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    Grand Opening of the 7th Renewable Energy India 2013 Expo


    The 7th Renewable Energy India 2013 Expo at New Delhi had a grand opening on the first day of the expo with the participation of companies from around the globe and more than 1000 Industrial experts at the India Expo Center, Greater Noida. The event has proved that it is Asia’s largest and the most influential platform to address the challenges of the Renewable Energy Industry and displays the best technological solutions available to overcome them. Many stake-holders Decision makers, technical experts and professionals from leading companies  involved in the renewable energy generation, transmission and distribution within India and around the world, all come together at this event.
    The various dignitaries present at the event were — Hiroyuki Ishige, Chairman, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO); Keiya Iida, Deputy Director General for Trade Policy and Trade Policy Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade & Industry (METI), Govt. of Japan; Sadao Wasaka, Executive Director, New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization(NEDO); John M McCaslin, Minister Counselor for Commercial Affairs US Commercial Service, US Embassy, New Delhi; Sanjay Chakrabarti, Partner, Ernst & Young; His Excellency Pierre Vaesen, Ambassador of Belgium to India and Joji George, Managing Director, UBM, India.
    NEDO(New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization) took this as an opportunity and unveiled technology specific reports  on ‘Indo-Japan Joint Research on small wind power, micro hydro power and biofuels in India’ and ‘Smart Grid Report’. Following them, E&Y unveiled their key industry report on ‘Mapping India’s Renewable Energy Growth Potential’, listing the immense potential India had in the renewable energy space.
    Tarun Kapoor, joint secretary, Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) chaired the conference on  JNNSM (Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission). He said, “Investment in renewable energy is expected to almost quadruple to Rs 3,186 billion in the 12th FYP from Rs 892 billion in the 11th FYP, implying annual investments of nearly Rs 640 billion. India has about 28.1 GW of installed renewable energy capacity, with wind and solar accounting for 19.1 GW and 1.7 GW respectively. Although the share of renewable energy in the generation mix has been rising over the years, India still has a large untapped renewable energy potential”
    Tarun also added that a unique platform is provided by the REI 2013 for the government and the industry to interact and form partnerships and to create favorable policy frameworks by which India’s renewable energy sector challenges and opportunities are met successfully.
    To accelerate advancements in sustainable environments, REI 2013 is supported by leading associations such as, Global Solar Alliance, Panchabuta, Indian Biomass Power Association, Maharashtra Solar Manufacturers Association (MASMA), WIPPA, Solar Power Developers Association, Tamil Nadu Solar Energy Developers Association (TNSEDA) and Solar Thermal Federation of India (STFI). And also by honorable organisations like C-WET (Centre for Wind Energy Technology), set up by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India.
    Among the leading companies that participated in Renewable Energy India 2013 Expo are —  Jinko, Yingli, LTi, Bonfiglioli, Sun Power, GE, Sun Edison, Ballard Power, Borg Energy, Suzlon, Sterling and Wilson, Refex Energy, Enerparc Energy, Applied Material (AMAT). There were participation from more than 25 countries — Japan, Canada, China, Germany, Sweden, Malaysia, Austria, Switzerland and Portugal.
    Managing director of UBM India, Joji George also said that REI 2013 Expo had provided a tremendous platform that bridged policy makers and industry experts together for the energy demand-supply gap. Still, cost of production, awareness, financing and infrastructures are few of the many challenges that are to be soon overcome for a faster growth and mainstreaming the applications of renewable energy in our lives.

    Posted on Saturday, September 21, 2013

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