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New Australia-India joint research centre for coal technology

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World Coal,

The Indian School of Mines and Curtin University have agreed to launch and operate the Australia-India Joint Research Centre for Coal and Energy Technology. The centre will be a platform for bilateral collaboration in research and technology development for both fossil fuels and renewable energy, with a focus on clean coal technologies.

It was developed in response to a joint statement in November 2014 by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which welcomed the intention to explore opportunities for partnership between Australian institutions and the Indian School of Mines in Dhanbad.

Curtin University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Deborah Terry commented “This is a very important step for cooperation in energy technology development between the two countries, especially in light of the urgent global priority to secure cheap energy supply and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

Professor Chun-Zhu Li from the Fuels and Energy Technology Institute will direct the Australian node, stated: “The development of clean and economically competitive energy technologies will be vitally important for sustainable development in India, while Australia is also facing a major challenge in meeting its ever-increasing demand for clean energy.”

The new research centre will provide joint PhD training, technology development, student and staff exchange, shared use of research facilities, joint research projects and publications as well as workshops and symposia.

Edited from press release by Harleigh Hobbs

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