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Lund University signs partnership agreement with India’s biggest energy company

Press Release   •   Nov 04, 2013 08:26 GMT

Lund University and the Centre for Bioenergy at Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) have signed a partnership agreement on the sharing of research expertise. The partnership is based on developing and researching renewable forms of energy.

“This is a significant partnership for us,” says Gunnar Liden, Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Department of Chemical Engineering, Lund University. “India’s biggest energy company, originally just an oil company, is involved in such an initiative in renewable energy.”

A few years ago, Lund University established a network for researchers in the field of biofuels, LU Biofuels. IOCL will now have access to this network, whilst Swedish researchers will have access to dedicated resources for initiatives in renewable forms of energy that exist at the newly launched Centre for Bioenergy in India.

“IOCL is obviously interested in our research expertise. It was decisive for them that many of our researchers are well-known,” confirms Gunnar Liden.

“IOCL is dominant in the domestic energy market and has significant research resources, including a new pilot plant. We can also learn a lot about issues that are interesting from an Indian perspective, in terms of both different feedstocks and other market conditions. The initiative of the Centre for Bioenergy is an important investment for the future by the Group, and the partnership agreement is therefore also important for us,” comments Gunnar Liden.

Funding for the first phase of the partnership is being provided in equal parts by the Swedish Energy Agency and IOCL. The Swedish Energy Agency sees, among other things, that the agreement is in line with the bilateral agreement that Sweden has signed with India on initiatives in the field of renewable energy.

The agreement gives Swedish researchers an extended network of contacts and new competence in bioenergy research in Asia.

“It’s strategically important that we coordinate our research initiatives in Europe with other parts of the world. India alone has more inhabitants than the whole of Europe,” notes Gunnar Liden.

Business Sweden and Invest in Skåne have played an important role in realising this partnership, by such means as initiating the contact between the parties, maintaining the process on an ongoing basis and providing support while the agreement was drawn up. 

The agreement runs for a period of one and a half years from 1 October 2013, and involves exchanges of 4-5 researchers in the first instance.

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For more information please contact:

Professor Gunnar Liden, Professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering, Lund University, tel. +46 (0)46 2220862 or email gunnar.liden@chemeng.lth.se

Therese Lindsley, Head of Industrial Services and Cleantech, Invest in Skåne, tel. +46 (0)768 89 08 12, or email therese.lindsley@skane.com

Göran Stegrin, Senior Investment Advisor Energy and Environmental Technology, Business Sweden, tel. +46 (0)703 43 60 60, or email goran.stegrin@business-sweden.se


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