Friday, April 2, 2010

California and China - 3

In the first funding announcement under the new China-US Clean Energy Research Center (CERC), China is providing $75 MM in grants and the US DOE is providing $37.5 MM in funding  (matched dollar-for-dollar, to total $75MM).

Besides demonstrating scientific merit and pushing clean energy research forward, this program encourages Chinese and US researchers to work cooperatively, leveraging resources of both countries.  This is significant and is just beginning.

The 3 main areas of research encouraged by CERC:

-green buidings
-carbon capture & sequestration (coal is not going away)

I can not explain  it better than this NY times article.

However, I wish to add 2 points:

-California already has 1 or more than intergovernmental agreements with China to encourage similar energy research and cooperation with China.   I hope this State will leverage this federal program with its own efforts, at ARB or CEC.

-Last week, the Pew organization released a well-reported warning, yet another data point,  that US investment in clean energy is falling behind the world, especially China.

Boost for U.S.-China Clean Energy Research -

DOE-Press Release


Pew Study on Renewable Investments:

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