India, Canada announce 10 joint science & tech projects: Smart cities, renewable energy & more

New Delhi: Ten new joint projects on Cyber Physical Systems to support Green Buildings in Smart Cities and also in biotechnology related areas have been announced between the Indian Ministry of Science & Technology, and Canada at the India-Canada Science & Technology Innovation Dialogue organized on 9 December.

The projects span areas like carbon capture, renewable energy, hydrogen technology, new materials, earthquake resistance and so on for smart cities.

The award winning projects included large are a microbolometer; uncooled focal plane arrays for thermal imaging; carbon neutrality through combined carbon dioxide capture and novel hydrogen technology with production of non conventional fuels for smart cities; a meta-material based lightweight panel wall for enhanced building acoustic and seismic resistance; metal material walls for improved acoustic performance in green buildings; improving building energy demand predictions in smart cities through sensor observations and considerations of landscape characteristics; and harnessing the potential of renewable energy for sustainable building energy management through compressed air energy storage.

The day long dialogue brought together experts and representatives from the Department of Science &Technology (DST), Government of India (GoI), Department of Biotechnology (DBT), India Canada Centre for Innovative Multidisciplinary Partnerships to Accelerate Community Transformation and Sustainability (IC-IMPACTS) and other stakeholders from academia and the industry to discuss challenges for the India Canada collaboration, platforms for research collaborations like IC-IMPACT and how to leverage them and future collaborations between the countries.

The key areas identified for possible India-Canada collaborations are food security, water management, energy security and affordable healthcare. New initiatives of the DST that were open for international collaboration were highlighted, including supercomputing, big data analysis, and quantum computing integrated water management.

The dialogue witnessed the presence of Dr. Nemy Benthia, CEO & Scientific Director, IC-IMPACTS; High Commissioner Nadir Patel, Canadian High Commisioner to India; Dr Arabinda Mitra; Dr. SK Varshney, Head Bilateral International Cooperation, DST; Dr. Alok Rawat Scientist, DBT; representatives from the University of Toronto and several other dignitaries

This information was provided by the Communications Team at the Dept. of Science & Technology, Ministry of Science & Technology.

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