Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford

  • 1 November 2017

UCL and Oxford team up with Indian government to research energy demand

University College London and the University of Oxford are launching a new four-year research project with the Indian government to research how best to reduce energy demand in urban areas.

Photo: Milind Kaduskar Via Unsplash

iNUMBER (iNtelligent Urban Model for Built Environment Research) is one of four collaborative India/UK projects to reduce energy demand in the built environment announced today by Universities Minister Jo Johnson as part of a visit to India.

Funded by the Newton-Bhabha Fund, these projects are supported jointly by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), and Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in partnership with the Government of India’s Department of Science and Technology.

The iNUMBER project will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, stabilise the electricity grid, and help alleviate poverty by enabling municipalities to provide more support and social services to poorer members of their communities.

Principal Investigator, Professor Paul Ruyssevelt, Chair of Energy and Building Performance at University College London, said: "This is an exciting opportunity to explore the applicability of UK research and technology in India. In collaboration with our academic partners at CEPT University and IIT Bombay, and with the substantial commitment from our non-academic partners, I am confident that the tools we create will support the development of smart, low carbon cities."

Dr Kathryn Janda, iNUMBER Co-Investigator and Senior Researcher at University of Oxford, said: "We are looking forward to working with Indian city administrators to learn how our approach can co-evolve to better meet their needs."

"An additional innovation of iNUMBER is to devote project effort to integrating research across all the projects funded by this call. We look forward to finding synergies and sharing information with colleagues and partners in both the UK and in India."

"We are looking forward to working with Indian city administrators to learn how our approach can co-evolve to better meet their needs"

Project partners

Academic Partners in UK

  • UCL Energy Institute: Professor Paul Ruyssevelt, Dr Ivan Korolija, Professor Phil Steadman, Dr Robert Liddiard, Mr Stephen Evans
  • University of Oxford: Dr Kathryn Janda, Dr Russell Layberry and Dr Philipp Grunewald

Academic Partners in India

  • CEPT University, Ahmedabad. Investigators: Professor Vidyadhar Phatak, Dr Mona Iyer, Professor Rajan Rawal
  • The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB): Professor Krithi Ramamritham

Non-academic partners

  • Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation
  • Anandjiwala Technical Consultancy
  • Bentley Systems
  • C40 Cities
  • Centre for Policy Research
  • Foster + Partners
  • Pilio Limited
  • Schneider Electric India
  • Urban Management Centre


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