Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will develop an exclusive satellite for defence purposes at a cost of Rs. 450 crore, said D.N. Reddy, Chairman, Recruitment and Assessment Centre (RAC), DRDO.

Scientists have started working on the project and it would be over in three years, he said. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of an international conference on new horizons in green energy with smart communication system (ICGESCS-2013) held at Arunai College of Engineering, Tiruvannamalai, he said DRDO is undertaking research on replacing fossil-based fuels with plant-based fuels like ethanol and methanol. He also opined that there should be energy audit in every sector as we do financial audit.

Listing new developments in DRDO, Mr. Reddy said that his organisation has plans to provide solar photovoltaic panels produced with thin film technology to Army jawans who work in inhospitable weather conditions at high altitude.

In his capacity as member of University Grants Commission, Mr. Reddy said that India is planning to start 20 innovation universities across the nation to give impetus to research and facelift to universities. The Union government would provide Rs. 100 crore to Rs. 300 crore to each innovation university, he said.

Delivering inaugural address at the conference earlier, Mr.Reddy sai, “Communication sector consumes about eight terawatt of electricity every year. This is used for fixed and mobile telecommunication apart from data centres. As network equipment have become more IP based, energy requirement has steadily increased. We adopt a strategy called ‘green integration’ to make our telecommunication systems energy efficient. But green integration is not limited to telecommunication. It is a set of solutions that contributes to the environment in terms of energy and structure.”

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