The conference attracts over 1100 guests from more than 30 countries and regions together in Beijing to discuss the development of GEI on the theme of “GEI from China’s Initiative to Global Action”. It has been a high-level event with far-reaching effects and fruitful results. 12 major innovative technical breakthroughs and research reports, including GEI Backbone Grid Research, are released. 2018 GEI Conference bears great significance to implementing GEI Initiative and the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, advancing world energy transition, promoting green and low-carbon development, and building a better future for mankind.
Professor Xiao-Ping Zhang, Director of Smart Grid of Birmingham Energy Institute was invited to join the Panel Session on GEI Innovative Development moderated by Professor, Saifur Rahman, President
of IEEE Power & Energy Society, Joseph R. Loring Professor & Founding Director of Advanced Research Institute of Virginia Tech. The session was focused on key and pioneering technological innovations that supportthe GEI development, this session will
launch extensive discussions on the needs and development trend of these innovative technologies. The other experts for this panel were:
Nikolai Voropai, Director of Energy Systems Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences, Fellow of Russia Academy of Sciences
Ryuichi Yokoyama, President of Japanese Electric Power Technology Association, Professor of Waseda University
Matthew Wittenstein, Senior Energy Analyst in IEA
Jochen Kreusel, Member of the European Commission’s Expert group on Electricity Interconnection Targets, ABB Group Vice President.
Professor Xiao-Ping Zhang’s panel presentation was entitled “Flexible LCC HVDC to Support Global Energy Interconnection” (“支撑全球能源互联网的柔性传统直流输电系统”). In comparison to the conventional LCC HVDC, the Flexible LCC HVDC can eliminate commutation failure, provide reactive power and AC voltage control, eliminate AC Filters and can be applied to UHVDC Systems. It has been concluded that the Flexible LCC HVDC is cheaper, much smaller, more reliable and flexible than the conventional LCC HVDC.