Technology-based Energy Solutions: Innovations for Net Zero – UPSC Prelims

Technology-based Energy Solutions: Innovations for Net Zero:
  • Launched by India and the United States.
  • It has been launched by United States-India Science & Technology Endowment Fund (USISTEF) in partnership with Social Alpha, a non-profit organisation promoting S&T entrepreneurship.
  • Objective: To encourage out-of-the-box, innovative ideas from the community to address the goal of getting to net zero.
  • Focus Areas: The program would support project proposals that address the climate and clean energy challenges in the following focus areas:
    • Next-generation Clean and Renewable Energy
    • Energy Storage
    • Carbon Sequestration
  • Funding and Award
    • Ignition Stage I: To help teams proposing early-stage creative ideas develop a proof-of-concept and/or build a prototype (up to INR 50,00,000/- or approx. $66,000/- up to 12 months)
    • Ignition Stage II: To support teams with a workable, validated prototype. The technology must have significant potential to commercialize within 2-3 ears (INR 1.5 Crore or approx. $203,560/- up to 24 months)