The US and China are to work together to address the water-related aspects of energy production.
The US Department of Energy (DOE) said it is investing $25 million in a new “technical track” under the Clean Energy Research Centre (CERC) and China will match the funding.
They aim to transform how water is used in energy production and electricity generation while improving water quality.
A US-based team will work with Chinese counterparts to drive efforts to help ensure energy, water and environmental security as well as combat climate change.
US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said: “Water resource scarcity, variability and uncertainty are impacting energy systems in the US and China. Increasing collaboration through the CERC engages the technical resources of both countries, opening opportunities for researchers and industrial partners to address our common challenges in the energy-water nexus.
“By leveraging science, technology and innovation, we can ensure our collective energy and water security.”