Presidents Obama, Xi announce commitment to CERC-CVC renewal

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Amy Mast

At the close of this week's Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) trade summit in Beijing, President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged to cut greenhouse gas emissions and detailed an agreement that includes a renewed five-year commitment to supporting clean vehicle research efforts via the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center. The Center was established in 2010, and the Center's Clean Vehicle Consortium (CERC-CVC) has since provided unprecedented access to research collaboration between U.S. and Chinese vehicle researchers. 

America and China represent the world's two largest vehicle markets, and the CERC-CVC's goal is lofty: to transform the environmental impact of the automobile. The American side of the CERC-CVC is led by Huei Peng of the College of Engineering and administered by the University of Michigan Energy Institute. The $50 million Consortium, sponsored in part by the U.S Department of Energy and the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology, leverages the expertise of engineering, natural science, and the social science thought leaders. CERC-CVC partners include an array of academic and industrial contributors; large universities, national laboratories, and U.S. and Chinese automakers among them. The full list is viewable here. In the U.S., CERC-CVC research has netted over 175 research and conference publications, as well as 21 patents and disclosures. 

The announcement reads: "(America and China) intend to continue strengthening their policy dialogue and practical cooperation, including cooperation on advanced coal technologies, nuclear energy, shale gas and renewable energy, which will help optimize the energy mix and reduce emissions, including from coal, in both countries. To further support achieving their ambitious climate goals, today the two sides announced additional measures to strengthen and expand their cooperation, using the existing vehicles, in particular the U.S.-China Climate Change Working Group, the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center and the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue. These include.... a renewed commitment to the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center, including continued funding for three existing tracks on building efficiency, clean vehicles and advanced coal technology and launching a new track on the energy-water nexus."

CERC-CVC research is conducted by 447 researchers in the two countries, and is clustered around six thrust areas (full explanations of each are available here):

-Advanced Batteries and Energy Conversion
-Advanced Biofuels, Clean Conversion and Auxiliary Power Unit (APU)
-Vehicle Electrification
-Advanced Lightweight Materials and Structures
-Vehicle-Grid Integration
-Energy Systems Analysis, Technology Roadmaps and Policy

University of Michigan researchers involved in the CERC-CVC include: Don Siegel, Angela Violi, Ctirad Uher, Kevin Pipe, Rachel Goldman, Heath Hoffman, Huei Peng, Jing Sun, Dennis Bernstein, Jeff Stein, Jun Ni, M.D. Thouless, Kazuhiro Saitou, Ian Hiskins, Chris Mi, Greg Keoleian, Ming Xu, and John DeCicco. 

See the full joint announcement on the White House website here

See a detailed fact sheet here

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