West Virginia University
US-China Energy Center

Promoting affordable, safe, clean technologies for coal and other energy resources.


Located at the National Research Center for Coal and Energy

Annex II: A gateway for energy cooperation

The US-CEC is recognized as a formal participant under the formal energy agreement between the U.S. and China, Annex II-A to the Protocol on Cooperation between the US Department of Energy and the People's Republic of China Ministry of Science and Technology in the Area of Clean Fuels.

Download the Annex II-A Document English and Chinese pdf

NRCCE Workshop Participants

Wu Guihui, China National Energy Administration Engineer General & Victor Der, U.S. Department of Energy attending a US-CEC Workshop.


Research Research

Long Term Environmental and Economic Impacts of Coal Liquefaction in China external link

Advanced Coal Technology Consortium of the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center


The US-CEC offers the opportunity for Chinese scholars to work with the center. For more information contact:
Dr. Qingyun Sun e-mail


US-China Clean Energy Workshop external link held in 2004.

2006 China-US Coal Gasification & Liquefaction Technology Workshop held in Beijing.

2009 US-China Coal Conversion and Carbon Management Workshop external link

2011 US-China Coal Conversion and CCUS Workshop in Beijing

Visiting Delegations

The US-CEC sponsors official delegations from China to the U.S., and assists in coordinating official delegations from the U.S. to China. For more information contact:
Dr. Qingyun Sun e-mail

Researchers at WVU

WVU Chemical Engineering researcher Elliot Kennel discusses coal-to-liquids technology being developed at WVU with Xiuzhang Wu, Engineer General of the Shenhua Group, leader of a Chinese delegation coordinated by the US-CEC.


Jerald J. Fletcher, Director

Ph.D. University of California, Davis, Agricultural Economics, 1982
M.A. University of California, Davis, Economics, 1979
B.S. University of Wyoming, Mathematics, 1976

Jerry FletcherProfessor Fletcher's research interests include natural resource and environmental economics; quantitative methods; production economics, GIS and other computer applications in applied economic analysis. He is the founder and director of the Natural Resource Analysis Center in the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design at West Virginia University. He has served as a consultant to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and been a member of the board of directors and chair of the Council of Professional Association on Federal Statistics.

Qingyun Sun, Associate Director

Ph.D. West Virginia University, Plant & Soil Sciences, 2000
M.S. China University of Mining & Tech., Environ. Engineering, 1990
B.A. China University of Mining & Tech., Chemical Engineering, 1984

Qingyun SunDr. Sun's research interests include coal mining, coal conversion, CCUS, environmental quality analysis, GIS and remote sensing, industrial planning and land reclamation, applied resources econometrics, and international energy and environmental programs. He serves as a consultant to the energy and mining industries in the U.S. and China and works as the Governor's Assistant for China Affairs for State of West Virginia.


U.S. Department of Energy Office of Fossil Energy, Office of Sequestration, Hydrogen and Clean Coal Fuels external link

Supporting programs to prove, by 2016, the feasibility of a near-zero emissions, coal-fueled hydrogen and power co-production facility.

Samuel Tam e-mail

Shenhua Group Corporation Limited external link

Building the world's first commercial-scale direct coal liquefaction plant as China's largest producer of coal.

Yuzhuo Zhang e-mail, President of the Shenhua Group Corp. Ltd.

National Research Center for Coal and Energy at West Virginia University external link

Advancing innovations for energy and the environment through research partnerships in the U.S. and China.

Richard A. Bajura e-mail, Director and Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Natural Resource Analysis Center of the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design external link

Providing geo-spatial and economic analysis for environmental planning, recreation, wildlife management, forest ecology, and land and water reclamation.

Jerald J. Fletcher e-mail, Director and Professor of Resource Economics



West Virginia University's Natural Resource Analysis Center external link and National Research Center for Coal and Energy external link initiate a collaborative effort with the China Shenhua Coal Liquefaction Corporation (Shenhua) on the economic and environmental impacts of implementing direct coal liquefaction technologies as a clean energy liquid fuel resource. The project has been supported by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) in China and the U.S. Department of Energy (USDOE). See more about the project at the Sheia Project external link site


The WVU-Shenhua collaborative research activities were formally recognized as components of Annex II of the US-China Clean Energy Protocol. English and Chinese pdf


NRCCE external link and NRAC external link launch the US-China Energy Center.


President Barack Obama and President Hu Jintao announce the establishment of the $150 million U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center focusing on technologies for building energy efficiency, advanced coal, and clean vehicles. West Virginia University is selected by the U.S. Department of Energy to lead the U.S.'s $25 million program for advanced coal technology research under the Advanced Coal Technology Consortium. At WVU, the work is coordinated by the US-CEC in affiliation with the NRCCE external link under WVU's Advanced Energy Initiative external link.

China Facility

US-CEC Associate Director Qinyung Sun, US-CEC Director Jerald Fletcher, and Xiangkun Ren, Director General for Shenhua R&D tour the Shenhua DCL facility that is the subject of research by Sun, Fletcher, and colleagues in the U.S.

West Virginia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution

National Research Center for Coal and Energy

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