The US-China Clean Energy Research Center for Water Energy Technologies (CERC-WET) 2017 Annual Meeting was held recently in the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Jie Liu from the Institute of Water Sciences, Peking University participated the meeting as one of the Chinese partners. Through this meeting, the joint Ten-Point Plan was discussed and agreements have been achieved between the China and U.S. partners with great success.
The US-China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC) has been founded in 2009 which is a joint initiative to accelerate research, development, and deployment of clean energy technologies. The CERC Water and Energy Technologies Consortium (CERC WET) aims to build and transfer a foundation of knowledge, technologies, human capabilities, and relationships that position the United States, in particular with relevant industries, non-profits, and research peers in China, to thrive in a future with constrained energy and water resources in a changing global climate.
CERC WET focuses its research on the following topic areas: 1. Water Use Reduction at Thermoelectric Plants; 2. Treatment & Management of Non-Traditional Waters; 3. Improving Sustainable Hydropower Design and Operation; 4. Climate Impact Modeling, Methods, and Scenarios to Support Improved Energy and Water Systems Understanding; and 5. Data and Analysis to Inform Planning, Policy, and Other Decisions (More information available at http://www.us-china-cerc.org/Energy_Water.html). PKU Water Institute takes the lead of the subtask of Topic 5 focusing on the water and energy nexus at city level for sustainable urban development.
Within the CERC WET Consortium, PKU and the Stockholm Environmental Institute U.S. office (SEI) paired to jointly study the water and energy nexus at city level. Log Angeles and Beijing are selected as the two cities for comparative study of the commons and differences in managing their limited water resources and intensive energy consumption. Before the annual meeting, the SEI colleagues arranged the field trip to the California Delta for Chinese partners’ better understanding the water system in California. Nearly 20% of the electricity in CA goes to the water sectors for the North-to-South water transfer project and desalination, therefore it is urgently needed to study the energy-water nexus for sustainable urban development. Beijing also faces alternative water supplies including surface water, groundwater, transferred water, and recycled water, among which the energy-intensive recycled water and transferred water account for 25% and 20% receptively in 2015. SEI and PKU will jointly study those issues towards an integrated water and energy governance in both countries in the following years.
Field trip to the California Delta
Visiting the SEI US Office at Davis, California
Visiting the Delta Pumping Plant of California