In Washington, the DOE announced that they have committed $25 million over the next five years to support the U.S.-India Joint Clean Energy Research and Development Center (JCERDC). This was the result of the Partnership to Advance Clean Energy announced by President Obama and Prime Minister Singh of India last November. This first-of-a-kind effort is a key component of the U.S. and India’s commitment to improve energy access and promote low-carbon growth by facilitating joint research and development of clean energy technologies.
Teams of scientists and engineers from the U.S. and India will initially focus on research in three priority areas – building energy efficiency, second-generation biofuels and solar energy. Funding from the Department of Energy will be matched by U.S. grantees to support $50 million in U.S. research. The Indian Ministry of Science and Technology will provide an additional $50 million in Indian public and private funding to support research in India. The JCERDC will be located in existing facilities in both countries and funding from the U.S. government will only be used to support work conducted by U.S. institutions and individuals.