Prof. Sorooshian and Dr. Tiantian Yang (both of UCI) traveled to Washington D.C. to present project overview and answer questions at the Annual Peer Review of projects supported by the U.S. DOE's Wind-Energy and Water-Power Technologies Office. CERC-WET Topic-Area-3 Projects were presented by Professor Soroosh Sorooshian of UC Irvine, the leader of this Topic Area ("Improving Sustainable Hydropower Design and Operations"). The aspects of Topic Area #3 projects that were presented were the relevance to water industry, their technical accomplishments, research collaboration with technology transfer, and proposed future research. Overall, the presentation was well received by the Peer Review Panel, which expressed interest in future progress of this research.
Topic Area 3 Lead Professor Soroosh Sorooshian from UC Irvine (right), Topic Area 3 Project Manager Hoyt Battey from the Water Power Technologies Office of DOE (middle), and Dr.TiantianYang from Deltares USA Inc. / UC Irvine (left) are taking a group photo after the meeting opening remark.
Professor Soroosh Sorooshian as the CERC-WET Topic 3 lead is presenting the research activities to DOE experts and panelists during the Peer Review Meeting. Good feedbacks are received.
Dr. Tiantian Yang (left), as a reservoir scientist from Deltares USA Inc. and a researcher from UC Irvine, is discussing with DOE Project Manager Hoyt Battey (Right) about the importance of knowledge and technology transferring between Academia, Industry, and Stakeholders, as well as the expertises of Deltares USA Inc. and UC Irvine in support of the operation and management of water-energy system.
Members of CERC-WET's Topic Area 3 and 4 projects traveled to San Francisco to attend the American Geophysical Union (AGU) annual meeting. During this week CERC-WET researchers from UC Irvine, UC Merced, UC Davis, UCLA, and Beijing Normal University spent time meeting to discuss CERC-WET projects
(left to right) Dr. Tiantian Yang (UC Irvine)Professor Soroosh Sorooshian (UC Irvine), and Professor Qingyun Duan of Beijing Normal University (right) met to discuss topic area 3 project goals. Agreements were made regarding their 10 Point Plans.
(left to right) Daniel Nover (UC Merced), Jenny Ta (UC Merced) Professor Josh Viers (UC Merced), and Professor Soroosh Sorooshian (UC Irvine) discussing research plans and administrative coordination for project 3.1.
(left to right) Dr. Zhilin Guo (UC Davis), Prof. Graham Fogg (UC Davis), Prof. Steve Margulis (UCLA), Prof. Koulin Hsu (UC Irvine), Prof. Soroosh Sorooshian (UC Irvine), Dr. Alan Di Vittorio (LBNL), and Dr. Tiantian Yang (UC Irvine/ Deltares USA), taking a group photo following their discussion meeting on topic area 4 projects.
The first U.S. Stakeholders Meeting for CERC-WET was successfully hosted on the UC Berkeley campus on Friday, August 19, 2016. Members of the Department of Energy and the California Energy Commission were in attendance along with industrial representatives. All five topic areas were well represented by their principle investigators and student researchers. Presentations on the the U.S./China CERC program and the CERC-WET Topics Areas were given during the morning session, while panel discussions and breakout sessions with industrial representatives were held in the afternoon. Director Robert Marlay of the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of International Science and Technology Collaboration is pictured in the first photo presenting the overview for the U.S./China Clean Energy Research Center program. The second photo shows CERC-WET Director Ashok Gadgil presenting on the structure and organization of CERC-WET's campuses and research members.
On August 9 and 10, 2016, our U.S. Topic Area #2 lead, Professor David Sedlak and a group of our Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory researchers, lead by Dr. Jens Birkholzer, hosted a visit by China's Topic Area #2 lead, Dr. Qinghai Yang, and his colleagues Dr. Jia Deli and Dr. Xi Zu Yao. During their visit, Topic Area #2 researchers provided presentations of their current project work and planned the next phases of joint research. Tours were given, both at LBNL laboratories and of the UC Berkeley campus. This visit was the first of many visits which will bring both our U.S. and China teams together to establish further collaboration and joint work plans. The first photo pictures U.S and Chinese Topic Area #2 leads and researchers, while the second photo captures Professor David Sedlack and the China team in front of UC Berkeley's iconic Sather Tower.
The 8th Annual Steering Committee Meeting of the US-China Clean Energy Research Centers (CERCs) was held in Beijing, China with participation from the leaders of all CERC projects, leaders of the US Department of Energy, China's Ministry of Science and Technology, and representatives from select US and China industry partners. The leaders of U.S. and China CERC-WET teams jointly presented the progress of their project lineups for the remainder of 2016 and start of 2017. China CERC-WET Director Prof. Liu He and US CERC-WET Director Prof. Ashok Gadgil are pictured in the first photo, jointly presenting CERC-WET's project structure to the Steering Committee members and the audience. The second photo shows members of DOE and members of the U.S. and China CERC WET management teams, while the third photo captures Director Prof. Ashok Gadgil and Director Prof. Liu He signing both the Joint Work Plan and Technology Management Plan for the U.S.-China CERC-WET projects.
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The US Ambassador to China, Max Baucus, visited Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) on March 10, 2016, and listened to a presentation of the CERC-WET projects by Center Director Ashok Gadgil. Ambassador Baucus showed interest in the specifics of the projects and expressed support for the increased collaboration between the US and China research teams. Photo shows LBNL Director Mike Witherell, Ambassador Max Baucus, and Prof. Ashok Gadgil (L to R).
Our first meeting with our China counterparts were hosted by the Research Institute for Petroleum Exploration and Development (RIPED) campus in Beijing. RIPED is the research institute of the Chinese National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), the parent of the fourth largest company in the world, PetroChina. RIPED is the Chinese counterpart to the University of California as the lead institution in the China consortium of CERC-WET. (Please see some of the attached photos from our meeting). Our presentations and discussions were fruitful in defining the next steps for each of the 5 Topic Areas (also listed on our website).
The meeting provided us the opportunity to start collaboration on our joint work projects. Addditionally, our Chinese Consortium expressed strong interest in welcoming demonstrations of industry technology for their particular project areas.
In light of these interests, we are currently working to finalize our Technology Management Plan (TMP) in order to protect the IP alignments for both Chinese and American industry partners. Once the TMP is in place, we will be able to welcome additional industry partners to join the CERC-WET consortia in the US and China.