IIT Madras Research Park joins hands with UK University to boost India in achieving 100% renewable energy

IIT Madras Research Park joins hands with UK University to boost India in achieving 100% renewable energy

Hummingbird News Desk

CHENNAI, 29 OCT: Amidst the continued development works on research field, IIT Madras Research Park is all set to collaborate with University of St. Andrews (UoSA), UK, to aid India in achieving 100 percent of the country’s energy requirements through renewable energy.

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According to the institute’s release, the project – funded by the UK government – is aimed at sharing knowledge and understanding of low-carbon energy systems and showcasing examples of low-carbon energy in practice.

The partnership has already resulted in two successful joint seminars on the theme of ‘Towards 100% Renewable Energy – Routes to Net Zero’ held in June 2021. The sessions led to discussions on different approaches and strategies to deliver low-carbon solutions. The joint collaboration will be further supported through leveraging the expertise of IIT Madras’ researchers, an authority said.

British High Commissioner to India Alex Ellis said, “Technology, research and innovation are at the heart of the UK-India relationship. I saw the partnership in action when I met researchers and entrepreneurs at IIT Madras Research Park who are already at the cutting edge of India’s clean growth transition. The research partnership has great potential to develop world class energy systems and products as we build back better from the pandemic.”

Highlighting the key aspects of this collaboration, Prof. Ashok Jhunjhunwala, Institute Professor, IIT Madras, and President, IIT-M Research Park, said, “Green-house emissions is a serious problem for the whole world. India has to its bit. Commercial complexes like IITM Research Park (IITMRP), industries and High-Income Group urban housing needs to take a lead and commit to use only Green electricity and Green Hydrogen over the next decade. Technologies are available and innovative work cannot just make it more than economically viable. IITMRP is working to move close to 100% RE by wheeling in solar and wind-based electricity and creating chilled water and Battery Storage for energy. At the same time, we work with other IITM faculty and researchers from other places on all other technologies, which would make India GREEN.”

This vision is what led us to initiate this collaboration with the University of St Andrews leveraging our shared interests, strategically aligned goals, and delivery expertise in the application of low-carbon technologies. Through this partnership, we expect to be able to jointly develop low-carbon solutions and accelerate India’s and world’s roadmap towards 100% Renewable Energy.”

Speaking about this partnership, Prof. John Irvine of The University of St Andrews said, “Collaboration across borders is essential to tackle the challenges of climate change. Our work with IITM will help us to develop low-carbon solutions for energy storage, and support both our countries in meeting their ambitious targets to reduce carbon emissions.”

The Key Activities have already been taken up through this partnership which includes sharing research and knowledge exchange activities. It also highlighted that it would help exchange of emerging technologies in key areas of technology expertise on both sides.

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