Representatives of the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and China's State Grid Energy Research Institute (SGERI) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to work on methods to increases both conventional and renewable sources of generation.Â
Beijing-based SGERI, is a subsidiary of China's national utility, State Grid Corporation of China. China has announced plans to strengthen its national grid so that it can more effectively deliver electricity generated by both conventional and renewable methods.
The agreement between NREL and SGERI lays out a general framework for coordination between the two organizations, and is intended to spark discussions for creating more specific research & development collaborations in the future.
The scope of the agreement includes research project coordination, energy systems integration, power market design, site visits and personnel exchanges.
A potential outcome that could result from the two organizations working together could be the creation of a partnership to inform policymakers about energy and sustainable development.
NREL is the U.S. Department of Energy's primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency R&D. NREL is operated for the Energy Department by the Alliance for Sustainable Energy LLC.
‘Clean energy isn't solely a concern of the United States,’ explains Dan Arvizu, director of NREL. ‘It's something that affects the entire planet, so it's important to have researchers in China and other countries addressing the problems of supplying power from renewable energy.’