Adhering to technology and innovation to enhance internal motivation and core competitiveness is the target pursued by Everbright International. Additionally, investment in innovative technology requires persistence. In the first half of 2019, the Group conducted substantial reforms in relation to technological innovation. A technology management center and a technology committee were established at the headquarters of Everbright International, which further confirmed the importance of technological innovation on the development of the Group. The Group also prepared for the establishment of green technology innovation and research institute, a zero-waste city research institute and an ecological and environmental planning and design institute. The Group proactively supported the industrial-academic collaborations within the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area. It proactively experimented with innovative technology and business models relating to zero-waste cities and enhanced the recruitment of leading talent. It also created values by promoting integrated development.
In the first half of 2019, the Group continued focusing on solving technical challenges related to environmental protection technologies and techniques, with the aims of aligning with international standards and transforming the outcome of technology research and development results. The Group achieved substantial progress in multiple technological areas, including the development of synergetic waste incineration disposal, plasma melting technology for the treatment of fly ash, no-staff intelligent power station, ultra-low emission technology, anaerobic fermentation of kitchen waste, and biomass power station coupling active carbon.
Everbright Eco-environment Design Institute under Envirotech proactively sought opportunities in various design consulting service projects and signed 2 EPC projects, and was responsible for the projects’ design, equipment procurement, infrastructure management, completion and handover. In addition, Everbright Analysis and Testing Center achieved breakthroughs during the period under review, as it conducted testing on various fields such as gas, fly ash, bottom ash, leachate, air and groundwater, etc. The total amount of internal and external testing service contracts achieved over RMB2.4 million.
In addition, the Group established a zero-waste city research team and commenced initial liaison with zero-waste city pilot areas to provide an infrastructure plan and explore the “Zero-Waste Cities” construction model. At the same time, the Group will continue to implement the industrial-academic research collaboration model, and collaborate with Tsinghua University, Zhejiang University, Qingdao Technological University and several universities in Hong Kong on solid waste management, speedy detection of dioxin, and ultra-low emission technology in the Greater Bay Area, in facilitating exchange programmes and cooperation on environmental issues.
The approved investment in R&D amounts to RMB200 million in 2019. Total 59 R&D projects were implemented as planned, achieving outstanding scientific and technological achievements, and a total of 75 patents were granted during the period under review, including 5 invention patents, 66 utility model patents and 4 appearance patents. And 11 important essays were published in core journals and international conferences.
As at the first half of 2019, the Group had been granted 667 patents in total, including 99 invention patents, 530 utility model patents, 4 appearance patents, and 34 software copyright licenses.