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Advantech WISE-iEMS Assists Chuan Kai Electric to Move Toward Smart Energy

9/15/2023
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Advantech shows its commitment to reducing industrial carbon emissions by offering the latest and most practical solutions and products. Advantech has helped Chuan Kai Electric achieve comprehensive digital transformation, and WISE-iEMS has played an essential part in helping the company manage energy throughout the entire park, thus helping Chuan Kai Electric demonstrate its commitment to sustainability and achieving zero carbon emissions.

Interview with Shi-Xu Liu, President of the Smart Energy Research Institute of Chuan Kai Electric

Power transmission and distribution systems play a crucial role in the generation of energy, making the power industry essential for realizing sustainable, low-carbon growth and deploying intelligent energy solutions across various sectors. As a leading company in China’s power transmission and distribution sector, Chuan Kai Electric Co., Ltd. provides full engineering, procurement, construction, and operation services for power transmission and distribution to over 1,300 Chinese enterprises across diverse fields, including power grids, aerospace, military, nuclear power, communications, industrial parks, and commercial buildings. This article highlights Chuan Kai Electric’s leadership in the development of smart energy systems, with far-reaching implications for driving zero-carbon development in China.

Green transformation strategy in pursuing low-carbon sustainability

With sustainability as a core value, Chuan Kai Electric has established a new round of transformational strategies in response to the Chinese government’s 3060 national decarbonization strategy. This strategy aims to reach peak carbon emissions by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2060. As a long-standing partner of Chuan Kai Electric in promoting digitalization and intelligentization, Advantech is the ideal partner for their transformation program.

According to Mr. Shi-Xu Liu, President of the Smart Energy Research Institute at Chuan Kai Electric, China’s power transmission and distribution industry is still not fully aware of the importance of pursuing low-carbon emissions. Moreover, significant barriers to the integration of smart features into power distribution equipment include the financial burden of adopting intelligent transmission and distribution solutions, as well as the cautious approach adopted by numerous businesses toward embracing IoT applications like smart energy management systems, which are tailored to meet carbon reduction goals. As a result, most of Chuan Kai Electric’s customers continue to rely on fundamental power equipment.

In their green transformation blueprint, Chuan Kai Electric has devised a two-pronged approach to persuade customers to embrace smart energy management. The first approach is through smart distribution, which relies on Advantech’s IoT platform and development tools to accelerate the development of safe, efficient, low-carbon solutions. This helps reduce the cost associated with adopting smart distribution equipment, thereby boosting customer willingness to adopt smart energy management applications. The second approach is through the adoption of low-carbon energy strategies, as exemplified by the implementation of Advantech’s WISE-iEMS Smart Energy Management Solution in Chuan Kai Electric’s Chengdu production park. This low-carbon park serves as a model for other industries pursuing low-carbon objectives and is helping more enterprises witness for themselves the benefits of adopting smart energy management solutions.

WISE-iEMS improves the energy management of a large-scale park

Chuan Kai Electric’s low-carbon park has already yielded concrete results. Mr. Liu explained that the park covers an area of 20 hectares. To reduce carbon emissions across the park, solar energy is used as the main source of low-carbon energy. With an installed solar capacity of up to 1.72 MW, the park can generate 5,500 kWh of electricity per day during peak hours, accounting for approximately 20% of the factory’s total electricity consumption. The efficient utilization of solar power generation results in significant carbon reduction benefits.

Furthermore, the production base features a range of energy-consuming equipment such as air conditioners and real-time monitoring of energy usage across the park enables the creation of optimal energy-saving strategies including the reduction of abnormal electricity consumption. This approach aids energy conservation and carbon reduction and to reach it, Chuan Kai Electric constructed a microgrid system and implemented Advantech’s WISE-iEMS system to deliver smart energy management across the entire park. This smart energy management platform integrates all power generation and usage data and optimizes solar power and energy-consumption equipment throughout the park.

The WISE-iEMS system offers a user-friendly interface for managing solar power generation, presenting clear and up-to-date information to park administrators. They can easily access daily and monthly electricity generation data and compare the current day or month’s power generation status with the previous day or month, allowing for better planning and utilization of the solar power system, ultimately resulting in reduced carbon emissions and costs.

WISE-iEMS also enables the monitoring of energy consumption data for all park equipment. This means that administrators can quickly and accurately query the energy consumption of various equipment quickly by selecting options such as the park region, organization, equipment, and load type, which then allows them to formulate corresponding energy performance management measures that align with the park’s energy conservation goals. Furthermore, if an abnormality is detected in any equipment, WISE-iEMS sends out an early alert to relevant personnel to resolve the issue quickly and avoid any unnecessary waste of energy.

Mr. Liu acknowledged that Advantech shows its commitment to reducing industrial carbon emissions by offering the latest and most practical solutions and products. Advantech has helped Chuan Kai Electric achieve comprehensive digital transformation, and WISE-iEMS has played an essential part in helping the company manage energy throughout the entire park, thus helping Chuan Kai Electric demonstrate its commitment to sustainability and achieving zero carbon emissions.

Case Benefits:

  • Enables accurate planning and utilization of the solar power system. 
  • Reduces carbon emissions and electricity costs. 
  • Realizes the goals of energy conservation and consumption reduction.

Shi-Xu Liu

President of the Smart Energy Research Institute of Chuan Kai Electric