UK and India to collaborate on renewable energy research

The UK has launched a multi-million pound research programme in to the development of green energy.

UK and Indian ministers announced last week that they would be collaborating on two projects which would develop cost-effective and efficient solar energy solutions.

Pat McFadden, the British minister for business, innovation and skills, agreed last week with Prithviraj Chaven, the Indian minister for science and technology, that the two countries would work together.

Mr McFadden said: "As well as helping the UK to meet its 2020 goals, it will complement India's ambitious plans to deploy 20 million solar lighting systems to 10,000 villages and hamlets currently without access to grid electricity.

"This will spur advances in healthcare, education and productivity through the creation of new jobs."

The plans were announced at the Science and Innovation Council which meets to address local and global challenges including climate change, sustainable energy, secure food supplies and global health issues.

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