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About the Project


The 2-year project named SITARA: Smart Grid to harness Satellite based Virtual Power Plants for energy sustainability, is one of 14 multilateral university partnerships which have been awarded grants by the Global Innovation Initiative in 2015; a joint effort of the UK and US to foster multilateral research collaboration with higher education institutions in Brazil, China, India and Indonesia.

SITARA, with a grant of nearly £150,000, is one of eight awarded to UK-led partnerships by the British Council and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

The SITARA consortium includes the University of Bradford, North Carolina State University (US) and Indian Institute of Technology Madras (India). The project consortium will also collaborate with University of Hong Kong, who has a very strong smart grid research infrastructure, to validate some of the developed algorithms, and with Media Lab Asia and the Centre of Development of Advanced Computing, both affiliated to the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Govt. of India on impact evaluation and dissemination activities.

Project Contact:

Dr Prashant Pillai
University of Bradford, Email:



Department for Business Innovation and Skills