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China and US need to cooperate on green ideas

CHINA and the United States should cooperate more in the research and development of clean energy technology to address challenges facing the world today, participants told an energy forum in Shanghai yesterday.

"We see many complementary areas of research between the US and China in clean coal, wind, solar and the smart grid, which can be accelerated and enhanced through more R&D collaborations between the two countries," said Michael Idelchik, vice president of advanced technology for American conglomerate General Electric Co.

The US is leading a smart grid evolution, which could improve transmission efficiency and power connection from diversified sources to grids. GE plays a key role.

China also aims to make its grid smarter so that fast-growing installed wind and solar capacity can be transmitted to areas needing power.

Idelchik said GE has been communicating with potential customers in China to understand needs in specific regions because smart grids are more of an integration solution than a product.

China's recent rising exports of small electric vehicles to the US also provide a good example in clean technology exchange, said Wang Yuan, executive vice president of the academy for development under the Ministry of Science and Technology.

"No two countries have more potential and more responsibility to develop the clean energy business than the US and China," said Robert Goldberg, deputy mission chief at the US Embassy in China.


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