The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is investing $7.5 million to improve the reliability and resiliency of the electric grid, according to a June press release. The Indian Ministry of Science and Technology and industry partners will match the DOE’s commitment, which brings the total investment to $30 million.
The DOE’s investment awards a joint U.S.-India effort to advance the countries’ power grids. This commitment furthers the DOE’s collaboration with India under the U.S.-India Partnership to Advance Clean Energy (PACE).
A new consortium was selected for smart grid and energy storage issues under the U.S.-India Joint Clean Energy Research and Development Center (JCERDC): the U.S.-India Collaborative for Smart Distribution System with Storage (UI-ASSIST). The center, along with partners in India, will research and deploy new technology to modernize grids in both countries, making them smarter and more reliable. JCERDC will help India expand energy throughout its remote areas.
“This new consortium demonstrates U.S. and Indian commitments to ensuring access to affordable and reliable energy in both countries,” said U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry in the press release. “We know that continued grid innovation will promote economic growth and energy security in the United States and India.”
The consortium will include experts from academia, the DOE’s national laboratories, and industry. The American UI-ASSIST team is led by Washington State University and includes ABB, ALSTOM Grid/GE Grid Solutions, Avista, Burns and McDonnell, Clean Energy Storage, ETAP Operation Technology, Idaho National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, MIT, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp., Snohomish County Public Utility District in Washington, Texas A&M University, and the University of Hawaii.
The Indian UI-ASSIST team is led by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur and includes IIT Bhubaneshwar, IIT Delhi, IIT Madras, IIT Roorkee and the Energy and Resources Institute in New Delhi.