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CSIR-CMERI and NISE Signed MoU Virtually to Strengthen Solar Energy Sector Across India

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signed-MoU-to-bolster-the-Solar-Energy-sector-in-IndiaIn order to strengthen the solar energy sector across the nation, Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR)-Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute (CMERI) and National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE), an autonomous institute under the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) virtually for ‘Strategic Association’ .

  • The MoU comes after the successful development of the World’s largest Solar Tree of 11.5 kWp(kilowatts peak) by CSIR-CMERI. 

Key People

MoU was signed by  Prof. (Dr.) Harish Hirani, Director of  CSIR-CMERI, Durgapur and Dr. Arun Kumar Tripathy, Director-General of  NISE.

Gist about the MoU

MoU was signed with a view to enhance resource sharing and coordination between the NISE and CSIR-CMERI and for the effective use of national resources, eradicating the duplicity of additional capital investment for the same resource.

MoU intends to Achieve the Following Objectives:

i.To conduct joint field studies for diverse solar technologies.

ii.To conduct Skill development for stakeholders including developing contents. 

  • These programs include the following: grid-connected solar rooftop systems, solar power plants (including their O&M), decentralized Solar Energy systems, entrepreneurship development, and techno-financial appraisal of Renewable Energy projects.

iii.To implement policy and regulatory studies that deals with grid integration, recycling and disposal of solar panels among others.

iv.To collaborate with International Level Research Institutions in order to undertake research work in India.

v.Work collaboratively, to enhance and expand the capacity, capability, facility and infrastructure through resource mobilization and aligning the capacity building.


i.CSIR-CMERI has proficiency in designing and developing solar artifacts of various capacities for multifaceted uses.

ii.It also expertise in the area of Solar Converter and Conditioning unit & Isolated Minigrid, which will also help this collaboration. Currently the CSIR-CMERI is working on the development of Solar Energy based cooking system, that helps to create an energy reliant and carbon-neutral India and improves the livelihood of the rural sector in India

National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE)

A centre of Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India, is engaged in Solar PV/Thermal R&D, Testing, Demonstration Projects, Skill Development, Consultancy, Innovation and Incubation etc. The Institute is equipped with advance equipment to carry out testing and certification of different Solar PV/Thermal gadgets.

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About Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute(CMERI):
Headquarters– Durgapur, West Bengal
Director– Prof. (Dr.) Harish Hirani

About National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE):
Director-General– Arun Kumar Tripathy
Headquarters– Gurugram, Haryana