In recent years, CYPC has been adhering to such guiding principles for its technological work, i.e., "independent innovation, taking great strides toward key areas, supporting development and becoming a leader for the future", and precisely aims at "enhancing cutting-edge technologies for the operation of giant generating units and optimized regulation of reservoirs.” It has established a technological input mechanism effective for the long-term and characterized by steady growth. With cumulative technological input valued at 1.1 billion RMB for the past 4 years, it has been trying and has formed core capabilities for the safe and stable operation of clusters of giant power stations, efficient maintenance and troubleshooting of multiple power stations of river basins, and scientific dispatching for cascade reservoirs of river basins, etc.
A sound innovation system and guarantee measures are the basis for the effective operation of technological innovation. Therefore, aiming at enhancing its core capabilities, CYPC has been improving its innovation work from multiple aspects, including establishing a technological input mechanism effective in the long-term and characterized by steady growth. Technological input capital has been as high as 717 million RMB for three consecutive years, thus ensuring the safe and effective operation as well as troubleshooting and maintenance of giant generating units, large-scale power stations and smooth comprehensive utilization of water resources of river basins and smooth optimized regulation of cascade reservoirs. CYPC has also established and is improving mechanisms for talent cultivation, development, evaluation, use and introduction, and related assessment and incentive policies, working out and implementing policy measures conducive to the growth of talent, and creating an environment for outstanding talent to stand out. The company strives to strengthen the construction of fundamental capabilities for scientific research, as well as planned and created a technological innovation platform at CYPC Technological Research Center. This improved existing laboratories, leading to the establishment of eight new laboratories as well. All of the corporate level laboratories, including a mechanical laboratory, a secondary device laboratory, an equipment verification laboratory, a hydro regime automation laboratory, etc., were made to improve the capabilities of the company in independent R&D in an all-round way. Strengthening the overall advantages of the company, strengthening strategic cooperation with units engaged in equipment manufacturing and those in construction, and integrating resources to realize major technological breakthroughs are all advocated at the company and creating a culture that promotes innovation, and creating a fine style throughout the company advocating respect and competition for innovation through such activities as building teams and groups for innovation and efficiency (one of the five types of teams and groups at CYPC) and celebrating "the day of scientific innovation" to ensure efficient operation of the scientific innovation system were all introduced to further establish CYPC as a leader of the industry from a global standard.
During the period of 2011-2015, CYPC carried out nearly 78 key scientific research projects, mainly involving efficient operation of power station equipment, optimization of economic operation modes of generating units, standards for safe production, hydrological and hydro regime forecasts, and optimized regulation of reservoirs.
Some example would be the localized production for spare parts. Resolving issues relating long shipping times and high cost experienced by procurement at the Three Georges Hydropower Station; the risk mitigation during the initial period at Xiluodu Power Station that resulted from changes in outbound power transmission; independent research on optimization of the control process for the hydraulic system at the Xiangjiaba Hydropower Station; weather analysis in the Jinsha River basin to improve forecast accuracy for precipitation in the area; these research have all created great results for the company.
Undertaking the drafting of 28 national or industry standards, such as Guidelines on the Management of Maintenance of Equipment at Hydropower Stations, and participating in the research on the system of technical standards for the hydropower industry. Trying to output corporate standards through participating the drafting of national and industry standards. Meanwhile, CYPC keeps a foothold in the provision of technical support for domestic or overseas projects contracted by CTG, promoting and applying standards for the operation and management of large-scale hydropower stations in the world. This has successfully implemented technical consultancy projects for Murum Hydropower Station in Malaysia and Merowe Hydropower Station in Sudan.
In addition, CYPC has summarized and promoted its successful experience in operation, management and joint dispatching of the Three Gorges-Gezhouba cascade hydro complex, gathered and sorted out over 4,000 technical standards and procedure specifications for power production, worked out a list of systems of technical standards of the company, procedures for the regulation, operation and management of Xiluodu-Xiangjiaba cascade hydropower stations in the Jinshajiang basin, meteorological service standards for hydropower projects, and regulations on the dispatching and control of cascade power stations, etc., to improve the company's level of the management of technical standards in an all-round way. Attaching great importance to the creation of an innovative culture, bringing into play the role of professional committees in the organization of innovation; establishing and improving the mechanism for the cultivation, development, evaluation, use and introduction of innovative talent in technology. With years of efforts, innovation has already become a common concept and a habit among the vast number of employees at CYPC.