Motor - The improvement of motor efficiency contributes to energy conservation within the industry. ICA worked with the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) and Industry Energy Conservation Association to establish a working group for a three-year program geared to improving Motor Efficiency. ICA provides technical expertise used in creating incentive policies and standards development, training material preparation and supervision and designs inspection procedures. ICA also unites financial and energy service agencies to support enterprises with the motor refurbishing process. Copper Rotor Motors (CRM) are the best solutions for new built motor systems and motor replacement processes. This is true due to CRM’s outstanding efficiency. This die-casting technology was initially developed in China with ICA’s technical advice and advocacy. ICA is also keen on developing prototypes and pilot projects in different industries. These include: petroleum exploration processes, the mining industry and renewable energy applications in China/South Korea/Taiwan/Japan. ICA also encourages commercialization through technology transfer and increases market share through standards making and influencing incentives policies.
Transformer - In power systems, losses in distribution networks constitute a major part of total losses. Among these, 30%–40% of losses arise from inefficient electrical distribution transformers. Meanwhile, economic indicators, such as the price of energy-efficient transformers, line losses, workload characteristics and electricity prices, have a tremendous impact on the economic efficiency of transformers. Energy-saving and emission reduction targets stipulated in the national “five-year plan”, promote energy efficiency transformers. These require policy and standards development and implementation by the government at many levels. It also stipulates that awareness of Life Cycle Cost be increased in power utilities personnel and Eco-design be fully understood by manufacturers. Demand Side Management is another mechanism which ICA has utilized to ensure the safety, stability and efficiency of electrical system operations which contribute to sustainable industrial development in China. These are all enabled by the excellent electrical conductivity, mechanical properties and corrosion resistance of copper.
Wire & Cable - Copper dominates the power cable industry primarily due to its superior conductivity. Recently, competing technologies and conductors have cropped up. The program aims to develop and communicate messages to help maintain copper’s market position. This is achieved by creating and disseminating information on the benefits of copper cable. Such promotions typically focus on technical performance, life-cycle cost and sustainable development & sustainable resource strategy considerations for Chinese decision makers. It also supports national/industrial standards making to strengthen copper’s position for various applications and sustainability of power system.
ICA collaborated with the government to develop rural electrification standards and installation capacity building. It also developed training material and arranged trainings for installers and inspectors to increase safety and better functionality in rural houses. This program also works on renovation, promoting wiring solutions and installation capability building for urban residential and renovation projects.
Mitigating power quality (PQ) issues will improve reliability, productivity and energy efficiency, specifically in industrial and commercial facilities and buildings. The construction of smart grids and the increasing use of sensitive electronic equipment make PQ solutions essential. ICA aims to improve awareness about the economic impact of PQ issues. This will lead to building technical, financial and managerial capacity of PQ in China. ICA also developed and maintains a program of alliance networks to facilitate multi-party collaboration and initiate regional PQ training & certification programs. These serve to improve the skill sets of engineers and designers and develop case study for specific industries.