Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion (GIEC)
Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion, Chinese Academy of Sciences (GIEC), was founded in 1978, of which the predecessor was known as Guangdong Geothermal Energy Research Laboratory. In 1998, the institute was determined as the base institute of high-tech research and development by CAS.
GIEC has been fully devoted to the R&D of new energy and renewable energy, such as biomass energy, solar energy, geothermal energy, ocean energy, natural gas hydrate and etc. Besides, energy conservation, environmental protection technologies, and energy strategy research are also paid great attention in recent years.
In response to the needs of national energy strategic development, the institute sets up two important breakthrough targets in the period of 2011 to 2015. They are large-scale & efficient biomass energy utilization and R&D of distributed renewable energy systems respectively. Moreover, natural gas hydrate exploitation and storage, large-scale power generation by using ocean and geothermal energy, solar functional materials, low-carbon development strategies, are also determined as the important incubation R&D areas.