Sweden has earmarked a sum of $2.5-3.5 million towards research and development on renewable energy in India.
The two countries launched a pilot micro grid project using renewable energy in Andaman and Nicobar Islands in November 2015, the first stage of which has just been completed. Meanwhile, Swedish Energy Minister Ibrahim Baylan is leading a delegation of officials and businessmen to Delhi and Chennai this week to explore further possibilities of energy cooperation between the two countries. The Andamans project is a joint effort of the Swedish Energy Agency (SEA) the India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE).“The feasibility study is done and we have now started the procurement process,” said Erik Brandsma, Director General, SEA. “We will be involved in funding, facilitation, and project oversight.” 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. “We have a number of islands in Sweden where we have set up micro grids using renewable energy,” said Brandsma. “We can use the lessons we learnt in the Andaman Islands project.”