Danfoss inks MoU with IISc to promote use of natural or Low GWP refrigerants
Danfoss Industries signed a MoU with the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore to promote use of natural or Low GWP refrigerants.
The MoU was signed in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Denmark Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, Ambassador of Denmark to India Freddy Svane, and other key dignitaries. The MoU was exchanged between Ravichandran Purushothaman, President, Danfoss India and Govindan Rangarajan, Director, IISc Bangalore.
“Denmark is a pioneer in promoting a green economy and the knowledge sharing partnership between both countries will help India achieve its global sustainable development goals and ambitious targets on climate and energy. The industry-academia partnership between Danfoss & IISc is a true embodiment of what the Green Strategic partnership aims to achieve in securing our sustainable future,” a statement issued by Danfoss said.
It adds, “At a time when climate change risks are significant, and there is a universal drive towards imbuing sustainability in every aspect of development, this MoU marks an important milestone in the refrigeration industry to broaden the understanding about natural refrigerants, and its importance in limiting carbon emissions and mitigating climate change.”
Ravichandran Purushothaman, President – Danfoss India commented, “We are proud to support India’s green transformation by drawing from our rich global expertise and experience in enabling industries worldwide to do more with less. With our IISc collaboration, we hope to enhance R&D and skill development in the use of low GWP and natural refrigerants, as well as ensure that India’s workforce is ready to engineer a sustainable tomorrow”.
In a bid to enhance skill and technology exchange for the advancement of Indian HVAC&R industry, this collaboration aims to create a research and training centre focused on promoting the use of natural or Low GWP refrigerants. The MoU, signed for a duration of four years and extendable to five, aims to provide training in best practices at various levels, including for teachers, students, field and maintenance engineers, technicians and practicing engineers.
Danfoss will provide hands-on training using demo systems both at IISc and the Danfoss campus. The company aims to empower students and faculty to work with Danfoss and publish their research papers in reputed national and international conferences and peer-reviewed journals. Further, potential end users will be identified, and outreach activities will be organised to showcase sustainable technologies for further knowledge dissemination.
“Our association with Danfoss India will enable the research in cutting-edge clean and green refrigerant technologies and skilling of India’s youth to pursue HVAC&R related careers. Danfoss’ experience and domain knowledge in this field uniquely positions them as the appropriate industry partner for IISc. We are keen on working closely with them and promoting the usage of climate-friendly refrigerants across the country,” said Prof. Govindan Rangarajan, Director, IISc Bangalore.
Last month, Danfoss had inaugurated an all-new center of excellence for green refrigerants at its state-of-the-art facility in Chennai, to encourage the sustainable development and use of low-GWP refrigerants. This marks a major green milestone in Danfoss’s journey to provide Sustainable Cooling for all and will surely help in the green transformation of India’s Cold Chain sector.
Freddy Svane, Ambassador of Denmark to India shared, “Denmark’s game-changing knowledge and technological prowess in green and energy-efficient solutions, matched with India’s scale will help fuel India’s sustainability journey, in line with the vision of the Government of India. This partnership between Danfoss & IISc will help accelerate India’s green transition.”