05 Oct Sweden to spend millions on R&D for renewable energy in India
Sweden has committed to spend between US$2.5-3.5 million on research and development for renewable energy in India.
Swedish Energy Minister Ibrahim Baylan is leading a delegation of officials and businessmen to Delhi and Chennai this week to explore further the possibilities of energy cooperation between the two.
The two countries launched a pilot micro grid project on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in November 2015, the first stage of which has just been completed.
The Andaman project is a joint effort between the Swedish Energy Agency (SEA) and India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE).
“The feasibility study is done and we have now started the procurement process,” said SEA director general Erik Brandsma.
“We have a number of islands in Sweden where we have set up micro grids using renewable energy. We can use the lessons we learnt in the Andaman Islands project.”
The project will use the ‘E4T Microgrid’ concept, developed by Sweden’s leading research agency STRI, which combines a renewable energy source with smart energy storage and load management, and is scalable.