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German research institutions to join the project of “Boosting RE as Part of China’s Energy System Revolution” supported by CIFF

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The New Energy Department of National Energy Administration (NEA) held the 2016 Meeting of Sino-German Energy Working Group with the Department of Energy Policy-Heating and Energy Efficiency from German Federal Ministry for Economic and Energy Affairs (BMWi) in Beijing on June 29th, 2016. The two sides discussed and reached consensus on supporting Germany core research institutions to participate in the project of “Boosting RE as Part of China’s Energy System Revolution” and relevant studies undertaken China National Renewable Energy Centre. The two sides signed on the following day the “Joint Communiqué between National Energy Administration of People’s Republic of China and Federal Ministry for Economic and Energy Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany on Jointly Supporting China National Renewable Energy Center to carry out the Research into Transformation of Energy and Relevant Research”.
The project of “Boosting RE as Part of China’s Energy System Revolution” is a strategic research project supported by British Children’s Investment Fund Foundations (CIFF) and carried out by the National Renewable Energy Center, with Danish Energy Agency (DEA) and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) of the United States as foreign partners. The joint communiqué signed by China and Germany makes it clear that NEA and BMWi will jointly support the National Renewable Energy Center to carry out the research. BMWi will appoint GIZ, cooperating with Agora think-tank on energy transformation, Germany Department of Energy and Fraunhofer Institute and other internationally well-known research institutions, to coordinate with the DEA and NREL to set up a team of international experts, and help China to conduct a joint research.
Wang Zhongying, Director of National Renewable Energy Center, said that in-depth participation of German well-known research institutions into the center task is of vital significance for China to learn German experience of energy transformation, to smoothly proceed with the study and to improve the ability of the Research Center. By combining the experience in the development of renewable energy in Germany, Denmark, the United States and other countries, the researchers will not only promote the energy transformation in China, but also will provide a strong reference to the development of renewable energy in the world.
Shi Lishan, Deputy Head of the New Energy Department of NEA, pointed out that all countries face similar contradictions and challenges in the process of energy transformation, and that China has a more difficult task under the restrictions of its existing systems and its energy structure. He has laid out hope that National Renewable Energy Center should combine the comprehensive support from international expert team, put forward paths for transformation policy adjustments that are consistent with China’s energy structure, so as to achieve more abundant research results and provide more reference value in future.