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May 08, 2010 Share This!

Kluse says continued collaboration with China enables speedy deployment of emissions capture technology

  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) addresses carbon emissions that contribute to climate change, which has become an international challenge. Large formations of basalt (shown above) are key to underground storage of emissions.

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Collaboration between U.S. and Chinese research institutions will enable a more speedy deployment of emissions capture technology, says Michael Kluse, director of the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Kluse will give a talk today at the International Cooperative Conference on Green Economy and Climate Change in Beijing. He will discuss PNNL's existing collaborative partnerships with Chinese research institutions. He also will discuss how PNNL is working successfully to rapidly accelerate the rate of technology innovation and transfer into the marketplace in the areas of emissions management, smart grid and energy efficiency.

"Establishing a strong scientific alignment between U.S. and Chinese researchers is key to deploying real, scalable solutions to our collective emissions problem," said Kluse. "We must use our nations' complementary skills, in collaboration, to move discoveries and technologies into the marketplace where the world can experience the fruits of our labor."

PNNL's collaborations with China date back to the early 1990s when it helped found the Beijing Energy Efficiency Center, and the laboratory has continued to build upon its partnership with China ever since. 

In 2006, PNNL joined with the Chinese Academy of Science's (CAS) Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics and Institute of Coal Chemistry to form the International Consortium for Clean Energy (ICCE). Supported by an investment from PNNL and strong support from the CAS president, Dr. Lu Yongxiang, this mechanism has brought more than 25 senior U.S. and Chinese scientists together to conduct research.

In the course of forming the ICCE, Dr. Lu Yongxiang challenged CAS, PNNL and the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) to develop an even more extensive effort to address fossil energy conversion and emissions capture and sequestration. As a result, PNNL and NETL directors signed an MOU with the CAS Research Center for Energy and Power (CEP) in May 2009, with the aim of significantly reducing environmental emissions and improving efficiency of fossil fuel conversion.

Kluse's presentation will take place at 9 a.m. at the Laboratory of Low Carbon Energy at Tsinghua University.  PNNL scientists are national leaders in solving the complex challenges in energy — including biomass research and designing smart grid technologies, and helping set building efficiency standards. PNNL also is a global leader in energy policy, integrated climate assessment and climate change.

Tags: Energy, Environment, Fundamental Science, Biomass, Emissions, Green Energy, Smart Grid, Carbon Capture and Sequestration, Climate Science

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