Delegation from The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) visited Sri Lanka Institute of Nanotechnology Pvt. Ltd. (SLINTEC) premises on 20th October, 2022 for a discussion focused on supporting renewable energy storage technologies that is being researched and developed by SLINTEC.
The discussion focused on the potential of utilizing science and technology for innovations on energy storage systems that can store renewable energy that benefit Sri Lanka especially at a time of power and economic crisis.
Delegates of USAID including Mr. Rick Whitaker, Mr Chanaka Wickramasuriya, Mr. Dhanika de Silva, Ms. Neelika Tillekeratne, Mr. Nadeera Wijesinghe, Ms. Jinesha J. Kodikara, Mr. Kosala Gunawardana discussed on the areas of sustainability, potential collaboration and R & D activities that would benefit Sri Lanka. SLINTEC team consisting Dr. Nareshkumar B. Handagama (CEO), Dr. Lakshitha Pahalagedara (Head of Business Development), Dr. Nuwan De Silva, Dr. Vimukthi Jayaweera, , Dr. Yasun Kannangara, Dr.Chanaka Sandaruwan, Dr. Dumindu Pasan Siriwardene, Maheshi Fernando and Dulani Senarath yapa were present at the discussion.
SLINTEC team headed by Dr. Nareshkumar B. Handagama emphasized the need of the hours especially in usage and storage of renewable energy and the capabilities of organizations like SLINTEC that has the ability to create energy storage technologies and drive innovation. SLINTEC with its science and support personnel along with laboratories, analytical instruments and infrastructure facilities, has the capability of research and development in this area.
USAID is an independent agency of the U.S. federal government that is primarily responsible for administering civilian foreign aid and development assistance. USAID activities in Sri Lanka align with the U.S. Government’s vision to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific, in which all nations are connected, prosperous, resilient, and secure.