ABB (India Limited) has signed an agreement with the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR) to construct an operational smart electricity distribution network and management system (SDNMS) in its campus which will serve as a pilot project for the Government of India’s Smart Cities Mission. The technical agreement also includes the creation of a Smart Grids Resource Centre and joint research and development facilities in the field of efficient power generation and distribution with a focus on clean energy over the next five years. Also Read - IIT Roorkee PhD Application 2020: Apply Now For PhD Programme Under PMRF Scheme, Check Details Here

Sanjeev Sharma, managing director, ABB India, said, “ABB has a strong relationship with India, having collaborated on several projects over many decades. Our agreement with IIT Roorkee strengthens ABB’s mission to nurture innovative thinking that helps people lead better lives.” Also Read - Google Play Store Pulls Down India's Mitron App After Pakistani Software Developer Company Claimed to be Its Original Owner

Sharma said, “The project signed today serves as a proof of concept of using smart grids and intelligent automation to efficiently manage power distribution. It would make India’s vision of power to all a reality and ultimately realize ABB’s goal of building technology that runs the world without consuming the earth.” Also Read - TikTok's Rival Mitron App is Not Indian But Pakistani? Real Owner Refutes Claims of it Being Developed by IIT Student

IIT Roorkee has been doing pioneering work in recent years to build a more eco-friendly campus using renewable sources of energy such as solar, wind and biomass for power generation and utilization.

Ajit Chaturvedi, Director, IIT Roorkee, said, “Concern for sustainability has always driven all major campus development related activities of IIT Roorkee, making us one of the pioneers in this space. IIT Roorkee has been harnessing solar energy not only for electricity generation but also for providing direct hot water to all its hostels and residences in the campus, and also carries out solar based cooking in the hostels.”

Further, Ajit Chaturvedi said, “The smart energy management and distribution agreement with ABB takes us many steps closer to creating a 100 percent green campus and achieving zero carbon dioxide emission in the long run.”