Mission on Advanced and High-Impact Research (MAHIR)

Context: The Union Government recently launched a National Mission to quickly identify emerging technologies in the power sector and develop them indigenously, at scale, for deployment within and outside India. About the Mission:
  • Launched by: Ministry of Power and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy
  • Aim:
    • To facilitate indigenous research, development and demonstration of the latest and emerging technologies in the power sector.
    • To identify emerging technologies and take them to the implementation stage
    • To leverage emerging technologies as the main fuel for future economic growth and thus make India a manufacturing hub of the world.
  • Funding:
    • By pooling financial resources of the Ministry of Power, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and the Central Public Sector Enterprises under the two Ministries.
    • Any additional funding needed will be mobilised from Government of India’s budgetary resources.
  • Duration of Mission: Planned for an initial period of five years from 2023-24 to 2027-28, the Mission will follow the technology life cycle approach of Idea to Product.
  • To provide a common platform for Power Sector Stakeholders for collective brainstorming, synergetic technology development and devise pathways for smooth transfer of technology.
  • To support pilot projects of indigenous technologies (developed especially by Indian Start-ups) and facilitate their commercialization.
  • To leverage foreign alliances and partnerships to accelerate research & development of advanced technologies and to build competencies, capabilities and access to advanced technologies through bilateral or multilateral collaborations, thereby facilitating exchange of knowhow and technology transfer.
  • To seed, nurture and scale up scientific and industrial R&D and to create a vibrant & innovative ecosystem in the Power Sector of the country.
  • To make India among the leading countries in Power System related Technologies & Applications development.
Areas Identified for Research:
  • 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
  • Geo-thermal energy
  • Solid state refrigeration.
  • Nano technology for EV battery
  • Indigenous CRGO technology
Source: PIB
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