Power Development in the Philippines in the Belt and Road Era

26 August 2017 • 4:30 - 6:00pm

Confucius Institute at the Ateneo de Manila University Ateneo Professional Schools, HV dela Costa St. Salcedo Village, Makati City

Admission is Free

With the continuous rise of the world’s socio-economic development, energy production and consumption has been facing various challenges through the years.  Burning fossil fuels has led to various issues such as environmental pollution and climate change, while renewable energy faces a bottleneck in capital costs, technical development, and market mechanisms. Therefore, we must employ systematic thinking, comprehensively involve energy technology, generation, consumption and institutions of governance simultaneously, and fundamentally change the way of we use energy, so as to build a new energy supply-demand system.

The Belt and Road Initiative would make possible the construction of the Global Energy Internet as a global response to the current problems of the energy sector that lead to climate change. The Global Energy Internet is based on the smart grid based on Ultra-High-Voltage (UHV) transmission technology. Renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, and hydropower, are usually built in far-flung areas, and a UHV smart grid is able to transmit this power more efficiently across vast distances.  Using its technology, equipment, and experience, China has the ability to promote its application in Philippines, which has a wealth of water, high-quality wind and solar energy resources, suitable for large-scale development and utilization. 


Dr. Zhao Zhihao has over fifteen years experience in the power industry, having worked in China, Australia and the Philippines. He has worked for the State Grid of China Corporation, and was involved in various aspects of energy sector, which include generation, construction, transmission, and renewable energy, among others. His research field includes the Asian region's energy market. He obtained his Electrical Engineering degree from Henan University of Technology, his MBA from North China Electrical Power University, and PhD in Management from De La Salle University.