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Key role for Hope University in pounds 3.2m research project.

LIVERPOOL Hope University is part of a pounds 3.2m research project into developing fuel cells to improve living standards in rural India.

The university's Centre for International and Development Education will work with the Universities of Nottingham, Birmingham, Leicester, Manchester Metropolitan University and the Indian Institute of Science on the joint project, titled "Rural Hybrid Energy Enterprise Systems".

The research is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council UK and the Indian Department of Science and Technology.

Prof Chris Atkin, director of graduate studies and research at Hope, said: "To be part of a successful multi-million pound research project funded by one of the UK's major research councils is just the best news.

"The award of such a large grant shows just how confident the research council is in our research team. This is just a fantastic achievement for all those involved."

The partners will carry out research into small -scale energy generation systems in rural areas that can be adapted for local needs in the UK and India to enable communities to tackle energy poverty, increase revenue generation and create new opportunities.

Hope will be involved in working on community engagement, including examining needs among UK pensioners and Indian communities for certain requirements such as cooking, domestic lighting, transport and heating and energy needs for agricultural purposes in both countries.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
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Date:Apr 20, 2011
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