“Sharing knowledge of useful technologies without much of a concern for intellectual property rights for the good of the mankind should be the defining spirit for international collaboration in this sector,” said Kalam.
Addressing a two-day South Asian Conference on Renewable Energy organised here by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India, the president urged industry representatives to “consider laboratory to laboratory, industry to industry collaboration without geographical barriers for combining the core competencies of multiple nations and lead to (development of) products and systems”.
Underlining the need for energy independence, a vision he has outlined earlier too for India, Kalam said there should be a focus on development of more efficient technologies for use of non-conventional energy sources like wind, bio-fuels, biomass and waste to power – an area where India has met with some success.
“While the wind and bio-fuel may be well suited for localised needs, thus contributing to distributed compact power systems, this conference should explore the possibility of a large-scale renewable energy project of several thousands of megawatt capacity as a commercially viable joint venture between South Asian nations,” said Kalam.
He also suggested exploring solar energy for the mega power project with the joint venture nations conducting state-of-the art research, development, professional implementation, management and commercial exploitation.
For reducing dependence on imports for sourcing energy fuels, Kalam suggested that India should set a goal for meeting 25 percent of the envisaged additional power generation capacity by 2030 through renewable sources.
Several things come to mind here. First, I’m reminded of Agroblogger’s call for an open-source appropriate technology community, which could provide enormous amounts of help to India and other developing countries. Secondly, I would hope President Kalem might see the benefit of focusing on “localised needs,” and building distributed generation capacity — that seems wise in a country that still experiences more than its fair share of terrorist activity and political violence. Kalem also notes that Indians will be counting on nuclear power and fossil fuels for some time into the future (no doubt), but its good to see India proposing such agressive strides in the development of renewables.