At the start of 2017, the Chinese government announced that it would invest $360 billion in renewable energy by 2020, proof of the country’s commitment to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and set new environmental standards. These measures include ways of combining renewable fuels with improved process efficiencies.
A programme team was formed from a partnership between the China Western Power Industrial Company (CWPC), the Nuclear Power Institute of China (NPIC), Tiancheng International Trading and Heatric, Meggitt’s power generation heat transfer expert.
They have designed a plant that uses biomass and waste as a primary fuel and is currently trialling an innovative thermodynamic cycle which uses supercritical CO2 instead of steam as its working fluid. This process reduces the pumping power from the compressor, increasing the thermal-to-electric energy conversion efficiency. Heatric’s high spec heat exchangers are one of the few that can deliver the high pressure, high temperature and high efficiency performance required.
With manufacturing in the UK and sales teams in Brazil, US and Singapore, Heatric has a strong international footprint. China has a very distinct business culture and the Heatric team worked closely with the Meggitt Xiamen (MXM) facility to secure this business. MXM continues to provide on-the-ground support to help understand and develop strong relationships with local customers and identify new opportunities in this growing region.
An estimated 160 million South East Asian residents still do not have direct access to electricity? Across all regions renewable energy projects are seen as a general catalyst to economic growth.
China is the world’s second largest producer of hydro-electricity and the country continues to look for greener sources of energy.