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U.S. and China Renew Commitment to Clean Energy
China will join the Government Steering Committee of the FutureGen project, making it the third country to join the United States in the FutureGen International Partnership.
The U.S. and China also signed an Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Protocol renewing cooperation in advancing clean technology including solar, wind, and biomass.
The FutureGen initiative is a ten-year effort that aims to remove and sequester carbon dioxide while producing electricity and hydrogen, making it the environmentally cleanest fossil fuel fired power plant in the world. FutureGen aims to initiate operations in 2012 and will be the first plant in the world to produce both electricity and commercial-grade hydrogen from coal, simultaneously. Virtually every aspect of the 275 megawatt prototype plant will be based on cutting-edge technology. Once completed, the technology will be used by member countries to reduce emissions around the globe.
“We welcome China and their expertise to the FutureGen project. China and the U.S. share a common energy resource in coal, so it is imperative that we work together to find ways to use coal effectively, efficiently, and without contributing emissions,” says Secretary of Energy Bodman. “Our joint efforts in developing new energy technologies including clean coal and renewable energy will enhance our nations’ energy security, provide for economic growth, and reduce harmful pollutants."
The U.S. and China also renewed the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Protocol that works to develop and deploy clean, energy efficient and renewable energy technology including solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, and hydrogen energy, according to the Department of Energy.