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Awards announced for Indo-US Joint Clean Energy Research and Development Center

According to reports, the Union Ministry of Science and Technology today announced the selections for three consortia projects under the Indo-US Joint Clean Energy Research and Development Center (JCERDC).

The JCERDC is being established under an agreement signed between the Governments of India and the United States of America which commits an amount of Rs 125 crore ($25 million) in funding over five years to institutions in India and the US for taking up collaborative research in the fields of advanced bio-fuels, energy efficiency in buildings and solar energy.

In addition, Indian and US consortia partners from industry have pledged matching funds for this programme.

These consortia are led in India by the Indian Institute of Science-Bangalore, Indian Institute of Chemical Technology-Hyderabad and CEPT University-Ahmedabad.

The three lead Indian institutions have tied up with three lead US institutions — National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the University of Florida, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL).

The programme would be administered in India by the bilateral Indo-US Science and Technology Forum and in the US by the Department of Energy.

The Joint Clean Energy Research and Development Center is a part of the US-India Partnership to Advance Clean Energy announced by the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, and the President, Mr Barack Obama, in November 2011.

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