Smart Cities: An Engine of Urban Economic Growth

It is efficient power supply which forms the backbone of any Smart City because it is a prerequisite to all the processes involving these “Cities of the Future”. The efficient flow of electricity, in turn, depends on a robust and efficient transmission network, to which smart grid applications hold the key

Simarpreet Singh, Founder-Director, Hartek Solar Pvt Ltd

Solar Power Sector in India

By 2030, India hopes to meet 40% of its energy demand from renewable sources and solar power will play a vital role in meeting this ambitious target. In 2018, India added around 9.5GW of renewable energy capacity with 7GW solar and 2GW wind power respectively. As on September 2018, India’s total solar power generation capacity grew to around 26GW with 87% utility-scale installations and 13% in rooftop solar projects

Ashish Khanna, President, Tata Power (Renewables)

Powering a Solar Future: The India story

A major issue that must be addressed and is unique to India currently, is the challenge of taxation –after the implementation of GST. Most industry players are still unsure of the precise rate to be applied for EPC services. Additionally, different states current levy varied tax rates that range from 5to 18 percent GST on these services that further complicates the situation

Mohandas Mekanapurath, Business Head at Bosch Energy and Building Solutions India

Near-Future Trends in the Energy Sector

Whilst many industries have deployed AI and ML applications to solve existing traditional problems. It is the forward-looking possibilities that are more interesting and imperative for the energy domain. This has already given rise to new solutions, which are in turn steering the development of the sector. Such as insight generation, infrastructure planning, and automated decision making

Sanand Sule, Co-Founder and CTO, Climate Connect

Joule Solar Case Study

While this project is relatively small in size compared to many of today’s solar farms, it represented a big accomplishment for the team. A fresh perspective was applied to the overall EPC process focusing on design and installation efficiencies and produced a showcase system that serves as the standard for the current and future work.”—Corey Shalanski, Joule Energy

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Graphene Set to Revolutionize the Energy Storage Market

The market for graphene batteries is predicted to reach $115 million by 2022. It is expected that graphene based metal-air batteries and fuel cells will make battery technology more economically viable

Akshay Singhal, Founder & CEO, Log 9 Materials

Addressing Two Key Financial Challenges to Spur Uptake of Residential Rooftop Solar

In a recent analysis of consumers’ perspective in five cities in India and covering 1808 households, we found that financing rooftop solar for the residential customers is a major concern. Only 5 percent of the households in our study applied for loans from banks and financial organizations

Tirthankar Mandal, Energy Policy Manager, WRI India

Role of Plastics in Emerging Indian Renewable Energy Sector

With the help of new technology, emerging companies can break downplastics at the molecular level and recapture these Energy Sources to use again in various fuels. This technique can be used in India too to degrade the unused Plastic and use waste in efficient and productive way!

Varun Gupta, Director, Calco Poly Technik

Energy Market Overview

Many Indian infrastructure projects – including those in the power sector - are affected by time over runs, placing project viability at risk. Delays in land acquisition and site handover remain key reasons for schedule over runs during the pre-execution phase. Government guidelines to speed-up the process plus the online clearance application system are helping address these challenges

Rajiv Menon, Managing Director, Black & Veatch India

Toward the Sun – Why India’s Solar Industry needs to focus on Technical Due Diligence

As successful solar power plant projects rely on adequate funding, it is imperative for financial institutions to ensure they are backed by technically sound and profitable power plants. This also means that while financial due diligence is critical for investing in a solar project, it is equally imperative to ensure that the project is technically sound

Chakradhar Byreddy, Director – Renewable Energy, Asia Pacific, UL

Indian Solar Rooftop PV Projects: A Bright Investment - RESCO vs. CAPEX

The financial palatability of the project, the net present value (NPV), is the highest in Karnataka followed by New Delhi for OPEX model of tenure of 10 years. However, if we observe east and west zones, they are more attractive towards CAPEX model with higher NPVs. In addition, it has been observed that irrespective of type of roof, ownership model will remain same zone wise

Ms. Payal Saxena, Asst.Manager - Strategic Consulting, Gensol Engineering Pvt. Ltd

Time to address windmill operational and maintenance issues

Thanks to technological advancement, windmill owners can keep a tab on the daily operation through technically advanced IoT enabled products. There are instruments that help in monitoring the performance and also alert the owner on the issues that need to be addressed. This ensures that there are no unexpected downtime

Ramesh Mistry & Manjul Pandey, Product Manager, ACOEM India & Middle East

Amidst a few clouds, the sun shone brightly on India’s solar sector in 2018

“An immediate rethinking of on-ground policies needs to be done to facilitate the ‘realization’ of solar. While domestic producers of solar-cells need to be protected and their interests promoted, it cannot be done at the cost of increasing the product cost for the end-user, thereby jeopardizing the future of the entire industry. The falling currency rates have definitely not helped the matters either”

Ashit Maru, Co-Founder, MYSUN

Making Electric Vehicle Acceptable and Affordable to Indian Consumer

Developing large scale charge point network in Indian urban environment will be challenging. High upfront capital costs and present low levels of uptake for electric vehicles mean that returns on investment will only be realized over longer periods. That would require for government to create opportunities for investment in new rapid charging infrastructure by reducing key barriers to investment, in particular access to suitable sites with sufficient power

Awadhesh Jha, Vice President-Charge & Drive & Sustainability, Fortum India

Electric Vehicles & Market Challenges

The cost of an EV in India is determined by the cost of the battery which at this time constitutes around 35 per cent of the cost of the EV. The cost of the battery in turn governed by international dynamics and who holds the minerals required for battery production. Companies in India are working on producing Lithium based batteries in India which is bound to bring battery prices down

Maxson Lewis, Managing Director, Magenta Power
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