Global grid to be new growth engine

Vision for future looks to radical interconnectivity of energy  sources

Global energy  interconnection is a vision to form a massive global electricity grid powered  by renewable sources. It will serve as a new engine to cement the Belt and Road  Initiative, as economies along the trading routes are rich in clean energy and  complement each other, said an expert.

Wang Yimin,  secretary-general of the Global Energy Interconnection Development and  Cooperation Organization, said electricity interconnection is conducive to  boosting regional economic and trade cooperation.

The non-governmental and  non-profit international organization has been striving to boost big-ticket  projects connecting the electricity networks of China, Pakistan, Kazakhstan,  Myanmar, Bangladesh and other countries, he told a news conference.

GEI is a globally  interconnected smart grid with ultra-high voltage grids as its backbone.

It also serves as an  infrastructure platform to develop, transmit and consume clean energy on a  massive scale worldwide, according to Wang.

"In essence, GEI is a  smart grid, plus a UHV grid and clean energy," he elaborated.

To facilitate such  efforts, GEIDCO is going to sigh cooperation agreements or memorandums of  cooperation with several international governments and international  organizations to construct the standard system during the upcoming Belt and  Road summit, added Wang.

In 2015, China proposed to  establish the GEI to help meet global power demand with clean and green  alternatives.

The initiative was  proposed as severe energy challenges, such as resource scarcity, environmental  pollution, and climate change, pose a great threat to the survival of humanity.

GEI, as a Chinese solution  to address these challenges, should be incorporated into the 2030 Agenda for  Sustainable Development, said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

The China-led organization  is planning to put intercontinental grids in place in each continent by 2050,  after setting up a countrywide super-grid by 2020.

Among the world's three  most significant networks, the integration of energy infrastructure lags far  behind information and transportation sectors, said Liu Zhenya, GEIDCO's  chairman and former chairman of the Beijing-based State Grid Corp of China.

Liu wrote in a recent  article, saying "information and transportation are already well on their  way to being integrated, powered by advances in electrification and fiber  optics, as well as data analytics, automation and the internet of things ...  electricity generation and transmission remain trapped within localized  20th-century grids."