CERC-BEE Hosted Policy and Markets Planning Meeting on “Uncovering Barriers and Solutions to Building Energy Efficiency” in Shanghai

October 22, 2016

On October 20th, US-China Clean Energy Research Center, Building Energy Efficiency (CERC-BEE) hosted an workshop on “Uncovering Barriers and Solutions to Building Energy Efficiency” in Shanghai, China.

The workshop sought to obtain a 360 degree perspective on the critical barriers and most promising solutions to advance building energy efficiency retrofits in China. Approximately 50 stakeholders participated in the workshop, including government officials, bankers, researchers,...

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U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center Building Energy Efficiency (CERC-BEE) Launches Phase 2.0 in Zhuhai, China on October 17th and 18th

October 19, 2016

On October 17th and 18th at the Singyes Solar building in Zhuhai, China, the CERC-BEE program held a bilateral stakeholder meeting to formally close out phase 1.0 of its work (2010-2015) and launch phase 2.0 (2016-2020). The stakeholder meeting brought together more than 50 representatives from the U.S. and Chinese government, researcher institutes, national laboratories, private industry, non-profit organizations, academia, and demonstration building projects, to discuss achievements under...

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CERC BEE Delivers Award-Winning Air Sealant

June 06, 2016

LIQUIDARMOR, a sprayable liquid sealant developed by The Dow Chemical Company and evaluated at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), recently won the 2016 Gold Edison Award for Building Construction & Lighting Innovations. The Edison Awards honor the best in innovation and excellence in the development of new products and services.

The ORNL and Dow Chemical collaboration to develop and evaluate LIQUIDARMOR was funded by the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center for Building...

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Cool Roofs in China Offer Enhanced Benefits During Heat Waves

December 22, 2015

New Berkeley Lab study uses regional climate model to compare heat waves to normal summer conditions.

It is well established that white roofs can help mitigate the urban heat island effect, reflecting the sun’s energy back into space and reducing a city’s temperature under normal weather conditions. In a new study of Guangzhou, China, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) researchers working with Chinese scientists found that during a heat wave, the effect is significantly...

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7th Steering Committee Meeting

June 01, 2015

In June 2015, the Steering Committee met to review CERC's plans and progress to date and to discuss the future work and planning for the second phase (2016-2020) of the CERC program, CERC 2.0. The meeting was presided over by Secretary MONIZ, Minister WAN, and Vice Administrator SHI. Senior officials from DOE, MOST, NEA, and MOHURD; industry partners; and stakeholders participated in the meeting. Read more.

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U.S. President Obama and China President Xi Jinping make Joint Announcement on the Extension and Expansion of CERC

December 01, 2014

In November 2014, The United States and China made a renewed and expanded commitment to the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC). This will include:

Extending the CERC mandate for an additional five years from 2016-2020; Renewing funding for the three existing tracks: building efficiency, clean vehicles, and advanced coal technologies with carbon capture, use and sequestration (CCUS); and Launching a new track on the interaction of energy and water (the energy/water ‘nexus... Read More

FACT SHEET: U.S.-China Joint Announcement on Climate Change and Clean Energy Cooperation

November 12, 2014

Building on strong progress during the first six years of the Administration, today President Obama announced a new target to cut net greenhouse gas emissions 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.  At the same time, President Xi Jinping of China announced targets to peak CO2 emissions around 2030, with the intention to try to peak early, and to increase the non-fossil fuel share of all energy to around 20 percent by 2030. 

Together, the U.S. and China account...

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U.S.-China Joint Announcement on Climate Change

November 12, 2014

1.     The United States of America and the People’s Republic of China have a critical role to play in combating global climate change, one of the greatest threats facing humanity. The seriousness of the challenge calls upon the two sides to work constructively together for the common good.

2.     To this end, President Barack Obama and President Xi Jinping reaffirmed the importance of strengthening bilateral cooperation on climate change and will work together, and with other...

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Secretary Moniz and Minister Wan Seek to Continue U.S. – China Collaborative Technology Research for Energy Efficient Buildings

October 28, 2014

In conjunction with the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED), U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz traveled to Beijing and met with China's Minister of Science and Technology Wan Gang to chair the U.S. – China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC) Steering Committee Meeting on July 11, 2014. CERC, launched by President Obama and former Chinese President Hu Jintao in 2009, serves as a framework for joint research in key areas including Building Energy Efficiency (BEE). As the...

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Microgrid Version of Distributed Energy Resource Software Is Now Available

October 28, 2014

By Michael Stadler

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has released DER-CAM 4.1.3, the latest version of the Distributed Energy Resources – Customer Adoption Model (DER-CAM). This new version, released on October 1, 2014, improves on previous DER-CAM versions by bringing new capabilities focused on some of the key issues pertaining to microgrids and to their planning process.

DER-CAM 4.1.3 optimizes generation resources and loads within the boundaries of the...

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CERC-BEE Director Nan Zhou on the Consortium's Effort in Climate Change in a Media Interview

October 02, 2014

Nan Zhou, the Deputy Group Leader of China Energy Group and the U.S. Director of the U.S.-China Clean Energy Center-Building Energy Efficiency (CERC-BEE) said in an interview with the Hong Kong-based television broadcaster, Phoenix Television, that the "CREC-BEE consortium accelerates innovation as participating researchers create market-driven technologies with industrial partners commercializing the technologies in shorter periods of time."

In this Chinese-language news titled "...

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CERC Program Credited for Its Efforts in Enhancing Cooperation on Climate Change between the U.S. and China

September 21, 2014

The U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC) was credited in an article titled "U.S.-China Rifts on Hacking, Spying Put Aside for Climate" for its efforts in bringing together more than 1,100 Chinese and American scientists from research laboratories and private companies on opposite sides of the Pacific Ocean to enhance cooperation on climate change.

Cool Roofs in China Can Save Energy and Reduce Emissions

September 02, 2014

Working with Chinese researchers, the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has conducted the first comprehensive study of cool roofs in China and concluded that they would be effective in substantially reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions in climate zones with hot summers.

The team simulated both residential and office buildings in seven Chinese cities in five climate zones, evaluating energy use throughout the year. They also...

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2014 U.S.-China CERC-BEE Annual Workshop Evaluates Achievement and Looks to Next Phase

August 29, 2014

The U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center Building Energy Efficiency (CERC-BEE) Consortium held its annual workshop on August 25-26 in Berkeley, California to evaluate performance of its 12 joint research projects and plan the future of the consortium after this high-profile program ends its first phase of work in 2015.

About 90 researchers, industrial partners and experts, and government officials from the U.S. and China attended this year's workshop. The CERC-BEE program is in its...

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U.S. – China Clean Energy Research Center, Building Energy Efficiency Consortium (CERC-BEE) Meets at Program’s Mid-point in Wuhan, China

October 30, 2013

LBNL’s China Energy Group lead a delegation of more than 30 U.S. Clean Energy Research Center, Building Energy Efficiency Consortium members including research leads, industrial partners and technical advisers to meet with Chinese collaborators in Wuhan, China on October 29-31.  

This year’s U.S.-China gathering, aimed at facilitating the development of work plans for the second half of the 5-year innovation and research program, also included a series of workshops on building rating...

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