CERC-CVC annual meeting deep-dives into transportation R&D
Officials from the U.S. Department of Energy, China’s Ministry of Science and Technology, faculty and students from the University of Michigan- led Clean Energy Research Center- Clean Vehicle Consortium (CERC-CVC) and industry partners met in Ann Arbor on August 11th and 12th to review progress on the initiative's joint clean vehicle energy research projects.
Representatives from the Department of Energy provided an overview of research progress to date, detailing CERC-CVC engineering, natural science, and social science research's centrality to DOE's Vehicle Technology R&D. Industry representatives added their take on future vehicle research trends, and, if renewed, the role the CERC-CVC could play beyond its scheduled end date of April 2016.
The U-M CERC-CVC consortium is one of three 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, Denso, Eaton and Honda.
The U-M Energy Institute administers the clean vehicle consortium.
The meeting follows a review meeting of all three joint collaborations held in Beijing, China on July 11th. U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernie Moniz and Chinese Minister of Science and Technology Wan Gang led the meeting, and the US Ambassador to China Mr. Max Baucus and Director of the US Trade and Development Agency Ms. Leocadia Zak also attended this meeting. Dr. Andy Brown (Delphi) and Dr. Wei Shen (Ford) attended the meeting as the US IAB representatives for CERC-CVC. The total commitment for the three centers is $50 million over five years, with both countries providing $25 million in funding.
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