Victoria, BC – Simon Fraser University (SFU) and the Indian Oil Corporation (IOCL) have agreed to collaborate on hydrogen and fuel cell technology research.
IOCL is India’s flagship national oil company and the country’s largest corporation. The company is preparing to launch a new $300 million research and development centre in Faridabad, in part to foster a hydrogen fuel economy in the rapidly growing country.
The collaboration agreement will see research exchanges between the two organizations and a potential joint centre for hydrogen and fuel cell research at Indian Oil’s R&D site in Faridabad.
“Indian Oil recognizes and values the global lead role which British Columbia is taking in the fuel cell developments and its commercialization,” said Dr. R.K. Malhotra, director of research and development with IOCL. “The collaboration with Simon Fraser University will help Indian Oil to get the benefit of their expertise in hydrogen and fuel cell research. The intended collaborative research will help further the development and optimization of fuel cell technology and cut down the cost.”
SFU also announced that it will conduct a PhD exchange program with the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, one of the country’s top engineering colleges.