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India, U.S. Investing Together in Clean Energy Research
April 17, 2012

April 16,  2012

Solar panel array
Indian workers clean solar arrays during the inauguration in January 2011 of a one-megawatt solar power plant near Gandhinagar, the first plant of its kind in Gujarat state.

The U.S. Department of Energy has selected three consortia that will make up the $125 million U.S.-India Joint Clean Energy Research and Development Center.

The consortia will bring together experts from national laboratories, universities and industry in both the United States and India. Consortia researchers will leverage their expertise and resources in solar technology, advanced biofuels and building efficiency to unlock the potential of clean-energy technologies, the Energy Department said in a press release.

“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 three lead U.S. institutions — the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the University of Florida and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory — have partnered with three lead Indian institutions: the Indian Institute of Science–Bangalore, the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology–Hyderabad and CEPT University–Ahmedabad.

As part of a planned five-year initiative, the Energy Department will make $5 million available in 2012. The department plans to make additional requests to Congress for up to $20 million over the next four years that will be used to support work conducted by U.S. institutions and individuals. The Indian government also committed to funding $25 million over five years that will be used to support work by Indian institutions and individuals. In addition, U.S. and Indian consortia members have pledged more than $75 million in matching funds, for a combined funding total of more than $125 million for joint research and development.

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.

Details of the three winning consortia are below:

Solar Energy: The consortium’s research will focus on sustainable photovoltaics, multiscale concentrated solar power and solar energy integration.

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.

2nd Generation Biofuels: The consortium will focus on development of sustainable advanced lignocellulosic biofuel systems.

The University of Florida will lead the U.S. team that includes the University of Missouri; Virginia Tech; Montclair State University; Texas A&M University; Show Me Energy; and Green Technologies.

The Indian Institute of Chemical Technology–Hyderabad will lead the Indian team that includes the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics–Hyderabad; Directorate of Sorghum Research–Hyderabad; Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University–Hyderabad; Tamil Nadu Agricultural University; Rajamatha Vijayaraje Sindia Krishi Vishwa Vidyalay; Centre for Economic and Social Studies; Indian Institute of Technology–Delhi; Indian Institute of Technology–Chennai; and Abellon Clean Energy.

Energy Efficiency of Buildings: The consortium will focus on the integration of information technology with building controls and physical systems for commercial and high-rise residential buildings.

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will lead the U.S. team that includes Oak Ridge National Laboratory; University of California, Berkeley; Carnegie Mellon University; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Autodesk Inc.; California Energy Commission; Delphi; enLighted Inc.; Honeywell; Infosys Public Services; Ingersoll-Rand/Trane; Lighting Science Group Corp.; Nexant; Saint Gobain Corp./SAGE Electrochromics; SynapSense; The Weidt Group; Bay Area Photovoltaic Consortium; City of San Jose; HOK Architects; and Natural Resources Defense Council.

CEPT University–Ahmedabad will lead the Indian team that includes the International Institute of Information Technology–Hyderabad; Malaviya National Institute of Technology–Jaipur; Indian Institute of Technology–Bombay; Indian Institute of Management–Ahmedabad; Auroville Center for Scientific Research; Asahi India Glass; Biodiversity Conservation India; Infosys Technologies; Neosilica Technologies; Oorja Energy Engineering Services; Paharpur Business Centre/Green Spaces; PLUSS Polymers; Philips Electronics India; Saint Gobain Corp.; Schneider Electric India; Sintex Industries Limited; Skyshade Daylights; Wipro EcoEnergy; Glazing Society of India; Indian Green Building Center/Confederation of Indian Industries; Indian Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers; Rajasthan Electronics and Instruments Limited; and Indian Society of Lighting Engineers.