IIT Kharagpur Will Lead UK-India Joint Virtual Centre
According to a statement released by Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT - Kharagpur) today, the pioneer institute will lead a United Kingdom -India Joint Virtual Centre in Clean Energy. This Joint Virtual Centre will be in partnership with a consortium to develop innovative solutions for integration of renewable energy and storage into the Indian and UK power grid, reported Indo-Asian News Service.
The University of Loughborough will lead the project from UK along with Imperial College, London, Manchester University, Warwick University and five other universities and many industries from that country, reports PTI.
UK-India Clean Energy Institute (UKICERI), the multi-institutional centre at Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur will work towards technological innovations on a set of areas related to power network, storage and solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. Major purpose of this is to promote massive scale integration of solar power at different voltage levels for on and off-grid.
An experimental Solar power park at IIT-KGP will showcase technologies developed by the team.
"This will also target remote isolated areas that are not connected to the national grid and are dependent on local electricity generation, which makes them vulnerable in times of shortage of power," the statement said.
The team from India involves several premiere institutes along with PSUs such as Power Grid Corporation of India Limited, Power System Operation Corporation Limited, Gujarat Power Corporation Limited etc and private organisations such as Veeral Controls Pvt Ltd, Tata Power Solar, Ecosense, Agni Power and Electronics Pvt Ltd, Vikram Solar, Hertz Power Control etc., reported Press Trust of India.
Both countries already have a UK India Education Research Initiative (UKIERI) which started in April 2006 with the aim of enhancing educational links between India and the UK. UKIERI has been recognized as a key multi stakeholder programme that has strengthened the educational relations between the two countries and been successful in covering all segments of the education sector.
(With Inputs from IANS and PTI)
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