US and China join forces on clean energy research

Two US universities will lead research consortia focusing on clean energy technologies with funding from the US Department of Energy (DOE) and China.

As part of the US-China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC), the University of Michigan and West Virginia University will receive a total of $25 million over the next five years, along with matched funding of $50 million and a further $50 million from China.

The University of Michigan will lead a consortium, including Ohio State University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sandia and Oak Ridge National Laboratories, focusing on advancing clean electric vehicles.

The effort will also bring on board the Joint BioEnergy Institute, which is led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and includes carmakers General Motors, Ford, Toyota, Chrysler and battery developer A123 Systems.

The West Virginia University consortium, meanwhile, which includes Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, General Electric, Duke Energy and Babcock & Wilcox, will focus on developing and testing new carbon capture and storage technologies.

A third consortium dedicated to improving building energy efficiency, which will receive $12.5 million, will be announced later this autumn.
The CERC initiative was announced last November during President Barack Obama’s visit to President Hu Jintao in Beijing.

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08 September 2010