On January 14, 2023, with the arrival of the Chinese new Year of the Rabbit, Vilion held a year-end appreciation dinner and the annual meeting. At the meeting, Mr. Shawn, the General Manager of Vilion summed up the company's achievements in 2022, thanked the company's colleagues for their contributions and the hard work, and put forward new expectations for 2023. During the party, Vilion also prepared a lucky draw and exquisite gifts for colleagues, the atmosphere there is warm and lively, Vilion’s colleagues had sent their best wishes for the New Year's journey of Vilion, and wish the company in the New Year greater achievements.
On January 11, 2023, the 2.88MW/7.296MWh battery energy storage system for Kansai Electric Power Project of Japan, supplied by Vilion, was successfully shipped in the factory in Shenzhen. The project includes 6 sets of 480kW/1216kWh 3rd-generation Containerized Energy Storage System---EnerCube, which will connect to the 3.5MW PV, and the system has the functions of on-grid & off-grid operation and switching. In the on-grid mode, the solar + storage system participates in the regulation of the power market and realizes the application of peak-load shifting and virtual power grid. In the off-grid mode, the solar + storage system will work as an intelligent microgrid to supply power to the area independently, and solve the problems of power outage, production shutdown and suspension of the industrial and commercial enterprises and users in the area.
On January 10, 2023, Vilion won an order of 30kW/67kWh EnerArk integrated outdoor battery energy storage cabinet from an Australian customer. The energy storage cabinet, equipped with 30kW MPPT, will mainly serve the solar + storage power supply system for mobile containers, ensuring convenient and reliable power supply for users.
On January 9, 2023, Vilion delivered 6 sets of 80kW/153.6kWh EnerArk integrated outdoor battery energy storage cabinet to an industrial park in Shanxi Province. These cabinets can meet the application of power expansion and peak-load shifting in the industrial park through working in parallel, which can effectively alleviate the problem of power limit and outage and ensure stable power supply and normal production & operation. Besides, the industrial park can get benefit from the electricity price difference and finally realize the comprehensive reduction of enterprise electricity costs.
On December 16, 2022, Vilion shipped 5 sets of 30kW/100kWh EnerArk integrated outdoor battery energy storage cabinet to an island country in Oceania, which will be applied in the 150kW/500kWh solar+storage project and are AC coupled with the local PV system. With the on-grid working mode, this ESS will smooth the power output of the PV system, storage the excess PV power generation, and ensure the load power supply during the non-PV generation period and the insufficient PV power generation period. In this way, all power supplies can be reasonably deployed, effectively improve the PV utilization efficiency, promote green production, and comprehensively save the electricity cost.
On November 25, 2022, Vilion successfully delivered 12 sets of 80kW/168kWh EnerArk integrated outdoor battery energy storage cabinets to a customer in Guangdong. EnerArk adopts standard modular design, one-stop integration of PCS, LFP battery module, BMM battery acquisition module, BMS control unit, temperature control system, automatic fire-fighting system and the intelligent monitoring system. EnerArk has simple & minimalism appearance and is easy to install and operate. After delivery to customers, these energy storage cabinets will mainly be applied to the local industrial park for peak-load shifting and cost saving by the energy storage system discharging in the peak of the electricity price and charging from the grid in the normal and valley of electricity price. The charging and discharging process will also adjust the electricity demand curve and improve the power quality of the industrial park. The expected static payback period of this energy storage project is about 3 years and which is a wise choice for the industrial enterprise to ensure stable, safe and reliable power supply with the low cost.
Energy employment is set to shift rapidly as countries and companies accelerate efforts to decarbonise and meet net zero emissions pledges. To date, there is no global benchmark dataset for employment across the energy sector. This report aims to provide this baseline by sector, region, and value chain segment. These estimates were calibrated against more than 15 000 data points on employment and wages gathered from national labour accounts, company reports, in-country experts, international databases and academic literature. The end product is a first-of-its-kind assessment of global energy employment, which can serve as a foundation for policy makers and companies to understand the labour-related opportunities and challenges of an evolving global energy sector.
The energy sector employed over 65 million people in 2019, equivalent to around 2% of global employment. These jobs are roughly equally distributed across fuel supply (21 million), in the power sector (20 million), and in end uses (24 million) such as energy efficiency and vehicle manufacturing.
At the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, layoffs were common across geographies, especially in oil and gas supply. Yet, energy employment exceeds pre-pandemic levels today thanks to resilient growth in clean energy. Fossil fuel employment, however, is only set to return to pre-pandemic levels this year. Hiring gaps and tight labour markets have contributed to supply chain disruptions and project delays in many parts of the energy sector, notably offshore wind, oil and gas, and energy efficiency retrofits. Today’s global energy crisis could prompt governments and industry to rethink their global supply chain exposures especially vis-à-vis dependence on Russia’s fossil fuels. This may portend another few years of larger-than-normal shifts in energy employment.
Clean energy employs over 50% of total energy workers, owing to the substantial growth of new projects coming online. Most regions have surpassed this threshold already, though the Middle East and Russia are notable exceptions. Many clean energy segments rival the workforce in conventional energy segments. Low-carbon power generation, mainly solar and wind, employs 7.8 million, on par with oil supply. Vehicle manufacturing employment, which stands at 13.6 million globally, already employs 10% of its workforce in the manufacture of EVs, their components and batteries.
Over half of energy employment is in the Asia Pacific region. Rapid energy infrastructure expansion in Asia Pacific is outpacing other regions, and lower-cost labour is enabling the emergence of significant clean energy manufacturing hubs that supply projects worldwide, notably for solar, electric and hybrid vehicles, and batteries. China alone accounts for almost 30% of the global energy workforce. However, established energy companies in North America and Europe maintain global market strength and anchor a sizeable employment base working on domestic and overseas projects, as is the case in oil and gas, wind, and vehicle engineering.
The construction of new projects, including the manufacture of their components, is the largest driver of energy employment across the value chain. Over 60% of the workforce is employed to develop new projects, including building power plants, bringing oil wells online and laying pipelines, manufacturing cars, carrying out efficiency retrofits and installing high-efficiency electric heat pumps.
The energy sector requires higher-skilled workers than other industries. Around 45% of energy workers today are in high-skilled occupations, compared to only one-quarter across the economy. This share is even higher for jobs in research and development for new energy innovations, many of which are set to grow rapidly to 2030. Strategic planning can ensure that scaling is not hampered by a shortage of skilled workers. Establishing market strength in these segments relies on new training and certification, and can be a focus for industry along with ministries of energy, labour, and education.
Workers in coal and other fossil fuels have many of the skills needed to fill positions in growing clean energy sectors. Fossil fuels employ almost 32 million globally today. Some companies are transferring their workers to low-carbon segments internally to retain talent, and allow for flexibility to shift workers between different business segments as needs arise. However, this is not an option everywhere, and ensuring a just transition for affected workers is a growing focus for policy makers in many regions, especially for coal, which has already seen consistent declines since 2015.
Source: Executive Summary – World Energy Employment – Analysis - IEA
Energy Sector Employment Has Recovered Strongly, After a Turbulent Few Years In Global Labour Markets
On the morning of November 24, 2022, Mr. Zhang and his delegation from a Merchant Bureau in Jiangsu visited Vilion. First of all, Mr. Shawn, the CEO of Vilion held an exchange meeting with Mr. Zhang and his delegation, during which Mr. Shawn introduced Vilion’s main business, products, technologies, qualifications and past cases in detail. After the meeting, under the guidance of Mr. Shawn, Mr. Zhang and others visited the production base of Vilion in Shenzhen. Mr. Shawn introduced to customers the technological process of battery modules and the functions and features of EnerArk Integrated Outdoor Battery Energy Storage Cabinet that is going to finishing production soon and both sides discussed the further cooperation.
On November 16 and 17, 2022, Vilion successively won orders for EnerCube 20-foot Containerized Energy Storage System and EnerArk Integrated Outdoor Battery Energy Storage System. The products will eventually serve the industrial and commercial energy storage users in Germany and Thailand respectively.