18 Feb 2010 09:02:04
UK and India collaborate on low carbon solutions
The government announced yesterday (February 17th) that it has signed a major research deal with India to examine global water cycles and develop low carbon technologies to reduce emissions.
The UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Indian Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) are to lead on research that will allow more accurate forecasting on drought and rain conditions in the south of Britain and parts of India.
It is hoped that the collaboration will inform farming practices and allow people in affected areas to plan ahead against damage caused by extreme conditions.
Pat McFadden, the minister for business, innovation and skills signed a memorandum of understanding with the Indian earth sciences minister Prithvaj Chavan.
According to the department of business, the UK and India have each committed £5 million to two future research projects, which will develop the exitonic solar cell and research the stability and performance of photovoltaics respectively.
On the historic collaboration, Mr McFadden said: "As well as helping the UK to meet its 2020 goals, it will complement India's ambitious plans to deploy 20 million solar lighting systems to 10,000 villages and hamlets currently without access to grid electricity."http://tinyurl.com/yevusuv