SPREE signs on to deepen Indian solar collaboration

11 Jul 2018
 Dr Ziv Hameiri and The Hon. Prakash Javadekar

Newly formalised partnerships with solar energy leaders in India will accelerate research into ever efficient use of renewable energy.

The School of Photovoltaics and Renewable Energy Engineering (SPREE) is deepening partnerships with solar energy leaders in India, signing Letters of Intent with the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT Bombay).

Dr Ziv Hameiri represented SPREE at the signing ceremony during the visit of the Indian Minister for Human Resource Development and Education, The Hon. Prakash Javadekar, in Melbourne during a research roundtable coordinated by the Australian Department of Education.

Negotiated by Tanya Spisbah, Head of Strategic International Engagement, the partnerships were made possible by the long-lasting relationships that Dr Richard Corkish of SPREE has nurtured as a board member on the National Centre for Photovoltaic Research and Energy (NCPRE) at IIT Bombay.

The partnerships were also the result of Global Partnerships cultivating a relationship with TERI and reflect an intention to support the work of the International Solar Alliance in member countries, including India and the Pacific.

There is scope to extend the cooperation with India to a tripartite arrangement with the French government, drawing on the Memorandums of Understanding on sustainable energy signed during the recent visit to Australia by the French President, Emmanuel Macron.

India and France are the most active countries in the new alliance, and UNSW is playing a strongly supportive role in technical capacity and potentially in education. This work will provide opportunities to draw on the expertise of UNSW’s Centre for Energy and Environmental Markets (CEEM) and the work of Kondo-Francois Aguey-Zinsou in Chemical Engineering.

These agreements demonstrate UNSW’s commit to social engagement and global impact through partnering to share and strengthen our solar energy expertise.


Pictured: Dr Ziv Hameiri and The Hon. Prakash Javadekar