Academics at The University of Nottingham are to receive more than 5 million in UK funding for research that will aim to make rural living in both the UK and India more sustainable.
The money will be used for projects investigating opportunities for small scale energy generation through renewable sources, developing a new autonomous green power system and promoting greater use of mobile technologies to grow wealth in rural communities.
The projects are being supported by the Bridging the Urban and Rural Divide (BURD) initiative with more than 7 million from Research Councils UK (RCUK). Researchers at the University will also receive significant matched resources from the Indian Government's Department of Science and Technology (DST) and will work closely on the projects with their peers in India.
A 2.6 million project, led by Michle Clarke, Professor of Environmental Change, at Nottingham and involving the universities of Birmingham, Loughborough, Leicester, Manchester Metropolitan University and Liverpool Hope, will aim to address the dependence of rural communities on fossil fuels.
The project will involve using technological innovations in small-scale energy generation coupled with tailored rural enterprise business models to create Rural Hybrid Energy Enterprise Systems, which can be adapted to address the similar challenges experienced by those living in rural communities in both the UK and India.
The research will focus on three communities in the UK the Peak District, Lincolnshire and north Scotland (Caithness, Sutherland, Easter Ross and Orkney) and three communities in India Karnataka, Jharkhand and the NE (Assam).
New technologies developed during the project will be piloted at villages in Karnataka, south India, Assam, North East India and the University's dairy farm at its Sutton Bonington Campus in Leicestershire.
The project will have three main themes:
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