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September 08, 2010

Two U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Consortia Picked by DOE

DOE announced on September 2 that two consortia—one led by the University of Michigan to advance clean vehicles and one led by the West Virginia University to study carbon capture—will receive a total of $25 million over the next five years under the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC). The funding will be matched by the grantees to provide at least $50 million in total U.S. funding, while China will provide another $50 million. The money will fund joint research and development of clean energy technologies by the United States and China. As leaders of the world's top energy consumers, energy producers and greenhouse gas emitters, President Obama and President Hu Jintao formally announced the establishment of the CERC during the President's trip to China last November.

The University of Michigan will lead a consortium that will focus on vehicle electrification. It includes Ohio State University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, DOE's Sandia and Oak Ridge National Laboratories. It also includes the Joint BioEnergy Institute, which is led by DOE's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, General Motors, Ford, Toyota, Chrysler, Cummins, Fraunhofer, MAGNET, A123 Systems, American Electric Power, FirstEnergy, and the Transportation Research Center. West Virginia University's team will develop and test new technologies for carbon capture and sequestration. The announcement of another $12.5 million to a third winning consortium focused on building energy efficiency will be made this fall. See the DOE press release.