India-h2o project

India-h2o stands for ‘Bio-mimetic and phyto-technologies designed for low-cost purification and recycling of water’. The project aims to develop and demonstrate low-cost water treatment systems for saline groundwater and for domestic and industrial wastewaters.

Key Points

  • It aims to develop water treatment systems mainly in Gujarat, where surface water resources are very scarce.
  • The project is funded by European Commission, the UK, Department of Biotechnology, Department of Science and Technology, India.
  • The project got funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. It is also co-funded by Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India.

Indo-EU Bilateral Project under India-h2o

Recently, the Prime Minister of India inaugurated a project of ‘India-h2o’ for industrial waste and desalination at Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU) in Gandhi Nagar, Gujarat. PM also inaugurated 4 other facilities at PDPU – a tech business incubator, a 45 -MW production of monocrystalline solar photovoltaic panel, a Translational Research Centre and a sports complex.

Other points highlighted by PM were that solar power is priority of India and at present per unit cost of solar power has decreased to less than Rs 2 from Rs 12-13 earlier. Renewable energy target of India is 450 gigawatt by the year 2030.


India will inaugurate REINVEST 2020 i.e. 3rd Global Renewable Energy Investment Meeting and Expo to be conducted on November 26. The event will be attended by the Minister of Energy, Utilities and Climate, Denmark and the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, UK & President COP-26. The first and second meeting was held in 2015 and 2018 respectively.

Written by IAS POINT

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