The university has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) to help India meet 100% of the country’s energy needs through renewable energy (RE).
The project, funded by the UK government, aims to share knowledge and understanding of low carbon energy systems and showcase examples of low carbon energy in practice.
The partnership, which was signed in Madras with the British High Commissioner to India Alex Ellis, has already given rise to two fruitful joint seminars on the theme “Towards 100% renewable energies – Roads towards a net zero” which have been held. held in June, and the sessions led to discussions on different approaches and strategies for delivering low carbon solutions. The joint collaboration will be further supported by leveraging the expertise of IIT Madras researchers.
Professor John Irvine of the School of Chemistry said: “Cross-border collaboration is essential to address the challenges of climate change. Our work with IITM will help us develop low-carbon solutions for energy storage and help our two countries meet their ambitious carbon reduction targets.
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 from IIT Madras Research Park, who are already at the forefront of the clean growth transition in India.
“The research partnership has great potential to develop world-class energy systems and products as we rebuild better after the pandemic. “
Ashok Jhunjhunwala, Institute Professor, IIT Madras, and President of IITM Research Park (IITMRP) added: “Greenhouse emissions are a serious problem for the whole world: India must do its part. Business complexes like the IITM Research Park, industries and urban housing of high income groups need to take the lead and commit to using only green electricity and green hydrogen during the next decade. The technologies are available and innovative work cannot simply make them more than economically viable.
“The IITMRP strives to displace nearly 100% renewable energy using solar and wind electricity and creating chilled water and storage batteries for energy. At the same time, we are working with other IITM professors and researchers from other places on all the other technologies that would make India green.