Mission on Advanced & High-Impact Research (MAHIR)

Mission on Advanced & High-Impact Research (MAHIR)

Mission on Advanced & High-Impact Research (MAHIR)

Objectives of the Mission

  • Mission on Advanced & High-Impact Research (MAHIR) will be under the Power Ministry and Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.
  • To¬†identify emerging technologies and areas of future relevance for the global power sector¬†and develop them indigenously.
  • To provide a¬†platform for collective brainstorming¬†and synergetic technology development among power sector stakeholders.
  • To¬†support pilot projects of indigenous technologies¬†developed by Indian start-ups and facilitate their commercialization.
  • To leverage foreign alliances and¬†partnerships for research and development of advanced technologies and technology transfer.
  • To promote¬†scientific and industrial R&D¬†in the power sector and create an innovative ecosystem.
  • To¬†position India among the leading countries in power system-related technologies and applications development.

Funding

  • It will be funded¬†by pooling resources from the Ministry of Power, Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, and Central Public Sector Enterprises¬†under these ministries.
  • Additional funding, if required, will be mobilized from the Government of India’s budgetary resources.

Areas Identified for Research under MAHIR

  • Alternatives to Lithium-Ion storage batteries
  • Modifying¬†electric cookers/pans¬†to suit Indian cooking methods
  • Green hydrogen¬†for mobility (High-Efficiency Fuel Cell)
  • Carbon capture
  • Geothermal energy
  • Solid state refrigeration
  • Nanotechnology for EV battery
  • Indigenous CRGO technology

Structure of the Mission

Two- Tier Structure

It has a two-tier structure consisting of a Technical Scoping Committee and an Apex Committee.

  • The Apex Committee:
    • It¬†deliberates on technology and product development, approves research proposals,¬†and looks into international collaborations.
    • The Apex committee will also look into international collaborations. The final approval of all the research proposals/projects shall be given by the Apex Committee.
    • It is¬†chaired by the Union Minister for Power¬†& New and Renewable Energy.
  • Technical Scoping Committee:
    • It¬†identifies research areas, recommends potential technologies, and monitors approved research projects.
    • It is¬†chaired by¬†the¬†Chairperson of the Central Electricity Authority.

Central Power Research Institute (CPRI), Bengaluru will provide all necessary secretarial assistance to the Apex Committee and Technical Scoping Committee.

Scope of the Mission

  • Once research areas are identified and approved, outcome-linked funding proposals will be invited globally.
  • Quality cum Cost-Based Selection (QCBS) basis will be used¬†for selecting the proposals.
  • Pilot projects of technologies¬†developed by Indian start-ups will be funded, and their commercialization will be facilitated.
  • International collaboration and technology transfer will be encouraged.

Significance of the MAHIR

  • Indigenous Development:
    • By developing advanced technologies within the country, India can¬†reduce its dependence on imports, enhance self-reliance,¬†and promote domestic innovation and manufacturing capabilities.
    • It aligns with the¬†“Make in India”¬†initiative and contributes to the growth of indigenous technology-driven industries.
  • Energy Transition and Net Zero Emissions:
    • MAHIR can support the¬†adoption of cleaner and greener energy sources,¬†energy storage solutions, and carbon capture techniques.
    • This contributes to India’s commitment to combating climate change and transitioning towards a sustainable energy future.
  • Economic Growth and Manufacturing Hub:
    • MAHIR aims to make India a manufacturing hub for advanced power technologies.
      By developing and deploying cutting-edge technologies, it can attract investments, foster innovation-driven industries, and create job opportunities.

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