Central government launches virtual SGKC and innovation park

The union minister for power and new and renewable energy, along with the minister of state for power have launched the virtual smart grid knowledge center (SGKC) and innovation park.

The SGKC has been established by Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (Powergrid) with support from the Ministry of Power (MoP) and National Smart Grid Mission (NSGM) for demonstration and advancement of frontier smart grid technologies. It is located within the Powergrid. SGKC aims to globally foster innovation, entrepreneurship and research in smart grid technologies and create capacities in the power distribution sector. The virtual SGKC, conceptualised and developed by Powergrid with support from the MoP and technical assistance from United States Agency for International Development(USAID), enables a digital footprint of the physical setup of SGKC, the need for which was felt during COVID-19 pandemic.The platform co-exists with the physical setup and provides remote access to all existing SGKC offerings. It presently hosts over 50 solutions from over 30 technology partners across 8 thematic areas spanning across new and advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, blockchain, internet of things, etc.