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IIT-B’s CLEAN for cost-efficient materials

Posted on: April 18, 2011

By Indian Express

To focus on the development of new materials that can be used in a range of electronic and renewable energy-focused applications, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay, and Applied Materials launched the Chemistry Laboratory for Energy and Nanoelectronics (CLEAN) on Thursday.

The aim is to increase the efficiency of devices as well as reduce the cost significantly. “While scientists having been working on developing innovative and cost-efficient materials, very few have found application in end products. The establishment of the lab is a step in this direction. The materials developed at CLEAN will have a direct impact on several markets, including the renewable energy sector. The Government of India, with the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM), is working towards making solar power generation economic. But the cost of materials alone accounts for almost 70-80 per cent of the total production cost. Developing advanced materials can help raise cell and module efficiency and bring down cost,” said Omkaram Nalamasu, chief technology officer, Applied Materials.


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