On January 12, the 2021 Industrial Internet Innovation-driven Digital Transformation Conference and Industrial Carnival themed on “Digital Empowerment and New Economy” was held in Shanghai.
Liu Liehong, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), delivered a speech online. Wu Qing, member of the standing committee of the CPC Shanghai Municipal Committee and Vice Mayor of Shanghai, participated and addressed the meeting. Other attendees included Chen Mingbo, Vice Secretary-general of Shanghai Municipal Government, Yu Xiaohui, Secretary General of Alliance of Industrial Internet and Vice Director of China Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT), Wu Jincheng, Chairman of Shanghai Municipal Commission of Economy and Informatization (SHEITC), Chen Jiezhong, Director of Shanghai Communications Administration (SHCA), Zhang Ying, SHEITC Vice Chairwoman, Zhang Lan, Vice Director of Shanghai Municipal Human Resources and Social Security Bureau, Wang Tianguang, SHCA Vice Director, and Huang Ou, Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee and President of Shanghai Electric Group and Chairman of Shanghai Industrial Internet Association.
China’s 14th Five-year Plan has stipulated that efforts shall be made to develop new infrastructure systematically and speed up the construction of 5G, Industrial Internet, and big data centers, indicating that digital transformation has become the mainstream for these 5 years. New models and businesses keep emerging as the digital economy evolves. Specifically, the “online new economy” and “digital new infrastructure” with Industrial Internet as a representative are booming and becoming a major driver to reboot the economy and shape high-quality industrial chain and value chain in Shanghai.
Against this backdrop, the conference aims to implement the Three-Year Action Plan of “Industrial Internet Empowering Shanghai” that promotes the innovation and upgrading of the Industrial Internet, and facilitate Shanghai’s digital transformation in all areas including “economy, life and governance”.
Huang Ou was invited by the event organizer to share his insights on different roles in city digital transformation and how industrial enterprise can realize digital transformation in a high-end dialogue themed on “Economy’s Digital Transformation and Win-win Future” with guests from state-owned enterprises and leading industrial software companies.
When asked “how to use digital tools to drive energy transformation”, Huang Ou noted that Central Economic Work Conference put “work related with carbon peak emissions and carbon neutral” as a priority, and it required the energy sector to speed up in optimizing industrial and energy structures and the exploitation of new energy. Therefore, digital transformation brings more opportunities than challenges for Shanghai Electric and other energy equipment producers.
As for renewable energy such as wind power generation, Shanghai Electric uses digital tools to reduce the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) and develops commercial models for “the cost-effective era”, which solves the problem of overdependence on natural gas in single-form renewable energy-based power generation and increases its cost-effectiveness and stability.
As for integral energy, Shanghai Electric employs digital technologies to promote the digital integration of multi-functional and mutually-supportive systems and provides services of “wind-solar-water-coal-storage” integration and “source-grid-load-storage” integration. By digitalizing all links from R&D, design, manufacturing to services, it has accelerated the development of software burned with industrial know-how and the digitalization of industrial expertise.
As for traditional energy like coal, Shanghai Electric is shifting towards smart equipment operation with more digital services, for example, connecting users with smart products, tracking their behaviors and needs with Industrial Internet, and creating more value for them via smart supply chain throughout the product life cycle in all respects.
In regard to how to build the Industrial Internet platform by investing more in application scenarios, Huang Ou believes that as a big equipment manufacturer, Shanghai Electric is leveraging its advantages of industrial ecology and data covering multiple sectors to develop structured scenario models based on in-depth analysis into all kinds, turning potential opportunities into profitable businesses. Shanghai Electric has spared no efforts in building “SEunicould”, its Industrial Internet platform, with intelligent manufacturing, smart supply chain, and smart maintenance as key areas to offer users smart, customizable solutions based on intelligent manufacturing, internet-enabled coordination, and extensive services. In this way, more and more promising opportunities from outside and within will be better explored with the support of SEunicloud and develop into robust industrial ecosystems.
The conference highlighted Shanghai’s latest achievements in Industrial Internet development in 2020. Ten companies including Shanghai Boiler Works Co., Ltd., an affiliate of Shanghai Electric, were shortlisted for Manufacturing and Internet Integration Demonstration Institutions by MIIT.
Zhang Lan and Huang Ou inaugurated the Shanghai Industrial Internet Highly-skilled Talent Training Center and the other 7 projects including the Shanghai Electric x Siemens Energy Smart Energy Empowerment Center.
In addition, Huang Ou of Shanghai Electric along with some other 20 enterprise representatives witnessed the establishment of the Industrial Internet-enabled Digital Transformation Innovation Consortium (first batch).
Representing local industrial social organizations and enterprises, Shanghai Industrial Internet Association and Shanghai Electric Power Generation Group read out the Joint Proposal for Industrial Internet-enabled Digital Transformation, showing their commitment to building digital economic ecosystem and empower Shanghai’s industrial development in the coming decade with concerted efforts.
Meanwhile, the awarding ceremony of “The Top Players in the Industrial Internet Empowerment” was held at the conference, which is the first municipal prize set dedicated to the Industrial Internet and digital transformation in Shanghai.
Ten affiliate companies of Shanghai Electric including Shanghai Electric Digital Technology Co., Ltd. were rewarded as 2020 Top 10 Industrial Internet Empowerment Enterprises. Zhang Fan, Vice Director of the Smart Development Center of Shanghai Electric Power Generation Group and 9 other individuals were acclaimed as 2020 Top 10 Industrial Internet Pioneers.