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Chu in China: The Shared Necessity of Innovation

November 22, 2010 - 4:59pm


Ed. Note: Last week, Secretary Chu traveled to China and Japan to meet with government officials, business leaders and others to discuss the opportunities for partnership in clean energy. The Secretary outlined his objectives for the trip in a post just prior to his departure and this is the latest in a series of updates from the road. For more information on the trip, be sure to check out our previous entry from China.

While he was in Shanghai last week, Secretary Chu traveled to Tongji University, where he was given a tour of their automotive research labs by Chinese Minister of Science and Technology Wan Gang, a former president of the university. As part of the tour, the Secretary was shown several test facilities for more fuel efficient vehicles, including two wind tunnels. At one point Minister Wan even got behind the wheel of one of the hydrogen cars and took the Secretary for a quick ride, demonstrating the strides that the university has made in their work with hydrogen and electric vehicle technologies.

Following the tour, Secretary Chu gave a speech to about 800 Tongji University students highlighting the critical role that science and innovation will play in ensuring both countries' future prosperity. Once he concluded his remarks, the Secretary opened up the floor for questions, answering queries from students on a number of energy and international issues.

That afternoon, the Secretary also traveled to General Electric's (GE) Global Research Center, where he received briefings on a number of areas where GE is working in China to create a more sustainable energy future, including projects on carbon capture and storage, aviation, wind, batteries and desalination. In addition to discussing GE's clean energy work, President and CEO of GE Greater China Mark Norbom also talked with the Secretary about their work to try to make health care more accessible throughout China. As part of that discussion, a GE staff member demonstrated a miniature ultrasound on the Secretary, which you can see for yourself in the slide show above.

Be sure to check out our Flickr account for more photos from the Secretary’s recent trip to China, as well as shots from his past travels.

John Schueler is a New Media Specialist in the Office of Public Affairs.