The Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IIT-R) has announced that it has become part of the Indo-US Joint Clean Energy Research and Development Center (JCERDC). It is working on a US$ 75 million five-year project for smart energy distribution system, Smart Grids.
The project has named US-India Collaboration for Smart Distribution System with Storage (UI-ASSIST) and it will work to address social issues related to deployment and adoption of smart grids including storage in the distribution network.
To facilitate subsequent adoption, the project aims to bridge the gap between storage, smart grid and renewable energy research. The institute has been awarded a grant of more the Rs 4.17 crores for the project and will work to modernise grids by making them smarter and increasing their resilience and reliability.
The consortium will be divided as Indian and US core teams. The US team will include Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Texas A&M University and Washington State University while the Indian team will consist of IIT Kanpur, IIT Delhi, IIT Roorkee, IIT Madras, IIT Bhubaneshwar and the Energy Resource Institute, New Delhi.