The Zhangjiakou Demonstration Zone in China and Åland Islands in Finland were presented at the Clean Energy Ministers Meeting held in Copenhagen on May 24th.
At a side event, Finnish Minister of the Environment, Energy and Housing, Kimmo Tiilikainen, invited international companies and research institutes to Åland Islands to develop the world’s first Island that uses only renewable energy sources.
The Åland Islands will be a demonstration platform for a flexible energy system, which is based on smart grids and 100 percent renewable energy production and use. Key elements of the system are the ability to integrate distributed renewable energy production into the overall system and respond to concurrent fluctuations in demand and supply.
“The demonstration platform offers companies a unique opportunity to test new energy solutions. It is important that consumers are active operators in the system. Several Finnish companies and research institutes and some international operators are already planning this excellent project, which represents a real energy transition to smart and clean energy system,” Tiilikainen says.
Presenting the Zhangjiakou Demonstration Zone in China, Li Meng, Vice Minister of the Ministry of science and technology, said, “Increasing the flexibility of power systems is crucial to achieving high penetration of renewable energy sources and ensuring safe and stable operation of the power grid.”
In order to raise the proportion of non-fossil energy sources to 15 percent and 20 percent in 2020 and 2030 respectively, China will press ahead with the large-scale development of renewable energy resources by optimizing the layout of exploitation and utilization. At Zhangjiakou demonstration zone micro grids will be utilized to achieve the increased proportion of RES.
Photo: Kimmo Tiilikainen, Minister of the Environment, Energy and Housing of Finland and Li Meng, Vice Minister of Ministry of science and technology of China at Clean Energy Ministers Meeting (CEM9) side event held at Copenhagen 24th May.