Birmingham's energy storage expertise continues to attract interest from top Chinese companies

State Power Investment Corporation (SPIC) delegates learn more about cutting-edge research at the University of Birmingham.

A senior delegation from the State Power Investment Corporation (SPIC) of China visited the University of Birmingham to explore collaboration in energy storage and other energy technologies.

One of the top five power generators in China with a total installed capacity of 117 GW and 140,000 employees, SPIC is the only energy company in China that has major operations in thermal, hydro, nuclear and renewable energy powers.

SPIC delegates learned more about cutting-edge research being conducted at Birmingham from the University’s researchers and visited its hi-tech laboratories and facilities.

SPIC Vice President Mr Shi Jialin, who led the SPIC delegation, commented: “We are very delighted to be here today, visiting the University of Birmingham, a world-leader in energy storage and energy studies, to explore collaboration possibilities.

“As an integrated energy group with power as our core business, energy storage and related energy technologies are extremely important for SPIC, and we are committed to strengthening our capabilities in this area by developing international collaboration with leading institutions.

“I am pleased that through today’s discussion we have identified mutual interests and synergies to developing such collaborative relations.”

Professor Andy Schofield, Pro-Vice Chancellor and Head of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, University of Birmingham, said: “Linking up with industrial leaders throughout the world to form win-win partnerships is an important component of the University’s strategy. The University of Birmingham possesses world-leading expertise in energy storage, and our internationally recognised strengths covers a broad range of areas in energy related studies.

“It is a great pleasure for me and my colleagues to welcome our distinguished SPIC guests to our campus. This I hope will be the first step of our lasting relationship. We look forward to working in close partnership with SPIC, to impact and contribute to the development of safe and clean low carbon energy systems in the UK and China.”

Professor Martin Freer, Director of Birmingham Energy Institute, said: "State Power Investment Corporation (SPIC) of China have an impressive portfolio of generation activity and innovative energy systems which show that they are at the forefront of the revolution of energy production in China. It is a fantastic opportunity for the Birmingham Energy Institute to join forces with SPIC in helping shape the future directions of energy systems in both UK and China."

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