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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – With the help from several industrial partners, the is launching a $5 million effort focused on clean energy.

SRC is receiving financial support from IBM (NYSE: IBM), energy giant ABB (NYSE: ABB) which maintains its U.S. headquarters in Cary, along with Applied Materials, Bosch, First Solar, Nexans and Tokyo Electron.

The new effort will seek to build on SRC’s industry-university research relationships.

“The pervasive use of simulation in semiconductor process development, device design and system analysis has been a critical factor in the success of the electronics industry,” said SRC Executive Vice President Steven Hillenius. “Similar capabilities do not exist for technologies in support of solar-powered systems. Likewise, today’s smart grid simulation capabilities are also limited, and new transformational approaches are required to enable significant integration of renewable energy resources into the grid.”

Initial efforts will focus on development of new modeling and simulation toos for development of photovoltaic devices for use in solar energy as well as systems and technology to support smart grids for electricity.

“The development of these capabilities is beyond the scale of a single company or even industry, making the cooperation between industry and academia critical to delivering the benefits of alternative energy on a global scale,” Hillenius said in a statement.

As part of the new effort, a photovoltaic research center will be launched at Purdue University and a smart grid research center will be created at Carnegie Mellon University.

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