In November 2009, President Barack Obama and President Hu Jintao announced the establishment of the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC).
The U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC) operates under a bilateral diplomatic initiative to encourage research, development, and deployment in both countries. CERC’s goal is to facilitate through cooperation and innovation the transition of the world’s largest economies to an efficient and low-carbon economic future, while avoiding the worst consequences of climate change.
CERC facilitates joint research and development on clean energy technology by teams of scientists and engineers from the United States and China. It is a flagship initiative funded in equal parts by the United States and China. It has broad participation from universities, research institutions and industry, supporting more than 1,100 researchers, with more than 100 US and Chinese partnering entities.
CERC Research Program and Consortia: Joint Work Plan Research Areas
Advanced Coal Technology Consortium
Advanced power generation; clean coal conversion technology; pre-combustion capture; post-combustion capture; oxy-combustion capture; CO2 sequestration; CO2 utilization (including EOR, algae); simulation and assessment; and communication and integration.
Clean Vehicles Consortium
Advanced batteries and energy conversion; advanced biofuels and clean combustion; vehicle electrification; advanced lightweight materials and structures; vehicle-grid integration; and energy systems analysis, technology roadmaps and policy.
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; and policy and market promotion research.
CERC Intellectual Property Protection
CERC is empowered by the Protocol’s Intellectual Property Annex that strengthens protection of IP and provides precedent-setting terms that enable joint creation and exchange of IP. All CERC research projects comport with the mutually agreed-upon IP “Technology Management Plans,” endorsed by both governments.
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