ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--3M announces it has been selected as a partner in the U.S.-China Clean
Energy Research Center (CERC) Building Energy Efficiency consortium. The
CERC, established in 2009 by President Barack Obama and President Hu
Jintao, is intended to facilitate joint research and development on
clean energy technology by teams of scientists and engineers from the
U.S. and China. As part of the Building Energy Efficiency consortium, 3M
will participate in research on building efficiency strategies, tools
and practices in areas such as building envelope technologies and
integration of new construction materials for building energy efficiency.
Led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the U.S. contingent of the
CERC Building Energy Efficiency consortium currently includes several
other industrial partners and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Among other
projects, the consortium will collaborate during the remaining years of
its charter on a number of demonstration buildings in China to
incorporate 3M energy efficiency technologies and to study these
products at work in various Chinese environments, as well as with
locally sourced Chinese building components.
“3M’s participation in the consortium will not only help us drive the
growing market for large-scale energy efficiency and sustainability
projects forward, but will give all members the opportunity to learn
firsthand about the energy efficiency needs of the Chinese market,” said
Stefan Babirad, Ph.D., technical director for 3M Industrial Adhesives
and Tapes Division. “This partnership will also allow us to gain
invaluable customer feedback to help shape future innovations.”
“We are proud to join this initiative to study and improve energy
efficiency in both the U.S. and China,” said Ashish Khandpur, Ph.D.,
vice president of research & development for 3M’s Industrial Business
Group. “We look forward to applying 3M innovations to solve challenges
with our partners and lead the way for improvements that stand to make a
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