China Initiative of GEI in TUB

GEIDCO and CEC Chairman Liu Zhenya gave a themed lecture on “UHV and GEI” on November 30 in TUB, upon the invitation from TUB President Christian Thomsen, who attended the event along with Chargé d'affaires Zhang Junhui at the Chinese Embassy in Germany, and nearly 300 representatives from the faculty members and students of TUB, German institutions and Chinese Embassy in Germany, Berlin.

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The lecture started with China’s practices and the general laws of world energy development. It also gave an account of the practices and fruits in China’s UHV development, giving focused explanation on key issues like UHV and China’s electric power transition, GEI and world energy transition and Energy, Information and Transportation Integration (EITI) and world economic transition. In addition, Liu Zhenya shared some of his experience and understanding regarding major innovations in light of his own working experience and thinking.

After the introduction to China’s practice in UHV technologies and their prospects worldwide, Liu pointed out that UHV grid had a great significance to promoting the electric power transition in China as well as the global energy and electric power development. He believed that we needed to follow the law bearing the transition from the high-carbon, inefficient model to a low-carbon, highly efficient one with the focus shifting from local balance to large-scale allocation. Following the path of ““Two Replace (replacing fossil fuels by clean alternatives in energy production and replacing coal, oil and gas by clean electricity from afar in energy consumption), One Restore (restore fossil fuel’s basic attribute as an industrial raw material), One Increase (increase electrification)”, he suggested that we could leverage GEI as the platform to create a new global energy development pattern with clean energy as the priority, electricity as the center, global allocation as the feature to ensure a safer, cleaner and more sustainable energy supply for the world.

Against the background of deep economic restructuring and sluggish growth worldwide, the lecture also touched upon the relationship between energy, economy and society, brought up the idea of Energy, Information and Transportation Integration (EITI), proposed to push the upgrade of the global economy to internet economy to realize its integrated and sustainable development. Liu said, “The key to promoting global economic transition is to take the opportunity of energy transition and IT revolution, give full play to the internet economy and economies of scale, with the support of global infrastructure interconnectivity to accelerate the formation of a new pattern featured by the integrated and coordinated development of energy, information and transportation. In this way, we can promote the upgrade of the global economy from the traditional model driven by industrial development to internet economy to realize its integrated and sustainable development and bring upon a world of being highly electrified, smart, globalized and human-oriented.”

When sharing experience in innovation, Liu Zhenya noted that innovation was the key for a transition and that UHV, GEI and EITI were in essence the process of continuous innovation. He emphasized the right direction for innovation, the importance of synergic innovation in theory, technology and management, and the right attitude towards any difficulties and challenges in the pursuit of innovation. Liu encouraged young people to learn more for a solid foundation, be brave to innovate and actively participate in GEI and EITI. 

A Q&A session was followed after the lecture, which has received warm and positive responses and a high appraisal from the listeners. TUB President Christian Thomsen accepted the English version of Global Energy Interconnection and Ultra High Voltage AC&DC Grid as gifts from Liu Zhenya and expressed his gratitude to Liu on behalf of the University for offering the lecture. He pointed out that the new solutions proposed in the lecture to solve issues concerning world energy and economic transition broadened the horizon of listeners and helped them better understand the initiatives of developing UHV grids and GEI, which was of great significance. Joschka Fischer, former German Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor attended the event and commented that the China Initiative of GEI was a China solution to world energy sustainability, pointing a way out for world energy transition. Chargé d'affaires Zhang Junhui believed that energy was an important sector for Sino-German bilateral exchanges and cooperation and the lecture was of importance to technical exchanges and cooperation between the two countries. GEI could bring tremendous development opportunities for S&T institutes and utility enterprises in China and Germany, providing greater space for development in related industries. A GEI-themed exhibition was held at the same time in TUB. 

As a world renowned university for science and technology, TUB is the cradle of ten Nobel Prize winners and one Pritzker Prize (the most prestigious prize in architecture) winner. What's more, great inventions such as electronic microscope, color film, programmable computer were all born here. Besides, TUB also has the largest research center for chips in Germany with impressive achievements made in jet engine and LCD. 

During his stay in Germany, Liu met with Peter Altmaier, chief of the German Federal Chancellery, Uwe Beckmeyer, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Reinhard F. Hüttl, President of ACATECH and Mr. Umbach, President of KIT to reach a consensus with in-depth communication on further cooperation on promoting GEI.