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Initiatives Launched during India Smart Utility Week 2020

  • 06 Mar 2020
  • 4 min read

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Recently, the India-European Union Flagship Call on Integrated Local Energy Systems was announced at India Smart Utility Week 2020.

  • Additionally, Sweden and India have also announced the India-Sweden Collaborative Industrial Research & Development Programme during the event.

India Smart Utility Week 2020

  • India Smart Grid Forum (ISFG) has been organising its flagship annual event, India Smart Grid Week (ISGW) since 2015. It has been renamed as India Smart Utility Week (ISUW) in 2019.
  • It is considered as one of the top five international events on Smart Grids and Smart Cities.
  • ISUW 2020 will be organised as an International Conference and Exhibition on Smart Energy and Water for Smarter Cities.
  • It will bring together the world’s leading smart energy experts and researchers to discuss trends, share best practices and showcase next-generation technologies and products in smart energy and smart cities domains.

India-European Union Flagship Call on Integrated Local Energy Systems

  • The partnership between Indian and European Union will help to strengthen cooperation in energy research and innovation, mainly in renewable energy and its integration in the energy system.
  • It will also help to find solutions encompassing local integration across various energy vectors and increase the share of renewables in the energy mix and high energy efficiency.
  • The programme is in line with both the European Union’s and India’s involvement in Mission Innovation (MI).

Mission Innovation

  • Mission Innovation (MI) is a global initiative of 24 countries and the European Commission (on behalf of the European Union) working to reinvigorate and accelerate global clean energy innovation with the objective to make clean energy widely affordable.
  • MI was announced at COP21 on November 30, 2015, as world leaders came together in Paris to commit to ambitious efforts to combat climate change.

India-Sweden Collaborative Industrial Research & Development Programme

  • India-Sweden Collaborative Industrial Research & Development Programme is a collaborative programme on Smart Grids at a collective investment of 5 Million US $ which will help to transform the clean energy sector into a secure, adaptive, sustainable and digitally-enabled ecosystem and provide reliable and quality energy for all.
  • It is a joint Programme, co-funded by the Indian Department of Science & Technology (DST) and the Swedish Energy Agency.
  • It aims to bring together world-class expertise of Sweden and India to address challenges in the area of Smart Grids.
    • A smart grid is an electrical grid which includes a variety of operation and energy measures including smart meters, smart appliances, renewable energy resources, and energy-efficient resources.
  • The project also aims to develop technologies that can be commercialized after two years through cooperation between India and Sweden.

Source: PIB

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