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Indo-Australian project on solar energy to be taken up in July

Staff Reporter

Collaborative effort of Madurai Kamaraj and Melbourne varsities

Project to focus on conversion of solar energy into electricityTo study pollution control through solar energy applications

MADURAI: An Indo-Australian collaborative project on solar energy will be taken up at the Madurai Kamaraj University here along with the University of Melbourne, at an approximate cost of Rs.2 crore.

Of this, the varsity had sought a grant of Rs.55 lakh from the Department of Science and Technology (DST) of Government of India and the remaining amount would be received from the Australian partner.

P. Maruthamuthu, Vice-Chancellor, will be the principal investigator of the study that will take off in July.

Speaking to presspersons on Thursday, the Vice-Chancellor said the project would focus on conversion of solar energy into electricity and pollution control through solar energy applications.

Other partners

The other three partners in this initiative would be Indian Institute of Technology (Bombay), National Institute of Technology, Tiruchi, and IIT-Madras.

Dr. Maruthamuthu said the collaborative project would be of significance since the ways of pollution control and disintegration of pollutants could be deeply studied.

A Memorandum of Understanding would be signed after the Department of Science and Technology gave clearance for funding the project.

UGC funds

Under the department research support of the University Grants Commission and other supporting schemes, the Madurai Kamaraj University is set to receive nearly Rs.7 crore in addition to the ongoing projects to the tune of another Rs.7 crore.

According to Dr. Maruthamuthu, the total worth of projects is Rs.14 crore.