Monday, July 13, 2009

Stephen Chu and Gary Locke Go To China For Energy

Energy Secretary Steven Chu, left, and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, right, are vidsiting China this week to discuss building a China-US clean energy center. It would be the first nation-level center between China and the US to promote the use of clean energy. The two secretaries will highlight the potential for mutually beneficial relationships in the clean energy sector and opportunities for American green technology companies to get business in China. Priorities will include clean coal technology, carbon capture and storage, a smart grid, hybrid and electric vehicles, energy efficiency and renewable energies.

Most of the events will be in Beijing, but additional travel is scheduled outside the capital city. One event is visiting China's landmark Future House Community Project, established as part of that nation's ongoing effort to address its environmental problems and skyrocketing energy demand. Future House demonstrates the latest advances in energy efficiency, environmental compatibility, and sustainability. Future House USA is one of ten homes, each being built by a different nation, begun in conjunction with the 2008 'Green' Olympics, held in Beijing. Included in the technology at Future House is a state-of-the-art geothermal heat pump system developed, manufactured and installed by ClimateMaster of Oklahoma City, OK, in the USA. ClimateMaster is the global leader in the design and manufacture of water-source heat pumps, the core technology used in geothermal heating and cooling systems. (China Daily, 7/13/09, Frank Maisano, 7/13/09)

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