State Grid Showcases Inspiring Highlights and Achievements
State Grid at Grand Exhibition of Achievements in Commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China
In the morning of September 24, as the Beijing Exhibition Centre was showered in golden sunlight, a grand exhibition unveiled with the theme “Great Journey and Glorious Achievements - Celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China. The eye-catching banner at the front highlighted the call to “unite around the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at its core; toward the great goal of national rejuvenation”.
The exhibition centred on “blazing a trail of socialism with Chinese characteristics and building of a modernized socialist country”. In chronological order, the exhibition consisted of five sections: Introduction, Standing in the East, Reform and Opening-Up, Rejuvenation, and China’s Road. Achievements of the CPC and the country were presented over the seven decades since the New China was founded. Display modes included demonstration boards, mock-ups, videos and interactive experiences.
Developments of China’s power industry were presented now and then: photos of the 1958 concrete pouring ceremony of the dam of the Xin’anjiang Hydropower Station; photos taken at the site of the Liujiaxia Hydropower Station, which represented the height of Chinese hydroelectric technology and construction in the 1970s; videos featuring west-to-east transmission project; pictures of power for all; portrait of State Grid employee Zhang Liming among Role Models, as well as interactive sandboxes of the Strong & Smart Grid and the Internet of Things in Electricity.… For the past seven decades, power industry has always been closely linked to China’s socio-economic development.
Innovation: Major Achievements of the Power Industry
A short video on a large screen showed power transmission lines that soar into the clouds. Visitor Lin Feng, born in 1945, said emotionally, “This exhibition presents a full picture of achievements made through national development. I am very proud to witness the tremendous change in my motherland.”
Many visitors shared such feelings as being proud and inspired. Retiree Ke Dacheng from Jiujiang City in Jiangxi Province, at the same age as the People’s Republic of China, said, “All these years, the electric industry has always been making headways and innovations. Among these accomplishments, the Xin’anjiang Hydropower Station was built. Nowadays renewable enery grew rapidly together with China’s power generation capacity . We can enjoy reliable power supply and pay electricity bills using smartphones anytime, anywhere. The development of the power industry has been amazing.”
The interactive sandboxes featuring the Chinese ultra-high voltage (UHV) power transmission project and the Internet of Things of Electricity introduced the achievements of the 1000 kV Huainan-Zhebei-Shanghai UHV project. Screens on both sides of the sandboxes showed data such as annual electricity generation, the length of power transmission lines, the amount of installed capacity and the proportions of electricity generated by wind, solar, hydro and thermal sources, showcasing the practices of the Strong & Smart Grid and the Internet of Things in Electricity. Efforts made by generations have enabled China’s power industry to leapfrog from playing catch-up to leading the world.
Photos, text and videos related to the achievements of power projects and the State Grid Corporation of China were displayed in the five sections. Exhibition primarily featured achievements made in 2000, 2006 and 2011 at the Reform and Opening-Up section. Great strides of the power industry were demonstrated picture after picture, and video after video.
Going Green: Building a Clean Low-Carbon Energy System
Wang Qifeng, a young man born in the 1980s, stood in front of the interactive sandbox that featured west-east electricity transmission, Chinese UHV power transmission and the achievements of the Internet of Things in Electricity. He said, “I am from Shanxi. When I was young, I saw cargo trucks of coal on the roads. The trucks run in front as dirt and dust followed behind. The skies were often overcast. Now, there are less coal trucks, and more blue skies.
The changes which Wang Qifeng has witnessed are made possible by the many transmission cables displayed in the sandbox before him. In November 2000, the West-East Electricity Transfer Project commenced full-scale operations. It was the landmark project of China’s endeavors to develop the westren part of the country.
“Clean waters and green mountains are the most invaluable assets”. Since the 18th CPC Congress, the Party’s central leadership has been promoting the development of ecological civilization, through the strategic top design of the “five-sphere integrated plan” and the historical mission of realizing the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.
In 2014, twelve key power transmission channels were incorporated into the Air Pollution Prevention and Control Action Plan. As a series of UHV AC/DC projects were put into operation, China has expanded the scope and enhanced the capability for optimizing the use of energy resources, providing safer, more economical, cleaner and more sustainable power supplies for social and economic development. As of June 2019, “nine AC and ten DC” UHV power transmission projects across provinces and regions have been completed in the service area of State Grid. Operational UHV transmission lines totaled 27,570 km, bolstering energy conservation, emissions reduction, and air pollution control; and comprehensively enhancing the accommodation and transmission of clean energy.
A word at the scene intrigued Wang Qifeng. Working in the architecture industry, he noticed that the video mentioned “building the Internet of Things in Electricity”. Thus he connected the video with architectural design, which was also beginning to use techniques for energy conservation. He said, “The Internet of Things in Electricity allows energy to be used more efficiently and the power grid more intelligent, thus servicing every trade and industry. These initiatives by the State Grid Corporation are truly incredible.”
For the People: Achievements of the Power Industry for Public Good
In the exhibition, Tian Fengli from Henan Province was deeply touched by a photograph of Tibetans from Xining, Qinghai Province smiling happily as they move from their home in rundown areas to new apartments. Thanks to the national policy, Tian Fengli's experience in 2017 was nearly identical to the photo she saw - all modern electrical appliance are equipped from air-conditioners to televisions in her new apartment. “It is really convenient to use electricity nowadays. I’ve bought many smart intelligent electrical appliances for my home, which I can operate from my smart phone,” she says.
From rundown areas to apartment buildings: more and more residents have headed towards better lives. Electricity plays an important role. With its fundamental mission of meeting the energy needs for a better life, State Grid bears responsibility for providing all Chinese with reliable access to electricity.
In the Rejuvenation section, visitors found themselves stopping before two photographs. In one photograph, villagers from the Xiege Village, a previous place without access to electricity, in Yushu Prefecture, Qinghai Province are dancing hand-in-hand with workers from State Grid, celebrating the electrification of their village at last. Another photograph showed the first night in Tangshijia Village in Golog Prefecture, Qinghai Province after electrification. Lights shine bright in the houses nested in the mountains under the night sky.
In December 2015, as 150 electric projects were completed in Yushu and Golog, Qinghai Province, 39,800 local residents from 9,614 households, the last batch of people in China without access to power, got electricity.
“Access to electricity” is just the beginning. State Grid will continue working to enable the people “to use electricity well”. “Multiple storeys, electric lights and telephones, radios and speakers” as retirees Mr. Wang Jiasheng and Mrs. Wang in Jiangyou City of Sichuan recalled, that was how people imagined urban life decades ago. Whereas Wang Jiasheng now said that “the use of electricity has become very intelligent, and safety measures are very much in place”.
The development of the power industry as shown in the exhibition were true experience of an elderly villager named Qi Yangqun from Henan, who uses electricity to irrigate his fields; of Beijing resident Liang Lun, who experienced the benefits of “coal-to-electricity” transition in his home; of Hubei villager Wang Yufeng, who is now able to pay electricity bills at home.… As visitors passed through these historical images, they stopped and looked silently, or contemplated the past in light of the present. They all expressed similar emotions to the reporters – it is the nation’s prosperity that enabled the people to lead happy lives; the great achievements of development over the last 70 years that brought them heartfelt pride.
Sources: Department of Public Relations, State Grid News