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Businessman gives $10 million to UC Riverside for clean tech

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A prominent Chinese businessman has given the University of California Riverside $10 million to support clean technology research.

The businessman's name is Winston Chung. He's a battery scientist, an inventor and entrepreneur.

He's got a factory in Shenzhen China where he's developed large scale battery chargers and other technology. Winston Global Energy batteries are found in electric and hybrid vehicles – including the state limousines of the People's Republic of China.

This gift would be the largest in Riverside's history. It'll set up a building named for Winston Chung, two professorships and a research center.

The move deepens Chung's investment in the Inland Empire. A Riverside company in which he bought a majority stake last year is shipping diesel-powered RVs to China and has announced plans to hire over a thousand workers.

The anticipated UC Riverside Winston Chung Global Energy Center would develop batteries using technology he invented, and try to invent or improve better battery energy storage. UC researchers would also work on solar energy and sustainable transportation.