In order to combat the challenges developed due to climate change, the country is in the dire need of developing renewable energy technologies. Union Science and Technology Minister Dr Jitendra Singh stated on Sunday that marine minerals from coastal and ocean resources will be critical to India’s future economy and that metals such as nickel and cobalt play an important role in developing such technologies.
To boost India’s blue economy progress and harness its ocean resources, steps are being taken to enhance the coordination and collaboration of the National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) with the Institute of Mineral and Minerals Technologies (IMMT), Singh said at the inauguration ceremony of a new building facility at CSIR-IMMT in Bhubaneswar.
He also added that CSIR-IMMT has been tackling challenges of globalization by providing advanced and zero waste process know-how and consultancy services for commercial exploitation of natural resources through a public-private partnership (PPP) approach.
According to a Ministry of Science and Technology release, initiatives have been undertaken to develop suitable methods for effective mining of some deep-sea mineral resources and exploitation of gas hydrates deposits.
Singh asserted that India being the frontline nation in marine scientific research is actively engaged in exploring the resourceful ocean bed to meet the country’s future energy and metal demands.
He further added that “The ‘Deep Ocean Mission’ initiated by the Modi government heralds yet another horizon to various resources to enrich the ‘Blue Economy.”
The CSIR-IMMT and the Ministry’s Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) collaborated to build the Common Research and Technology Development Hub (CRTDH) to provide technical solutions and mentorship to facilitate start-ups’ development.
Its major goal is to foster and encourage innovation in MSMEs, as well as to provide R&D or knowledge-based support in the areas of innovative materials and chemical processes, according to the announcement.
The minister also inaugurated the country’s first Manned Ocean Mission Samudrayan in Chennai in October this year to conduct deep-ocean research of non-living resources such as polymetallic manganese nodules, gas hydrates, hydro-thermal sulphides, and cobalt crusts.