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Jack Ma Partners with Bill Gates to Buy into US $1 Billion Zero-Energy Fund Business reported by China-US Club

Jack Ma and Bill Gates, the two visionaries of the present generation have taken an important step into energy business innovation. Both the technology giants, along with 18 other businesses have joined hands to create a Breakthrough Energy Ventures fund to support the next generation of zero-energy businesses.

The fund is specifically created to help growth-level startups and companies across the world that foster innovation in the supply of energy, food, transportation, products and services sectors to find, create solutions that are cost-effective and also have zero-emission in the production and supply.

“Anything that leads to cheap, clean, reliable energy we’re open-minded to,” Gates told online media
The co-founder of technology giant, Microsoft, Bill Gates admitted that investing in energy was more difficult than investing in the IT sector.

“People think you can just put US$50 million in and wait two years and then you know what you got. In this energy space, that’s not true at all, said Bill Gates.”

The Breakthrough Energy Ventures fund – with its core objective to encourage entrepreneurs solve the energy problems across varied industries – consists of the members of Breakthrough Energy Coalition. The fund will be invested in companies over a span of 20 years, offering long-term financial support and to help them build products across sectors – with energy generation and consumption – that do not release harmful gases linked to global warming.

Bill Gates announced the fund’s initiative during the Paris global event on national measures to limit and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, last year. The fund consists of around 28 rich individual and families with a total networth of over $170 billion dollars, including founders and co-founders of some of the world’s largest corporations. Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, Mukesh Ambani, Julian Robertson and few other billionaires are a part of it.

Jack Ma was quoted as saying,

“This fund’s establishment amalgamates innovation, scientific knowledge and talents needed to change the energy market. When it comes to energy, some people would say energy projects cannot meet consumers’ demand, profit and environment protection objectives all at the same time. But we can, and we will realise it.”

Energy and Climate so interconnected… Reported by the CHINA-US Club

President-Elect Donald Trump has stirred a pandemonium in the World Energy Council by suggesting a withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Agreement.  With the interconnection shared by energy and climate, such drastic measures, even merely in the form of a plan on paper without concrete action, can be a cause for concern on the international front.

The United States ability to generate energy can be directly affected by the changes in sea level, temperature and the frequency of occurrences of climate-based unrest. But, at the same time, the manner and extent of energy consumption contributes to climate change, with greenhouse gas emissions due to the use of fossil fuels accounting for 84% in the United States.

And though the President-elect Trump has softened his stance and has been open to review and suggestions, a possible backing out can have adverse effects, invoking apprehension from other members of the World Energy Council, particularly the Europeans, as explained to E&E News by Barry Worthington, Executive Director of the United States Energy Association:

“Particularly Europeans because they’re more concerned over climate issues than people from other continents, they would be very surprised because, again, they don’t understand as clearly as we do the notion that you have one administration that can do one thing, Congress can do something else, the next administration, the next Congress can do something completely — completely different.”

Mr. Worthington added that if the U.S. does pullback from the Paris Agreement, the Europeans will deem it to be a decision of the United States as a government, and not a decision from the current administration:

“I will say they see the Paris Agreement as a commitment of the United States. They don’t see the Paris Agreement as a commitment of the Obama administration. And again, it’s just their nature of looking at our set of governance versus what they’re familiar with. So, if there’s a pullback, they would be very disappointed because, again, they would see it as a lack of commitment on the United States of America, not a lack of commitment from one administration versus the other.”

The outcome of such an unfulfillment and annulment of the Paris Agreement will not bode well for the United States, on both the Environmental and Energy fronts, and might raise genuine concerns for the furthering of Climate Protection efforts undertaken collectively by the World Energy Council, given the United States quintessential role in the world theatre of Climate Change.

Feature: Chinese Nanotechology shows its worth in Nevada

SMITH VALLEY, the United States, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) — Suffering from its fourth straight year of drought, Smith Valley in Northern Nevada, a former crop-rich area, is now full of withered grass. However, an alfalfa crop field here continues to flourish despite its depressing surroundings.

Supported by a Chinese nanotechnology all-natural soil amendment, farmers here were talking and laughing one morning after a successful cut.

Even though exact data of the hi-tech materials for saving water and nourishing crops would have to be confirmed weeks later in a lab, crop advisor Ralph Nuti said in the field, “I can tell from the appearance that these alfalfa with Nanotech are better.”

The impact of climate change and water scarcity has brought extreme drought to California, Nevada and other western states in the United States, forcing California to order a mandatory statewide 25-percent water reduction in 2015.

Earlier this year, an American engineer Ted Venners found a solution to use less water for the same amount of crops: ZG NanoSim, a soil-improving material based on nanotechnology and created by Dr. Shi Changxu, the “Father of Material Sciences” in China.

“Nanotechnology is a system of making micro materials very small and then they will usually have 8 sides holding together like a honey comb,” Venners told Xinhua. “Therefore, they are able to hold the water better and hold the nutrients in it, so you do not lose the water in the ground and the water does not evaporate that fast.”

By helping lock water, fertilizers and nutrients inside the soil or sand, ZG NanoSim could substantially reduce water evaporation and drainage, while increasing fertilizer absorption by plants.

In March, an America team led by Nuti started a NanoSim test on an alfalfa crop in Smith Vally. He worked with the Chinese team and designed the test: they divided a 5-acre alfalfa field into 12 test plots with four control groups. Thursday was the time for the first official cutting.

“The purpose of the test was to demonstrate that we could produce the same amount of alfalfa with 30 percent less water,” Venners said. “In addition, we found that there is more nutrition and more value in the alfalfa than the ones without the Sims. There was a 10 to 30 percent increase in protein.”

“The NanoSim particles, when they hold water in the soil, it gets nutrient in that water, when it stores that water, it stores that nutrient,” Nuti added.

Alfalfa is the major crop in Smith Vally. Growing alfalfa requires plenty of water, however, the average rainfall in Smith Vally is only 77 mm to 102mm per year, far less than that of the Western United States, which is 400 mm to 500mm.

As an all-natural product, ZG NanoSim looks just like fine sand. Farmers apply the NanoSim into the soil before planting the seeds. Experts suggest reapplying the Sim annually by spread the product on the field and then fully water it to let them get into the soil.

Venners’ team also tested this product on residential lawns in Las Vegas for eight months. Rick Grant, application specialist for Sims, was trained by the Chinese team and supervised the lawn test.

“We want to see how would this product holds up when the temperature is consistently over 100 Fahrenheit (38 Centigrade),” Grant said, “and the result is with 50 percent less irrigation.”

In August, University of Nevada, Las Vegas also started a lawn test on campus.

Meanwhile, Venners’ team is preparing for more tests and aims to introduce the Chinese Nanotechnology to more American farms.

“This product is something that we really need. Nevada is the driest state in the Unites States. California and Nevada both have extreme droughts going on. We also have a lot of agriculture inside both states,” Grant Anderson, who is in charge of the business development on Venners’ team, told Xinhua.

“With record-breaking temperature, and our rainfall is not getting any better, we really need a solution that can help all of these farmers to save their farms and grow their products.”

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Education Sponsorship: Scholarship for Entrepreneur Class of University of Nevada Las Vegas

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This past March, 2016, the China-US Club sponsored the Technology Commercialization class at UNLV, setting up a scholarship for students who win the final business plan competition.

The class acts as a vehicle to develop a commercialization plan for a product. Students can develop their plan for either a product they would like to create themselves, or for an existing technology like NanoSIM, the groundbreaking China-U.S. club technology used to help plants grow with less watering. This class is offered as a course in engineering, but students from other majors are allowed to enroll as well.

The winner this year was Grant Anderson, a Mechanical Engineering student studying at UNLV. His focus was on commercializing NanoSIM.  The business plan he created included branding, research, financials, and strategy necessary to create a commercial business.

The course has consistently attracted the best award-winning students at UNLV,. Thanks to the cooperation of the China-U.S. Club, a new generation of entrepreneurs are now empowered to think up innovations that will change the way countries and industries interact.

“The China-US Club is proud to sponsor the scholarship for the Technology Commercialization class at UNLV” said Ted Venners, Co-Founder.

New Technology Agricultural Product: Nanotechnology Based Soil Improving Materials by Fontis

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NanoSIM represents the latest in new technology that can severely cut water usage up to 50%, improve soil structure, increase vegetation growth, and support plant growth in dry, arid climates.

This past May 2016, China-US Club Co-Founder Ted Venners, oversaw the application of Fontis, a product developed by ZG in China, to five acres of alfalfa land in Smith Valley (Lyon County, Nevada, United States). This product can be critical in saving water for the western U.S. Drought is a serious issue in the west and a product like this is key to helping with the water shortage crisis while maintaining crop yields and production.

Essentially, the product is spread across soil, similar to fertilizer. The SIM product is then in the ground as crops are watered and irrigated, helping to retain the water so that it minimises evaporation and is used by the plants. The purpose of the product is to be able to use less water when irrigating crops. This Fontis product helps the plants to thrive and grow on less water while maintaining its yield per acre.

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“Water is the vital resource of mankind,” stated Ted Venners when asked about the Fontis product. “We must conserve and use it wisely.”

This new product represents great strides in food-growing capabilities and water conservations for both the U.S. and China. Since both countries experience droughts, and both have large populations that need to be fed, this will be an extremely beneficial and innovative product to help with crop-growing in both nations.

US China Climate Working Group CCUS Workshop

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This past June, the U.S.-China Climate Working Group hosted their third ever CCUS (Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage) Workshop in Xi’an, China. The event was hosted by the Department of Climate Change in China and the Office of Fossil Fuel Energy in the U.S., and the goal was clear: keep carbon emissions in check.

Transparency in all carbon reporting is vital to ensure that companies are abiding by international law and also promoting “green” behavior and concern for the environment.

The Paris Accord requires accurate, transparent, and verifiable measurement of pollutants for Emissions Trading Systems (ETS). Companies met at the CCUS Workshop to discuss how to best reduce carbon emissions by properly storing and capturing waste products, green solutions that could cut down on the amount of pollutants, and how to overall best serve their industries and continue to make and trade their products without putting the natural world at risk.

This workshop is a great opportunity for minds to meld and for ideas to be shared. The U.S.-China Working Group looks forward to another successful year of properly controlled carbon emissions and great communication between nations. Be sure to check back regularly for more updates about U.S.-China business relations.

China-US Club is assisting Chinese businesses to develop their corporate Sustainability Plans and Carbon Offset Strategies.

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