On October 5 (local time in Moscow), Liu Zhenya, Chairman of Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization (GEIDCO), Chairman of China Electricity Council (CEC), Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA), and International Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, UK, was invited by the National Research University Moscow Power Engineering Institute (MPEI) to give a lecture entitled “The Way of Energy Innovation: From UHV Grid to GEI”. Professor Nikolay D. Rogalev, MPEI Rector, chaired the lecture and delivered a speech. The lecture has more than 600 audience, including experts, scholars, teachers and students.
In his lecture, Liu pointed out that UHV transmission is a major innovation in the field of global energy and power. It has solved the problem of ultra-long distance and ultra-large capacity transmission, realized the transformation of energy development mode from on-site balance to wide-area optimized allocation, and laid a foundation for large-scale development and utilization of clean energy. From the aspects of technology, field application and China’s energy development, Liu introduced the advanced, safe, economic and environmentally friendly features of UHV transmission technology, and elaborate on the successful experience and important contribution of UHV to accelerate energy transformation and sustainable development of China and the world.
Liu emphasized on the core concept of GEI. He said that Chinese President Xi Jinping proposed discussions on establishing Global Energy Interconnection(or GEI), to facilitate efforts to meet global power demand with clean and green alternatives at the UN Sustainable Development Summit on September 26, 2015. Building GEI provides solutions to major challenges facing mankind, such as resource scarcity, climate change and environmental pollution. It offers a fundamental solution to speed up energy transformation and resolve the world’s dilemma of sustainable development. GEI has huge comprehensive value and has received positive response and strong support from the international community.
Liu further explained that Russia, with its vast clean energy resources across the Eurasian continent, is a strategic channel for the realization of Europe-Asia-America interconnection, and has a great role to play in the construction of GEI. The guideline of building the Russian energy interconnection is to focus on developing clean energy bases such as hydropower and wind power, build “two horizontal and four vertical” backbone grids and establish an energy allocation platform in the northern part of the Eurasian continent. This will enable Russia to send clean energy on a large scale, and form a pattern of “power transmission from east to west, power supply from north to south, and multiple energy complementation” so as to achieve huge benefits of complementation between different energy resources by using time zone difference and season difference to better support economic and social development.
During the lecture, Liu has also interacted with teachers and students of MPEI and answered their questions. The lecture evoked warm response and achieved good results. Rector Rogalev said that building GEI is of great significance. It will enable the international community to make full use of all kinds of clean energy, reduce the environmental burden caused by the development of fossil energy and play an important role in the future development of human society.
Moscow Power Engineering Institute was founded in 1930 and renamed as the National Research University Moscow Power Engineering Institute in 2013. It has 9 institutes, more than 70 majors and 176 research labs. It is one of the world’s most important universities of power, electricity, radio, electronics, informatics and management. Since the 1950s, the school has cultivated a large number of leading figures who have made outstanding contributions to relevant fields in China, the former Soviet Union and even the world.
During the visit, the delegation also participated in activities of Russia Energy Week. They held talks with Alexander Novak, Russian Energy Minister, Alexander Kozlov, Minister for the Development of the Russian Far East, and Alexander Sergeyev, President of Russian Academy of Sciences. They also exchanged in-depth views and reached important consensus on accelerating the building energy interconnection in northeast Asia and Russia, developing and utilizing clean energy and realizing sustainable economic and social development.