The Clean Energy Council has signed an agreement with a prominent Chinese organisation to promote collaboration on smart energy innovation, energy conservation and energy storage.

The Clean Energy Council’s Director of Smart Energy Darren Gladman (pictured left, above) met with the China Strategic Alliance of Smart Energy Industrial Technology Innovation in Beijing recently to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between the two groups.

Mr Gladman said it is an exciting time for the development of smart energy and energy storage technology in China, as the country’s Five-Year Plan specifically calls for a smart energy system.

“There will be huge improvements in the systems that help to efficiently control the production, transportation, storage and consumption of energy.

"Storage standards and policy development is a huge focus for both the Clean Energy Council and the China Strategic Alliance of Smart Energy Industrial Technology Innovation,” Mr Gladman said.  

“The field of smart energy will clearly be a big focus for the Chinese industry, with the government calling for more flexible grid management that will allow excess clean energy from rooftop solar or wind power to be sold to other users in the system.

“China is an absolute leader in manufacturing clean energy products. We are looking forward to working on best practice standards and regulations together, as well as collaborating on policy and events.” 

The Clean Energy Council's recent storage work includes a storage safety study and FAQs developed commissioned from CSIRO, the development of installation guidelines for grid-connected solar systems with battery storage, a briefing paper for the government on the actions required to ensure high standards across the industry, a paper on accelerating the uptake of storage technology, and policy development and advocacy on market reforms to encourage more storage for the benefit of energy consumers.