The 2018 GEI Conference will be held by Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization (GEIDCO) from March 28-29, 2018, at China World Hotel, Beijing, China.

Themed on “Global Energy Interconnection: from China’s initiative to Global Action”, the two day conference is composed of plenary and parallel sessions, to complete with an exhibition. The conference is expected to bring together over 700 senior representatives from governments, international organizations, universities and research institutes, energy enterprises, equipment manufacturers, financial institutions, for profound exchange and discussion on global energy connectivity in the fields of policy coordination, technology development and project deployment, and will launch a series of cutting-edge technology and research achievements from all over the world.

The exhibition of the summit will showcase all rounds of GEI development accomplishments made by all stakeholders, including UHV, smart grid, renewable energy as well as the latest progress in GEI implementation and technology advancement, providing a golden opportunity and a grand platform for corporate branding and products promotion.

Conference Registration

Registration time:

All day March 27, 2018 (Tuesday)

Registration location:

1 floor check-in Office of China World Hotel

Traffic guidance:

Address: No. 1, Jianguomen Wai Street, Chaoyang District, Beijing
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Plenary Sessions 8:30a.m. -12:30 p.m.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018
Venue: Conference Hall ABC, L1

Time Content
Opening Speeches
Chair: Wang Min, Executive Vice President of State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC)
8:30-8:35 Opening Introduction
8:35-8:40 Congratulatory Video and Letter
8:40-8:50 Opening Speech by Li Pumin, Secretary General of the Development and Reform Commission
8:50-9:00 Opening Speech by Zhu Juwang, Director of UNDESA’s Division for Sustainable Development, Special Representative of UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Liu Zhenmin
9:00-9:20 Keynote Address by Liu Zhenya, Chairman of Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization (GEIDCO), Chairman of China Electricity Council, Member of Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences
Keynote Session 1: Clean Development and Energy Connectivity
Chair: John Loughhead, Chief Scientific Adviser to Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, UK,Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering
Every speaker has 10 minutes
James A. Jefferies, President and CEO of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Kou Wei, President of State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC)
Li Yizhong, Former Minister of Industry and Information Technology of the PRC
Rob Stephen, President of International Council on Large Electric Systems (CIGRE)
Shaikh Nawaf Al Khalifa, Chairman of the Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority (GCCIA)
Diego Ramiro Guelar, Ambassador of Argentina to China
10:20-10:40 Coffee break
Keynote Session 2: Energy Interconnection and Global Cooperation
Chair: Oleg Budargin, Vice Chairman of GEIDCO
Every speaker has 10 minutes
Cao Zhi’an, President of China Southern Power Grid Co., Ltd.
Gaber Desouki Mostafa, President of Egyptian Electricity Holding Company
Gary Lewis, Director of Programme and Policy Division, United Nations Environment Programme
Berhane Gebre-Christos, Ambassador of Ethiopia to China
Wang Lin, President of China Three Gorges Corporation
Urban Rusnák, Secretary General of International Energy Charter
Panel Discussion: Innovative Development and Open Cooperation
Chair: Richard Schomberg, Chairman of the IEC Systems Committee on Smart Energy, Vice President of Smart Energy Standards of l'Électricité de France (EDF) Group
To discuss key technologies, equipment, policies and regulations needed for clean energy development and grid interconnection, and to exchange ideas on how to promote open and win-win GEI innovation and cooperation mechanisms
11:50-12:30 Lu Qiang, Fellow of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Member of Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, Professor of Tsinghua University
Jeffery D. Sachs, Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University, Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network
Guo Jianbo, President of China Electric Power Research Institute, Member of Chinese Academy of Engineering
Michael Sterling, Chairman of the UK Science and Technology Facilities Council,Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering
Rodrigo Costa, Chairman and CEO of Redes Energéticas Nacionais, SGPS, S.A. (REN)
Timothy Coombs, Head of EPEC Group of Cambridge University

Plenary Sessions 14:30-18:30 p.m.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018
Venue:Conference Hall ABC, L1

Time Content
Launch of Technical Breakthroughs and Reports
Chair: Tomas Kåberger, Chair of Executive Board of Renewable Energy Institute, Former Director General of the National Swedish Energy Agency
14:30-15:15 Liang Xuming, CTO of GEIDCO
Global Energy Interconnection Backbone Grid
15:15-15:30 Wu Xuan, COO of GEIDCO
Global Energy Interconnection Development Index 2018
15:30-15:45 Wan Haibin, Director General of Development Bureau, GEIDCO
Global Energy Interconnection Technology & Equipment Innovation Outline 2018-2025
15:45-16:00 Zhou Yuanbing, Acting General Director of Research Institute, GEIDCO
Global Energy Interconnection Standard System Research 2018
16:00-16:20 Coffee Break
Launch of Technical Breakthroughs and Reports
Chair: Wang Min, Executive Vice President of State Grid Corporation of China(SGCC)
16:20-16:45 State Grid Corporation of China(SGCC)
Zhao Qingbo, Chief Economist of SGCC
UHV AC & DC Technology Innovation and Practice
16:45-17:00 ABB Group
Dr. Gerhard Salge, Global Head of Technology, ABB Power Grids division
1,100kV Converter Transformer Breakthrough Enabling Global Interconnection
17:00-17:15 China XD Group
Gou Ruifeng, Deputy Chief Engineer of China XD Group, General Manager of Power System Co. Ltd. of China XD Group
±800 kV UHV Flexible DC Converter Valve
17:15-17:30 NARI Group Cooperation
Tian Jie, Chief Expert of NR Electric
±500kV DC Breaker
17:30-17:45 Prysmian Group
Albert Segura, Prysmian APAC Commercial Director
Links Power to the World-Prysmian Submarine Technology
17:45-18:00 Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd.
Ji Xiang, President of Sales Department, Energy Business, Huawei
Huawei Innovation Practices Boost GEI Development
18:00-18:15 China Three Gorges Corporation
Cao Guangrong, Vice-Director of  Three Gorges Cascade Dispatch & Communication Center, China Three Gorges Corporation
Intelligent and Joint Dispatching of Cascade Reservoirs in the Yangtze River
18:15-18:30 Vestas Wind Systems A/S
Anne Vedel, Vice President of Technology, Vestas in China
Sustainable Energy Solutions in Vestas

Parallel session1: GEI Clean Development Session

9:00 a.m.-12:35 p.m. , Thursday, 29 March 2018
Venue: Conference Hall AB, L1

Time Content
Session 1: Clean Development and Climate Change
Chair: David Sandalow, Inaugural Fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy of Columbia University, Former Under Secretary of Energy of US Department of Energy
In view of current situation and challenges for anti-climate change efforts around the world, the session will focus on the significant role of clean energy development, and the urgency and necessity of accelerating its development in the future as a way to achieve objectives for combating climate change.
9:00-10:00 Li Deshui, Former Commissioner of the National Bureau of Statistics of the PRC
Magnus Breidne, Vice President, Projects And International Affairs at Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences
Nicholas Dunlop, Secretary-General of Climate Parliament
Keywan Riahi, Program Director of the Energy Program at the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA, Austria)
Zhang Dan, Vice President of UN Association of China
Gwen Ruta, Executive Vice President of the Environmental Defense Fund, US
Session 2: Energy Transition and Regional Cooperation
Chair: Corrado Clini, Former Minister of Environment, Land and Sea, Italy
To promote energy transition and sustainable development goals, this session will focus on discussing the important role of regional cooperation, sharing the experience of regional cooperation mechanisms and actions, in particular the strategy of regional cooperation, the path and cooperation model as well as specific practice and experience in promoting clean transition. Speakers are invited to elaborate on the future development trend and governance model for regional cooperation in view of energy transition.
10:00-11:00 Yang Kun, Executive President of China Electricity Council
Frank Behrendt, Member of the National Academy of Science and Engineering of Germany (ACATECH), Director of the Innovation Centre Energy of TU Berlin
JoseMedardo Cadena, Director of Integration, Latin-American Energy Organization (OLADE); Former Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy, Ecuador
Sanjayan Velautham, Executive Director of the ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE)
Yao Qiang, Vice General Manager of Power Construction Corporation of China
Loudovikos Kotsonopoulos, Head of the Office of the Ministry of Environment and Energy, Greece
11:00-11:30 Coffee Break
Session 3: Sharing Practice and Cases
Chair: Pedro Luiz de Oliveira Jatobá, Superintendent for Foreign Operations of Eletrobras, Brasil
By focusing on the actions, practical experience and accumulated wisdom for clean development, this session intends to share the best practices and user cases through extensive discussion and informative presentations regarding clean energy development (including clean replacement, electricity replacement and energy interconnection), the strategies, tactics and specific measures to promote clean energy development, as well as the methods and wisdom to tackle challenges and solutions along the way, and the benefits and opportunities for energy sector and other industries.
11:30-12:30 Tesfaye Boncha, Office Director,Special Representative of Minister of the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity, Ethiopia
Nick James A. Wright, Vice President. Sarawak Energy
Reji Kumar Pillai, President of India Smart Grid Forum
Lu Yonghua, President of Jiangsu Linyang Energy Co., Ltd.
Greg Tracz, Chief Development Officer International Hydropower Association
12:30-12:35 Summary by Pedro Jatoba

Parallel Session 2: GEI Innovative Development Session

9:00a.m. -12:35p.m., Thursday, 29 March 2018
Venue: Conference Hall C, L1

Time Content
Session 1: Technology Innovation
Chair: Saifur Rahman, President of IEEE Power & Energy Society, Joseph R. Loring Professor & Founding Director of Advanced Research Institute of Virginia Tech
Focusing on key and pioneering technological innovations that support the GEI development, this session will launch extensive discussions on the needs and development trend of these innovative technologies.
9:00-10:00 Nikolai Voropai, Director of Energy Systems Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences, Corresponding Member of Russia Academy of Sciences
Zhang Xiaoping, Director of Energy Research Center, University of Birmingham
Ryuichi Yokoyama, President of Japanese Electric Power Technology Association, Professor of Waseda University
Matthew Wittenstein, Senior Energy Analyst, IEA
Jochen Kreusel, Member of the European Commission’s Expert group on Electricity Interconnection Targets
Session 2: Policy & Financing
Chair: Georg Kell, Founding Director of the United Nations Global Compact, Chairman of the Board at Arabesque Asset Management Ltd
Focusing on policies and financial mechanisms that support the GEI technology innovation, the session will discuss and elaborate on how to achieve wide participation and win-win cooperation, and forge strong synergy for jointly promoting GEI development.
10:00-11:00 Dhia Khaled, Tunisian Ambassador to China
Abel Didier Edmé TELLA, Director General of the Association of Power Utilities of Africa (APUA)
Wu Yun, Vice General Manager of China Energy Engineering Group Co.,Ltd.
Akhat Omiralin, Director of Association of Renewable Energy of Kazakhstan (AREK)
Yasuyo Yamazaki, Chairman of Sun-Based Economy Association, Japan
11:00-11:30 Coffee Break
Session 3: Industrial Development
Chair: Wan Haibin, Director General of Development Bureau, GEIDCO
Focusing on the industrialization of innovative GEI technology, the session will discuss and elaborate on how the major players and stakeholders from the whole industry chain can participate in the development of GEI, from the aspects of participation methods, institutional mechanisms, benefit sharing, and mutual progress.
11:30-12:30 Zhou Dadi, Executive Vice Chairman of China Energy Research Society, Former Director of Energy Research Institute of National Development and Reform Commission
Nikolay Dmitrievich Rogalev, Rector of National Research University “Moscow Power Engineering Institute”
Li Yuan, CEO of Panda Green Energy Group
Valentin de Miguel, Senior Managing Director (AAPAC Resources) of Accenture
Dong Zengping, Chairman of Sieyuan Electric Co.,Ltd
Peter Fox-Penner, Director of Institute for Sustainable Energy, Boston University
12:30-12:35 Summary by Wan Haibin


Video Gallery

Li Pumin Zhu Juwang Liu Zhenya
James A. Jefferies Kou Wei Li Yizhong
Rob Stephen Shaikh Nawaf Al Khalifa Diego Ramiro Guelar
Cao Zhi'an Gaber Desouki Mostafa Gary Lewis
Berhane Gebre-Christos Wang Lin Urban Rusnák
Round table discussion Liang Xuming Wu Xuan
Wan Haibin Zhou Yuanbing Zhao Qingbo
Gerhard Salge Gou Ruifeng Tian Jie
Albert Segura Ji Xiang Cao Guangrong
Anne Vedel
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