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Queen Mary hosts first UK-China clean energy forum

Leading scientists from the UK and China gathered at Queen Mary, University of London last week to find ways of tackling climate change by producing clean energy.

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During the two day forum, hosted by the School of Engineering and Materials Science, researchers and representatives from industry presented state-of-art research in coal-fired power stations, the main source of greenhouse gas emissions in China, with a view to developing clean coal technology. Delegates also discussed clean solar energy technologies, more efficient energy use and new ways of storing energy.

Dr Dongsheng Wen, Reader in Future Energy and chair of the forum’s organising committee, said: “China is now becoming the largest country in the world to develop and apply clean fossil fuel and renewable energy technologies. The UK has been leading in developing many clean energy technologies ranging from hydrogen and fuel cells, to carbon capture and storage. The purpose of this forum is to improve communication between the large academic communities in clean energy science and technology and provide a platform for future collaborations.” 

Professor Yongping Yang, Vice-President of North China Electric Power University, and chief scientist of China's basic research programme, said: “Such a forum is essential in building sustainable collaboration between China and UK.  The new clean coal technologies will help China reduce the coal consumption and reduce carbon emissions.”

The UK-China Clean Energy Forum aims to improve communication between researchers and industry involved in clean energy science and technology in the UK and China. The next meeting in 2014 will take place in Beijing, hosted by North China Electric Power University.

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