UK & China launch Centre to advance energy research and education

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The University of Birmingham and University of Science & Technology Beijing (USTB) have launched a new joint Centre for Energy & Environment Research and Education (CEERE) to drive new technologies and train the next generation of engineers.

The Centre, which was launched in Beijing in October 2015, is a collaboration between the Birmingham Energy Institute, University of Birmingham and the School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Science & Technology Beijing.

Professor Martin Freer, Director of the Birmingham Energy Institute, University of Birmingham said:

“Over the years we have developed highly successful collaborations with our colleagues at the University of Science & Technology, Beijing. The University of Birmingham is delighted to combine our areas of research expertise through this joint centre; it will create a highly competitive platform for effective and substantial collaborations in both research and education in advanced energy, environmental science and engineering."

Professor Yulong Ding, Director of the Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage, University of Birmingham and facilitator of the Centre for Energy & Environment Research and Education said:

“The initiative will help members of both sides to access funding opportunities in the UK, China, EU and other international sources. This is an exciting and long-term opportunity, which will help to secure our research and education into novel energy and environmental-related technologies over both the medium and long term.

“We aim to recruit high quality undergraduate and postgraduate students, produce joint publications and joint intellectual property, and drive knowledge transfer. We have already demonstrated that a collaborating platform is crucial to attract funding from the UK, Chinese and multi-national companies. Once funding is obtained, we will run projects in an easier and effective manner.”

Professor Li Wang, Head of the School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Science & Technology Beijing, said:

"The joint research combines the strengths of the two organisations, which will promote the fast transfer of knowledge in the energy and environmental areas, train the next generation of engineers and drive new technologies out of the lab and into the market.”

The original article by the University of Science & Technology Beijing can be found here