IIT-Madras: Union Minister Inaugurates Three Research Centres To Address Tamil Nadu’s Energy, Water Concerns(Photo by Vipin Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Union Minister for Science and Technology, Harsh Vardhan, inaugurated three Department of Science and Technology Mission Centres on Solar Energy and Water Treatment, reports The Hindu.

The centres are an establishment of over Rs 50 crore and would now research wastewater management and solar technology. One centre shall work on solar thermal desalination technology in order to make river water potable.

The centres for sustainable treatment, solar energy harnessing, affordable and synergistic solutions, reuse and management for efficient have been curated with an objective to overcome energy and water scarcity challenges faced by the state.

A solar thermal desalination plant in Naripaaiyur of Ramanathapuram district through the solar thermal centre is being established by a group of scientists headed by Prof. T. Sundararajan, Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT-Madras.

Furthermore, Vardhan lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s faith in the ability of the scientists in alleviating power and water problems.

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