21 January 2011
Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) and India’s Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) signed a three-year strategic alliance agreement to cooperate in the development of novel technologies in fuels research and engine development projects.
The agreement between SwRI and CSIR, through its Indian Institute of Petroleum Laboratory (IIP), allows for the two organizations to establish a “Center of Excellence in Combustion Characteristics and Emissions of Future Fuels and Engine Development”. The agreement also encourages SwRI to support CSIR/IIP in developing lubricant evaluation facilities, to cooperate with CSIR/IIP on work for Indian clients, to utilize IIP facilities and expertise in projects run by SwRI, to submit joint R&D projects to the INDO-US Forum for Science & Technology and other governmental agencies in India for funding, and to work together to create joint proposals for organizing seminars in India and the United States.
IIP is one of 39 national laboratories of the CSIR, a research and development organization that promotes scientific industrial research activities through its constituent laboratories in India. It has undertaken R&D work in petroleum refining, natural gas, alternative fuels, petrochemicals and the utilization of petroleum products in internal combustion engines, and assists the Bureau of Indian Standards in formulating standards for petroleum products, equipment and devices using these products.
The signing took place at the National Chemical Laboratory in Pune during the Symposium on International Automotive Technology.
In 2010, SwRI established an office in Delhi with Dr. G.K. Sharma as director of India Business Development.