Highlights in 2018
Highlights in 2018


Mission Innovation impact case study

Research on Key Technologies of the Microgrid System concerning Comprehensive Utilization of Multi-Renewable Energy Resources Based on Solar Energy

To respond to the demand for a reliable and environmentally friendly process of urbanisation in China, the research and demonstration is taking place on a new type of integrated multi-energy micro-grid system based on solar energy. The key elements of system planning and design, intelligent control/inversion, energy efficiency and demand response are combined to result in 60% of supply from renewables, heat storage and electricity storage demonstration.

Relating to the sub tasks of IC1, advanced models, mechanisms and related policies of multi-energy complementary integrated application systems have been studied.

The implementation of new megawatt-level Combined Cooling Heat & Power micro-grids in rural communities will inform a set of strategies for the promotion and application in urbanization in western provinces and regions of China. It will promote the extensive utilization of renewable energy, and promote the construction of intensive, intelligent, green and low-carbon urbanization in China.

Update on clean energy innovation policies and strategies

From 2016 to 2018, China’s Ministry of Science and Technology successfully launched a number of key state research and development programs in the areas of clean and high efficiency utilization of coal and new types of energy saving technology, new energy vehicles, smart grid, renewable energy and hydrogen energy, and provided active support to such research, development and demonstration (RD&D) in the field of clean energy.

In April 2017, a number of government agencies including the state Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Education jointly published the “Plan for State Technological Innovation Project during the ‘Thirteenth Five-year Plan’ Period”. The Plan defined that the key areas of clean energy deployed by the State Technological Innovation Center included nuclear energy, smart grid and clean and high efficiency utilization of coal. The Plan put forward the general objective of the achievement of an enterprise-centered, market-oriented technological innovation system with combined resources from industry, academy and research and development (R&D), improvement of enterprises’ independent innovation capability and core industrial competitiveness, and strengthening of the transformation of technological achievements and the perfection of an innovation and start-up business service system.

Major innovation initiatives in 2018/19

From 2016 to 2018, the “Smart Grid and Equipment” Project was launched by the state Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) to support 120 innovation projects, with total public support of 1.5 billion RMB.

In 2018, the “Renewable Energy and Hydrogen Energy Technology” Project was launched by MOST to support 31 innovation projects, with total public support of 0.5 billion RMB.

Major activities in support of the Innovation Challenges in 2018/19

  • IC1 members are going to release the Country Report 2019 and China is one of the three co-leads of this report.
  • At the 4th Workshop on Smart Grid Innovation Challenge in November 2018, the Institute of Electrical Engineering of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (IEE CAS) signed a letter of intent with the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) to promote close cooperation and mutual support between international groups.
  • Led by IEE CAS, the participants in IC1 Task 6 attended the IC1 Smart Grid Industry Working Group Forum and prepared a keynote report on the application of block-chain technology in the smart grid.
  • In accordance with the mandate of MI, the 2nd International Conference on Sustainable Biofuels was held in Yantai, Shandong Province, China during April 2-4, 2019. A conference report on progress of IC4 development will be published by the co-leads.

Other Mission Innovation related activity in 2018/19

Entrusted by the Department of International Cooperation of the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Chinese Secretariat of MI is established under the Renewable Energy Power Generation System Research Department of the Institute of Electrical Engineering. It is responsible for the cooperation and communication of all the Chinese organizations that are participating in the Innovation Challenges.

In January 2019, in Beijing, there was a plenary meeting for all participants in the MI ICs in China to report on their achievements and future plans under the frame of the MI ICs.

New collaborations

Student and researcher exchange
China, Denmark
Institute of Electrical Engineering of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Danish Technical University developed a cooperation intention and further exchanges with senior researchers.
Type of collaboration: research, development
Duration: 2018