Research and Development in Renewable Energy Sector



Research and Development in Renewable Energy Sector


The Government is taking the following major steps to foster growth of solar energy producing companies in the country:

i. Fiscal and financial incentives in the form of accelerated depreciation, concessional/nil customs and excise duties, preferential tariffs and generation based incentives are being provided to improve viability of solar power generation units.

ii. Scheme for setting up grid-connected solar PV power projects with mechanisms like ‘Bundling unallocated coal based thermal power’ and Viability Gap Funding from National clean Energy Funds’ are being implemented.

iii. Capital subsidy is being provided for off-grid/decentralized solar power generation systems.

iv. An enabling policy and regulatory environment is being created through measures like solar specific RPOs under National Tariff Policy {0.25% in Phase 1 (2013) to increase to 3% by 2022}, State Specific Solar Policies and RPO targets, and REC mechanism. Efforts are being made to ensure compliance by DISCOMs and obligated entities with this solar energy producing companies to get a long term market.

v. The R&D with private sector is also being encouraged. Ministry provides upto 100% financial support to Government/non-profit research organizations/NGOs and 50% to industry/civil society organizations.

This was stated by Shri. Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (I/C) for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.

The Minister further said that Polysilicon is not being manufactured in India at present. However, under R&D Policy, there is provision to promote the R&D projects on development and synthesis of polysilicon innovations in the field of solar energy. Ministry has no proposal to set up new R&D centre directly under the Ministry. However, in R&D various established institutions are being supported. Collaborations in R&D projects in various areas of renewable energy have been taken up involving, amongst others institutions like Fraunhofer ISE Germany, The Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) Germany, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), USA etc. with our institutions like NISE, the Minister added.
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Promotion of Alternative Fuels and Hybrid Engines

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy under its broad based Research, Development and Demonstration Programme has been supporting projects at academic institutions, research and development organisations and industry for development of engines for use of hydrogen alone, its blend with compressed natural gas and in dual fuel mode with diesel or straight vegetable oil for automotive and stationary power generation applications. Standards for blending of bio-ethanol and bio-diesel into petrol and diesel have already been formulated by Bureau of Indian Standards. This was stated by Shri. Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (I/C) for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.

The Minister further said that the usage of biofuels is affected mainly by the lack of their availability. For enhancing the production of biofuels, research and development is being supported for production of bio-ethanol from ligno-cellulosic biomass and for improving the yields of Tree Borne Oilseeds for production of bio-diesel, the Minister added.

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National Clean Energy Fund

                The National Clean Energy Fund is created for funding research and innovative projects in clean energy technologies. Any project/scheme relating to innovative methods which adopt clean energy technology and research & development shall be eligible for funding under the NCEF. This was stated by Shri. Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (I/C) for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.

            The Minister further said that Funds transferred to NCEF during last three years years and the current year is given below:

2011-12                   Rs. 1066.46  Crore

2012-13                   Rs. 1500.00  Crore

2013-14                   Rs. 1650.00  Crore

2014-15(BE)           Rs. 4700.00 Crore

             Inter-Ministerial Group for recommending NCEF support, so far has recommended NCEF support of Rs. 11,103.86 crore for 39 projects of Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) against which Rs. 484.44 crore has been received by MNRE from NCEF, the Minister added.

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Establishment of Solar Cities

            The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) is implementing a programme on ‘Development of Solar Cities’. This was stated by Shri. Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (I/C) for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today.  60  existing cities are planned to be developed as solar cities. 55 solar cities have already been taken up so far. The State/UT-wise list of the Cities identified for developing as Solar Cities is given below:-

List of Solar Cities proposed, State/UT-wise


SL. No
State
Cities for which in-principle approval given
1
Andhra Pradesh
  1. Vijaywada
  2. Mahbubnagar*
2
Assam

  1. Guwahati
  1. Jorhat
3
Arunachal Pradesh
  1. Itanagar
4
Chandigarh
  1. Chandigarh
5
Chhattisgarh
  1. Bilaspur
  1. Raipur
6
Gujarat
  1.  Rajkot
  1. Gandhinagar
  1. Surat
7
Goa
  1. Panji City
8
Haryana
  1. Gurgaon
  1. Faridabad
9
Himachal Pradesh
  1. Shimla
  1. Hamirpur
10
Karnataka
  1. Mysore
  1. Hubli-Dharwad
11
Kerala
  1. Thiruvananthapuram*
  1. Kochi*
12
Maharashtra
  1. Nagpur
  1. Thane
  1. Kalyan-Dombivli
  1. Aurangabad
  1. Nanded
  1. Shirdi
13
Madhya Pradesh
  1. Indore
  1. Gwalior
  1. Bhopal*
  1. Rewa
14
Manipur
  1. Imphal
15
Mizoram
  1. Aizawl
16
Nagaland
  1. Kohima
  1. Dimapur
17
Delhi
  1. New Delhi (NDMC area)
18
Orissa
  1. Bhubaneswar
19
Punjab
  1. Amritsar
  1. Ludhiana
  1. SAS Nagar (Mohali)
20
Rajasthan
  1. Ajmer
  1. Jaipur*
  1. Jodhpur
21
Tamil Nadu
  1. Coimbatore
22
Tripura
  1. Agartala
23
Uttarakhand
  1. Dehradun
  1. Haridwar & Rishikesh
  1. Chamoli –Gopeshwar
24
Uttar Pradesh
  1. Agra
  1. Moradabad
  2. Allahabad
25
West Bengal
  1. Howrah
  2. Madhyamgram
  3. New Town Kolkata
26
Jammu & Kashmir
  1. Leh*
27
Puducherry
  1. Puducherry

* In-principle approval given only.

            The Minister further said that MNRE is implementing  Information and Public Awareness Programme to create publicity about  technological developments, benefits of systems and devices and to disseminate information about the fiscal and financial incentives available for renewable energy including solar energy in Hindi, English and regional languages through print, electronic and outdoor media.  Besides, awareness through organizing conferences, workshops, trainings, etc are being conducted regularly, the Minister added.
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