Liu Zhenya, Chairman of Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization (GEIDCO) and the China Electricity Council (CEC) met with VDE Chairman Ansgar Hinz and its former Chairman Dr. Zimmer in Frankfurt, Germany. Both sides agreed to strengthen cooperation and promote Global Energy Interconnection (GEI) together.
Liu Zhenya pointed out China came up with the concept of GEI based on the success of UHV transmission technology and its practice in grid development. Relying on GEI, the deteriorating problems of resource constraints, environmental pollution, climate change and power for people without access to electricity can be fundamentally solved for safe energy supply and sustainable development by implementing clean replacement and electricity replacement (“two replacements”), said Liu. He further illustrated the feasibility and prospect of GEI in light of the realities in Europe and Germany from aspects of technology, economy and politics. He held the opinion that along with the progress in clean alternatives’ development technology and its economic performance, GEI and clean energy development will have more competitive edge with optimal allocation in a global scale, which will advance in an accelerated pace.
Hinz and Zimmer shared Liu’s views. They both agreed it was the future and would be turned into reality. Dr. Zimmer referred to the favorable cooperation between the two parties in the past and hoped to deepen and broaden the relationship regarding GEI. Hinz totally affirmed the concept of GEI and believed that GEI would be a success, just like the Internet, but only with more impact and importance. He said it was time to launch this cause even there were some difficulties at the moment and the implementation took time. VDE would like to strengthen the cooperation and exchange with GEIDCO and promote GEI exerting its own functions.
In-depth discussion was also carried out on south Asia power interconnection, power transmission from Africa to Europe and Asia-Europe power interconnection. The two parties exchanged their opinions on how to deepen the cooperation.
VDE is one of the world’s most renowned professional institutes for electrical engineering and science and technology. Founded in 1893, it is one of the largest technical and scientific associations in Europe regarding the electrical, electronic and information technology industry with more than 36,000 members and 1,500 staff.