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High-quality development-themed media tour kicks off in Guangdong

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Over 100 representatives from about 20 state and local media outlets gathered in Guangzhou on Tuesday, May 14, to embark on a seven-day reporting tour in Guangdong, exploring the construction of a modern industrial system and the practice of new productive forces in the province. 

Ever since Chinese President Xi Jinping introduced the term "new productive forces" in September last year, media outlets have widely discussed the concept. New productive forces are needed for economic growth to shift away from traditional growth drivers. With innovation leading, new productive forces mean advanced productivity freed from traditional economic growth models.

Focusing on technological breakthroughs, element innovation, industrial upgrading, and regional coordinated development within the province, the media delegation will visit the cities of Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Dongguan, Foshan, Zhaoqing, and Zhuhai to explore economic and social high-quality development.

Through on-site interviews and research at high-tech companies and R&D institutions for the advanced experiences, practices, and outstanding achievements of Guangdong, this activity aimed at promoting high development and inspiring other regions to pursue similar paths of advancement.

Guangdong has long been China's economic powerhouse for technological innovation and is at the forefront of the advancement of Chinese modernization. Government officials of Guangdong introduced the province’s achievements in promoting new productive forces on the first day of the tour.

Zou Yongbing, the Chief Economist of Guangdong Provincial Department of Industry and Information Technology, introduced that Guangdong is accelerating the development of emerging industries, including integrated circuits, new energy vehicles, low-altitude economy, and new energy storage. 

Liang Qinru, Deputy General Director of the Guangdong Provincial Department of Science and Technology, said that the province will encourage enterprises to take the lead in innovation and conduct scientific research on key core technologies.

According to Liang, in Guangdong, scientific research projects led by enterprises account for more than 50% of the total, and enterprises participation rate exceeds 95%, overcoming a number of "bottleneck" technological barriers in such areas as  5G, 4K/8K ultra-high definition, high-end printers, and high-end electronic components.

Lai Maohua, the Level 2 Bureau Rank Official of the Guangdong Provincial Development and Reform Commission, said that the province is determined to continue developing traditional, emerging, and future industries simultaneously, as well as further integrating chains of innovation, industries, talent, and capital. Efforts will be made to support traditional industries such as food, beverages, textiles, garments, home appliances, and household supplies to improve quality and efficiency, diversify products, improve quality, and create brands.

Chen Dezhong, Deputy Director of the CPC Guangdong Provincial Committee Reform Office, introduced that regarding the rural sector, mountainous counties will prioritize integrating agriculture, culture, and tourism, developing eco-friendly agriculture, green industries, and eco-tourism. Agricultural counties will cultivate signature products such as tropical fruits and vegetables, rice, tea, flowers, livestock, and aquatic products.

In the afternoon of May 14, the media delegation visited the National Institute of Guangdong Advanced Energy Storage and Guangdong Yuntao Hydrogen Technology Co., Ltd. in Baiyun District of Guangzhou to have a glimpse of new energy industrial development.

The National Institute of Guangdong Advanced Energy Storage 

The National Institute of Guangdong Advanced Energy Storage was established in the Baiyun District of Guangzhou this year. Focusing on large-scale energy storage technologies and equipment with a large capacity, a high degree of safety, a long lifetime, and high efficiency, the Institute carries out research and development of key common technologies, transfer and diffusion of achievements, and initial commercialization applications, especially in the fields of electrochemical energy storage, mechanical energy storage, superconducting energy storage, thermal energy storage, and hydrogen energy storage.

The National Institute of Guangdong Advanced Energy Storage 

According to Li Shujie, Vice General Manager of Guangdong New Energy Storage National Research Institute Co., Ltd, the construction of the Institute covers an area of 21,000 square meters, and a collaborative innovation base for production, education, and research will be built in Baiyun District of Guangzhou Airport Economic Zone, covering an area of 200 mu (13. 3 hectares). The Institute will be equipped with an installed capacity of 600MWh and a 220 kV substation to provide experimental facilities for scientific researchers.

 Guangdong Yuntao Hydrogen Technology Co., Ltd

Yang Qiang, President of Guangdong Yuntao Hydrogen Technology Co., Ltd, said that in 2023, the company and GAC Hino jointly led over 20 core parts enterprises upstream and downstream of the hydrogen fuel cell industry chain in Guangzhou, as well as well-known domestic research institutes, to establish the first hydrogen fuel cell industry innovation consortium in China.

Hydrogen fuel cell vehicle

In the same year, the consortium officially unveiled the hydrogen fuel cell system "Pilot 1" and the hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, which boasts advanced technology and a high cost-performance ratio. Yang also stated that the first hydrogen station will be operational in 2024, and the first batch of vehicles will be put into operation in the middle of this year.

 Hu Huazhi, Founder, Chairman and CEO of EHang

During the visit, the media delegation also toured EHang Holdings Limited in the Huangpu District of Guangzhou, which is a leading enterprise in China's low-altitude economy. The company's EH216-S passenger-carrying pilotless electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft obtained a Production Certificate issued by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) in April this year, making it the world's first Production Certificate granted in the global eVTOL industry.

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