U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center

From Global Energy Monitor

In November 2009 U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao announced that they had agreed to establish the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center to "promote cooperation on cleaner uses of coal, including large-scale carbon capture and storage (CCS) demonstration projects."[1]

They stated that the center would involve a "program of technical cooperation to bring teams of U.S. and Chinese scientists and engineers together in developing clean coal and CCS technologies. The two governments are also actively engaging industry, academia, and civil society in advancing clean coal and CCS solutions."[1]

In the statement, the two Presidents "welcomed:[1]

  • (i) a grant from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency to the China Power Engineering and Consulting Group Corporation to support a feasibility study for an integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) power plant in China using American technology;
  • (ii) an agreement by Missouri-based Peabody Energy to invest participate in GreenGen, a project of several major Chinese energy companies to develop a near-zero emissions coal-fired power plant;
  • (iii) an agreement between GE and Shenhua Corporation to collaborate on the development and deployment of IGCC and other clean coal technologies; and
  • (iv) an agreement between AES and Songzao Coal and Electric Company to use methane captured from a coal mine in Chongqing, China, to generate electricity and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "U.S.-China Clean Energy Announcements", The White House Office of the Press Secretary, November 17, 2009.

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