National Mission on Advanced and High-Impact Research (MAHIR)

National Mission on Advanced and High-Impact Research (MAHIR)

Ministry of Power and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy have joined hands to launch a new initiative called the National Mission on Advanced and High-Impact Research (MAHIR)

Under the initiative, the stakeholders intend to leverage emerging technologies in the power sector through indigenous development and collaboration. The mission aims to develop emerging technologies in the power sector within and outside of India.

Mission Objectives

The key objectives of MAHIR are as follows:

  • Identification of emerging technologies and areas of future relevance for the Global Power Sector 
  • Providing a common platform for Power Sector Stakeholders for collective brainstorming, synergetic technology development and devise pathways for smooth transfer of technology
  • Supporting pilot projects of indigenous technologies (developed especially by Indian Start-ups) and facilitate their commercialization
  • Leveraging 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 vibrant & innovative ecosystem in the Power Sector of the country
  • To make India among the leading countries in power system related Technologies & Applications development


MAHIR: Key Areas of Research

The following eight areas have been 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

MAHIR: Structure of the Mission

The Mission will have a two-tier structure - a Technical Scoping Committee and an Apex Committee.

Key Takeaways

Mission on Advanced and High-Impact Research (MAHIR) launched to leverage Emerging Technologies in Power Sector

National Mission MAHIR to be funded by pooling resources of Power, New & Renewable Energy Ministries and PSUs

MAHIR to act as catalyst for realizing Net Zero, Start-Up and Make in India in the Power Sector