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UK-China research projects to deepen green technology development

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Joint UK-China research projects on Smart Grids and the Integration of Electric Vehicles were announced today (10 May).

After a joint panel review held in UK in March 2013, the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) announced the approval of joint research projects on Smart Grids and the Integration of Electric Vehicles.

With over £4 million funded by EPSRC and matched-resource funding from NSFC, four joint research projects, led by UK and Chinese energy scientists, will deepen the development of green technology on power grids and electric vehicles from 2013 to 2016.

Upon the approval of these four joint projects, EPSRC has sponsored over £24 million joint energy projects in partnership with Chinese research funders.

Battery Characterisation and Management - the key to Smart Grids and the Integration of Electric Vehicles

  • UK lead partner: Prof. Andrew Cruden, University of Southampton
  • China lead partner: Prof. Huang Yunhui, Huazhong University of Science and Technology

Intelligent Grid Interfaced Vehicle Eco-charging (iGIVE)

  • UK lead partner: Prof. Kang Li, Queen’s University Belfast
  • China lead partner: Prof. Cheng Shukang, Harbin Institute of Technology

Interface and Network Infrastructure to Support Electric Vehicles Participation in Smart Grids

  • UK lead partner: Prof. Stephen Finney, University of Strathclyde
  • China lead partner: Prof. He Xiangning, Zhejiang University

Grid Economics, Planning and Business Model for Smart Electric Mobility

  • UK lead partner: Prof. Goran Strbac, Imperial College
  • China lead partner: Prof. Zeng Pingliang, China Electric Power Research Institute

Prof. Lijian Ding, Director of Electrical Engineering Division, Department of Engineering and Materials Sciences, Natural Science Foundation of China, said:

As the most important platform providing energy for the future, research on smart grids is undoubtedly a hot and exciting topic throughout the world. It is our strong belief that through this joint program, researchers from UK and China will establish long-term collaboration, which significantly promotes smart grids in both countries.

Alicia Greated, Director of Research Councils UK (RCUK) China, said:

We are very pleased to announce further collaborative UK-China grants in the energy field. This is an extremely important topic to the UK and China and both countries are committed to significantly reducing carbon emissions in the next decade. This research will make a vital contribution to green technology development and will enhance the very strong UK-China research relation that already exists.