SERIIUS—the Solar Energy Research Institute for India and the United States—is co-led by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc)—Bangalore, India, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, Colorado, USA.
Through an environment of cooperation and innovation "without borders," SERIIUS will develop and ready emerging and revolutionary solar electricity technologies—toward the long-term success of India's Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Energy Mission and the U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative.
Goal and Objectives.
SERIIUS will accelerate the development of solar electric technologies by lowering the cost per watt of photovoltaics (PV) and concentrated solar power (CSP). The six key SERIIUS objectives are the following:
Focus efforts on high-impact fundamental and applied research and development (R&D) to create disruptive technologies in PV and CSP.
Identify and quantify the critical technical, economic, and policy issues for solar energy development and deployment in India.
Overcome barriers to technology transfer by teaming research institutions and industry in an effective project structure—cutting the time from discovery to technology development and commercialization, through effective coordination, communication, and intellectual property management.
Create a new platform for bi-national collaboration using a formalized R&D project structure, along with effective management, coordination, and decision processes.
Create a sustainable network from which to build large collaborations and foster a collaborative culture and outreach programs. This will include the use of existing and new methodologies for collaboration based on advanced electronic and Web-based communication to facilitate functional international focused teams.
Create a strong workforce development program in solar energy science and technology.
Check the SERIIUS Web Gateway for various capabilities available through SERIIUS' central communications tool.
The organization and management structure of SERIIUS is represented below, including the names of some of the key personnel responsible for overall coordination and for leading the research thrusts.
SERIIUS organization and management structure.