On 2nd June 2016, during the 7th Clean Energy Ministerial meeting in San Francisco, the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the US Department of Energy (DoE) signed a collaboration arrangement focused on scientific cooperation on clean energy and energy efficiency.
Vladimir Šucha, Director-General of the JRC, and Lynn Orr, DoE Under Secretary for Energy and Science, signed the agreement in the presence of Secretary Moniz and Commission's Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič. This signature took place in the context of VP Maroš Šefčovič and Commissioner Moedas visit to the USA on a research and innovation mission.
The arrangement seeks to promote inter-laboratory and expert cooperation by fostering advanced low-carbon technologies. It builds on existing collaboration between the JRC and the US DoE and will cover research, technological development and demonstration activities in the areas of electricity generation, energy systems and resource productions, for instance on smart grids systems and interoperability; battery and storage system technology; carbon capture, use and storage; unconventional resources; technology monitoring and assessment; and the energy-water nexus.
European Commission's Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič said: "The arrangement builds on the active, fruitful and successful collaboration already taking place between our two institutions. The transatlantic scientific and technical cooperation has already provided concrete results, notably in the area of electric vehicles. I am glad that the new agreement broadens the scope of collaboration, demonstrating on the ground that energy and climate is now a priority in EU-US relations".
For further information, please visit the relevant JRC website at the link below.