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UCLA MAE Professor Rajit Gadh participated in the recent UCLA-Tata Global Forum in New Delhi, whcih brought together high-ranking U.S. and Indian policy makers, academics and business leaders, who discussed the challenges of a sustainable energy future.

UCLA and Tata Trusts cosponsored a lively Global Forum, “Innovating for a Sustainable Energy Future,” at the Taj Mahal Hotel in New Delhi on January 11 and 12, 2016. The day-and-a-half meeting featured leading UCLA energy and environmental scholars, together with Indian business and government leaders, in discussions of such topics as sustainable megacities, the integration of solar power into smart energy grids and sustainable biological fuels.

Prof. Gadh was quoted as follows:

Many of UCLA’s most well-known energy and sustainability experts were also featured at the conference, including Mark Gold, associate vice chancellor for environment and sustainability; James Liao, Ralph M. Parsons Foundation Professor and chair, department of chemical and biomolecular engineering; and Rajit Gadh, professor, Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, and founder and director of both the Smart Grid Energy Research Center (SMERC) and the WINMEC Consortium at UCLA.

“UCLA is innovating in solar energy, electric vehicles and energy storage and efficiency in partnership with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP),” said UCLA’s Rajit Gadh. “What we are learning about the reduction of greenhouse gases in Los Angeles has potential applicability to New Delhi.

“In fact, based on our experiences working with the LADWP on research, development and innovation, we would be delighted to partner with the two Delhi utilities — BSES and Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited — on similar joint research projects,” concluded Gadh.