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The U.S. Department of Energy has announced selections for three consortia that will make up the $125 million U.S.-India Joint Clean Energy Research and Development Center (JCERDC). These consortia – led in the U.S. by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the University of Florida, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) – will bring together experts from national laboratories, universities, and industry in both the U.S. and India. Consortia researchers will leverage their expertise and resources in solar technology, advanced biofuels, and building efficiency to unlock the huge potential of clean energy technologies that can reduce energy use, cut dependence on foreign oil, and accelerate the deployment of renewable energy sources.

“This innovative research program will help promote clean energy, create jobs, and open export opportunities for U.S. business,” said David Sandalow, Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs. “By bringing some of our best scientific and technical minds together, we can strengthen both our great nations.”

The three lead U.S. institutions have partnered with three lead Indian institutions – the Indian Institute of Science-Bangalore, the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology-Hyderabad, and CEPT University-Ahmedabad.

As part of a planned five-year initiative, the Energy Department will make $5 million available in fiscal year 2012. The Department plans to make additional requests to Congress for up to $20 million over the next four years, subject to available appropriations, that will be used to support work conducted by U.S. institutions and individuals. The Indian Government also committed to funding $25 million over five years that will be used to support work by Indian institutions and individuals. In addition, U.S. and Indian consortia members have pledged over $75 million in matching funds, for a combined funding total of more than $125 million for joint research and development in solar energy, advanced biofuels, and building energy efficiency.

The University of Florida will lead the 2nd Generation Biofuels consortium. This team, including University of Missouri; Virginia Tech; Montclair State University; Texas A&M University; Show Me Energy; and Green Technologies, will focus on development of sustainable advanced lignocellulosic biofuel systems.

The Indian Institute of Chemical Technology-Hyderabad will lead the Indian team that includes International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics-Hyderabad; Directorate of Sorghum Research-Hyderabad; Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University-Hyderabad; Tamil Nadu Agricultural University; Rajamatha Vijayaraje Sindia Krishi Vishwa Vidyalay; Centre for Economic and Social Studies; Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi; Indian Institute of Technology-Chennai; Abellon Clean Energy.

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