India’s Ministry for New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop pilot projects in PV, solar thermal and hydrogen.
Under the agreement, the two parties will look to construct PV test centres, develop test regulations for concentrating solar collectors, provide solar thermal desalination demonstration systems and hydrogen technology for stationary and mobile applications.
“For a long time now, Fraunhofer ISE and India have been involved in joint projects and the exchange of researchers,” said ISE director Professor Eicke Weber.
“I am pleased that, with the signing of the MoU, an official basis has now been established for intensifying the cooperation. In India, scientific acclaim, great scientific expertise and large areas of land are coincident.”
On the Indian side, the Solar Energy Center SEC in Delhi, which belongs to the MNRE, will coordinate the work with Fraunhofer ISE.