the firm’s existing suppliers are committing to operate on 100% renewable energy, and most of these suppliers have factories in China. 

UHV construction to support Smart Cities

Xiong'an New District has announced its plan to become the world’s first 100% clean and power-efficient urban power grid. The District will promote construction of sub-regional distribution networks. Between 2015 and 2020, the Chinese National Energy Administration has stated a total investment of more than 2 trillion RMB in the construction of a modern power distribution network. (National Grid Magazine)
By 2020, 10 large pilot cities, including Beijing, will be built into a world-class city distribution network. In order to support the implementation of smart cities, investment in grid infrastructure is crucial, not only for import of clean energy from neighboring regions, but also to increase local wind and solar power penetration.

Source: China Daily


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