UK and China collaborate on Low Carbon manufacturing research projects

6/12/2018

Academics in the UK and China will begin to collaborate on four new research projects that will explore methods of low carbon manufacturing in January 2019.

The projects were selected in response to a call issued in April this year.

  • Academics at The University of Manchester will work with colleagues at Huazhong University of Science and Technology on a new low carbon laser-based manufacturing process.
  • The University of Bradford will partner with Sichuan University to explore polymer recycling.
  • Queen Mary University of London will cooperate with the Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences to create materials for solar cells and batteries from waste.
  • The University of Manchester will cooperate with Shenzhen University on a project that will concentrate on carbon fibre composite recycling.

Funded with £3.2 million from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and ¥12 million from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), the projects were announced in London on Wednesday 28 November during a meeting of ministers from both countries, Jianguo Zhang, Vice Minister from the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and Sam Gyimah, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation.

Professor Lynn Gladden, EPSRC's Executive Chair, said: The UK and China have a common interest in improving how they manufacture. We must reduce our carbon emissions and move towards economies that re-use and recycle. These EPSRC/NSFC collaborations will build bridges between academics and our two countries so we can address the worldwide challenges we all face.

Professor Fan Yingjie, Deputy Director-General of NSFC Bureau of International Cooperation, said: I would like to congratulate the four projects funded by the NSFC-EPSRC Programme. I am quite confident that the join efforts of the leading Chinese and UK researchers in this field will contribute to the world by developing technologies for the safe, secure, cheap and efficient provision of clean energy. To build on the excellent collaborative work carried out through a number of joint energy research activities over the last six years, in 2014 EPSRC and NSFC committed to a three-year, £20 million joint research programme entitled 'UK-China Joint Programme in Low Carbon Innovation Memorandum of Understanding'.

To build on the excellent collaborative work carried out through a number of joint energy research activities over the last six years, in 2014 EPSRC and NSFC committed to a three-year, £20 million joint research programme entitled 'UK-China Joint Programme in Low Carbon Innovation Memorandum of Understanding.'

The programme has the following overarching aims:

  • To reduce worldwide CO2 production
  • To ensure energy affordability and security for each country
  • To build lasting best-with-best academic relationships between China and the UK in an area vital to both countries.

The first thematic call under this programme was in low-carbon cities research in 2016. The second activity in offshore renewable energy systems was completed in 2017. This, the third and final activity, is in low-carbon manufacturing technologies commissioned these grants which start on 1 January 2019.

 

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is part of UK Research and Innovation, a non-departmental public body funded by a grant-in-aid from the UK government. EPSRC is the main funding body for engineering and physical sciences research in the UK. By investing in research and postgraduate training, we are building the knowledge and skills base needed to address the scientific and technological challenges facing the nation. Our portfolio covers a vast range of fields from healthcare technologies to structural engineering, manufacturing to mathematics, advanced materials to chemistry. The research we fund has impact across all sectors. It provides a platform for future UK prosperity by contributing to a healthy, connected, resilient, productive nation.

The National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), under the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China, administers the National Natural Science Fund from the Chinese Central Government. The NSFC supports basic research, fosters talented researchers, develops international cooperation and promotes socioeconomic development.

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