government has given a grant of 7 million-pound to a consortium of 12 British
and Indian universities which include Oxford and Cambridge, to build five
self-sufficient solar powered buildings in remote Indian villages.
which is a part of new solar project called very meaningfully SUNRISE aims at developing
printed photovoltaic cells and new manufacturing processes which can be used to
make solar energy products in India.
then be integrated into buildings in at least five villages of India, allowing
them to harness solar power to provide their own energy and run off grid.
programme is part of the Swansea
University led SPECIFIC
recently opened the UK's first "energy-positive classroom" and
revolves around a "buildings as power stations" concept.
energy-positive classroom we built shows that this technology works,
successfully turning buildings into power stations. This funding will enable us
to export this model to support India's plans to boost solar energy," said
Professor Dave Worsley of Swansea University, head of research at the SPECIFIC
project and leader of the SUNRISE team.
Swansea team will be working closely with our partner universities in the UK
and India. Our hope is that if we can show this works on five villages in
India, then it could be rolled out to other buildings in India and around the
world," he said.
University says the project is in line with Indian government's plans to turn
the country into a solar energy leader, leap-frogging fossil fuels and to boost
the Indian manufacturing sector.
concept of a building as a power station has been working in the form of its
first energy-positive classroom on the Swansea University Bay campus.
and built by the SPECIFIC project, the classroom can run off grid. Electricity
is generated by a steel roof with integrated solar cells," the university
said in a statement.
Some of the
other universities which are part of the consortium include Oxford, Cambridge,
Brunel and Imperial College London.
7-million-pound award comes from the UK government's Global Challenges Research
Fund (GCRF), which supports cutting-edge research that addresses the global
issues faced by developing countries.
healthcare to green energy, the successful projects receiving funding highlight
the strength of the UK's research base and our leadership in helping developing
countries tackle some of the greatest global issues of our time," said Jo
Johnson, UK minister for universities and science.
time when the pace of scientific discovery and innovation is quickening, we are
placing science and research at the heart of our Industrial Strategy to build
on our strengths and maintain our status as science powerhouse," Johnson
One of the
key aims of the SUNRISE project for India is to provide a real-life example
which proves that this technology works and that it is appropriate within
The plan is
that it will encourage local industries to manufacture affordable prefabricated
buildings, adapted for their environment, that can generate, store and release
their own power.