The U.S. Department of Energy has selected a consortia led by NREL with Washington University as a partner to create a $25 million Solar Energy U.S.-India Joint Clean Energy Research and Development Center.
Read more from an announcement on usembassy.gov.
The consortia will bring together experts from national laboratories, universities and industry in both the United States and India. The consortium’s research will focus on sustainable photovoltaics, multiscale concentrated solar power and solar energy integration.
“This innovative research program will help promote clean energy, create jobs, and open export opportunities,” said David Sandalow, assistant secretary of energy for policy and international affairs. “By bringing some of our best scientific and technical minds together, we can strengthen both our great nations.”
The Joint Clean Energy Research and Development Center is part of the U.S.-India Partnership to Advance Clean Energy, launched by President Obama and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in November 2009.
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory will lead the U.S. team that includes Sandia National Laboratories; RAND Corporation; Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Arizona State University; Carnegie Mellon University; Colorado School of Mines; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Purdue University; Stanford University; University of Central Florida; University of South Florida; Washington University in St. Louis; Corning Incorporated; General Electric Company; Konarka Technologies Inc.; MEMC Corporation; and Solarmer Energy Inc.
The Indian Institute of Science–Bangalore will lead the Indian team that includes the Indian Institute of Technology–Bombay; Center for the Study of Science, Technology and Policy; International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials; Solar Energy Centre; Indian Institute of Technology–Madras; Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science; S Clique Developments Ltd.; Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd.; Moser Baer India Ltd.; Thermax Ltd.; TurboTech Precision; Engineering Ltd.; and Wipro Ltd.
With an award of $25 million, Washington University in St. Louis is partnered with IIT Bombay to launch the Solar Energy Research Institute in India and the United States (SERIIUS).
Investigators at Washington University in St. Louis include Professors Pratim Biswas, Robert Blankenship, Cynthia Lo, P. Ramachandran and Venkat Subramanian.
Additional support will be provided by industry. MEMC, a key industry partner, will provide an additional $1.25 million to the efforts at Washington University in St. Louis in support of the Center.
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