July 12, 2007

U.S. expands energy cooperation with Sweden

Stockholm, Sweden – The United States and Sweden have signed an agreement to further expand cooperation on renewable energy and vehicle technologies, and establish a bilateral working group to explore prospective projects. The agreement was signed by Alexander Karsner, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, and Maud Olofsson, the Swedish Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Enterprise and Energy.

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

As a first step under the agreement, Karsner announced plans for transatlantic cooperation between the DOE and Mack Trucks, a subsidiary of Volvo AB, to develop environmentally-friendly commercial vehicle technologies. DOE and Volvo are negotiating terms of a cost-shared project, which includes an analysis of the impact of different biofuels on diesels engines to increase efficiency and fuel economy while reducing greenhouse gas emissions; and development of hybrid vehicle technology for heavy-duty engines, coupled with waste heat recovery.

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