Given the increase in both on-site and off-site renewable energy in our properties, there is a growing need to explore more efficient ways to utilise solar and wind energy, since their supply is more variable and weather dependent. One innovative solution involves a direct current microgrid – a “power cluster”, where distributed generation, load and energy storage devices exist in close proximity. This would see on-site solar PV panels located next to battery storage and fuel cells. Direct current microgrids have also been proposed as a solution by the Chinese government in the latest “Action Plan for Carbon Dioxide Peaking Before 2030” document.

Responding to this new technology, Swire Properties is piloting this solution at Taikoo Li Sanlitun in Beijing, using funding from the Swire Pacific SD Fund. This breakthrough solution is set to launch in 2022 at selected locations and is expected to reduce carbon emissions by 10% compared to conventional energy generation systems.