On 7th February, the Union Minister for Power and MNRE, R. K. Singh virtually launched Powerthon-2022, a hackathon competition under RDSS to find technology driven solutions to solve the complex problems in power distribution and to ensure quality and reliable power supply.
In his keynote address, Singh said that this program is much needed in the power sector. According to him, there will be a standing body and this innovation will be opened as an ongoing scheme. He encouraged technologists to come forward not only with solutions to existing problems but also with other problem statements and ideas for reliable power supply. He said that ideas and concepts will be rewarded with licence – and development of prototypes will also be fostered.
On the occasion, REC Limited in collaboration with SINE, IIT Bombay, announced that Technology Solution Providers (TSPs), start-ups, educational institutions, research institute, equipment manufacturers, state power utilities and other state and central power sector entities, shall be briefed on the current challenges or problem statements faced across the power distribution sector and invited to participate & showcase their technology-driven solutions to solve the complex problems.
The hackathon will ask participants to find innovative solutions based on advanced emerging technologies like AI/ML, Blockchain, IoT, VR/AR etc., on nine themes that have been identified after various discussions & consultations with 14 DISCOMs across 9 states and have been categorized across nine broad aspects for pilot testing.