India’s spending on R&D in new and renewable energy has been much less compared to other regions of the world. With a proposed R&D policy, the Indian government wants to up its ante in the field considering it has set a huge target of 175 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2022.
- A draft Technology Development and Innovation Policy has been issued by the Government of India that will focus on increasing research and development steps in new and renewable energy
- It will encourage interaction among researchers, innovators, industries, scientists, related stakeholders and departments and policy makers
- The government also plans to increase budget for related technology development in the current 3-year plan period
- The idea is also to create a robust testing, standardization and certification infrastructure for quality and reliability assurance of new and renewable energy systems, devices and components within the country
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In a step that shows how serious the Indian government is in improving the quality and reliability of energy supply, it has now come out with a Technology Development and Innovation Policy (TDIP). The policy aims to promote indigenous technology development and manufacture for large scale deployment of new and renewable energy technologies and systems for various applications.
Drawing a comparison between nations that invest considerably more than India on improving renewable energy technology, the government says expenditure of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) on research and development (R&D) in 2015-16 was $15.92 million. It cited a 2016 UNEP report, which shows that China and Europe each spent $2.8 billion in 2015, while the US invested $1.5 billion on renewable energy R&D.
Looking at its own progress over the years, India has been doing much better, increasing the amount it spent on R&D in various five year plans. It now is contemplating doubling the budget for technology development in new and renewable energy in the current 3-year plan period. Focus will be on application oriented technology development and demonstration.
With such a policy in place, the government believes it would better utilize and support the country’s research, development and deployment (RD&D) capacity. There will be increased interaction among researchers, innovators, industries, scientists, related stakeholders and departments and policy makers. Innovative ideas will be rewarded with cash prizes.
By strengthening academic and engineering institutions and organizations and industries, for pursuing research in advanced areas for technology development for commercialization, the government aims for the country to become an international leader in the domain of renewable energy.
It also strives to create a robust testing, standardization and certification infrastructure for quality and reliability assurance of new and renewable energy systems, devices and components within the country.
The TDIP draft has been uploaded on the website of MNRE. Stakeholders may offer their comments and suggestions by October 20, 2017.
The above comes soon after MNRE passed an order for solar PV products and components to adhere to Bureau of Indian Standards (see India Approved Quality Control Policy For PV). Just recently, Germany’s quality and testing company TUV Rheinland has expanded its Indian test facilities (see TUV Rheinland expands in India).