New Delhi: Harnessing of renewable energy could address India's energy security needs, said Dr. Alok Shrivastava, Additional Secretary, Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, Government of India. Speaking at a National Conference on "Nanotechnology and Renewable Energy", organized by Jamia Millia Islamia, he underscored that the field of renewable energy, which has witnessed rapid growth in the last few years, could offer solution to India's energy security needs. He observed that one of the major concerns for the Government of India was that one third of India's population (almost 400 million) was bereft of any kind ofenergy. He averred that the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy was at the forefront to address this major concern through generation of non-conventional energy that included wind, solar and biomass. He observed that one of the challenges before the scientific community and society at large was to find ways to produce cost-effective renewable energy which could operate on de-centralized generation mode. Since the efficiency of renewable energy was not high, there was a necessity to exploit nanotechnology for storage of variable energy to prevent, among other things, destabilization of grid on account of asymmetric frequency.

Exhorting scientists and young researchers to seek direct funding of projects in regard to nanotechnology and renewable energy from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, he emphasized that a lot of research and development in application of technology was mandatorily required in India in conjunction with R&D in pure sciences.

Speaking on the occasion Prof. S.M. Sajid, Vice-Chancellor, Jamia Milia Islamia reinforced the importance of research and development in the university system for addressing issues of social and scientific relevance. Seeking demonstration of sensitivity to social needs, he called for responsible consumption of energy by all and sundry to negotiate the energy -deficit situation in India Applauding Department of Applied Sciences & Humanities, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, for being constructively engaged with scientific issues of social relevance, he encouraged them to disseminate scientific knowledge with renewed vigour.

Earlier, Prof. Waquar Ahmed Siddiqui, Chairman of the NCNRE-2014 welcomed the delegates to the national seminar.

Prof. Mohammad Shakeel, Dean, Faculty of Engineering & Technology, discussed the accomplishments of the Faculty of Engineering and Technology in promoting cutting-edge technology research.

Prof. Masood Alam, Co-Chairman (NCNRE-14) and Prof. Mohammad Rafat dwelt upon the general aspects of both nanotechnology and renewable energy and how their intersection would yield shift in paradigm.

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