icon_flagsThe Solar Energy Research Institute for India and the United States (SERIIUS) is a joint research and development consortium aimed at accelerating the development of solar electric technologies and making them more cost-effective.

In May 2012, the U.S. Department of Energy announced that Washington University in St. Louis was part of the initiative, jointly funded by the government of India, the DOE and global corporations. Led the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Indian Institute of Science-Bangalore, SERIIUS pairs the university with the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, a member of the WUSTL-led the McDonnell Academy Global Energy and Environment Partnership (MAGEEP), and St. Louis-based solar company SunEdison.

Vision: Through an environment of cooperation and innovation “without borders,” SERIIUS will develop and ready emerging and revolutionary solar electricity technologies.

Goal and Objectives: SERIIUS will accelerate the development of solar electric technologies by lowering the cost per watt of photovoltaics and concentrated solar power.

SERIIUS carries out fundamental and applied research, analysis and assessment, outreach. and workforce development through specific bi-national projects in three research thrusts.

  1. Sustainable Photovoltaics
  2. Multiscale Concentrated Solar Power
  3. Solar Energy Integration