U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC)

The U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC) is a collaboration between the United States and China to facilitate joint research and development to accelerate clean energy technologies. Established in 2009, the $150 million center further extends the decades of previous science and technology collaboration between the United States and China. The Center's funding is split equally between the two countries and involves participation from academia, research laboratories, and industry. U.S. funds are being used to support work conducted by U.S. institutions and individuals and Chinese funds are supporting work conducted by Chinese institutions and researchers.

The United States and China have been collaborating in many scientific areas since 1979, from basic physics and chemistry research to energy and environmental studies. The inception of CERC builds upon this productive history. The drivers for establishing the CERC were the numerous energy-related similarities shared between the United States and China. Similarities include both countries having abundant coal reserves and being the world's largest energy producers, consumers, and greenhouse gas emitters.

The CERC's research efforts target three strategic areas from which both countries will mutually benefit: building efficiency, clean vehicles, and advanced coal technologies. The advanced coal technologies effort is of particular interest to NETL's Carbon Storage Program, because it will investigate the following:

  • Integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) carbon capture and storage (CCS) on the million-ton scale
  • Large-scale post-combustion carbon capture, utilization, and storage
  • Geologic storage capacity and near-term opportunities
  • CO2-algae biofixation

To date, three consortia have been established within the U.S. under CERC. West Virginia University will lead the consortia for advanced coal technology research and the University of Michigan will be the lead for clean vehicle research. The third research consortium, led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, is for research into Energy Efficient Buildings.

For more information, please visit the CERC website.

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