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The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has opened the call for proposals under the “Renewable Energy Research and Technology Development Program 2022” to encourage the development of competitive technologies that can be used in the widest possible deployment of renewable and new energy.
The programme aims to increase the R&D effort in the FY 2021-22 to FY 2025-26 period. It also promotes indigenous technology development, which will allow for widespread deployment of renewable energy in a cost-effective and efficient manner throughout the country. This programme will increase research and innovation capabilities of the country. It will be implemented according to the MNRE’s policy and guidelines.
Last date for submission of applications is 10th July 2022.
This scheme supports R&D projects in technology development and demonstration in a variety of areas of renewable energy, including solar photovoltaic, biogas, waste to electricity systems, wind energy systems and hybrid systems. The ultimate goal is to increase the percentage of renewable energy in the country’s energy mix. These will make the country’s industry more competitive internationally and ensure that renewable energy generation is self-sustaining/profitable. Technology development and demonstration will be supported for manufacture of new and renewable energy systems/devices/components for different applications including transportation, portable and stationary applications for rural, urban, industrial and commercial sectors.
The Ministry encourages research and technology development proposals in collaboration with industry and provides upto 100% financial support to Government/non-profit research organizations/academic institutions/research institutions and upto 50% to Industry/Startups/Private Institutes/Entrepreneurs. Ministry may also provide financial support up to 70% of the project cost to Industry/ Private Institutes/ Research Organization/Start-ups for upgrading the technology from Low Technology Readiness Level (TRL) to High TRL with the endorsement of R&D Project Appraisal Committee (RDPAC).
It is important that applicants indicate their Technology Readiness Level (TRL), at both the beginning and the end of each project.
The objectives and deliverables should be clearly stated in the proposals. The deliverable for system/component/consumables proposals should contain a target performance. It is also important to indicate how the process/product/system will perform at both national and international levels in terms of technology/ performance/ cost.