'Change coal fuel into clean fuel'
By Kim, Flint Lab Inc.
Updated April 11, 2018
Flint Lab together with KTL(Korea Testing Laboratory) participated in the '2018 China Household Heating Expo' in the city of Langfang, Hebei Province, China. The exhibition was held from March 29th to March 31st. In addition to participating in the exhibitions and forums, Flint Lab also visited product testing site for a joint development with Jieran energy Tech Corporation, the local partner company of China.
People are carrying briquettes in a local area of Beijing.
China's heating industry has been developed in and around the northern hemisphere, where the temperature rapidly and considerably falls in winter. In respect to this, Langfang, Hebei Province was one of the cities where the heating industry has greatly developed. Most of the heating products produced in this region were boiler-type products that use coal fuel, and those were mainly used at general houses in rural areas.
People are crowded to enter the exhibition
However, as the heating energy(coal) used among the private sector grew each year, the air pollution has been deteriorated. Finally, the Chinese government began to exert pressure on the existing coal heating industry, which was exacerbating air pollution. As a result, '2018 China Household Heating Expo', which reflects the government's willingness to create a clean environment and existing local industries which are supposed to turn this crisis into a new opportunity, showed the newly developed products and technological improvement at its 12th fair.
Explaining about Flint's product to the Chinese government official
The '2018 China Household Heating Expo' was crowded with lots of visitors. Flint Lab with KTL, being the sole participant from South Korea, have exhibited from 29th to 30th of March and have participated in those many related technology forums. What was different from 2017 was that there were no products that use coal but more products that use alternative fuels such as pellets. We were able to see the industry changing according to the will and demand of the Chinese government to supply the clean energy. Exhibited products were Flint Cook Stove and Flint Boiler which are both being in their commercialization. Various interested parties such as government officials, engineers, local businesses, general buyers, etc. showed high interest in Flint Lab’s products. Especially, prior to the beginning of the exhibition, the official from US Environmental Protection Agency has heard about Flint technology and visited the booth on the day. Flint Lab gifted him with their cook stove. He had introduced the product to the Global Alliance For Clean Cookstoves.
Flint Lab and KTL having a meeting with 'Institute of Chinese heating products'
On the other hand, Flint Lab also proceeded a Joint research with Jieran energy tech corporation. Jieran Co. is a partner local company of Flint Lab in cooperating with the project for Chinese heating business. Flint Lab and Jieran Co. have together tested in the Shijiazhuang, where the heaters are made and developed. The team of experts from Flint Lab and KTL visited the 'Institute of Chinese heating products' and checked how the products under development are studied in China.
The presentation of Chinese new policy stance for the heating industry
The Chinese government has completely banned coal products at the end of last year but is now looking for an alternative energy after suffering from winter heating crisis due to a surge in gas prices and lack of fuel infrastructure. Currently, Flint Lab and KTL are developing heating systems that use waste cooking oil, and are planning to cooperate with China's Jieran Co. to launch the business targeting the Chinese market. The products of Flint Lab are able to replace existing coal heating products, enabling cleaner and more efficient heating. This technology has high merit with the ability to recycle waste cooking oil and make it into biofuel, which was conventionally wasted from the industry and the locals. Flint Lab aims to enter China's heating market, which is estimated to exceed 25 billion dollars, with the new type of clean product next year. Also, this clean boiler and heater will be introduced in Korea, so we hope you keep the interest of us!
This project was held together with below organization.