European and Indian scientists join forces to develop smart energy grids and new energy materials


In autumn 2013, the New Indigo Partnership Programme (NPP) teamed up with the Department of Science and Technology (DST) of India to launch a two-themed joint call in the field of energy research: Smart Energy Grids and New Energy Materials. The funding decisions have now been made, and the funded projects also include Finnish research teams. The projects are part of the New Indigo ERA-NET, which aims at promoting research collaboration between Europe and India.

Besides Finland, the joint call attracted applications from six other European countries and India. The funding is granted to joint research consortia composed of Indian and European teams. The Indian teams are based at various top departments of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT).

The Academy of Finland will fund four Finnish subprojects with more than EUR 1 million. The funded projects will be connected to the Academy’s upcoming research programme New Energy. Overall, the joint call will provide funding to seven collaborative research consortia with a total budget of some EUR 4 million.

The principal investigators of the Finnish projects to be funded are:

• Professor Peter Lund (Aalto University)
• Academy Research Fellow Jussi J. Toppari (University of Jyväskylä)
• Senior Scientist Kari Mäki (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland)
• Professor Jaakko A. Puhakka (Tampere University of Technology)

The Finnish projects cover a wide range of topics: developing a window-integrated solar energy collector; producing bioelectricity from waste materials; using nanomaterials for low-temperature ceramic fuel cells; and improving the stability and reliability power grids with ICT.

More information:
• Programme Manager Tuomas Katajarinne, Academy of Finland, tel. +358 295 335 067, firstname.lastname(at)

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