Highlights of the day: Mission Innovation Ministerial — 2
Greeting speech of Hon’ble Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences on 6th June, 2017 on the occasion of Launch Ceremony of Mission Innovation Challenge on Smart Grids
Deputy Minister Li Meng, Deputy Minister Zhang Jie, Dr Xiao Liye, Director Institute of Electrical Engineering Chinese Academy of Science, Mr Wang Yibo, Mr Martini Luciano, Mission Innovation partners on Smart Grid Innovation Challenge, Ladies and Gentlemen.
I am extremely happy to be present here on the occasion of Launch Ceremony of Mission Innovation Challenge #1 on Smart Grids to address the challenges which arise due to higher penetration of renewable energy. Grid integration, stability and robustness are the foremost issues, which need to be addressed for increasing the share of clean energy. I compliment and congratulate all the Mission Innovation participant countries, who have come forward and decided to work together to take on this challenge collectively, engaging and involving, stake holders from industries, utilities, scientific institutions and research laboratories.
2.Under the visionary leadership of our Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi Jee, India has mounted initiative to promote global actions for clean energy. President of France and Prime Minister of India in the presence of UN Secretary General launched International Solar Alliance (ISA) in November 2015 to provide dedicated platform for cooperation among solar resource rich countries between ‘Tropic of Cancer’ and ‘Tropic of Capricorn’. Government of India has committed to a corpus fund of more than US $ 25 million besides providing space and secretariat expenses for initial 5 years. Thirty one countries have already joined ISA and we look forward to welcoming more countries for harnessing global solar resources effectively.
3. India was also one of the three countries, which took initiative in sowing the seed of ‘Mission Innovation’. These initial efforts culminated into 20 countries joining in November 2015 to launch Mission Innovation, a term coined by our Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. All the MI countries bring significant research prowess and resources in this global endeavour. It is heartening that community of Mission Innovation has now enlarged to 23 countries and includes European Union.
4.The laudable objectives of Mission Innovation needed instruments to realise the loftier goals. I compliment sub-group on Action and Joint Research, who developed innovation challenges to convert these global calls into action. I understand that innovation challenges cover entire spectrum of research, development and demonstration right from early stage research need assessment to technology demonstration. The spectrum of innovation challenges demonstrates the leading themes on which R&D need to be focussed for affordable innovation.
5.I am very happy to note that innovation challenge on smart grids has developed its work programme smartly right from the early stage. I am told that this is also the first MI team to organise the deep dive workshop. It is very impressive to note that development of the work plan as well as organisation of this workshop was done jointly by three leading research institutions and co-leads from each of the lead countries namely China, Italy and India. Equally impressive is the fact that all the 20 participating countries have made significant contributions in terms of development of the status reports and identification of research and development priorities. International agencies such as IEA, IRENA, ISGAN, WEF etc. have further strengthened the programme.
6.Under the visionary leadership of our Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi Jee, India is committed to transform the energy landscape of country with significant clean energy share. Our ambitious plan of setting up 175 GW renewable power capacities by the end of 2022 is fully matched with tremendous progress on the ground. During the last year alone, the capacity addition of solar energy was more than the cumulative capacities set up till 2015 and our renewable energy capacity has leapfrogged to more than 52 GW. By 2030, non fossil energy sources will make up 40 percent of installed capacity.
7. We are conscious of the challenges to our distribution and transmission system. We have vibrant national R&D infrastructure with R&D institutions, several universities, technical institutions, public sector undertakings and industries conducting research funded by Ministry of Power, Renewable Energy and Science & Technology. We have funded around US $ 50 million towards national as well as bilateral programmes with Netherlands, UK and US. We have launched initiatives for renewable forecasting and scheduling, storage technologies, wide area grid measurement, demand response pilots etc. Monitoring, protection and control of grids, forecasting of generation and loads, seamless two way grid operations, systems for large data management, robust and secure communication technologies, devices and components for better functionality, demand side management and storage, etc are important issues for larger as well as micro grids.
8. I am happy to share with you the India’s country report on research, development and demonstration on smart grids to further activities of this challenge. We recently organised 1st MI India workshop of more than 40 top experts in the country representing all stakeholders at IIT Delhi to identify R&D priorities for collaboration under Mission Innovation. I am happy to announce MI-India Funding Opportunity Announcement on these R&D priorities with an investment of US$ 5 million by Government of India.
9. I am sure that the intense scientific discussions in last two days of this first MI Smart grids workshop would have identified and prioritised the research needs to take care of higher proportion of renewables and would have deliberated on action plan for way forward. I hope our collective endeavours would enable us to realise the vision of an affordable, reliable future smart grids powered by decentralised energy sources which will be robust and suitable in diverse geographic conditions.
I wish all the success to the team implementing this Innovation Challenge and hope that collectively we would be able to develop technological solutions to make world a cleaner place.