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Chinese energy officials visit PNNL

Smart grid, buildings efficiency highlighted

February 12, 2009 Share This!

RICHLAND, Wash. – Nearly two dozen energy and policy leaders from China will visit the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory on Feb. 14 in an effort to build collaborations that could lead to more jobs and near-term solutions in clean energy.

The visit will highlight PNNL’s national impact in smart grid technologies and policy, mitigation of carbon emissions, buildings efficiency and biofuels.

“We recognize the paramount role of China in solving today’s greatest energy and environmental problems,” said Mike Davis, PNNL associate laboratory director for energy and environment. “We’re committed to forging partnerships with them that will lead to more jobs at home and more near-term solutions that benefit us all. The national laboratories are uniquely suited to address these complex global challenges.”

PNNL conducts more than $250 million a year in energy and environmental research for agencies such as DOE, EPA and Bonneville Power Administration. The Laboratory also partners with industry to transfer technology from the laboratory to the marketplace, such as an ambient energy harvester and solid-oxide fuel cell auxiliary power unit that recently won national awards for transfer to industry.

The delegation visited as part of a larger tour of the West Coast, which includes a stop next week in Seattle where they’ll meet with the University of Washington and Puget Sound Energy. The tour is hosted by the U.S. China Clean Energy Forum, a bi-partisan group of senior leaders from the U.S. and from China’s National Development and Reform Commission looking to cooperate on clean energy technologies and alternative fuels.

“China has amazing capabilities that make them highly competitive – a large source of labor, high output of science and engineering graduates and workers, and incredible focus and determination,” Davis said. “I consider China the most strategic relationship for the United States, and together we can bolster our economics and solve our shared energy and environmental challenges.”

As a DOE national laboratory, PNNL provides the science, technology and leadership that bridge the private and government sectors as well as international boundaries. PNNL is operated by Battelle, which also manages or co-manages five other national laboratories. It has operated PNNL since 1965.

PNNL scientists are national leaders across the spectrum of the complex energy challenge – from developing alternative fuels through biomass to designing smart grid technologies that enable lower costs and higher reliability to managing federal programs in setting building efficiency standards. It also is a global leader in energy policy, integrated assessment and climate change. 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.

Tags: Energy, Environment, Fundamental Science, Biomass, Energy Efficiency, Emissions, Smart Grid, Climate Science

Interdisciplinary teams at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory address many of America's most pressing issues in energy, the environment and national security through advances in basic and applied science. Founded in 1965, PNNL employs 4,300 staff and has an annual budget of about $950 million. It is managed by Battelle for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. As the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, the Office of Science is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information on PNNL, visit the PNNL News Center, or follow PNNL on Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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