Mexico's Ministry of Energy (SENER) and its National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT) recently announced the funding of five energy efficiency technologies projects, listed below. Developed by Mexican research institutions in collaboration with UC partners, three of the grants were awarded to faculty at UC Davis and two to the Lawerence Berkeley National Laboratory, for a total of $6 million in three years' duration. The overall purpose of the joint SENER-CONACYT call is to reduce energy demand of buildings and urban services, allowing Mexico to transition to a low-carbon economy. Vice President for research Art Ellis participated in the ceremony, held at Casa de California.
- Observatory for energy efficiency in buildings. Lead: INEEL, Morelos. UC/LBNL collaborator: Michael McNeil
- Lighting application research Center for the development of demonstrative projects of the new lighting systems to improve energy efficiency. Mexico Lead: Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara (UAG), Jalisco. UC Collaborator; Michael Siminovitch, UC Davis
- Consortium for energy efficiency in non-residential buildings. Mexico Lead: ITESM - Monterrey, Nuevo Leon. UC Collaborator: Mark Modera, UC Davis
- Demonstration buildings of bioclimatic design in warm sub-humid climate. Lead: IER - UNAM, Morelos. UC/LBNL Collaborator: Christian Kohler
- Analysis of improvements in energy efficieny and energy conservation in the non-residential electricity sector. Mexico Lead: CIDE, Mexico City. UC Collaborator: Dave Rapson, UC Davis
The UC-Mexico Initiative was launched in January 2014 to foster a sustained, strategic, and equal partnership between the UC system and institutions in Mexico to address issues of mutual concern, and educate our next generation of leaders.
Additional information may be found at ucmexicoinitiative.ucr.edu.