U.S. - China renewable energy partnership


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In the fall of 2010, a team of engineers carefully installed an unusual, six-foot high enclosure on a windy plain some 200 miles northwest of Beijing. Inside the gray casing – which looks a bit like a giant rabbit from some angles – is a sensitive device that uses sound waves to measure wind speeds hundreds of feet up into the sky. It’s called the Triton Sonic Wind Profiler, and the American-made technology helps windfarm developers identify the best, most cost-effective spots to build their power plants. The Triton is also just one example of how U.S.-China cooperation on developing better and cheaper renewable energy technologies is helping U.S. firms gain a foothold in the growing Chinese energy market, and helping China curb its emissions of greenhouse gases.

A little-known program called the U.S.-China Renewable Energy Partnership (USCREP) “helped us make the right connections that led to this first key installation,” says Larry Letteney, CEO of Second Wind, Inc., a 31-year-old company that makes the Triton at its manufacturing plant near Boston, Massachusetts.

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