Honeywell and TEDA Launch China`s First Demand Response Project Under United States-China Smart Grid Cooperative
Project Will Help Temporarily Reduce Energy Use in Commercial, Industrial and Government Facilities, Cutting Energy Costs and Emissions, and Improving Electrical Grid Stability
TIANJIN, China, Jan. 5 /PR Newswire Asia/ -- Honeywell( http://www.honeywell.com.cn ) (NYSE: HON) today signed an agreement with the Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area (TEDA) to implement China's first Smart Grid Demand Response project. State Grid Electric Power Research Institute selected Honeywell to develop the project in February. Today's signing also represents the official launch of the Demand Response System Pilot jointly sponsored by the Chinese and United States governments through the U.S.-China Energy Cooperation Program (ECP), which aims to develop a nationwide set of smart grid industry standards and regulations in China.
Under the Honeywell-TEDA agreement, Honeywell will conduct a demonstration project using its automated demand response (Auto DR) technology at select facilities within the TEDA development area, including office buildings, government and commercial facilities, and industrial plants.
Buildings account for approximately 70 percent of all electrical use and a majority of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Honeywell's smart grid technology and expertise connects the utility and its customers so they can automatically adjust energy consumption to reduce demands on the energy grid.
With Honeywell's Auto DR technology, customers establish customized energy reduction strategies for their facilities that are put into action automatically by utilities during a demand-response event. Through Auto DR, utilities can quickly and reliably reduce overall energy consumption during peak use periods, and commercial customers can cut their energy use and costs without compromising critical operations. Auto DR helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the need to run expensive 'peak power' plants, which typically sit idle until customers require more electricity than the utility is able to provide using its primary, base-load generators.
Deployment of Auto DR can effectively reduce peak loads by 15 to 30 percent and, when done at scale, can create the effect of a 'virtual power plant' that generates 'negawatts' – or reduced demand – instead of megawatts. The project will help TEDA to improve its investment and operational profile, as well as make a contribution to energy efficiency and the environment.
As the world's largest energy user, China seeks to develop a 'smarter' electrical grid to better manage the country's growing demand for energy and improve the reliability and efficiency of nation's utility infrastructure. Adding intelligence to the grid will enable utility customers, such as energy-intensive commercial and industrial operations, to better manage how and when they use their energy based on its availability and price. China is expected to spend RMB 1.5 trillion on its energy infrastructure during the 12th Five-Year Guideline period ending in 2015, with the long-term goal of having a robust smart grid operational throughout the country by 2020.
'Cutting demand and consumption is cheapest and cleanest source of energy, and this project will create the bridge between the utility and its customers to make 'using less' easy and automatic,' said Stephen Shang, president of Honeywell China. 'With the unique combination of advanced technology and energy experience and expertise from Honeywell, I am sure this demonstration project will not only bring economic benefits to TEDA, but will support the development of relevant standards and regulations for the broader deployment of smart grid solutions in China.'
'We are honored to join hands with Honeywell to conduct China's first smart grid demand response project at TEDA,' said Ai Yaming, Deputy Director of TEDA. 'This is a very important energy saving initiative for TEDA on our mission to build a resource-efficient and environmentally-friendly environment. We are committed to making this pilot project successful, and look forward to deploying the Auto DR technology more broadly in the future.'
With controls in 150 million homes, 10 million buildings and thousands of industrial sites, and experience managing demand response and efficiency programs for more than 100 utilities, Honeywell has the offerings and experience to empower smart energy users.
Honeywell International (www.honeywell.com) is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; and specialty materials. Honeywell has a long history in China that goes back to 1935 when it established the first franchise in Shanghai. Today, all of Honeywell's four Strategic Business Groups are represented in China, and all of them have relocated their Asia Pacific headquarters to China. Over the years, Honeywell has set up subsidiaries and joint ventures in over 20 cities across the country. Honeywell employs over 11,000 people in China. For more news and information on Honeywell, please visit www.honeywell.com.cn .
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