Alberta and Texas, two of North America's leading nanotechnology research centres are combining their resources and expertise to develop cleaner energy.

"Combining the energy and nanotechnology expertise of teams in Alberta and Texas could help bring about energy technology solutions that haven't even been considered yet," said Alberta Premier Stelmach. "These are relationships that are going to lead to solutions to some of the challenges that we can share not only with the United States and the rest of Canada, but with the rest of the world."

At a press conference, Stelmach signed a memorandum of understanding with Houston's Rice University aimed at making energy industries greener.

The memorandum involves Alberta Advanced Education and Technology and the Richard E. Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology in Texas.

The agreement outlines collaboration on projects such as, enhancing sustainable energy development, become leader in the development of clean technologies, and improve efficiency in renewable energy technologies and applications of nanoscience.