IIT Madras, UK univ collaborate to aid India shift 100 pc on Renewable Energy

New Delhi, Oct 29 (UNI) IIT Madras and St Andrews University in the United Kingdom (UK) have collaborated to aid India in achieving 100 per cent of the country’s power requirements through Renewable Energy, a joint statement by the institutes said on Friday.
The project, funded by the UK government, aims to jointly undertake research, share knowledge, expertise and understanding of low-carbon energy systems, eventually develop a model for low-carbon innovation ecosystems.
Speaking about this partnership, Prof. John Irvine of the University of St Andrews said the 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,” he added.
British High Commissioner to India, Alex Ellis said technology, research and innovation are at the heart of the UK-India relationship.
“The research partnership has great potential to develop world-class energy systems and products as we build back better from the pandemic_” he stated
Highlighting the key aspects of this collaboration, Prof Ashok Jhunjhunwala, Institute Professor, IIT Madras, and President, IIT-M Research Park, said greenhouse emissions is a serious problem for the whole world and India has to do its bit.
“Commercial complexes and High-Income Group urban housing needs to take a lead and commit to using only Green electricity and Green Hydrogen over the next decade. Technologies are available and innovative work cannot just make it more than economically viable,” he added.
In the project, the IIT is working to move close to 100 per cent renewable energy by wheeling in solar and wind-based electricity and creating chilled water and Battery Storage for energy.
“This vision is what led us to initiate this collaboration. 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,” Jhunjhunwala added.

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