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Australia-India energy consortium: Driving the hydrogen revolution

Innovative energy solutions will be the focus of a new strategic partnership between the University of Sydney, New South Wales and the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.

This partnership aims to raise the research impact of the universities through interdisciplinary translational research. The goal is to engage early and mid-career researchers from both universities, advance technology innovation and scientific research, and translate science and technology into application.

The Consortium is supported IITM Energy Consortium at IITM and the Office of Global Engagement, the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Engineering, and Sydney Nanoscience Hub at the University of Sydney. Both Institutions have agreed to invest the seed fund for joint projects including, but not limited to the following themes:

  • Gas turbines
  • Solar desalination and cold storage
  • Photo and electrochemical energy
  • Energy storage and conversion
  • Micro-grids Renewable energy systems

On August 10, 2022 the University of Sydney and the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, jointly held a workshop to introduce the research at each university and identify common areas to facilitate research discussions in the long term.

The workshop benefited those hoping to take advantage of international opportunities, particularly relevant to early-career researchers keen to develop their network globally. More than 100 people attended with 16 speakers from both universities presenting cutting-edge research. The discussion was chaired by Professor Kondo-Francois Aguey-Zinsou from the School of Chemistry (USYD). 

Meanwhile, the University of Sydney’s Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Mark Scott travelled to India to participate in the Australia India Leadership Dialogue and further strengthen the University’s engagement with the nation.

The trip will saw the University strengthen existing research partnerships and announce new agreements with Indian partners. Currently more than 80 University of Sydney researchers are working on joint projects across India in fields including health, environmental sciences, energy, sustainability, agriculture and entrepreneurship.

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