Tobacco Giants Entering Cannabis Market

Altria, the maker of Marlboro cigarettes, is in talks with a Canadian indoor growing cannabis producer over a potential investment in the firm.

Proponents of legal marijuana spent decades fighting a slow battle for mainstream acceptance. Now, with recreational use legal in Canada and many states in the United States, big business is suddenly swooping in.

Canada’s Cronos Group confirmed the discussions but said it had not yet reached an agreement. It follows reports that Altria was in talks to acquire Cronos as it moves to diversify from traditional smokers.
Cronos issued the following statement:
It is engaged in discussions concerning a potential investment by Altria Group Inc. in Cronos Group. No agreement has been reached with respect to any such transaction and there can be no assurance such discussions will lead to an investment or other transaction involving the companies.

Several other companies from industries that have been lobbying against cannabis in the past are now pushing into the cannabis sector.
Corona beer owner Constellation Brands has said it would pour some $4bn (£3.1bn) into Canada’s top cannabis producer, Canopy Growth, in a deal marking the largest investment in the industry to date.
Tobacco firm Imperial Brands is investing in UK biotech company Oxford Cannabinoid Technologies, while just recently Coca-Cola was in talks with a Canadian producer Aurora Cannabis about developing cannabis-infused beverages.
It will be interesting to see how the cannabis market and also the consumer will react to the market entry of Marlboro and similar companies. We will keep you posted.
Altria, the maker of Marlboro and other cigarettes, last week paid $1.8 billion for almost half of Cronos Group, a cannabis company in Toronto.
In August, Constellation Brands, which owns Corona and other beers, paid $4 billion for a major stake in Canopy Growth, another Canadian marijuana company. That month, Molson Coors, another brewer, formed a joint venture with a cannabis company in Quebec.
“There’s always been the expectation that big business was going to come in; we’ve been hearing rumors about ‘Marlboro Greens’ for decades now,” said Bethany Gomez, director of research at Brightfield Group, a cannabis market research group. “Now we’re past the point of no return.”
an industry that until recently operated in the shadows. As billions of dollars pour into product development, marketing and manufacturing, these companies will be looking to create big brands with the market share to match. Brightfield estimates that global legal cannabis sales will reach more than $31 billion in 2021, up from less than $8 billion last year.
But while large-scale investments suggest that the mainstream acceptance of marijuana has reached a significant tipping point, longtime cannabis advocates are worried that the idealistic entrepreneurs who made this moment possible may get left behind.
Despite the flurry of deal-making, the market for legal cannabis products remains fragmented. Canada legalized the sale of marijuana flowers and oils this year, but edible products and drinks made with marijuana concentrates are not yet legal.
In the United States, several states have legalized recreational consumption, though it remains illegal at a federal level. That patchwork of regulation is keeping several big companies that are interested in the industry on the sidelines for now.
In September, began selling products that contained CBD, a nonpsychoactive cannabis derivative. But within days, the company changed its mind and removed the products.
James Quincey, the chief executive of Coca-Cola, said the company was not yet entering the market. “It needs to be legal, it needs to be safe and it needs to be consumable,” he said on CNBC on Tuesday. “It’s not there yet.”
But earlier in the year, Coca-Cola representatives acknowledged that the company was watching the industry closely. They’re not the only ones.
Diageo, the spirits conglomerate, was widely rumored to be on the verge of striking a deal with a Canadian cannabis company in August, but nothing has yet been announced. And Walmart Canada acknowledged that it too was looking into the industry, but had no plans to start selling products containing CBD or THC, marijuana’s psychoactive component.
Nonetheless, boosters say the cannabis industry will only attract more from big corporations from here.
“This is what legal cannabis looks like,” said F. Aaron Smith, executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association, a trade group based in Washington. “You’ve got some of the larger players taking interest, and that’s a good thing. It’s going to create more economic vitality, more jobs.”
Altria, which is facing a global fall in tobacco sales as consumers abandon cigarettes, has perhaps the most to gain from entering the industry. “Tobacco has been experiencing year-over-year declines,” said Ms. Gomez. “They need something else to go into.”
And the company’s experience manufacturing and distributing cigarettes makes it well positioned to make these products on a mass-market scale.
“There is room for a budget pre-roll that could scale very rapidly and compete better with the black market,” said Ms. Gomez, referring to ready-made joints.
Constellation and Molson Coors appear to have different priorities. Constellation is pouring money into Canopy with the hopes that the Canadian company will emerge as a leading industrial producer of recreational and medical marijuana. And Molson Coors says it is focused on creating a nonalcoholic cannabis beverage in partnership with the Hydropothecary Corporation, a Canadian company.
As big companies enter the industry, experts believe they may step up lobbying efforts to make marijuana legal on a federal level in the United States, though so far the big companies have made no such moves. “We look forward to Altria and Constellation getting more involved in efforts to change federal laws,” said Mr. Smith.
But big companies are unlikely to make major moves in the American market until recreational use of THC products is legal at a federal level. And while this year’s multibillion-dollar farm bill included a provision that made CBD a federally legal substance, the Trump administration has shown little interest in supporting national legalization. As attorney general, Jeff Sessions stepped up enforcement against marijuana crimes. Mr. Trump has said that he would support a bill that would leave the decision about legalization up to states.
Even if big companies do invest heavily in the cannabis industry, small producers of marijuana products that have emerged in recent years will most likely still have plenty of room to grow.
“Ultimately cannabis will look a lot like beer,” Mr. Smith said. “You have the large firms that dominate the market, but there’s still a thriving marketplace for craft beer.”
For Steve DeAngelo, a longtime advocate of marijuana’s benefits and legalization, and the founder of Harborside, a dispensary in California, the arrival of big brands is a cause for celebration — and concern.

Cannabis growing indoor under LED lights
Cannabis growing under LED lights

“When you see companies like Constellation and Altria shifting their supply chains from toxic substances to this healing plant, that’s in some ways the culmination of my life’s work,” he said.
But he said he was concerned that many of the longtime proponents and early movers in the marijuana industry might get shut out from the sudden wealth creation set off by mass-market products. “A lot of the people who worked to bring this day about are not really being included or honored,” he said.
As large players like Altria and Constellation make investments, Mr. DeAngelo expressed hope that cannabis could change the tobacco and alcohol industries, not just the other way around.
“We have to create an industry that breaks these old molds that clearly are not working,” he said. “Just imagine if all the people who are smoking tobacco were smoking cannabis, which doesn’t give you cancer. As that happens in the minds and hearts and souls of consumers, you will see a cannabization of the corporate world.”

Legalized Cannabis Brings New Spark to LED Industry

The North American Cannabis lighting market is the fastest growing sector within the global horticultural lighting market and will continue to factor into the market for quite some time, while the legalization trend is extending to Irealand and other countries to name. It is one of the most exciting potential markets for packaged LEDs today, the fastest growing sector within the global horticultural lighting market and will continue to have a massive impact on the market for the foreseeable future.

Incumbent lighting technologies, including high pressure sodium (HPS), metal halide and fluorescent to name a few, are being replaced in large quantities by with LEDs. While energy efficiency continues to be a factor, additional benefits, namely increased plant productivity is the main drivers behind this growth in the market. It is forecasted that the LED cannabis lighting market will grow more than 300% in the next five years as US states continue to legalize the medical and recreational consumption of cannabis.

On the other hand, according to the research on the market for latest horticultural lighting report, and from experience in the general lighting market, it is only a matter of time before LED lighting becomes mainstream in the industry. LED lighting is fast becoming horticultural industry standard! LED fixtures are here to stay and the only question that needs to be answered is how quickly they will become the dominant technology in the market.

Chinese manufacturers are in a rise to occupy this market sector thanks to the huge industrial advantages. Peakingtech is one of them and launching 600W high-power model to replace HPS, waterproof tube grow lights for hydroponics grow racks, and more.


Will you vote for 2019 Medical Marijuana Awards?

Global Health & Pharma is to open shortlisting for the first annual Medical Marijuana Awards. The Awards aims to celebrate and publicize those leading companies, firms and individuals who have gone above and beyond in researching and producing medicine that in the past was often perceived as controversial. Will you thinking about voting for it?
You can nominate a company, team and/or individual via the voting form (URL at the end). Self-nominations is also accepted, so you can feel free to put yourself forward for consideration. There is no obligatory time or cost requirement throughout the process, only great potential to have excellence recognised.

Global Health & Pharma has more than 260k readers around the world and is the go-to digital publication for wellness professionals and healthcare related suppliers.

Medical research has shown the use of cannabis and hemp products to be safe and effective for many ailments. Even in countries where the use of marijuana is still illegal, people are reaping the benefits of Hemp and CBD products. LED grow lights are the most helpful tools to grow marijuana indoors to improve quality, consistency, yield and efficacy.

9-module LED grow light 320W
TOP320: A 9-module LED grow light 320W

Taking part in the Medical Marijuana Awards is the perfect way to showcase your new products and innovations to an audience of top-level CEOs and healthcare professionals whilst also providing the public with evidence of your successes as a business. This is also a good way to show that your employee’s efforts are valued by the organisation. Notifying stakeholders of your participation in our programme indicates that your business is garnering the attention of third parties and that your work or your expertise, customer service or products offered are creating a buzz within the industry.

The Medical Marijuana Awards welcomes nominations from all who work in the sector, including but not limited to doctors, cultivators, budtenders, lawyers, retailers, dispensaries, researchers, insurance companies, technicians and more! The awards will highlight those companies who are found to be driving the innovation and competition within their sectors, ensuring that the most deserving businesses get to stand in the spotlight this year.

Winning a Medical Marijuana Award provides you with the evidence you need to prove, beyond doubt, that you stand apart from the competition. Enhancing your victory with visual reminders allows for the promotion of your brand to extend even further, which in turn can attract talented new employees, looking to work for the best and new clients and customers looking to work with the best.

As mentioned, our programme is open to all businesses operating in this industry, we also encourage those companies and organisations, who facilitate the growth and development of this business community, to join the programme and allow for their efforts in making certain an equitable opportunity exists for these new and innovative endeavours to thrive.

Our awards are based solely on merit, rather than the number of votes received. Our process works to ensure that we reward parties based on their excellence in the industry, the quality of their products and their dedication to service.

If you know of any company or organisation you feel is deserving of a nomination in this prestigious award, please leave their details in the voting form below. We can also accept self-nominations so please feel free to nominate your own organisation.

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Grow Lighting Vital in Thriving Indoor Farming

Indoor Farming market to grow by US$25B worldwide 

Grow Lighting is playing a vital role in the rapidly-growing indoor farming industry. 4 Billion, driven by a compounded growth of 9.2%. Aeroponics, one of the segments analyzed and sized in this study, displays the potential to grow at over 9.3%. The shifting dynamics supporting this growth makes it critical for businesses in this space to keep abreast of the changing pulse of the market. Poised to reach over US$2.8 Billion by the year 2025, Aeroponics will bring in healthy gains adding significant momentum to global growth.

Light plays an important role in plant life and it is necessary for the plant to survive as they serve as a primary energy source. … Few plants like tropical plants need lots of sunlight and they cannot survive without sunlight. But if you don’t have direct access to sunlight then you can go for artificial grow lights.
Representing the developed world, the United States will maintain a 7.8% growth momentum. Within Europe, which continues to remain an important element in the world economy, Germany will add over US$864.1 Million to the region’s size and clout in the next 5 to 6 years.

Peakingtech is an active player in LED Indoor Grow Lights OEM, products including

  • LED grow toplight 600W
  • LED tube grow light 36W, 60W
  • UFO LED grow light 200W
  • Modular grow light LED 320W

Over US$1.8 Billion worth of projected demand in the region will come from other emerging Eastern European markets. In Japan, Aeroponics will reach a market size of US$164 Million by the close of the analysis period. As the world’s second largest economy and the new game changer in global markets, China exhibits the potential to grow at 13.7% over the next couple of years and add approximately US$7.3 Billion in terms of addressable opportunity for the picking by aspiring businesses and their astute leaders. Presented in visually rich graphics are these and many more need-to-know quantitative data important in ensuring quality of strategy decisions, be it entry into new markets or allocation of resources within a portfolio. Several macroeconomic factors and internal market forces will shape growth and development of demand patterns in emerging countries in Asia-Pacific, Latin America and the Middle East. All research viewpoints presented are based on validated engagements from influencers in the market, whose opinions supersede all other research methodologies.


Hot Words in the Energy Industry

Intelligent power plant

Traditional power plants deal mostly with power generation while a pure power generation enterprise is facing greater operating pressure and cannot adapt to social demands in the new era. Along with the deepened transformation and upgrade of China economy and the vigorous implementation of the electricity system reform, the construction of intelligent power plant becomes a new trend.

The so-called intelligent power plant involves comprehensive and deepened reform on the management and technology of every single part and subsystem on basis of the existing facilities, technology and management. It is a brand-new power plant by rethinking and reorganizing the internal resource values and introducing modern management ideas and cutting-edge technologies, featuring higher equipment reliability and safer production, more advanced technology and streamlined system, more flexible management and sustainable development, and more harmonized economic & social benefits.

The intelligent power plant is constructed on basis of smart power generation, improves energy and resource utilization in a circular economy through the integration and extension with other industries (such as LED grow lights in indoor farming industry), and establishes a modern energy power system with safe, efficient, green and low-carbon generation. The plant can not only increase the capital in the market economy but also assumes more responsibilities in environment protection and social services, and suffices better the ecological environment construction and economical and social development in the new age.

Fourth-generation nuclear power

The first-generation nuclear power plants are the confirmatory ones built in 1950s and 1960s; the second-generation nuclear power plants are the standardized, serialized and batched ones built in 1970s and 1980s; the third-generation nuclear power plants are the advanced light-water reactor (LWR) that were fully developed in 1990s; the fourth-generation nuclear power plants are under development, featuring nonproliferation, better economy and safety and reduction creation of waste.

The fourth-generation nuclear energy utilization system generally refers to the fast neutron reaction technology with plutonium-239 instead of uranium fuel. In other words, the peripheral regeneration area of the core fuel plutonium-239 is filled with uranium-238. The fast neutrons released in the plutonium-239 fission reaction are absorbed by the uranium-238 which turns quickly into plutonium-239. In this way, it not only improves energy production but also makes the best of the nuclear waste uranium-238. The environment pollution caused by nuclear waste can be solved in future. Therefore, the fourth-generation power plant appears superb in terms of safety and economy and creates minimum waste, without the need of off-site emergency and capable of nonproliferation. Its commercialization can be expected around 2030.

Energy storage

It is the first question of global concern to research and develop new and renewable energy sources and find a way to improve energy utilization. In China where the energy production and consumption are huge, there are demands for both energy conservation and emission reduction, and energy growth to support the economic development. So, vigorous expansion of the energy storage industry is vital.

Energy storage, which means the accumulation of electricity energy, is by itself not a new technology, but emerges from the industrial perspective and is still in its infancy. The energy storage technology will be widely applied in the wind and solar power industries, especially in the wind power industry which has witnessed massive deployment. Due to the wind fluctuation, like the electricity trough in wee hours when wind is usually stronger, the momentum of wind and solar power is fettered by “grid connecting”. To a large extent, the energy storage technology solves the randomness and fluctuation problem with new energy generation, smooths its output and regulates effectively the changes with grid voltage, frequency and phase caused by new energy generating source, so that massive wind and solar power can be connected to the grid easily and stably.

The energy storage technology is the core of the new energy industrial revolution. If the policies are in place, the energy storage industry in China can grow rapidly into a strategical new industry with major influence in the world and promote greatly the scale development of new energy in China.

Multi-energy complement

The multi-energy complement system is an extension of traditional distribution energy application and the objectified integration concept in the energy system projects, extending the application of distributed energy from part to whole. Specifically, the multi-energy complement system includes the input of multiple energy resources and is a “regional energy Internet” system with diversified output function and transport modes. Instead of simple superposition of energy types, it involves comprehensive and complementary utilization on basis of the energy grades at the system level, overall arrangement of the coordination and conversion among the energies and maximum energy utilization effects and benefits.

To construct the trial project of multi-energy complement integration and optimization is one of the important tasks of Internet+ intelligent energy system. It helps improve the harmonization of energy supply and demand, promote the production and nearest consumption of clean energy, minimize the wind, solar and water curtailment and accelerate the consumption of renewable energy sources. As a key to the improvement of energy system overall efficiency, it has important practical sense and far-reaching strategic significance for the construction of a clean, low-carton, safe and efficient modern energy system.

Trend Analysis of Cutting-edge Technologies in World’s Energy Sector

In the new round of industry revolution and the global consensus on climate change, the energy technology becomes the driving force to guide energy industry change and drive development via innovation. Major countries in the world consider energy technology the breakthrough of the new technological and industrial revolution, formulate technological plans strategically and take actions to expedite energy technology innovations, aiming to enhance their international competitiveness. Meanwhile, the dynamics of the technological development heralds the energy development tendency in the globe.


Trend analysis of the world’s energy technology

  1. Green and low-carbon energy technology is definitely the main direction of development.

Energy is being developed in the direction of low-carbon, green and efficiency. In the EU research and innovation funding scheme “Horizon 2020”, the “low-carbon and adaptation to climate change in future” domain will be granted a budget of EUR3.3 billion in the 2018 ~ 2020 expenditure plan. According to the plan, projects in four clean energy fields — renewable energy, energy-efficient buildings, electric transport and storage — will acquire the grant money EUR2.2 billion. Russia’s energy ministry declared to support the setup of the renewable energy development fund in the far east federal district and will formulate the concrete suggestions. UK will invest GBP28 million in funding the innovations in renewable energy, intelligent energy system, low-carbon industry, nuclear energy and so on, as a part of the new energy innovation plan (2016 ~ 2021). Since the Trump administration announced USA’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, the situation of global response to climate change has become confusing, but the transformation in the global energy field is an irresistible trend, and the green and low-carbon energy technology is the inevitable direction in the future.

  1. Small modular reactor unfolds a new era of nuclear energy

Thanks to its safety, operation flexibility and power grid adaptability, the small modular reactor (SMR) is attracting more and more attention. Nuclear powers in the world are pushing the SMR technology development and deployment. Nuscale Power in USA submitted the first certification audit application for its commercial SMR power plant design. Canadian regulatory body initiates the general site selection and discovery procedure for the first demonstrative SMR. Russia will help Philippine on the feasibility study of onshore or offshore SMR construction. The Ray Science & Production Company of Rosatom developed the SMR based on the principle of heat electron emission effect, featuring safety, reliability, free of maintenance and long-term operation, which can operate as standalone power supply for important infrastructure in remote area. The UK government promised exploring the potential of SMR via competition and evaluating the market benefit to develop, commercialize and fund SMR technology, and planned to develop the reactor model with advantages in safety, economy and mobility. In Japan, the SMR is an important option for the development in future.

  1. The prospects of energy blockchain are bright

The blockchain technology has advantages in decentralized storage and information transparency, enables digitized, distributed and precise management on energy and will produce great impact on the energy market in future. United States Department of Energy raised the new concept of blockchain based energy system and explored the application of blockchain technology in power grid management. A consortium led by BP and Shell will develop a blockchain digital platform for energy commodities trading. Australian government will fund AUD2.57 million to support a two-year trial solar and hydropower project with application of blockchain technology. A paper of McKinsey stated that blockchain had the most potential to be the core technology that may trigger the fifth disruptive revolutions, following the steam engine, electricity and information & internet technology. The golden time of blockchain technology is coming, within the territory of the distributed, complicated and vast oil and gas industry.

  1. Battery energy storage will play a vital role

As a supporting industry and key driver in the energy structure adjustment, the energy storage has broad prospects in traditional power generating, transmission and distribution, power demand, auxiliary service, new energy access and more domains. According to the Power Storage and Renewable Energy: Cost and Market Research Report (2030) published by International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the global energy storage capacity will increase threefold if the portion of renewable energy doubles by 2030 in the energy system. In the basic prediction scenario, the report mentioned the global energy storage installed capacity would increase by 42% ~ 68% by 2030 in comparison with 2017, and might achieve 155% ~ 227% rise if the renewable energy has additionally a robust growth. Battery energy storage plays a vital role in changing the energy storage structure and functions as the power supply during the peak load period. The rapid development of energy storage technology brings about significant change to the energy system and certain impact on the demands for fossil fuels. Energy storage takes more and more places of thermal power and exerts strong power regulation ability in the electric energy system.

  1. Deep fusion between 5G and energy

Recently, the energy industry implements actively the Internet+ strategy and improves the overall information and intelligence level of the industry, making the best of modern information communication and control technology for intelligent equipment monitoring, information collection, new operation mode and utilization services. Along with the rapid growth of diversified energy services, the grid equipment, power terminals and electricity customers have urgent needs for the latest communication and system supports to suffice the explosive communication demand growth. The 5G technology supports energy infrastructure intelligentization, bidirectional energy distribution and new business model to improve efficiency in production, delivery, utilization and resource coordination. The renewable energy, grid communication, intelligent grid and other fields are the major application scenarios of 5G in the global energy industry. EU has paid special attention to the fusion between 5G and the energy industry. The whitepaper View on 5G Architecture states the 5G architecture should have the customization private networking ability for vertical industries including automobile, energy, food, agriculture, healthcare and education. The connection of 5G technology with the business ecosystem helps 5G network provide diversified and new service modes efficiently and at low cost.

  1. 3D printing technology is used in the manufacturing process of solar cells

The 3D printing technology is used on thin-film battery in addition to the crystalline silicon solar cell. Researchers in Oregon State University manufactured the Copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) thin-film battery by using 3D printing technology and saved 90% raw materials. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) printed thin-film solar cell on paper through a dedicated 3D printer, and such cell has 1.5% ~ 2% efficiency. The 3D printing technology can print high-resolution, electrically conductive grid lines and save cost at the same time. It can be integrated perfectly with high sheet resistance emitter and applied in various new solar cell technologies. This technology is being actively studied and developed in China and abroad. Therefore, the 3D printing technology is irresistibly used in the manufacturing process of solar cells, and will lead to dramatic improvement of the quality and efficiency of solar cells.

Implications and suggestions

  1. Make breakthrough on core technology and build a new-generation electric system

Renewable energy sources substitute gradually the fossil energies so that it accounts for a larger portion in the primary energy production and consumption. The key goal of our energy revolution is to promote the energy transformation and construct clean, low-carbon, safe and efficient new generation energy system. In the primary energy consumption, non-fossil energy comes largely from the electric power. The important symbol of the electric system transformation is the dramatic increase of the proportion of non-fossil energy and the power supply structure dominated by non-fossil energy sources. Now, the key to the construction of new-generation electric system is to make breakthrough on the grid accesses from high-percentage renewable energy and power electronics equipment, build intelligent electric grid with deep fusion between multi-energy complement and information physics, and so on.

  1. Strengthen the clean energy industry and promote the development of clean energy

Clean energy is playing a dominant role in response to the climate change. It is extremely urgent to expedite the substitution of clean energies including hydro, nuclear, wind and solar. The International Energy Agency expected China would continue to lead the development of the global clean energies in future 5 years. Now China has become the largest country of renewable energy production and consumption, where the scale of hydro, wind and solar installations keep the leading positions for years, and nuclear power is in the first place. Green and low-carbon is the main direction of energy technology innovation, and the focuses are on the clean and efficient utilization of traditional fossil energy, scale development and utilization of new energy, safe utilization of nuclear energy, energy internet, massive energy storage, advanced energy equipment and critical materials.

  1. Boost the research efforts and establish incentive mechanism

Recent years have witnessed remarkable improvement on the energy technology innovation and technical equipment autonomy level and a bunch of internationally advanced major energy demonstration projects. Rapid growth of the intelligent grid and multiple energy storage technologies is accompanied by major breakthroughs on gordian technologies of onshore/offshore wind, solar power, solar thermal, cellulosic ethanol and so on. The achievements mark the great-leap-forward development of China’s energy technology level. However, in contrast to the world’s power in energy technology and the requirements for leading the energy revolution, the big gap is reflected by the lack of core technologies, dependence on imported high-end energy equipment, weak combination involving production, teaching and research, disengaged innovation activities and industrial demands, inadequate innovation system and mechanism, yet-to-be-improved talent education, management and incentive mechanism. In view of the urgent energy technology revolution, it is necessary to give great impetus to the energy technology innovation, narrow the gap to the international advanced level and emphasize the combination of independent research and development and technological import.

  1. Clarify the priority and route of energy technology development strategy

Energy technology is one of the important decisive factors of the global energy future and the development direction is the key in the overall energy strategy. Now it is time to master the green, low-carbon, intelligent, efficiency and diversified trend of the world’s energy technology, plan reasonable middle-/long-term vision and goals of the modern energy system, and establish stable policy environment. The strategy priorities are the clean and efficient utilization of fossil energy, distributed energy and intelligent power grid, advanced and safe nuclear energy, and scale deployment of renewable energy. The middle-/long-term development strategy and action plan shall be adapted timely, and technology and industry roadmap are used to guide the technology R&D and industrial innovation.

  1. Promote digital transformation of the energy industry in context of big data

In the time of “Intelligence+”, an intricate ecosystem comes into being from such technologies as cloud, IoT, data analysis, machine learning, AI, automation, intelligent terminal and AR. Technology is not only a tool to improve efficiency but also a cornerstone for the successful service strategy and future revenue growth of the energy industry. In the age of big data, the digital transformation of the energy industry is a general trend, which means developing the digital energy, or using digital technology to guide the orderly flow of energy and building a modern energy system with higher efficiency, cleanness, economy and safety.


链接   Links


1, 世界主要国家能源技术发展战略布局

  1. Strategic layout of energy technology development in major countries


EU: Upgraded strategic energy technology development plan for research and innovation priority



USA: Retain the world leading position in renewable energy industry and technology


Japan: Realize energy transformation from low carbon to decarbonization


Germany: Regard renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy storage and power grid technology as strategic priority promotion domains


Russia: Clarify fuel power complex development direction


France: Bring in climate expert and adopt clean energy to replace coal power


UK: Emphasize air pollution control and clarify schedule for phasing out coal power


South Korea: No to nuclear power becomes symbolic major adjustment.


2 ,能源领域技术开发最新动态

Recent news on energy technology development


Electric power technology

→美国NASA 迷你核反应炉“千瓦动力”测试成功将用于月球与火星生活。

NASA’s mini nuclear reactor “Kilopower” was tested successfully and will be used for living on the moon and mars.


Russia developed a method to get electric power from glucose in blood.



Energy storage technology

→新加坡研发电池新技术10 小时内容量恢复至95%。

Singapore developed a new battery technology to restore 95% capacity in 10 hours.


A research team from Peking University, University of Surrey, University of Oxford and University of Cambridge developed inverted perovskite solar cell of the highest performance ever.


USA developed a new type of water-based zinc battery which is allegedly to replace the lithium battery.

→韩国开发出常温液体金属- 空气电池。

South Korea developed a type of normal temperature liquid metal – air battery.


Researchers developed new biological solar cell technology which is usable even in rainy days.


Other technologies


In Switzerland, the direct methanation technology of biogas entered the practical stage.


UK scientists found a new way to kill water pollutant with solar energy.

Open, Cooperative and Sustainable — Industrial Ecology under Digital Transformation

The tide of digitalization remodels the industrial ecology

Today the society is moving towards digitalization and intelligentization. Every single modern industrial system is becoming more and more complicated. Rapid development of big data, IoT, mobilization and cloud service promotes more engagements and interactions among different enterprises, and different industries. The digitalization transformation means comprehensive enterprise changes on technology and architecture, and the innovations on management and business modes are imminent. Industry boundaries are expanding, and a new industry ecology in context of digitalization is in the track of remodeling.

Horticulture lighting elinimates ecological impact of human being
Horticulture lighting elinimates ecological impact of human being

While the traditional ecologies are mostly linear – a chain formed by suppliers, manufacturers, distributors and customers, roles in the ecological chain in digitalization background are changing. The interlacement and reconstitution of diversified industries form a complicated ecosphere.

John Deere, which was a tractor company upon its setup in 1837 and dealt with farmers only, covers meteorological data system, seed optimization system, irrigation data system, etc. in its agriculture management solution under the supports of wireless Internet, cloud computing and big data in the digital time, and develops a relatively integrated and enriched digital ecosphere.

The ecosphere includes digitalization and networking for real-time monitoring on equipment to enhance equipment continuity and stability, sensors for collecting complete growing data to guide the sowing, fertilizing and harvesting activities, and remote management platform updated from agricultural machinery navigation system to help smart business decision. John Deere has become the world-largest farm machinery, industrial equipment, forestry equipment and agriculture management solution provider. What is more, John Deere extends its business to credit card, healthcare, technical expertise and other domains, crosses the industry boundaries and creates more value shares in the ever-expanding and enriching ecosphere.

In the future intelligent society, solo player enterprise will be eliminated, and those actively participate in ecologies survive and thrive. All industries including traffic, finance, energy, education and healthcare will become intricate. Along with the industry integration and consumer demand upgrade, enterprises should turn open and flexible and build future-oriented long-term advantage through a sustainable ecology.

Embrace open and sustainable Costa Rica ecology

Hawaii, over 3000km away from any continent, has more than 20,000 species. In its relatively closed and fragile ecological environment, a new species survives every 20,000 ~ 30,000 years. Costa Rica, in the gateway location between South and North America and connected to Panama to the south and Nicaragua to the north, has no separation from mainland where the ecology is open and diverse, and living things thrive together. The rate of new species introduced is 10 times that in Hawaii, and the total number of species over 500,000 is 25 times that in Hawaii. Openness and inclusiveness bring birth to healthy, booming and sustainable ecology. The laws of nature prevail in ICT industry.

Open and inclusive, cooperative and permanent

The situation is unlike the past when the more cost-effective product and solution always win in choosing a supplier. In the digital era with rapid technology iteration and constantly evolving customer demands, it is the choice of ecology to a large extent for an enterprise to choose partners. The first choice is always the one that is open, inclusive, cooperative and permanent.

In the cloud computing application, the ecology of cloud services must be open considering the multifarious application scenarios with different industries and enterprises. As an open-source cloud platform technology, OpenStack is not bound to or limited by a specific vendor, and the cloud computing available in the OpenStack project allows IT team to be its own cloud computing vendor. Its characteristics on controllability, compatibility and expandability lead to its booming ecology. Now the OpenStack community has over 16,000 members around 130+ countries and won supports from 200+ major renown IT vendors including IBM, Intel, Oracle, Cisco, Dell, HP, Redhat and VMware. According to the prediction of 451 Research, the revenue of the OpenStack ecology will reach USD5.75 billon by 2020 from the USD1.27 billion in 2015, a growth of nearly 5 times.

Being customer-centric is both goal and safeguard of the ecology construction.

No matter with the industry chain in the past with attentions to the provision of products and solutions or the ecology now with focuses on enterprises’ digitalization transformation, being customer-centric and creating continuously value for customer are the core competence. To unite the most extensive partners and serve the rapidly-changing and ever-expanding customer demands is not only the goal to construct the ecology but also the safeguard for the healthy and sustainable growth of the ecology.

Take the finance industry as an example. In the new intelligent and digitalized age, customer behaviors change tremendously. Extensive uses of mobile payment relieve greatly the dependence on bank card and cash. More and more transactions are through online banking, mobile banking or other electronical channels, instead of presence in the queue by the bank counter. Customers shift their habit from onefold bank specific channel or product to the cross-border financial products bound with entertainment, traffic, social media, etc. Only through the change driven by the customer demands and swift exploitation of advantages in customer, channel, data, technology and risk control to integrate the financial and non-financial application scenarios in mobile communication, retail, medical care, bill pay and social networking, can the bank grow its ecology and be well-positioned in the market competition.

Create values and adhere to the mutually beneficial operation mode

The meaning of the existence of an enterprise is to create values. People, technology, product, process and architecture within the enterprise are there to create values and the major impetus to boost enterprise development and growth. A trustworthy and permanent ecology is not dominated by a giant player but involves a mutually beneficial operation mode.

The biggest success of Apple iOS is to enable developers to sell their APPs directly to users and be easily paid by the users. Since the launch of App Store in 2008, Apple has helped the global developer community earn USD70+ billion. The sustainability of an ecology depends on whether such a mutually beneficial mode is appreciated and insisted in a long-term view by the entrepreneur.

A powerful platform is the fertile soil for sustainable ecology.

In the natural ecological realm, the organisms and vitality in soil choose the type of plants rooted in the soil and decide the direction of the ecological system. In the digital transformation age, powerful end-to-end platform competence is the fertile soil that supply nutrients to the ICT ecology, which is not a transitory foamy ecology but a permanent and sustainable ICT that adapts to and evolves against customer and market demands.

The industrial predictive protection program jointly launched by Huawei and GE is a typical case of complete end-to-end platform solution with enterprise, customers and partners united. The solution is firstly integrated with the open IoT architecture of Huawei’s IoT solution EC-IoT and GE’s industrial interconnection cloud operating system Predix, resulting in a powerful combination between advance ICT technology and GE’s expertise in industry manufacturing domain. This solution is firstly used by the world leading elevator and escalator manufacturer Schindler, connecting a million Schindler’s elevators in the world, providing real-time monitoring and big data analysis, detecting equipment failure prematurely, performing remote services and troubleshooting and implementing more intelligent maintenance, more reliable operation and lower cost. The solutions based on the platform are available for multiple vertical industries including manufacture, oil & gas and logistics.

The Costa Rica ecology advocated by Huawei involves such a core ideology that is neither a winning/losing battle nor a monopolistic binding of customers and partners. In the swift social change towards digitalization and intelligentization, on contrary, it is a process to make bigger cake and share benefits more extensively and permanently through open, cooperative and win-win efforts among the governments, alliances, organizations, developers and academies, to adapt to the customers’ diversified and integrated demands in the cross-boarder and integrated trend.