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Indo-US effort picks Cept University for clean energy research

Source : Times of India
April 20, 2012

 AHMEDABAD: City-based Cept University has been identified as one of three top educational institutes from the country that will participate in a prestigious Indo-US effort for cutting edge research in the field of clean energy.

Both the countries have announced a joint $125 million fund for the US-India Joint Clean Energy Research and Development Center (JCERDC), which is part of the US-India Partnership to Advance Clean Energy. US President Barack Obama had first announced the initiative during his visit to India in November 2009.

Besides Cept, the Indian Institute of Science-Bangalore and the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology- Hyderabad, have been identified from India for the project. From the US, the NationalRenewable Energy Laboratory-University of Florida and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have been selected.

Researchers will work on solar technology, advanced biofuels and technologies that can reduce energy use, cut dependence on foreign oil, and accelerate the deployment of renewable energy sources.

As part of a planned five-year initiative, the US energy department will make $5 million available in 2012. The department plans to make additional requests to the Congress for up to $20 million over the next four years. India has committed $25 million over five years that will be used to support work by Indian institutions and individuals.


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