UK-India smart grid research partnerships announced


Dr T Ramasami,
Secretary to the
Government of
India, DST
Swindon, U.K. and New Delhi, India — (METERING.COM) — June 18, 2013 – Five new joint U.K.-India research projects have been announced in the areas of smart energy grids and energy storage.

The projects are being supported with funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) through the Manufacturing and RCUK Energy Program themes, with matched resources from India’s Department of Science and Technology (DST).

The projects are:

  • Reconfigurable distribution networks – led by Prof. Tim Green, Imperial College, and Dr Prabodh Bajpai, Prof. Avinash Sinha and Prof. Debaprasad Kastha, IIT Kharagpur
  • Advanced communication and control for the prevention of blackouts (ACCEPT) – led by Prof. Vladimir Terzija, University of Manchester, and Dr Nilanjan Senroy, IIT Delhi
  • Reliable and efficient systems for community energy solution (RESCUES) – led by Dr B Pal, Imperial College, and Dr Chandan Chakraborty, IIT Kharagpur
  • High energy and power density (HEAPD) solutions to large energy deficits – led by Prof. F Li, University of Bath, and Prof. NP Padhy, IIT Rourkee
  • Intelligent microgrids with appropriate storage for energy (IMASE) – led by Prof. Gavin Walker, Nottingham, and Dr Prakash C Ghosh, IIT Bombay.

The projects were announced along with a group of seven joint projects in the area of advanced manufacturing.

“These projects will build on the already strong relationship, boosting collaboration between researchers and industry in advanced manufacturing and energy infrastructure,” said U.K. Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts. “These are priority areas for both our countries.”

“DST welcomes these additions to the growing portfolio of high quality research collaborations between the U.K. and India,” added Dr T Ramasami, Secretary to the Government of India of DST. “These projects include some of the best researchers from the U.K. and India working alongside industry partners. We look forward to continuing collaboration with the UK in key strategic priorities such as these.”

The new research grants involve contributions from industry partners including E.ON and National Grid.