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Ohio State Joins U.S.-China Clean Energy Research

Ohio State University has been named to one of two research partnerships between the U.S. and China, seeking breakthroughs in clean energy development, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced. The two consortia, one led by the University of Michigan and one led by West Virginia University, will receive a total of $25 million over the next five years under the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC) program.

Ohio State will participate in the CERC-Clean Vehicles consortium led by the University of Michigan. Other consortium members include MIT, Sandia National Laboratories, Joint BioEnergy Institute, Oak Ridge National Laboratories, General Motors, Ford, Toyota, Chrysler, Cummins, Fraunhofer, MAGNET, A123 Systems, American Electric Power, FirstEnergy Corp., PJM and the Transportation Research Center. The U.S.-based consortium will collaborate closely with a similar group based in China.

The Ohio State team, led by researchers at the Center for Automotive Research, includes faculty experts in mechanical, electrical, integrated systems and materials engineering. Ohio State will provide significant research expertise in the areas of vehicle-grid integration and plug-in vehicles; aging and damage characterization of advanced batteries; lightweight vehicle structures; thermoelectrics for the recovery of waste heat; electric drive and power electronic systems; and alternative fuels and advanced engines.

Ohio State will receive $3 million and will cost share for a total program value of more than $7 million.

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