Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, January 14, 2013

University-led energy project gets mid-term review

Officials from the U.S. Department of Energy and China’s Ministry of Science and Technology met in Washington last week to review joint energy research projects — including one on clean vehicles led by U-M.

Huei Peng, professor of mechanical engineering and U.S. Director of the U.S. China Clean Energy Research Center — Clean Vehicle Consortium, gave a report on the project, which is now entering its third year of a five-year funding cycle.

The joint project marks groundbreaking collaborations and intellectual property agreements between the two countries on energy research. Fourteen U-M faculty and 16 graduate students are part of the U-M center.

The U-M consortium is one of three such joint collaborations between the U.S. and Chinese governments. Partner institutions with U-M include Ohio State University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Sandia and Oak Ridge National Laboratories. Industry partners include Ford, Delphi, Denson, Eaton and Honda.

The U-M Energy Institute administers the clean vehicle consortium.

U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu and Chinese Minister of Science and Technology Wan Gang led the meeting, which also focused on the other collaborations involving coal technology and energy-efficient buildings.

The total commitment for the three centers is $50 million over five years, with both countries providing $25 million in funding.