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Date: 03-03-13

SERIIUS: Joint Solar PV research by US and India

The research center called the Solar Energy Research Institute for India and the United States (SERIIUS) is formed with joint funding by the Government of India (through the Department of Science and Technology) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) over a 5-year period starting October 1, 2012, with funding of $25 million for 5 years in a 50%/50% split between the two countries. The Consortium is also supported by cost sharing from its members?more than 30 partners from India and the US?with at least $25 million in matching funds. The India-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) will co-ordinate the activities of the Center in India.

The main members of this research consortium are the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in India and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in the USA.

The other organizations in this consortium includes:

From India: Clique Developments Ltd.; Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (?C-STEP?); Hindustan Petroleum Corporation, Ltd.; Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science; Indian Institute of Technology Bombay; Indian Institute of Technology Madras; International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials (ARCI); Moserbaer India Ltd.; Thermax Ltd.; TurboTech Precision Engineering Ltd.; and Wipro, Ltd.

From USA: Arizona State University; Carnegie Mellon University; The Colorado School of Mines; Corning Incorporated; Cookson Electronics; General Electric Company; Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc.; Purdue University; RAND Corporation; Sandia National Laboratories; Solarmer Energy, Inc.; Stanford University; University of Central Florida; University of South Florida; and The Washington University at St. Louis.

Three research thrusts by SERIIUS are Sustainable Photovoltaics, Multiscale Concentrated Solar Power and Solar Energy Integration.

News Source: IIT Bombay

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