(C) Private 2013 - Yao Liangzhong CEPRIDesertec Wins China Electric Power Research Institute

December 2013. CEPRI joining Desertec may be a sign of the consortium’s recovery after Bosch and Siemens dropped their longstanding membership this year. While the renewable power initiative is focusing on solar and wind power (dropping previous interest in other sources of renewable energies like hydrogen or biomass) access to the State Grid Corporation of China  opens up prospects to attract larger investments as well as a showcase for long-distance direct current high voltage transmission.

The architect of the present collaboration on the Chinese side is Yao Liangzhong. He recently left the Alsthom Grid Research and Technology Centre at Stafford UK for CEPRI to become its Vice President Renewable Energy and Smart Grid Technologies. At Alsthom (former Areva) he managed network solutions and renewable energy technologies with a focus on European-wide grids for large offshore wind farms and regulatory issues.

For China’s SGCC the present collaboration through CEPRI offers a foot in the doors to the Maghreb States where Dii GmbH (the management firm of Desertec) has been building strong relationships between governments and industry in recent years and strengthening links to EU in the area of smart grids. For CEPRI the membership offers being close to technology developments combining photovoltaics with wind power.

Desertec critically needs new partnerships, and the coming months will show to what extent the initiative will exit the doldrums. Ed
DESERTEC Press Release December 12. 2013

12-12-2013 China Electric Power Research Institute (CEPRI) joined Dii as a new shareholder. CEPRI is a subsidiary of State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) of which core businesses are the investment, construction and operation of power networks. In China SGCC’s transmission and distribution networks cover 26 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions or approximately 88% of the country. CEPRI is active in a broad variety of research areas relevant to electric science and business, including power generation, transmission, and distribution, power supply and utilization, electric project design, construction, commissioning, operation, monitoring and maintenance and renewable energy, new materials, energy conversion, information and communication technology.

Currently, SGCC has a number of overseas investments in the Philippines, Brazil, Portugal and Australia. SGCC is very keen to find options for contributing effectively to future transmission extension projects connecting countries and continents. We regard Dii as a unique alliance with a strong reputation for the integration of renewable energy from the deserts into interconnected power systems”, said Dr. Liangzhong, Yao, CEPRI’s Vice President.

At present Dii counts partner companies from 16 countries. The activities of the industry initiative are focused on creating an industrial-scale market for renewable energies from the desert regions of North Africa and the Middle East and connecting them among others to the European power markets. These activities include the identification of suitable solutions and market based support for generating and transmitting energy from solar and wind sources in the deserts to the local demand areas. Source: Desertec

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