Honeywell announced it was selected to develop and implement China’s first Smart Grid pilot project and feasibility study for managing energy use in commercial buildings, also known as demand-side management. The project is part of a grant agreement signed between the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) and State Grid Electric Power Research Institute (SGEPRI), sponsor of the project and a subsidiary of State Grid Corp. of China.
The pilot will center on Honeywell’s Smart Grid technology and expertise, including automated demand response, advanced energy management, and submetering. The company will help connect State Grid and its customers to manage energy supply and demand, automatically adjusting electricity consumption and reducing strain on China’s utility infrastructure. This is especially important in commercial and industrial facilities, which account for 70 percent of worldwide electricity use.
The demonstration will allow SGEPRI to assess the feasibility of broader deployment of Smart Grid solutions, and will support the development of standards and regulations. The institute will examine the opportunities and challenges businesses face in linking their energy- and demand-management efforts with an increasingly dynamic electrical grid.
“We’re honored to partner with State Grid to demonstrate the economic benefits of Smart Grid technologies that help manage the demand for electricity,” said Shane Tedjarati, president and chief executive officer of Honeywell China and India. “Honeywell is one of the only companies with technology that lets utilities broadcast signals to alert customers when energy use spikes and outpaces the ability to generate power. We also have relationships with commercial and industrial enterprises throughout China, and can help them define and automate their responses to those demand signals.”
The grant agreement stems from the China-U.S. Energy Cooperation Program (ECP), an initiative started by USTDA and the National Energy Administration of China to spur joint business development in the clean energy sector.