January 21, 2011

CWRU Forms Partnership with Chinese Company on Green Initiatives

Eco Partnership logoIn a statement released in conjunction with the visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao to the United States, the U.S. Department of State announced that Case Western Reserve University will collaborate with the China National Offshore Oil Corp. – New Energy Investment Co., Ltd. (CNOOC), to seek to develop new solutions to significant energy and environmental issues.

Case Western Reserve is the first university to form a partnership with a Chinese company through the U.S.-China EcoPartnership program, which was developed through the Framework for EcoPartnerships under the U.S.-China Ten Year Framework for Cooperation on Energy and Environment.

The U.S. and China issued a joint statement that cited the partnership as one of the outcomes of the visit.

David Fleshler
David Fleshler

CNOOC is the third largest oil and gas company in China and is actively researching alternative energy, said David Fleshler, associate provost for international affairs. “We first met CNOOC in Beijing after being introduced by a member of the Chinese government. CNOOC was interested in creating a relationship with a U.S. university that had expertise and experience in renewable energy issues. CWRU’s history in this area—and the work taking place at the Great Lakes Energy Institute—convinced CNOOC we were the right partner.” David Zeng, chair of the Department of Civil Engineering, worked closely with CNOOC to help create the EcoPartnership, and Ye Fan Wang Glavin, who has a long association with Case Western Reserve, acted as a senior adviser to the partnership and university.

Through this EcoPartnership, Case Western Reserve University and Beijing-based CNOOC intend to research and develop methods for greater energy efficiency.  Possible projects include improving energy use, distribution and storage; off-shore wind energy; and improving fuel cells.

“This agreement has the potential to advance two key areas of our strategic plan: international outreach and energy,” Provost W.A. Baeslack III said. “We are grateful to the United States and Chinese governments for designating our initiative as an EcoPartnership.”

In coming months, university and CNOOC representatives plan to meet to work out exact details of what the EcoPartnership will accomplish.

Posted by: Emily Mayock, January 21, 2011 09:28 AM | News Topics: international

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