U.S. and China Advance Clean Energy Research Partnership on Building Efficiency

The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced its third grant under the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC). Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will receive $12.5 million from DOE over the next five years to lead a consortium on energy-efficient building technologies.

Consortium partners will match the grant with an additional $12.5 million, and Chinese counterparts will also contribute $25 million.

The $50 million partnership will help both the U.S. and China save energy and cut costs in buildings, Assistant Secretary of Energy for Policy & International Affairs David Sandalow said in a statement Thursday, adding that it will “create new export opportunities for American companies, ensure the United States remains at the forefront of technology innovation, and help to reduce global carbon pollution.”

CERC is part of a wide-ranging package of initiatives for U.S.-China cooperation on climate and energy that was agreed upon by President Obama and President Hu Jintao in Beijing last November. DOE announced equal grants under CERC for two additional consortia last month: West Virginia University will lead a consortium on clean coal technology, and the University of Michigan will lead one on electric vehicles.

For more information, see ChinaFAQs: U.S.-China Cooperation Overview.

Update August 29, 2011:

Download the CERC Joint Workplan for Research Projects on Building Energy Efficiency

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