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Solar Energy Research Gets Boost


UC Riverside Signs Agreement with Chungnam National University in South Korea

Solar energy research based in the sunny Inland region will benefit from international cooperation.

(April 13, 2010)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - (www.ucr.edu) - UC Riverside's Bourns College of Engineering Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT) and Chungnam National University in South Korea will collaborate on environmental research under an agreement signed this week by UC Riverside Chancellor Timothy P. White and university officials in South Korea.

Initially, research is expected to focus on solar energy. In the future, it will expand to air quality issues, sustainable communities, energy conservation and new energy systems.

The announcement comes two years after CE-CERT signed a similar agreement with Tohoku University in Japan. Since then, researchers have traveled between the campuses and held monthly teleconferences.

UC Riverside is also talking with several universities in Europe about establishing comparable agreements, said Reza Abbaschian, dean of UC Riverside's Bourns College of Engineering.

"This speaks to the reputation for excellence and innovation in energy and environmental research we have established nationally and internationally," Abbaschian said.

UCR researchers will be working with faculty at Chungnam's College of Engineering and its new Graduate School of Green Energy Technology.

Chungnam researchers will work with researchers at UCR's Southern California Research Initiative for Solar Energy (SC-RISE), which was established at CE-CERT in November. It aims to become a magnet for research and a clearinghouse for information to help adopt affordable solar energy in one of the world’s sunniest regions.

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