Two men carefully examine flanges and dials in a laboratory.

IISc-B Profs. Pramod Kumar and Pradeep Dutta examine components of their sCO2 Brayton system.

Feb 26, 2017. "Science Monitor" is a weekly roundup of science and technology developments aired by Rajya Sabha TV. In a 4.5-minute video segment, Profs. Pradeep Dutta and Pramod Kumar explain work by their team at IISc-Bangalore on a lab-scale supercritical carbon dioxide Brayton cycle power plant.

SERIIUS—the Solar Energy Research Institute for India and the United States—was a five-year program initiated in 2012 and completed in 2017. SERIIUS was co-led by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc)—Bangalore, India, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, Colorado, USA. See the list of India and U.S partners and an illustration of the SERIIUS organizational and management structure. The remainder of this website remains intact without updating since 2017.

For a recap of the completed program, see the book Solar Energy Research Institute for India and the United States (SERIIUS): Lessons and Results from a Binational Consortium, edited by David Ginley and Kamanio Chattopadhyay.


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:

Check the SERIIUS Web Gateway for various capabilities available through SERIIUS' central communications tool.