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EPSRC Reference: EP/P032591/1
Title: Strategic University Network to Revolutionise Indian Solar Energy (SUNRISE)
Principal Investigator: Worsley, Professor D
Other Investigators:
Irvine, Professor SJC DUTTA, Professor V Ogale, Professor S
Shukla, Professor A Bhattacharya, Professor A McCulloch, Professor I
Singh, Dr H Snaith, Professor HJ Friend, Professor Sir R
Watson, Dr T Nelson, Professor J Upadhyaya, Professor HM
Haque, Dr SA Carnie, Dr M Narayan, Professor KS
Durrant, Professor J Charbonneau, Dr C Davies, Dr M
Garg, Professor A Narayan, Dr R Singh, Dr S
Chand, Dr S Patil, Professor S Patra, Dr A
Lingamallu, Dr G
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
BiPVco Eight19 Ltd Energy For You
Oxford Photovoltaics Limited (Oxford PV) Pilkington Tata Capital
Tata Steel
Department: College of Engineering
Organisation: Swansea University
Scheme: RCUK
Starts: 01 October 2017 Ends: 31 December 2021 Value (£): 6,580,123
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Energy Storage Solar Technology
Water Engineering
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Energy Water
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Summary on Grant Application Form
In November 2016 the UK Government mounted a technical trade mission to India. During this visit the delegation witnessed some of the worst aerial pollution in Delhi's history. At times the air quality was contaminated with 999 mg per cubic metre of particulates almost five times the emission consent of an iron making coke oven! India will be the World's largest economy potentially as early as 2030 requiring a total transformation in energy generation. At the Trade summit Prime Minister Modi detailed a vision for India to leapfrog other countries reliance on fossil fuels harnessing global science implemented locally. As such the timing of SUNRISE could not be better.

SUNRISE is an ambitious programme to rapidly accelerate and prove low cost printed PV and tandem solar cells for use in off grid Indian communities within the lifetime of the project. SUNRISE will combine world leading UK research teams from Imperial (Durrant/Nelson), Cambridge (Friend), Oxford (Snaith) a key Indo UK research leader (Uppadaya at Brunel) with an internationally leading photovoltaic scaling activity (SPECIFIC IKC at Swansea University (Worsley/Watson)) and key Indian institutions notably IIT Delhi (Dutta/Pathak), NPL Delhi (Chand, Gupta), CSIR Hydrabad (Giribabu, Narayan), IISER Pune (Ogale), IIT Kanpur (Garg, Gupta). The research impact of scaleable and stable low cost metal mounted PV products will be supported by technology demonstration at five off grid village communities (each of up to 20000 people). The EPSRC JUICE consortium will support the systems integration and electrical storage elements to create real technology demonstrators using local manufacturing supply chains (Tata Cleantech Capital and Tata Trust). In addition to electrical infrastructure the SUNRISE partnership includes activity on gasification of farming/crop wastes (a major cause of the incredible pollution in Delhi in November 2016) and the SPECIFIC IKC will support the practical on site demonstration of photocatalytic water purification using a linked programme with the Gates' Foundation. A key driver for this project is not only demonstration of technology in real demonstration sites but the creation of a legacy of better Indian Industry/Institution collaboration through the creation of an Industrial Doctorate programme modelled on the success of the UK EngD programme started by EPSRC in 1992 and pioneered at Swansea.
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