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In November 2009, President Barack Obama and President Hu Jintao formally announced the establishment of the $150 million U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC). The Protocol was signed at ceremonies in Beijing by U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Chinese Minister of Science and Technology Wan Gang, and Chinese National Energy Agency Administrator Zhang Guobao.

Focusing on technologies for advanced coal, clean vehicles and building energy efficiency, CERC is built on consortium-based model for bilateral cooperation by teams of scientists and engineers from leading institutions and industries in United States and China. The USCEC at WVU is selected by the U.S. Department of Energy to lead the American efforts in advanced coal technology research under the Advanced Coal Technology Consortium…



This project developed from a meeting on July 21, 2002 between Yuzhuo Zhang (then President of the China Shenhua Coal Liquefaction Company Ltd. [CSCLCL]) and Jerald J. Fletcher and Qingyun Sun of West Virginia University (WVU). At that meeting Dr. Zhang expressed an interest in developing a better understanding of the environmental and economic consequences of implementing a coal liquefaction plant in Inner Mongolia, China using direct liquefaction technologies.  Many of the technologies incorporated into the plant design were developed in the United States with DOE support. To develop a better understanding of the potential for WVU cooperation, Dr. Zhang visited the WVU campus on October 24, 2002 and presented a seminar on the current CSCLCL plans and the potential for future cooperation…



Shenhua has developed the world’s first modern direct coal liquefaction (DCL) facility in Inner Mongolia. Now in full production, this plant produces significant amounts of CO2. Shenhua’s stated goal is to permanently store much of this CO2 in geologic formations in the Ordos Basin.

Shanxi International Energy Group Co., Ltd (SIEG) is planning to build 2×350 Mw coal-based oxy-fueled facilities for integrated electricity generation coupled with distributed heating and cooling in Shanxi Province, China. In addition to power, heat and cooling for the area, the completed facility will annually produce about 4.0 million tons (MT) of high purity carbon dioxide (CO2). West Virginia University in cooperation with the China University of Geosciences (Wuhan) developed a prefeasibility evaluation of potential options for CO2 GS and beneficial industrial utilization, which identified geologic storage opportunities in Shanxi Province and the southern Ordos Basin of adjoining Inner Mongolia and Shaanxi provinces…

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