Australia and India create new coal technology centre

Curtin University and the Indian School of Mines will partner to establish the Australia-India Joint Research Centre for Coal and Energy Technology.

The new centre will see the two institutions collaborate in research and technology development for both fossil fuels and renewable energy, with a focus on clean coal technologies.

The joint research centre was developed in response to a joint statement in November 2014 by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, welcoming the intention to explore opportunities for partnership between Australian institutions and the Indian School of Mines in Dhanbad.

According to Abbott, Indian investment in the resource sector in Australia promises to create jobs and value for the Australian economy just as Australian investment in energy, infrastructure and other sectors can do for the Indian economy.

The new research centre will provide joint PhD training, technology development, student and staff exchange, shared use of research facilities, joint research projects and publications as well as workshops and symposia

Curtin University Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry said the establishment of the joint research centre was important as India undergoes major economic development.

“This is a very important step for co-operation in energy technology development between the two countries, especially in light of the urgent global priority to secure cheap energy supply and reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” Professor Terry said.

The Australian node will be directed by John Curtin Distinguished Professor Chun-Zhu Li from the Fuels and Energy Technology Institute who said the clean energy technologies to be developed could bring substantial economic benefits to both Australia and India.

“The development of clean and economically competitive energy technologies will be vitally important for sustainable development in India while Australia is also facing a major challenge in meeting its ever increasing demand for clean energy,” Professor Li said


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