On 24 and 25 March, one of the leading events in China dedicated to the CSP sector, CSP Focus 2016 China, took place at the Beijing Hilton Hotel. The two-day conference attracted almost 300 leading agents from the nation’s CSP industry and from around the world to share insights regarding the development and future of this sector in China. The event took place just prior to publication of the list of national demo power plants and FiT.
33 speakers from leading global institutions and corporate representatives gave speeches about different segments of CSP industry including Xiaobing Liu, Secretary General of the CSP Industry Technology Innovation Strategic Alliance; Fengwu Bai, researcher at the Institute of Electrical Engineering; Kefu Fu, the leading Chinese partner of the US Renewables Group who all spoke as part of this event.
The session dedicated to market and policy included speeches by representatives from the Chinese government, focusing on the country’s policy under the “13th Five Year Plan” as regards CSP. Taking part in the discussion on the future and prospects for CSP plants under development included delegates from the Hydropower and Water Resource Planning and Design General Institute; the Electrical Planning and Design Institute; the NDRC Energy Research Institute; the Secretary General of the CSP Industry Technology Innovation Strategic Alliance; and the CMATC Wind and Solar Energy Resource Centre.
The event brought together leading project developers, EPC agents, engineering design and technology R&D units from China and abroad to discuss their project experiences and planning. Domestic representatives included CGN Solar Energy, Supcon Solar,Huaneng, SunCan,Shenzhen Yonker Enesoon, the Electrical Engineering Chinese Academy of Science Institute and the Northwest Electric Power Design Institute. Overseas representatives included BrightSource Energy, SolarReserve, Wilson Solarpower, Eliasol, Fichtner and sbp.
ADB, IFC and US Renewables Group, that together have accumulated a wealth of experience in the field of CSP, offered attendees an insight into project finance.
Leading suppliers of core equipment, materials and services for CSP power plants shared their experiences of thermal collectors, mirrors, flow control, thermal storage, steam turbines and other elements, with contributions from Rayspower Energy, Royal Tech CSP, Beijing TRX Solar, Rioglass, SkyFuel, Enesoon, Aalborg CSP, Pentair, Friatec, Samson, Dow Chemical, Siemens, TÜV Rheinland among others.
The three panel discussions discussed and analysed top issues facing the industry including how to ensure a sufficient number and good performance of workers in China’s 1GW demo project; the problems facing the development of CSP in China; and the development of a local CSP value chain.
Outside the venue, 13 companies exhibited their products in the exhibition area, including mirrors manufacturer, Rayspower Energy (which also supplies collectors); Skyfuel; collectors manufacturer, Royal Tech CSP; Beijing TRX; Weihai Golden Solar; thermal storage and thermal insulation materials suppliers Enesoon; Zeaben Chemistry; Promat; Eastman, Pepperl Fuchs; Virtualmech; Stents and steel materials provider,Alliance Metal (ArcelorMittal).
Host CSP Focus thanked all the guests at the conference dinner at which attendees indicated that they had obtained a better understanding of the industry, as well as having the opportunity to establish professional contacts. They were generally glad to see a better future and to continue to receive good news of China’s CSP market.
FuturENERGY travels to China
Thanks to the global collaboration agreement between CSP Focus and FuturENERGY, that not only included this event in China but every event that the company is going to organise throughout this year, FuturENERGY had the chance to travel to China, allowing copies of our magazine to be distributed to speakers and attendees at one of the most important events for the CSP industry in that country. As a result of this distribution, our advertisers and contributors from the CSP sector have reached every company attending and in particular the large number of representatives from Chinese businesses present at the event.