University signs up to Chinese partnership

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SHEFFIELD University has teamed up with scientists in China in a bid to create a more energy-efficient world within the next 50 years.

A new partnership has been created with Nanjing University, the first fruits of which will be a specialist centre to carry out research into energy-saving lighting.

Sheffield’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Keith Burnett travelled to China to seal the deal.

He said: “This exciting partnership is more than exchanging knowledge and working together. It represents a coming together of shared values.”

Teams of academics from Sheffield and Nanjing - one of the top five universities in China - will share facilities and expertise to expand on their world-leading research.

Sheffield Professor Tao Wang said: “One of the targets for the joint research is to achieve a novel and ultra-high efficiency white solid-state lighting, which will replace the conventional lighting sources.

“It will massively save energy, electricity consumption, and help lead to a very clean, sustainable and energy-consumption-efficient world in the next 10 to 50 years.”