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IIT Madras, Denmark collaborate on next-gen fuels, energy systems

Four initiatives were launches as part of the pact to expedite technological development through industry-academia government partnerships, collaborations with worldwide partners and others.

Danish companies Danfoss signed an MoU with IIT Madras. This partnership highlights global investors' trust, support, & belief in the State's ability to become a hub of innovation & sustainability. (Image - Twitter @\Guidance_TN)

The Indian Institute of Technology-Madras signed a deal with Denmark on March 1 in the presence of Danish Crown Prince Frederik Andre Henrik Christian to conduct research on upcoming fuels and energy systems.

Under the "Indo-Danish Green Strategic Partnership," four initiatives were launched as part of the agreement to speed up the development of new technologies through partnerships between the business and academic worlds and the government.

Senior representatives of IIT Madras, Danish Minister for Climate, Energy, and Utilities Lars Aagaard, Danish Ambassador to India Freddy Svane, and Tamil Nadu Industries Department Additional Chief Secretary S Krishnan were present on the occasion.

‌‌Commenting on the initiative, Aagaard said,“Today, Denmark is paving the way for investments in new technologies, which must scale. We see great potential in sharing mutual knowledge with India and its bright engineers, which can help in implementing these technologies.”

‌‌Tamil Nadu has identified 15 offshore locations to establish wind turbines. Denmark is collaborating on a plan to establish the first offshore wind farm in Tamil Nadu, he informed.

‌‌On the collaboration with Denmark, Krishnan said: "Today, we are on the cusp of an important relationship between Tamil Nadu and Denmark - in the areas of clean energy, and how to tackle climate change. Tamil Nadu continues to be a leader in renewable energy."

‌‌"More than 50 per cent of the installed capacity in Tamil Nadu are from renewable energy sources with potential for expansion in wind, solar and green hydrogen," he added.

‌Danfoss, a multinational corporation with its headquarters in Denmark, also announced that it would collaborate with IIT Madras on projects involving drinking water for coastal regions powered by renewable energy.

‌‌The partnership between Danfoss and the top technical institution aims to encourage collaboration in scientific research and engineering education.

The agreement was signed by IIT Madras dean (Industrial Consulting and Sponsored Research) professor Manu Santhanam and Danfoss India president Ravichandran Purushothaman.