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STAPP (Stability and Performance of Photovoltaics) project has been awarded a prestigious Research Excellence Award on 9th November 2016.
5 December 2016

‌As part of the UK-India Year of Education, Research & Innovation 2016, British Council and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) are recognising the best international collaborations between higher education institutes of the two countries.

The aim of these awards is to strengthen and support: a) student and faculty mobility, b) collaborative research and  c) strategic and innovative tie-ups. 

The awards has been given in three categories to Indian and UK institutions which are actively collaborating and demonstrate innovation, impact and sustainability in supporting internationalisation. The categories are Research, Innovative Partnership and Mobility.



Prof Ralph Gottschalg (Loughborough University)
,the UK principle investigator, and Dr Rajesh Gupta (Indian Institute of Technology Bombay), the Indian principle investigator, have been given the India-UK Excellence Award in the Research Category. The Award was received by Dr Rajesh Gupta in the award ceremony at Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi on 9th November.


Stability and Performance of Photovoltaic (STAPP) project was completed in January 2014 and it was selected after rigorous peer review under India-UK Collaborative Research Initiative in Solar Energy. It was balanced consortium having four institutes from UK and four institutes of India, involving almost equal number of investigator from each side. Emphasis of the project was on the stability and performance of photovoltaic modules and system. This project also involved many leading Solar Photovoltaic companies mainly from India and UK. Project was funded jointly by Research Council of UK and Department of Science and Technology, India. Total funding of the project is around 4 million British Pounds (300 million Indian Rupees).


Further information about the award and the STAPP project can be found on the following links: