Representatives of the US Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have signed off on a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with China’s State Grid Energy Research Institute (SGERI), standing as the first-ever agreement between both parties.
The SGERI is a subsidiary of China’s national utility, the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC). The deal establishes a structure for coordination between both NREL and SGERI and is also expected to facilitate discussions for potential R&D partnerships in the future.
Dan Arvizu, director of NREL, said: “Clean energy isn't solely a concern of the United States. 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.”
Other features of the MOU include research project coordination, energy systems integration, power market design, site visits and personal exchanges.