GCL Group, registered in Hong Kong, is a diversified energy conglomerate that specializes in new and clean energy covering various industrial fields of electric power, PV, natural gas, industrial park, integrated circuit materials, and electric vehicle operation. Holding assets across China, Africa, Middle East, North America, Southeast Asia and Europe, with several listed companies in A-shares and H-shares, GCL ranked the 139th among Top 500 Chinese enterprises in 2018.
In the beginning of establishment, GCL entered the electric power industry with a diversified ownership structure, and created numbers of industrial precedents regarding project construction intensity, technological innovation and operational efficiency. Following the trend of global energy revolution, GCL continues to promote the transition of electric power business from traditional to distributed and mobile energy, and transform from a generator to an integrated clean energy service provider. GCL holds power generation installations of various types, such as green thermoelectric, natural gas, PV, wind, biomass and garbage power generations. The total installed capacity of PV power station reaches over 6 million KW, ranking as the 2nd largest in the world as a leader, and the clean energy capacity accounts for more than 60%. Through the smart integration of Energy Internet that connects power network, heat network, natural gas pipe network and information network, it has delivered quick response and interconnected deployment of energy micro-grid and regional energy network, with the support of big data and cloud platform.
With advantage in distributed energy, “Six-in-One” micro-grid and integrated control platform of power demand side, GCL takes the lead in expanding incremental network distribution and power sales, holding a leading edge of power trading in volume. Many projects are recognized as showcases in new energy micro-grid, incremental power distribution network, multi-energy integrated optimization, and “Internet +” intelligent energy.
GCL owns a completely integrated PV industrial chain that covers silicon material, silicon wafer, cell, module, system integration and PV power station development and operation. It serves as the chairman of the Global Solar Energy Council and the Asian Photovoltaic Industry Association. Relying on GCL’s polysilicon production methods and other proprietary core technologies driven by technological advancement and management innovation, it further lessened the power consumption by 64%, and lowered the cost of polysilicon by 90% in 10 years, which broke western monopoly, realized independence of China's PV industry, and gained technological leadership in the world. It annually supplies 25% of polysilicon and silicon wafers in total to the world, and obtains consecutive industrial leading position in terms of scale and market share for years. In the field of battery and module manufacturing, it took GCL three years to rank top ten in the world. GCL actively implements the parallel path of mono and polycrystalline, and leads the PV industry's technological progress and cost reduction through technological research and innovation, cooperation with domestic and overseas facilities and acquisitions, to promote the PV’s grid parity.
With the support of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the Office of 02 Project and China Integrated Circuit Industry Investment Fund Co., Ltd, GCL continues to build on its deployment in the semiconductor integrated circuit industry. With its advantage in silicon materials, it takes the lead in China in setting up a 5,000-ton electronic grade polycrystalline silicon production line exclusive for semiconductor integrated circuit, and has realized large-scale proprietary production of electronic grade polycrystalline silicon. On par with those from world-class manufacturers in all parameters, the products have been validated by clients and come into large-scale sales, making GCL the first Chinese supplier for international markets of high-purity silicon material used in integrated circuits. Meanwhile GCL actively deploys in semiconductor equipment manufacturing, large wafers, silicon-based electronic chemicals and other areas, contributing to the robust advancement of “China Chips”.
Echoing the Belt and Road Initiative and Go Global Strategy, internationalization of GCL has taken initial shape. It has set up branches in over 10 countries in Asia, Europe, Africa and North America with more than 10 power and manufacturing projects deployed. In Ethiopia and Djibouti, GCL has taken the lead in developing the largest energy project in east Africa, covering natural gas prospect, extraction, storage, transport, all the way to the terminal use and service. With up to 5 trillion cubic meters of natural gas and over 400 million tons of crude oil in contracted field, the project has been enlisted as a key project in the Belt and Road Projects Pool by National Development and Reform Commission, and a No. 1 national construction project by Ethiopia and Djibouti.
Innovation is the all-time primary driver for GCL. Innovation in management, model, culture and other aspects are driven by its technological innovation. With the GCL Central Research Institute and General Design Institute as coordinating bodies, 8 domestic R&D branches as supporting organs, R&D centers in the U.S. and Japan as the assembling points of international research resources, a GCL innovation and research system is now in place. The GCL think-tank consists of 7 academicians from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and 18 professor-level senior engineers. Led by 2 experts from the national Thousand Talents Program, the research team is made of over 2,500 researchers from home and abroad working in over 70 R&D facilities, including academician workstations, post-doctoral workstations, state-level centers, internationally certified labs and engineering centers. Possessing over 2,000 patents and copyrights, leading or participating in the formulation of 53 sets of international, national and industrial standards, GCL has filled technological gaps and hit international frontier in various areas.
He who remembers how he started gets to the end. Adhering to the idea that Bringing Green Power to Life and Focusing on green growth for a sustainable improvement of living environments, abiding by the Corporate Spirit of Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Competition, Transcendence, and Core Values of Value-oriented, innovation-driven, striving-based, collaboration-grounded, with the Fundamental Law as management charter, GCL deepens reform in mechanisms and accelerates strategic transformation to be a respectable leading global new and clean energy enterprise, and towards the GCL Dream that Powerful GCL, Prosperous Staff and Complimented by Society.