Introduction to Global Energy Interconnection - A summary report on the concept by India Smart Grid Forum

Global Energy Interconnection is a concept promoted by China for the establishment of Global Energy Interconnection (GEI) system, to cater the global demand for electricity in a cleaner and greener fashion. GEI vision is to create globally interconnected smart grid with Ultra High Voltage (UHV) transmission system as the backbone and will serve as a platform for extensive development, deployment and utilization of clean energy with an underlying principle of accelerating energy transition and realizing efficient, low-carbon, and sustainable development of global energy.

In order to realize this dream concept, China setup Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization (GEIDCO) in 2015 (www.geidco.org). Today GEIDCO has 800+ organizations as members from 61 countries₁. GEIDCO organized the first annual conference in 2017. The Second GEI Conference was held on 28 and 29 March 2018 in Beijing and the theme was “Global Energy Interconnection: from China’s initiative to Global Action”. The objective of the conference was to bring together experts from different parts of the world for knowledge exchange and discussion on global energy connectivity in the fields of policy coordination, technology development, project deployment, and also to launch a series of cutting-edge technology and research achievements from all over the world. The conference has witnessed participation of over 900 experts from 31 countries including governments, international organizations, universities and research institutes, energy enterprises, equipment manufacturers, financial institutions. From India, ISGF President Reji Kumar Pillai was invited to speak at the event.

A summary report has been prepared by India Smart Grid Forum explaing the Global Energy Interconnection. The report is available for download.


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Smart Grid Bulletin June 2018


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