Collaboration Between China and Germany Accelerates Germany’s Renewable Energy Transition
Collaboration Between China and Germany Accelerates Germany’s Renewable Energy Transition

Collaboration Between China and Germany Accelerates Germany’s Renewable Energy Transition

In the radiant sunlight, precise arrays of solar panels grace the landscape of the Weesow-Willmersdorf solar park, situated 26 kilometers northeast of Berlin, Germany.

Anticipated to power 50,000 households and curtail carbon emissions by 129,000 tons annually, this solar park sources its stabilizing inverters from Sungrow Power Supply Co., Ltd. – a leading Chinese enterprise renowned for its pioneering work in solar inverter research and development.

This solar endeavor stands emblematic of the cooperative efforts between China and Germany to advance clean energy initiatives and catalyze the transformation of their energy landscapes.

Germany has set forth an ambitious target: to derive 80 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. To this end, an increasing number of Chinese companies have joined hands with Germany in pursuit of this common goal.

According to Moritz Rolf, Vice President at Sungrow Europe overseeing Benelux, Central, Eastern, Northern Europe, and Turkey, the company has dispatched over 20 GW of products to Germany, significantly propelling Germany’s shift from fossil fuels to an entirely renewable energy generation paradigm.

“Since my inception at Sungrow’s German office in 2016, I have actively fostered collaboration between Germany and China in the renewable energy sector and the transition towards cleaner energy. We observe that meaningful employment is gaining paramount importance for numerous German job seekers,” affirmed Rolf.

On July 27, a shipment of essential production-line machinery arrived at a battery production plant in Gottingen, Germany. This establishment is the brainchild of Gotion High-tech Co., Ltd., a Chinese battery cell manufacturer, and this equipment delivery heralded a new phase in production.

Last year in June, the company marked a milestone with the inauguration of the base, geared to achieve a capacity of 20 GWh, representing a pivotal stride into the European market.

By the conclusion of 2022, China’s electric vehicle battery manufacturer, Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Ltd. (CATL), announced the successful commencement of mass production of lithium-ion battery cells at its inaugural overseas plant in Thuringia, Germany.

Per CATL’s July proclamation, their overseas facilities are making steady progress, with the German plant accelerating its production capacity.

Simultaneously, Chinese enterprises remain attuned to the wave of energy innovation, collaboratively exploring low-carbon and high-efficiency avenues on a global scale.

“Solar power in isolation cannot singularly accomplish Germany’s energy transition aspirations. Equally vital contributors encompass battery storage, hydrogen generation, and the reduction of emissions from the transportation sector,” elaborated Rolf.

Rolf disclosed that Sungrow’s R&D team in the Netherlands is presently crafting cutting-edge EV charging solutions tailored for both residential use and swift charging. In tandem, the company’s German R&D team is bolstering the advancement of hydrogen solutions, poised to be integrated into Sungrow’s product portfolio, thus amalgamating solar power with the production of clean hydrogen as a sustainable substitute for natural gas.

In June of this year, Xiang Haiping, Chief Engineer of the National Energy Administration, articulated at the 11th China-Germany Economic and Technical Cooperation Forum that China and Germany, as pivotal forces in the global shift towards green energy, share extensive common interests and an expansive arena for collaboration. Xiang advocated a deeper partnership between the two nations to confront challenges collectively and infuse positive impetus into the global energy transition.


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