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Seizing New Opportunities for Clean Energy Industry, First TUV Rheinland Offshore Wind Power Forum Held in Shanghai
[September 12, 2017]

Seizing New Opportunities for Clean Energy Industry, First TUV Rheinland Offshore Wind Power Forum Held in Shanghai

HONG KONG, Sept. 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- On 6 September, the first TUV Rheinland Offshore Wind Power Forum was held in Shanghai. Representatives of project developers, manufacturers of complete machines, components and parts, and project investors from the new energy industry and insurance industry were brought together for in-depth discussions on international certification, project management, and how to seize new opportunities arising in the industry to promote its orderly development.

Dr. WeiKang Chen, Vice President Industrial Services Greater China, official releases the 2017 Wind Power Industry Development White Paper

Dr. WeiKang Chen, Vice President Industrial Services Greater China, made an opening speech highlighting the 2017 Wind Power Industry Development White Paper released by TUV Rheinland. Experts and analysts from TUV Rheinland and other enterprises in the industry shared a deep level of expertise and experience with participants on themes including "development overview of the global offshore wind power market", "interpretation of international certification standards for offshore wind power", "global Internet-based development of wind power" and "the outlook for China's offshore wind power market".

Hosted by TUV Rheinland, and co-sponsored by Schroder Asia Limited, Magtek Electirc Technology (Shanghai) Co Ltd and MAKE Consulting, the Summit Forum also received strong support from companies such as Yudean Group, Goldwind, United Power and Shanghai Electric.

Dr. WeiKang Chen said that, "As a century-old, well-known German wind power certification body, TUV Rheinland held the Offshore Wind Power Summit, aiming at sharing and exchanging best practices on offshore wind power project operation and management, assessment and certification of operation and maintenance (O&M) capacity and the development trend of the wind power industry, to help enterprises in the wind power industry chain, scientific research units, and sales and investment companies learn the latest developments in the industry, grasp domestic and foreign market opportunities, and jointly promote the healthy and orderly development of the offshore wind power industry."

Offshore wind power: the next new opportunity in the energy industry

Wind power is the fastest-developing emerging energy worldwide. Compared with onshore wind power, offshore wind power has various advantages including greater wind speed, lower turbulence, more stable wind direction, smaller impact on the environment, often shorter distances between offshore wind farms and coastal developed cities with larger energy needs, a vast area of sea available for use, and no need to take up land. Therefore, offshore wind power offers plenty of space for growth and a determined upward trend, representing the future development direction of wind power.

China's offshore wind power resources are abundant, especially in the eastern coastal regions around Shanghai. According to the renewable energy plan in China's Thirteenth Five-Year Plan, offshore wind farms will mainly be distributed in coastal regions including Jiangsu, Shandong, Shanghai, Zhejiang, Fjian, and Guangdong. With the national energy authorities paying increasing attention to offshore wind power and the continuous improvement of relevant policies and technological progress, China's offshore wind power during the Thirteenth Five-Year Plan period will enjoy promising prospects.

Li Xiaoyang, China's wind power market analyst for Danish energy consultancy MAKE Consulting Asia Pacific said that "MAKE estimates that China's new offshore wind power grid-connected capacity will for the first time exceed 1 gigawatt in 2018 and reach 6.1 GW in 2020. The Central and local governments have made great efforts to promote and support offshore wind power, and wind power enterprises have shown greatly increased enthusiasm for investing in offshore wind power. Therefore, China's offshore wind power capacity will grow rapidly in the next two years".

White Paper released to provide guidance for the development of the wind power industry in China

As an important agenda for the forum, TUV Rheinland and MAKE jointly issued the 2017 Wind Power Industry Development White Paper, attracting the attention of many participants.

As the world enters a period of disruptive change brought by clean energy, wind power will play a particularly important role in future energy production and become a strong force in shaping the energy transformation. The 2017 Wind Power Industry Development White Paper analyses the market development status and prospects of wind power globally and in China, covering China's O&M market analysis, as well as the overseas business status and development of China's wind power enterprises.

The White Paper points out that China has become the world's number one country for new wind power grid-connected capacity. Policy support, power grid construction, offshore wind power, and power reform are all factors driving the substantial development of China's wind power industry. At the same time, China's offshore wind power market activity has also significantly improved. Technological progress and the accumulation of project experience have reduced the cost of offshore wind power. Factors such as a non-water renewable energy quota system, carbon emissions trading mechanism, and simplified approval process for the use of sea have improved the offshore wind power industry environment, and China's offshore wind power industry development will soon speed up.

It is also notable that a huge wind turbine stock market has formed in China's wind power industry after a decade of rapid growth. As the annual wind power increment will remain over 20 GW in the future, China will grow to become one of the world's largest wind power O&M markets in the next decade. It is predicted that the O&M revenue will increase from RMB8 billion in 2016 to RMB35 billion in 2025.

In addition, the White Paper introduces solutions for the wind power project management of TUV Rheinland, making suggestions for the operation and management, assessment of O&M capabilities, and innovative certification model of offshore wind power project, as well as the development trend, main policy, and business development direction in the wind power industry. With detailed and exhaustive first-hand data and professional analysis from TÜV Rheinland and MAKE, the white paper will provide guidance and suggestions for the development of the wind power industry in China, to help enterprises in the wind power industry chain seize market opportunities to make the right business decisions.

As Alex Zhu, Deputy General Manager of Industrial Services of TUV Rheinland Greater China, said, "Combining the status and actual operation of domestic offshore wind farms, TUV Rheinland summed up a maritime safety management model ranging from dock loading, sea transport, sea hoisting, and personnel transport, to commissioning and maintenance services, proposals for effective risk management processes, risk assessment and O&M ability assessment methods, and the establishment of a set of wind power testing and certification systems for the wind power industry, thus providing a one-stop service to help domestic wind power enterprises and the industry as a whole take the opportunity to achieve greater development".

Helping wind power enterprises go global

In 2015, China's National Development and Reform Commission, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Commerce, jointly launched a program titled Vision and Actions on Jointly Building Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, upgrading the "Belt and Road" as China's most important strategic initiative, and including the promotion of cooperation on renewable energy, including wind power. To date, overseas project activity has further improved. As of 31 March 2017, Chinese enterprises (including developers to buy projects) had accumulated overseas wind power installed capacity of more than 2.2 GW.

TUV Rheinland aims to provide Chinese customers with timely services in terms of testing technology, help enterprises effectively reduce risk and cross international trade barriers, and offer tailored solutions to China's wind power enterprises in global trade.

To help domestic wind power enterprises obtain certification from both domestic and foreign authorities, TUV Rheinland introduced "one-stop" certification services by cooperating with some Chinese certify body (like as China General Certification Center (CGC) ). The two sides divided the work and then collaborated to mutually recognise each other's testing and certification results, greatly shortening the certification cycle, improving the efficiency of certification, and speeding up the pace of new products to the market. Thus, China's domestic wind power manufacturers only need to spend time and money on one certification to easily gain two certificates granting them access to overseas markets.

CGC and TUV Rheinland issued MY2.0-121 type certification for large blade wind turbine units manufactured by Mingyang Smart Energy Group Limited. The some project from SEwind and SANY is still on the process. This enhanced the "soft power" of the Chinese wind turbine industry in the international market, helping domestic enterprises go abroad.

Please click here to download 2017 Wind Power Industry Development White Paper.

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