US-China Clean Energy Research Center

In Brief

(2009, address unknown;


Facilitates joint research and development on clean energy technology by teams of scientists and engineers from the US and China. Universities, research institutions and industry from both countries support more than 1,100 researchers, with more than 100 US and Chinese partnering entities. $150M established the Center. Joint Work Plan Research Areas: 1) Advanced Coal Technology Consortium (advanced power generation; clean coal conversion technology; pre‐combustion capture; post‐ combustion capture; oxy-combustion capture; CO2 sequestration; CO2 utilization; simulation and assessment; and communication and integration); 2) Clean Vehicles Consortium (advanced batteries and energy conversion; advanced biofuels and clean combustion; vehicle electrification; advanced lightweight materials and structures; vehicle‐grid integration; energy systems analysis, technology roadmaps and policy); 3) Building Energy Efficiency Consortium (integrated design; building envelope; building equipment; integration of distributed and renewable energy; lighting systems and controls; whole building technology integration; monitoring and simulation activities; policy and market promotion research); 4) Energy Water (water use reduction at thermoelectric plants; treatment and management of non-traditional waters; improving sustainable hydropower design and operation; climate impact modeling, methods, and scenarios to support improved energy and water systems understanding].

Each area is led by an American and a Chinese research organization (e.g., the Lawrence Berkeley National Research Lab and the Center of Science and Technology of Construction, Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD) for China manage the Building Efficiency Consortium) and each consortium has a number of private sector and other partners, e.g., TE Connectivity of Berwyn PA and Tianjin Lishen Battery. IP arrangements between the two countries are complicated. To improve CERC participants’ understanding of each country’s laws and practices impacting intellectual property rights, the U.S.-China Clean Energy Forum holds IP workshops for CERC participants. Annual reports, Briefings, Fact Sheets, and agreement documents are available via the website. An Achievements Booklet documents successes such as Advanced Coal Technology’s CO2 capture and recycling using microalgae at a coal-fired power plant. CERC’s Steering Committee is headed by U.S. Department of Energy Secretary, Dr. Ernest Moniz, and China’s Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Wan Gang. Each Consortium has an executive committee, generally at the assistant secretary and vice-chairman level, and a leadership staff total to 21 as of this writing. [NOTE: Also see the Paulson Institute for US-China Cooperation.]

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