U.S.-India Joint Clean Energy Research and Development Center gets funding from US DOE

Posted on May 19, 2011 by

Last November, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and US President Obama announced the Partnership to Advance Clean Energy. Under this, the US Department of Energy has recently committed $25 million over the next five years to support the U.S.-India Joint Clean Energy Research and Development Center (JCERDC).

This is first of its kind effort by both countries to improve energy access and promote low carbon growth through the area that needs the most attention – Research and Development in Cleantech. The scientists and engineers team will be initially focused on three priority areas – building energy efficiency, second-generation biofuels and solar energy. Steven Chu, Secretary of Energy said “Developing and investing in new technologies is a key component to meeting the goals of a clean energy future. This innovative approach to collaborative research is a testament to the special relationship shared by the two countries. By working with our partners in India and sharing a strong commitment to building a clean energy economy, we can get further, faster, than by working alone.”

The program will work through awards by DOE under the three initial priority areas. Universities, national labs and private companies can become a part of this program. The funding of $ 150 million will come in equal commitments from the Department of Energy, U.S. grantees to and the Indian Ministry of Science and Technology. The money will be used to support work conducted by institutions and individuals and pre-existing infrastructure in India and US will be used for the same.

Source : http://www.energy.gov/news/10332.htm

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