GCL Intelligent Energy Research Institute is a professional R&D organization established by the company to meet the needs of technology innovation in face of a new normal in the economy, facilitate the company’s strategic transitioning and innovation-driven development, strengthen vertical technical coordination, manage R&D and technology innovation systems, and build synergies between industry and academia. Currently, the Institute has 65 internal energy sector experts, and 30 externally hired leading experts. The Institute has thus far obtained 23 patents in the fields of new energy and distributed energy, and is participating in 3 national key R&D programs.

Technology Integration

Cooperation with well-known domestic and international institutions of higher learning including Tsinghua University, Nanjing University, Stanford University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and North China Electric Power University, as well as with well-known enterprises including Nari Technology, China Telecom, GE, EWE, and BTC. Major research directions include: energy Internet and micro energy network, natural gas power generation, renewable energy, and policies, aiming at establishing a new energy information integrated system focusing on power. Striving to promote reforms in China’s energy consumption, supply, technology, and systems, strengthening the contributions from international cooperation, promoting innovative reforms in the energy field, while facilitating development of key energy industries.

Clean Energy R&D

China’s clean energy technology has made great stride due to the country’s extensive efforts in proprietary R&D and exemplary projects as well as advanced technology and equipment import. The GCL Intelligence Energy Research Institute is dedicated to the research and development of clean energy technologies including natural gas, wind power, biomass, marine, and geothermal energy, providing green energy solutions for households.

Micro-grid System

The micro energy grid is a system that is capable of energy coupling, matching and scheduling according to user-side energy demand. It can be connected to and work on the energy internet.

Mobile Power Stations

Mobile power stations are distributed energy systems that have mobile modularized configurations. These include container-based natural gas power generation modules, LNG storage modules, LiBr cooling modules, and energy storage modules able to provide users with units as required for actual energy demand.

Distributed Energy

Natural gas distributed energy achieves energy cascade utilization through provision of cooling, heating, and power. Near the load center, energy supply is achieved with overall energy efficiency of over 70%.

Ground Water Source Heating Pumps

Ground water source heating pumps utilize heat pumps to harness thermal energy, meaning that they effectively use the thermal energy in soil and water to improve efficient usage of renewable energy.

Methane and Gas

Methane and gas are widely distributed and affordable distributed energy sources. Methane and gas usage drives development of related research fields.

Demand-side Management

Demand-side management is energy-conservation management system which is aimed to, mainly by means of economic incentives, encourage energy (electricity) users to optimize their way of energy use, improve terminal energy efficiency and achieve significant energy savings.


Large-scale consumption of renewable energy is achieved within industrial parks, using load resources to participate in optimized operation, and using cooling/heating/power system optimization to improve comprehensive energy use efficiency, thus developing demonstration park zones.

Theoretical research has been carried out for comprehensive complementary tiered energy usage between fuel chemical energy, solar energy, and environmental energy in relation to general tiered usage and scientific issues relating to cycle coupling.

In relation to the major scientific issues of energy interconnectivity, research is conducted on grid planning, operation, transactions, and other foundational theories to establish simulation models.