On June 7th, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MOHURD) Center for Science and Technology of Construction (CSTC), co-hosted a side event, “The Role of Bilateral Research, Development, and Deployment (RD&D) Programs in Accelerating Clean Energy Solutions: Lessons from the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center Building Energy Efficiency (CERC-BEE) Program,” at the 8th Clean Energy Ministerial/Mission Innovation (CEM8/MI) meeting held in Beijing, China.
The side event explored the contributions that bilateral RD&D programs, such as CERC-BEE, could play in meeting the global goals of the CEM and MI. The event (1) Introduced the CERC-BEE program, discussing its strengths as a bilateral RD&D program; (2) described major RD&D milestones achieved jointly; (3) articulated the important role of industry and demonstration projects in commercializing new technologies; and (4) discussed the path forward, identifying opportunities for improvement.
Approximately 80 stakeholders participated in the side event, including representatives from U.S. and the Chinese government, non-government organizations (NGO), private industry, academia, research institutes, and national laboratories. On behalf of the U.S. CERC-BEE consortium, Dr. Nan Zhou, Group Leader of the China Energy Group, introduced the CERC-BEE program. Mr. Clay Nesler, Vice President of Global Energy and Sustainability at Johnson Controls (JCI), and Dr. Ming Liu, Principal Investigator for Urban Energy Systems at Disney Research China, both presented on their very low-energy CERC-BEE demonstration buildings in Shanghai, China. They described innovative technologies for indoor air quality management, lighting, battery storage, and building automation from United Technologies Corporation, BASF, Lutron Electronics, Inc., and others, which are featured in the buildings and will deliver the high-performance, low-energy buildings of the future.
CERC-BEE is a ten-year initiative of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the China Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), implemented by LBNL and China MOHURD to support leading scientists from the U.S. and China in collaborative RD&D of advanced building technologies.
At the side event, U.S. companies were also joined by U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry for a photo, where he discussed the value of U.S.-China bilateral collaboration on clean energy technology innovation.