U.S. Expands Renewable Energy Cooperation with Sweden

Cooperation on renewable energy and vehicle technologies between the U.S. and Sweden is under way through a recent agreement that includes establishing a bilateral working group to explore prospective projects.

As a first step under the agreement, which was signed by Alexander Karsner (U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy) and Maud Olofsson, Sweden’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Enterprise and Energy, Karsner announced plans for a transatlantic cooperation between DOE and Mack Trucks, a subsidiary of Volvo AB, to develop environmentally friendly commercial vehicle technologies.

The agreement furthers implementation of the U.S.-Sweden Science and Technology Agreement, signed by both countries in June 2006, which focuses cooperation on biomass production, transportation and automotive research, reducing the cost of renewable energy, and improving energy efficiency.

“This is an important step in the work for developing new, clean and efficient technology for the energy and transport sector. International cooperation is necessary when it comes to energy research and development — the common challenges before us are so big,” Olofsson said.

DOE and Volvo are negotiating terms of a cost-shared project, which includes analysis of the impact of different biofuels on a diesel engine and development of hybrid vehicle technology for heavy-duty engines, coupled with waste heat recovery. In an effort to encourage renewable energy cooperation between the two countries, the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm played a crucial coordinating this Agreement.

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