Birmingham Uni collaborates with Chinese rail giant

Birmingham, UK: Representatives from China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation Sijiazhuang Co met experts at the Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage to discuss developing energy-efficient ways of transporting items, such as agricultural produce and pharmaceuticals, that need to be kept at a low temperature.

China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation is China’s largest railway truck maintenance company and rail vehicle air-conditioning equipment manufacturer. It is also striving to become a major manufacturer of new energy vehicles in China.

Zhao Weizong, chairman, China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation who led the visiting senior delegation, said: “Seeking to form partnerships with world leading institutions such as the University of Birmingham to help us enhance our capabilities and performance is an important part of our international strategy. We are very pleased to visit the University and discuss further development of collaboration in cold chain technologies.”

Andy Schofield, pro-vice chancellor and head of the college of engineering and physical sciences, University of Birmingham, said: “It gives me great pleasure to welcome distinguished guests from another of our strong collaborative partners in China. Energy storage is one of the research peaks in the University of Birmingham where we have world leading expertise.

“Cold chain technologies research is one of the most important topics at the Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage. I am delighted that we have developed a productive collaboration with CRRC Sijiazhuang.

“We see forming win-win partnerships with leading industrial collaborators throughout the world as an important component of our international strategy. We look forward to working closely together and making great contributions to the development of safe and clean low carbon energy systems in the UK and China.”

Yulong Ding, director, Birmingham Energy Storage Centre, said: “The collaboration is built on complementary strengths of cold storage technologies at Birmingham, cold chain logistics and rail transportation at CRRC Shijiazhuang. This allows us to work more closely, making a greater impact on the development of more efficient, clean and low carbon cold chain technologies in both countries and beyond.”