The U.S.-India Partnership to Advance Clean Energy (PACE) was launched by President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in November 2009 to accelerate the transition to high-performing, low-emissions, and energy- secure economies. Under the Research and Development track of PACE (PACE-R), three Joint Clean Energy Research and Development Centers (JCERDCs) were set up in 2012, with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy and India’s Department of Science and Technology and Department of Bio-Technology. The largest of the JCERDCs, for solar energy, is the Solar Energy Research Institute for India and the United States (SERIIUS), which is co-led by National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) at Bangalore. This 30-member consortium is governed by a leadership team comprising NREL, IISc, IIT Bombay, Sandia National Laboratories, CSTEP, and RAND Corporation. The Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) co-ordinates the activities of the Center in India.
The vision of SERIIUS is to create an environment for cooperation and innovation “without borders” to develop and ready emerging and revolutionary solar electricity technologies toward the long-term success of India’s Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Energy Mission and the U.S. DOE SunShot Initiative.The overall goal of SERIIUS is to accelerate the development of solar-electric technologies by lowering the cost-per-watt of photovoltaics (PV) and concentrated solar power (CSP) through a bi-national consortium that is innovating, discovering, and readying emerging, disruptive, and revolutionary solar technologies that span the gap between fundamental science and applied R&D, leading to eventual deployment by sustainable industries. SERIIUS addresses critical issues in fundamental and applied research, analysis and assessment, outreach, and workforce development. Throughout this joint effort, a key element is engaging a significant base of Indian and U.S. industry that is dedicated and committed to developing solar energy for both India and the United States.
As part of its outreach activities, the SERIIUS team has created a platform to address the development of new and cutting-edge technologies in solar electricity generation and storage, through its first Series Symposium on RESEARCH DIRECTIONS IN SOLAR ENERGY, which is scheduled for April 1–2, 2014. The Symposium will be organized by the newly created Interdisciplinary Centre for Energy Research at IISc, Bangalore. The main objective of the two-day Symposium is to provide an exclusive forum for intellectually stimulating and engaging interactions among the leading researchers, students, policy makers, and engineers from the industries, on the recent developments of cutting-edge technologies in PV and CSP.
Advances in Research on Photovoltaics
Advances in Research on Concentrated Solar Power
Storage Technologies Integration Technology
Road Mapping, Technology Assessment, Policy Analysis