Government to Launch National Mission MAHIR to Leverage Emerging Technologies in Power Sector
The Mission on Advanced and High-Impact Research (MAHIR) will be funded by pooling financial resources of the Ministry of Power, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and the Central Public Sector Enterprises under the two Ministries.
June 07, 2023. By Anurima Mondal
The National Mission, titled ‘Mission on Advanced and High-Impact Research (MAHIR)’ aims to facilitate indigenous research, development and demonstration of the latest and emerging technologies in the power sector. By identifying emerging technologies and taking them to implementation stage, the Mission seeks to leverage them as the main fuel for future economic growth and thus make India a manufacturing hub of the world.
The Mission will be funded by pooling financial resources of the Ministry of Power, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and the Central Public Sector Enterprises under the two Ministries. Any additional funding needed will be mobilised from Government of India's budgetary resources. Planned for an initial period of five years from 2023-24 to 2027-28, the mission will follow the technology life cycle approach of idea to product.
Commenting on the launch of the MAHIR, Power & NRE Minister R.K. Singh said that the Mission will serve as a catalyst for national priorities such as achieving Net Zero emissions and promoting initiatives like Make in India and Start-up India. He said that it will also contribute towards achieving the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The Minister added, “In last nine years, the Indian Power Sector has transformed into a vibrant and a financially viable sector. Given that India is going to grow at more than 7 percent in coming years, the electricity demand is going to increase at close to 10 percent. In addition, India is aiming for energy transition following Prime Minister’s vision of LiFE. This requires not only massive investment but also a transformational approach driven by research & innovation.”
Power Secretary Alok Kumar said that MAHIR will work towards Industry-Academia -Government collaboration to create an ecosystem for innovation and translation of research in the power sector.
The key objectives of the Mission are to identify emerging technologies and areas of future relevance for the global power sector and take up indigenous end-to-end development of relevant technologies, to provide a common platform for power sector stakeholders for collective brainstorming, synergetic technology development and devise pathways for smooth transfer of technology, to support pilot projects of indigenous technologies (developed especially by Indian start-ups) and facilitate their commercialisation, to leverage foreign alliances and partnerships to accelerate research & development of advanced technologies, to seed, nurture and scale up scientific and industrial R&D and to create vibrant & innovative ecosystem in the power sector and to make our nation among the leading countries in power system related technologies & applications development.
The main areas Identified for research include alternatives to lithium-ion storage batteries, modifying electric cookers to suit Indian cooking methods, green hydrogen for mobility (high efficiency fuel cell), carbon capture, geo-thermal energy, solid state refrigeration, nano technology for EV battery and indigenous CRGO technology.
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