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UK and India join to collaborate on five smart grid and energy storage projects

Projects will look at microgrids and energy storage systems to further build strong UK-India relationship and collaborations between researchers and power grid industry

The power grid projects will look at microgrids and smart grid technology to improve energy management

The UK and India are working together on five smart grid and energy storage projects further strengthening power grid technology collaborations between the two countries. The projects, which funders have said highlight "the growing strength of joint UK-India research," will look at areas including microgrids, reliable and efficient energy storage system solutions and smart grid technology to prevent blackouts.

The UK government said the smart grid and energy storage projects, which have been announced alongside another seven projects in advanced manufacturing, will build on an already strong relationship across the UK and India, boosting collaboration between researchers and industry in advanced manufacturing and power grid infrastructure.

More than 30 industry partners from the UK and India are contributing over GBP 1m to research grants for the power grid projects. They include firms Rolls-Royce, Bharat Heavy Electricals, E.ON, National Grid and Mott Macdonald.

The projects will be supported by GBP 8.3m from the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) through the Manufacturing and RCUK Energy Programme themes, along with matched resources from India's Department of Science and Technology.

The ESPRC said the power grid projects highlight the "growing strength of joint UK-India research."

Announcing the funding, David Willetts, the UK minister for universities and science, said: "Since 2008 the value of co-funded research between the UK and India has rocketed from GBP 1m to over GBP 100m. These projects will build on this already strong relationship, boosting collaboration between researchers and industry in advanced manufacturing and energy infrastructure. These are priority areas for both our countries.

"As we move towards greater use of low carbon energy generation, there will be significant differences in supply and demand patterns and management. Smart grids and energy storage are areas of significant potential for providing ways of managing future energy needs," he added.

 

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