China-Europe Offshore Wind Power Cooperation Forum | 中欧海上风电产业合作与技术创新论坛

2021-11-16 | All chapters

China-Europe Offshore Wind Power Cooperation Forum | 中欧海上风电产业合作与技术创新论坛

On 16th November, the first China-Europe Offshore Wind Power Cooperation Forum, which was jointly organised by the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China (European Chamber), China Renewable Energy Engineering Institute, Huaneng Clean Energy Research Institute and Yancheng Municipal People’s Government, took place in Yancheng, Jiangsu, and online. More than 200 people joined the onsite event, including Chinese and European authorities, international organisations, local government officials and key industry players.

Guido Giacconi, vice president (VP) of the European Chamber; Octavian Stamate, counsellor for Climate Action and Energy of the European Union Delegation in China; Ren Jingdong, vice administrator of the National Energy Administration; Hu Guangjie, vice governor of the Jiangsu Provincial People’s Government; and Cao Lubao, secretary of the Yancheng Municipal Party Committee, delivered opening remarks.

VP Guido Giacconi emphasised the abundant experience European companies have accumulated in the demonstration and application of offshore wind power. He stated that the European Chamber and the European Union (EU) SME Centre are fully committed to bridging the gap between Chinese demand for innovation and European know-how. VP Giacconi said key European industry players are ready to take part in helping China to achieve its decarbonisation goals, while safeguarding energy security. 

Counsellor Octavian Stamate noted the EU aims to be climate-neutral by 2050, and China by 2060. He said in order to achieve their respective goals, Europe and China must develop new low-carbon energy sources and actively deploy innovative technologies. 

Vice Administrator Ren Jingdong said that China and Europe have good prospects for cooperation in the new energy field, and that this forum is a flagship event to strengthen Europe-China wind power cooperation. He suggested encouraging exchanges on the planning, policy-making, technologies, standards and business models of both sides. 

Vice Governor Hu Guangjie outlined how, in recent years, Yancheng City has given full play to its unique advantages in marine resources, persevered with the green development path and accelerated the development of offshore wind power and other new energy industries. 

Secretary Cao Lubao spoke of how Yancheng is striving to build a 10-million-kilowatts-level demonstration base of offshore wind power.

Participants from European Chamber member companies discussed various topics such as offshore wind power evacuation and grid connection technology and engineering practice, key elements and approaches to grid parity, as well as development trends and challenges of offshore wind technology in deep seas.