The University of Michigan-Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute (UM-SJTU JI, JI hereafter) has secured the first prize at the 2023 Zhixing Cup Shanghai University Student Social Practice Project Contest for a group project titled “Hydrogen-Electric Synergy: Navigating the Future — Research and Practice in the Integrated Development of Shanghai’s New Energy Vehicle Industry.”

The project aligns with the importance of new energy vehicles in Shanghai  as the city is establishing its reputation as a science and technology innovation center. The JI social practice group, consisting of 57 students and seven advisors, has spent efforts over the past year exploring industry foundations, core technologies, and the overall industrial ecosystem of the new energy vehicle sector.

JI students visit Shanghai enterprises and carry out research.

Members of the practice group conducted extensive research at 25 enterprises and institutions, including Shanghai Electric and Contemporary Amperex Technology (CATL), resulting in 10 research reports totaling 230,000 words.

In addition to theoretical exploration, the practice group positions itself as practical implementers of scientific discoveries and technological innovations. Responding to market demands and leveraging their expertise, the group engages in research and development activities, particularly focusing on core technologies in industries such as magnesium-based solid-state hydrogen storage.