SHENZHEN, CHINA – On September 16, on the occasion of the Fourth China Quality Conference, the “Symposium on the Quality Assurance System and Testing Technology for Off-grid Solar Products” jointly organized by the World Bank Group’s Lighting Global Project Team, Shenzhen Municipal Administration of Market Supervision and Shenzhen Technology University was held. The event was part of the “Shenzhen Quality Month” series of activities. Russell Sturm, Global Head of Energy Access at World Bank Group’s IFC and “Father of Lighting Global”, Li Zhong, Secretary of the Leading Party Members’ Group and Director of the Shenzhen Municipal Administration of Market Supervision, and Ruan Shuangchen, President of Shenzhen Technology University, participated in the symposium and delivered speeches, while Chen Zeyong, Vice President of Shenzhen Academy of Metrology & Quality Inspection, hosted the symposium. The symposium attracted more than 20,000 online participants from relevant enterprises and social organizations.
In a congratulatory letter to the Fourth China Quality Conference, His Excellency Xi Jinping, the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the Chinese President, said, “Quality is an important guarantee for production and life for humanity. China is willing to work with all countries to strengthen international cooperation on quality, jointly promote quality reform and innovation, promote quality infrastructure connectivity, and make contributions to promoting global economic development and creating a better future for humanity.” The symposium closely followed this theme, bringing new impetus to improving the quality of off-grid solar products and promoting the healthy development of the global off-grid solar industry.
Director Li Zhong said that the collision of ideas from all sides at the symposium will enhance the willingness and ability of suppliers to apply the relevant international standards, and to drive the relevant products to the international market with standards as the first step. In the future, Shenzhen will participate in international standardization cooperation in this field in more diversified forms, to promote high-quality development with standards and help “Made in China” go global.
President Ruan Shuangchen mentioned that the needs of industrial development guides talent training, and he hoped that an exchange platform will be established through this symposium to accurately connect school education and enterprise demand, and to promote the building of talents in the field of off-grid solar energy in China.
According to Russell Sturm, the establishment of Lighting Global Quality Assurance has regularized the international off-grid solar product market and protected the rights and interests of consumers and enterprises. The adoption of the Lighting Global Quality Standards as international standards by the IEC, the release of the Chinese version of the corresponding international standards, and the adoption of these standards by the market-leading Chinese industry, are all important milestones for the development of the off-grid solar industry.
During the symposium, experts from the Schatz Energy Research Center of Humboldt State University, the World Bank Group’s Lighting Global initiative and Shenzhen Academy of Metrology & Quality Inspection shared their views on the quality assurance system framework, quality requirements and testing methods of the VeraSol program (a continuation of the Lighting Global Quality Assurance service).
Lighting Global is the World Bank Group’s platform to support sustainable growth of the international off-grid solar market as a means of rapidly increasing energy access to the 1.5 billion people living without reliable grid electricity. For more than a decade, the program has built a mature global off-grid solar industry ecosystem, becoming a bridge for off-grid solar enterprises to the international market. China is a major producer of off-grid solar energy, and most of the off-grid solar products in the global market are produced in China. This symposium has raised awareness and understanding of the World Bank’s Lighting Global Quality Standards among those involved in off-grid solar products in China, helping Chinese manufacturers to produce products that meet the Lighting Global Quality Standards, thus contributing to solving and improving the problem of lack of electricity in poor areas around the world, and accelerating the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
About Lighting Global
Lighting Global is the World Bank Group’s initiative to rapidly increase access to off-grid solar energy for the 840 million people living without electricity worldwide. Lighting Global – managed by IFC and the World Bank – works with manufacturers, distributors, governments, and other development partners to build and grow the modern off-grid solar energy market. Our programs are funded with support from ESMAP, The Public-Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF), The Netherlands’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land, and Sea (IMELS), and the IKEA Foundation. For more information, please visit www.lightingglobal.org.
About Shenzhen Technology University
With approval of the Ministry of Education, Shenzhen Technology University (SZTU) was established by Guangdong provincial and Shenzhen municipal governments on 30, November, 2018, aiming to build a leading applied science university with world-class, high-level and exemplary features. Drawing on valuable experiences from the world-class applied science universities such as German and Swiss peers, we at SZTU embrace the educational philosophy of “Artisan Spirit and Humanity” focusing on cultivating high-quality talents such as excellent engineers and designers with international perspectives, expertise and innovative power through four-year university degree or above education.For more information, please visit: www.sztu.edu.cn.
About Shenzhen Academy of Metrology & Quality Inspection
Shenzhen Academy of Metrology & Quality Inspection (SMQ) was founded in 1985 by Shenzhen municipal government authorized by the State Administration for Market Regulation. Serving as an legal metrological verification and product quality inspection institute, we at SMQ provides technical services covering instruments and devices verification and calibration, products testing, products certification, supply-chain quality assurance testing, technical consultation and training for various enterprises and companies. For more information, please visit: www.smq.com.cn.
中国，深圳 – 9月16日，正值中国质量大会召开之际，世界银行集团“点亮全球”项目组、深圳市市场监督管理局、深圳技术大学联合举办的“离网太阳能产品质量保证体系与检测技术研讨会”顺利召开。该活动是“深圳质量月”系列活动之一。世界银行集团国际金融公司能源普及首席官、“点亮全球之父” Russell Sturm，深圳市市场监督管理局党组书记、局长李忠，深圳技术大学校长阮双琛参与会议并发表致辞，深圳市计量质量检测研究院副院长陈泽勇主持会议。会议吸引了两万余名相关企业及社会团体代表线上参与。
会上，来自美国加州洪堡州立大学沙茨能源研究中心、世界银行集团“点亮全球”项目、深圳市计量质量检测研究院的专家对 VeraSol 项目（延续“点亮全球”质量保证体系服务）质量保证体系框架、质量要求、检测方法等进行了精彩分享。
点亮全球项目由世界银行集团倡议，旨在快速增加全球15亿无电、缺电人口获得离网太阳能，由国际金融公司（IFC）和世界银行（World Bank）共同管理，与制造商、分销商、政府和其他发展伙伴合作一道，建立和发展现代离网太阳能市场。我们的项目得到了 ESMAP（世界银行能源部分管理援助计划）、公私基础设施咨询机构（PPIAF）、荷兰外交部、意大利环境与土地及海洋部（IMELS） 以及宜家基金会的支持。欲了解更多信息，请访问 www.lightingglobal.org.
VeraSol 支持高性能的、高耐用性的离网产品，以扩大现代能源服务。 作为点亮全球质量保证项目的演进，VeraSol 持续运营针对分布式太阳能解决方案、电器和设备的领先独立的质量保证项目。VeraSol 由 CLASP 与洪堡州立大学 Schatz 能源研究中心合作管理。VeraSol 的基础支持由世界银行集团点亮全球项目、英国援助署、宜家基金会等。欲了解更多信息，请访问: www.verasol.org.