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Beijing 2022 Olympics to be powered by 100% renewable energy

Beijing 2022 Olympics to be powered by 100% renewable energy

Beijing is set to power the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics with energy sourced from 100% renewable energy.

Chinese utilities including new energy providers China Huadian Corporation Ltd. and Beijing Jingneng Power Co, as well as the State Grid Beijing Electric Power have signed agreements with Olympic venues to deploy renewable energy and other electrification projects.

Deals signed have enabled the implementation of the Smart Grid Planning for Low-Carbon Olympics. The programme will ensure the installation of new and the use of existing smart grid technologies and renewable energy generation, transmission and distribution infrastructure in three competition zones of Beijing, Yanqing, and Zhangjiakou.

The deals have also resulted in the launch of the Zhangbei Renewable Energy Flexible DC Grid Pilot and Demonstration Project. The smart grid project demonstrates how smart grids and clean energy can be leveraged to ensure a strong, smart, clean, and efficient grid for a low-carbon Olympics.

The State Grid Beijing Electric Power Company will also leverage a number of digital technologies such as smart robots to inspect power equipment for the Winter Olympics.

Renewable energy generation resources installed as part of a clean energy demonstration zone in Zhangjiakou will also be utilised. The demonstration zone was developed in response to the Zhangjiakou, Heibei Renewable Energy Demonstration Zone Development Plan. Some three renewable energy projects are underway.

The projects include a 10GW wind power initiative, large-scale photovoltaic power bases, and high-temperature solar thermal power projects. The projects are expected to install clean energy capacity of 20GW, 24GW and 6GW by 2030, respectively.

Full story by Nicolas Hede at Power Engineering International