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India celebrates Mission Innovation’s 5-year anniversary

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India is one of the three countries responsible for crystallizing the global initiative to accelerate the pace of innovation and make clean energy widely affordable, which culminated in Mission Innovation. Being a founding member and as a Steering Committee member, India has played an active role in all Mission Innovation activities.

PM : Narendra Modi addressing at the Innovation Summit in COP 21, in Paris, France

The Collaborative and Consultative approach under MI has allowed India to reinvigorate and accelerate public and private global Innovation efforts. The large-scale activities under Mission Innovation mandate include the collaborative R&D approach (Funding opportunity Announcement), Increased Private Sector Engagement under Clean Energy International Incubation Centre (CEIIC), Clean Energy Investment and Technology Innovations (MoS&T-IEA), Scaling the potential of Clean Energy Innovation (MI Champions). These activities are enabling capacity building, thus enhancing the foundation of knowledge within disciplines. In addition, they are playing a pivotal role in technology translation from fundamental research to applied R&D effectively and efficiently. These activities are accelerating the disruption of current pathways and cost curves and promoting the integration of ideas and solutions across disciplines, sectors, and technologies to deliver impact at the energy sector scale. These modalities will help address multi-sectoral energy challenges (mobility, connection, structures, generation, and processes).

Under MI, India has successfully stimulated global and national innovation efforts by increasing public investments, private sector & start-up engagement (CEIIC).It has steered the innovation ecosystem for affordable and accessible energy for all.

India funded 9 RD&D projects under IC1 (US$ 5million: engaging 17 Indian Institutes, 22 Foreign Institutes and 15 Industries); 9 demo projects under IC2 (US$ 5 Million), 35 collaborative R&D projects under IC3and IC5 (total budget: US$ 12 million) engaging 17 and 7 MI members respectively, 8 innovators under IC7 Global Cooling Prize (the US $1 million) engaging 31 countries. Under Sustainable Biofuels (IC4), a total of 14 R&D programs (national & international bilateral programs) are being supported engaging over 14 Indian institutes, 21 foreign institutes and 4 industries respectively. India has initiated three R&D programs including national and international bilateral programs which are strategically aligned to IC7 (40 R&D projects, US$ 1million: engaging over 50 Indian Institutes, 15 foreign institutes and 20 industries).

The unique Research and Innovation (R&I) model platform (CEIIC), developed under MI mandate resulted in 25 Clean energy winning solutions and has been instrumental in providing support to innovators from “Proof of Concept “to pre-commercialization stage” covering Breakthrough Clean technology, Innovative Waste to Energy, Energy Efficiency and Energy Access converging and offering transforming potential, the way the world produces and consumes energy.

The MI Champions (global) selected under MI are Scaling the Potential of Clean Energy Innovation in the area(s) of Off-grid access to electricity (Micro-solar dome and solar water pump) and Ocean energy systems. Till today 15000 Micro-Solar dome installed benefitting 70,000 people in India.

This proactive, curated and demand-driven “collaborative” approach under Mission Innovation has helped identify cutting edge innovation and S&T developments, convene wider Stakeholders, identify national research strengths and potential synergies for international cooperation.

India has successfully stimulated national and global innovation efforts by increasing public investments and enhancing collaboration around shared clean energy innovation interests. India is actively participating in shaping the next phase of MI (2.0). India being a key member is working towards the development of affordable, reliable, and widely available clean energy resources. India’s focus has been on Research & innovation, reduced costs, and uncovering new approaches to how we produce, use, store, and distribute energy. India is a proud member of MI and looks forward to continued collaboration.
For the next phase of MI (2.0), India being a key member is working towards the development of affordable, reliable, and widely available clean energy resources. The main aim is to focus on Research & innovation, reduced costs, and uncovering new approaches to how we produce, use, store, and distribute energy. India is a proud member of MI and looks forward to continued collaboration.

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