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US and India join up to advance clean energy technologies

Consortium will research developments in bioenergy and solar power

Energy bodies from India and the US will lead research on developing renewables
Energy bodies from India and the US will lead research on developing renewable energy technologies including advanced biofuels

Three expert energy bodies from India and the US have been chosen to lead research on developing renewable energy technologies, including bioenergy.

The US Department of Energy announced the selections for three consortia that will make up a USD 125m US India Joint Clean Energy Research and Development Center (JCERDC).

These consortia – led in the US by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the University of Florida, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) – will bring together experts from national laboratories, universities, and industry in both the US and India.

Consortia researchers will leverage their expertise and resources in solar technology, advanced biofuels, and building efficiency to unlock the huge potential of clean energy technologies that can reduce energy use, cut dependence on foreign oil, and accelerate the deployment of renewable energy sources.
 
"This innovative research program will help promote clean energy, create jobs, and open export opportunities for US business," said David Sandalow, Assistant Secretary 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 US institutions 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 USD 5m available in fiscal year 2012. The Department plans to make additional requests to Congress for up to USD 20m over the next four years, subject to available appropriations, that will be used to support work conducted by US institutions and individuals.

The Indian Government also committed to funding USD 25m over five years that will be used to support work by Indian institutions and individuals. In addition, US and Indian consortia members have pledged over USD 75m in matching funds, for a combined funding total of more than USD 125m for joint research and development in solar energy, advanced biofuels, and building energy efficiency.
 
The Joint Clean Energy Research and Development Center is part of the US-India Partnership to Advance Clean Energy. As two of the world’s largest economies, the United States and India have a special role to play in addressing global energy and environmental sustainability challenges.
 
President Obama and prime minister Singh launched the US-India Partnership to Advance Clean Energy (PACE) in November 2009 to accelerate the transition to high performing, low emissions, and energy secure economies. The Joint Clean Energy Research and Development Center is included in the partnership’s Research and Development track (PACE-R).

The Deployment track (PACE-D) includes a Clean Energy Finance Center, the public-private Energy Cooperation Program, and a range of bilateral cooperative activities. Since its inception, PACE has mobilized more than $1 billion dollars towards clean energy projects, including smart grid development; energy efficiency in buildings, appliances, and industries; and a wide range of renewable energy technologies, including solar, wind, and advanced biofuels.