EnergizeNepal Project (ENEP) is established to accelerate the development of Nepalese hydropower and other renewable energy systems, develop new and innovative technologies to reduce cost, increase efficiency contextual to Nepalese conditions, enhance human resource development to carry out research as well as effectively apply research results to solve challenges of hydropower and other renewable energy development in Nepal.
ENEP is supporting research-based industrial development in Nepal. It provides financial support to collaborative R&D projects related to Renewable Energy Technology (RET), planned and implemented by R&D institutions in Nepal in cooperation with local industries and Norwegian institutions and industries.
The Project is funded by The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and is managed by Kathmandu University (KU), Nepal, In Partnership with Hydrolab Nepal, NTNU, Norway and SINTEF, Norway.
ENEP will promote and support development of new and innovative technologies through research and will support development of physical facilities and human competencies to carry out the research as well as subsequent commercialization of these technologies. It will do this through institute-industry partnership, wide ranging stakeholder collaboration and by supporting business incubation.
ENEP will have two components: Hydropower Development Component and RenewableNepal Phase II (RENP II) Component. Constant effort will be made to ensure synergies and mutual support between the components. The Hydropower Development Component aims to promote and support innovative research for generating new knowledge for solving common hydropower development problems. It will focus on research and human resources development in the fields of hydraulics and sedimentation, geology and geo techniques, mechanical and electrical equipment and power systems. The RENP II component aims to increase Nepal's capacity to utilize its huge renewable energy resources by supporting applied R&D projects implemented through the partnership of research institutes and private sector companies in the field of small and medium scale renewable energy systems. Research institutions will provide skilled experts and specialized facilities, whereas private sector organizations will identify research topics. ENEP will provide funding and other support for such research activities. ENEP will also provide business support services for commercialization of innovative products and services through RENP II component.