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ExxonMobil expands low-emissions technology research with Indian universities

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ExxonMobil has announced that it has signed agreements with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) locations in Madras and Bombay, growing its portfolio of research collaboration with Indian universities.

According to the statement, the five-year agreements focus on progressing research in biofuels and bio-products, gas transport and conversion, climate and environment, and low-emissions technologies for the power and industrial sectors. The agreements will partner the institutes’ areas of expertise with ExxonMobil’s research.

ExxonMobil claims that these collaborations are recent additions to a series of partnerships that it has established in order to progress innovative, lower-emissions research programs with more than 80 universities, five energy centers and multiple private sector partners. Since 2000, the company claims that it has spent US$10 billion developing and deploying lower-emissions energy solutions.

Vijay Swarup, vice president of research and development at ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Co., said: “These agreements will give us a better understanding of how to progress and apply technologies in India, and develop breakthrough lower-emissions solutions that can make a difference globally.”

Professor Ravindra Gettu, dean of industrial consultancy and sponsored research of IIT Madras, said: “IIT Madras is committed to providing sustainable solutions in the energy, chemicals and waste management sectors, and I am confident about our collaboration with ExxonMobil to achieve these goals.”

Professor Milind Atrey, dean of research and development at IIT Bombay, added: “IIT Bombay values its relationship with ExxonMobil and the cause associated with it.

“We are sure that this relationship will be long lasting and yield fruitful results.”

Recently, ExxonMobil carried out a joint study with IIT Bombay and the Council for Energy, Environment and Water, a leading India-based think-tank, focusing on the life cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with India’s power sector. The study looked at India’s projected electricity demand growth over the next 20 to 30 years, and compared emissions associated with power generated by domestic coal and LNG imported from the US. It found that, on average, lifecycle GHG emissions from LNG imported into India are approximately 54% lower than those associated with India coal.

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