DOE to Provide $37.5 Million for U.S.-Chinese Clean Energy Research

March 31, 2010

DOE announced on March 29 the availability of $37.5 million in U.S. funding over the next five years to support the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC). Grantees will need to match the funding, generating a total of $75 million to support research on advanced technologies for building energy efficiency, clean vehicles, and carbon capture and storage. China will contribute an additional $75 million to the CERC, which will be a virtual research center, located in existing facilities in both the United States and China.

President Obama and President Hu Jintao formally announced the establishment of the CERC during the President Obama's trip to Beijing last November. The program will unite teams of scientists and engineers from both the United States and China. Because the United States and China are the world's top energy consumers, producers, and greenhouse gas emitters, they have a strong shared interest in advances in key technologies. DOE will provide one award for each of the CERC's three initial work areas: building efficiency, clean vehicles, and carbon capture and storage for coal. Universities, national labs, private companies, and other relevant entities are eligible to apply through the Web site by May 14. DOE expects to select awardees this summer. See the DOE press release, the entry, and the full Funding Opportunity Announcement.