2002 – West Virginia University’s Natural Resource Analysis Center (NRAC) and National Research Center for Coal and Energy (NRCCE) initiate a collaborative effort with the China Shenhua Coal Liquefaction Corporation on the economic and environmental impacts of implementing direct coal liquefaction technologies as a clean energy liquid fuel resource. The project has been supported by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) in China and the U.S. Department of Energy (USDOE).
2005 – The WVU-Shenhua collaborative research activities were formally recognized as components of Annex II of the US-China Clean Energy Protocol.
2007 – NRCCE and NRAC launch the US-China Energy Center.
2009 – President Barack Obama and President Hu Jintao announce the establishment of the $150 million U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center focusing on technologies for building energy efficiency, advanced coal, and clean vehicles. West Virginia University is selected by the U.S. Department of Energy to lead the U.S.’s $25 million program for advanced coal technology research under the Advanced Coal Technology Consortium. At WVU, the work is coordinated by the US-CEC in affiliation with the NRCCE under WVU’s Advanced Energy Initiative.
The CERC Advance Coal Technology Consortium facilitates joint research and development in the area of clean coal technology, with broad participation from universities, research institutions and industry from the United States and China.
Current U.S. ACTC Participants
West Virginia University; Babcock & Wilcox; Duke Energy; General Electric; Indiana Geological Survey; Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; Los Alamos National Laboratory; LP Amina, National Energy Technology Laboratory; University of Kentucky; University of Wyoming; U.S.-China Clean Energy Forum; China Relations Council; World Resources Institute
Current China ACTC Participants
Huazhong University of Science and Technology; Center for Energy & Power, Chinese Academy of Sciences; China Huaneng Group Clean Energy Research Institute; China Power Engineering Consulting Group Corporation; China Power Investment Corporation, Beijing; China University of Mining and Technology; ENN (XinAo Group); Huaneng Power International, Inc.; Institute for Rock & Soil Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Science; Northwest University of China; Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Energy Resources; Shanghai JiaoTong University; Shenhua Group; Tsinghua University; Yanchang Petroleum; Zhejiang University
Participation and Support
Mining, petroleum and gas companies; electric utilities; allied industries (chemicals, metals and cement); OEMs and technology developers; and EPCs and other service companies that share an interest in the development and deployment of clean coal technologies and carbon capture and storage (CCS) in the US and China now have an opportunity to participate in the work of the consortium.
Benefits of Participation
- Access to markets in China’s clean energy sector
- Established relationships with China’s largest private and state- owned energy companies
- US industrial partnerships with manufacturers, coal corporations, and power producers
- Access to procedures for intellectual property rights aimed at technology deployment
- Access to evolving technology, research data and experience
- Participation in collaborative US higher education research
How to Support the Consortium
- Cash contributions to help meet federal cost share requirements
- In-kind contributions of facilities, equipment, materials and services
- Technical expertise
Governing Board Members ($300,000/yr for five years) are entitled to:
- Participation in governing the Consortium
- Access to US and China team members’ R&D sites
- Access to and use of rights to sub-license inventions and other tangible IP
- Access to and use of technical information, product progress reports, and research
- Full participation in joint meetings, workshops and seminars, including bilateral China-US partnership meetings, annual assessments review, and access to SharePoint Site
Sustaining Members ($100,000/yr) are entitled to:
- Access to and use of the Technical Information Progress Reports and results of the research
- Full participation in joint meetings, workshops and seminars, including bilateral China-US partnership meetings, annual assessments review