Australian and Chinese universities form electrical energy alliance

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Signing ceremony in Beijing for the University of Sydney and Tsinghua University Joint Energy Networks Research Alliance

The University of Sydney and one of China’s leading universities, Tsinghua University, have signed a landmark alliance to undertake joint research programs in energy networks.

Signed in Beijing, the Memorandum of Understanding will see the two universities team up to promote the research and development of electricity energy networks and related areas across Australia and China.

Vice-chancellor of the University of Sydney, Dr Michael Spence, said the signing was a significant milestone for the two universities, bringing together world-class researchers to collaborate on transformational energy projects.

The University of Sydney will invite major Australian electricity network service providers, energy and resources companies, universities and research organisations to participate in the initiative. In China, Tsinghua University will invite The University of Hong Kong, State Grid Corp, South China Grid, key industrial leaders in energy, and other research partners to take part.

The collaborative research areas will include power and energy engineering systems as well as economic and regulatory environments for future energy networks guided by the two honorary directors from both countries, Professor David Hill and Professor HAN Yingduo.

Professor Joe Dong, power engineering specialist and head of the University’s School of Electrical and Information Engineering, said the alliance will implement co-operative programs and projects that will bring benefit to both Australian and Chinese power consumers.

The agreement closely follows another similar partnership announcement between the University of Sydney and China’s prestigious Shanghai Jiatong University.