Texas A&M University has won a U.S. Department of Energy grant to help India improve its electrical power grid and add energy storage capacity.
A&M is part of a team of scientists from U.S. and Indian government, universities and private companies that received almost $30 million to install new smart grid and energy storage technology to build an “advanced distribution grid.”
The energy department grant is worth $7.5 million. India’s Ministry of Science and Technology covers the rest, officials said.
The technology will help both countries modernize power grids, department of energy officials said.
“This new consortium demonstrates the U.S. and Indian commitments to ensuring access to affordable and reliable energy in both countries,” Energy Secretary Rick Perry said in a statement.
U.S. participants include Texas A&M, Washington State University, MIT, University of Hawaii, Idaho National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the Snohomish County, Wash., Public Utility District, Washington power company Avista Corp., Kansas City engineering firm Burns and McDonnell, California-based power design company ETAP Operation Technology, Paris-based GE Grid Solutions, California solar and storage firm Clean Energy Storage, Zurich-based digital industrial conglomerate ABB, the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.
The Indian team is led by the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, with partners at technology institutes in Delhi, Madras, Roorkee and Bhubaneshwar, plus The Energy and Resources Institute in New Delhi.