A view of the solar tower/heliostat field at the National Solar Thermal Test Facility at Sandia National Laboratories.

The purpose of the Solar Energy Research Institute for India and the United States (SERIIUS) is to establish a Joint Clean Energy R&D Center (JCERDC)—to create an environment for cooperation and innovation “without borders” in order to develop and improve emerging revolutionary solar electricity technologies and contribute to the long-term success of India’s Jawaharlal Nehru Solar National Solar Energy Mission and the U.S. DOE’s SunShot Initiative.

The consortium is led by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Indian Institute of Science Bangalore (IISc Bangalore). The project has three major thrusts

  • sustainable photovoltaics,
  • multiscale concentrated solar power (CSP), and
  • solar energy integration.

Sandia (Dr. Subhash L. Shinde, 6123) has the role of leader of the multiscale CSP research thrust.

Larry Kazmerski (NREL) and Kamanio Chattopadhyay (IISc Bangalore) gave an exceptional presentation on the project to the U.S. and Indian delegation at a kick-off meeting held September 28, 2012, in Washington D.C., which was attended by the U.S. Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu, the Indian Planning Commission Member of Energy, B.K. Chaturvedi, and U.S. and Indian leaders in the SERIIUS project.