New partnership with China to develop renewable energy technologies

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The Coalition Government has provided a $4.7 million boost to innovation and science links with China, with a focus on developing alternative renewable energy security technologies.

The funding will go to the Australia-China Science and Research Fund to  bolster global partnerships and fuel economic growth.

Receiving a grant of over $900,000 each, the new energy focused Joint Research Centres include:

  • University of Melbourne and Chongqing Institute of Green and Intelligent Technology to develop low-cost flexible solar cells and new near-infra-red technologies.
  • University of Adelaide and the Shanghai Jiao Tong University to develop combined wind-and-wave power generation technologies to improve energy security.
  • University of Sydney and Tianjin University to develop energy informatics and demand response technologies that improve energy sustainability, improve energy affordability and secure energy infrastructure.

“Strengthening our global relationships builds our research capacity, increases the potential for commercial application of research and enhances international competitiveness,” Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Karen Andrews, said.

“This funding will help these world-class Australian research institutions build links with China – an important collaborative partner for Australia in science and research.”

Further information on the Joint Research Centres can be found here

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