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Emerging Opportunities in Promoting Circular Economy in Solar PV Value Chain

The Indian government has recognized the need to have a policy framework aimed at creating a diversified domestic manufacturing industry for solar equipment (including modules and its ancillary products) and at the same time also promoting end-of-life management for recovery and recycling of secondary raw materials.

Souvik Bhattacharjya, Associate Director, Integrated Policy Analysis Division, TERI & Dr. Shilpi Kapur Bakshi Senior Fellow, TERI
 

Anticipating complex network issues through the use of advanced simulation models

The increase in share of wind energy in the transmission networks, has bought about the challenge of integration with the electrical grid. An accurate modelling of the converter control loops and its interaction with the grid becomes indispensable in order to overcome this challenge.

X. JUANKORENA, D. VELASCO, I. ESANDI and E. BURGUETE- Ingeteam Power Technology, Sarriguren, Spain
 

Long term prospects for Renewables remain in-tact; Near term headwinds amid the COVID impact on discoms’ finances

The renewable energy-based capacity is estimated to reach to 120-125 GW by December-2022, with the solar capacity constituting 50% of the overall capacity followed by 38% from wind power segment and the balance 15% from other sources. While this is lower than the capacity target of 175 GW set by the Government of India, the incremental capacity addition is estimated to be healthy at 35-38 GW with investment outlay of more than Rs. 2 lakh crore over the next two and half years

Girish Kumar Kadam Vice President, Sector Head - Corporate Ratings, ICRA Ltd
 

Road towards AtmaNirbhar - The Indian Sun Perspective

With the extension of Safeguard Duty (SGD) for yet another year on imports of Chinese solar power equipments along with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy’s (MNRE) proposal for the implementation of Basic Custom Duty (BCD) on imports of solar equipments, including solar cells, modules and inverters, the government has cleared its intention to rampup boosting the manufacturing industry – a step towards making India an ‘AtmaNirbhar Bharat’.

Manu Tayal, Associate Editor, Energetica India
 

Indian Renewable Energy Sector and COVID-19: An Overview and Road Ahead

The government’s response in COVID-19 situation to address the issues related to supply chain disruptions, RE curtailment, and cash-flow crunches has been timely. However, the current situation should also be viewed as an opportunity for course correction to bring about structural changes involving financing, manufacturing, and contract enforcement in the RE sector. Going forward, this will pave the way for a smoother and more effective energy transition

Gandhar Ukidve, Research Analyst, Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW)
 

TN5015H-6G, High-Temperature Thyristor Protects Against Greater Voltage Spikes

Is it time to rethink how we protect electrical circuits in home appliances, industrial systems, and motorbike voltage regulators? There are certainly reasons to question common assumptions after ST recently updated its family of high-temperature thyristors, which can reach a junction temperature of up to 150 ºC while offering a high noise immunity.

ST Microelectronics
 

Reducing the Cost of Energy with Extended Validation and Certification of New-Generation Power Converters

The grid-friendly converters include FRT, SCR and SSR features, so they can be deployed anywhere in the world and are particularly well suited to emerging markets such as India or Brazil. The modular nature of the DFIG converters means they can customize and effectively minimize wind turbine LCoE.

Ion Etxarri, R&D Quality & Innovation Manager, Ingeteam Wind Energy
 

How Latest Energy Storage Technology and Trends Can be a Game-Changer for the Renewable Sector

Energy storage is increasingly lucrative, because of its growth and acceptance as a major part of the grid. Energy storage allows the storing party to meet energy demand when that energy demand outweighs supply and prices are better for producers. Accordingly, wind and solar developers are increasingly adding small battery storage projects to wind and solar farms, so that they can take advantage of opportunities to sell energy at optimal prices.

A.K. Shukla, Founder, Sanvaru Technology
 

Hydrogen: The Technology Targeting A Fuel Cell Future

Hydrogen cell-based automobiles can be better than EVs as the raw material is easily sourced, and is more cost-effective as compared to EVs. The cost of hydrogen fuel-based vehicles would be the same as that of a diesel fuel based vehicle. Hydrogen fuel cell mobility is more efficient than battery supported electric vehicles considering electricity is used for charging those vehicles.

Akshay Kashyap, Founder and Managing Director, Greenfuel Energy Solutions
 

Decarbonizing the Environment and Improving Farmers Livelihood with Bio-based Solutions

India has embarked on a biofuel programme of its own. The National Policy on Biofuels, introduced in 2018, has set a target of 20% ethanol blending in petrol and 5% of biodiesel in diesel by the year 2030. However, the capital costs and operational expenditures of biofuel technologies are presently high – an issue that must be addressed to accelerate the successful commercialization of biofuels.

Faizur Rehman, Head of Bio2X, Fortum India
 

Indian Railways Obsession with Electrification Harming Public Health

The Indian Railways (IR), which has launched a much-publicized campaign to “go Green” by 2030. Its largest initiative is 100% electrification of the rail lines, but they fail to mention that over 70% of the country’s electricity is from coal-fired power plants contributing to greenhouse gases. Despite heavy investment, IR also maintains a fleet of over 5,000 diesel locomotives and has meanwhile resisted upgrading to the latest emissions technologies which would significantly reduce pollution.

Shekhar Tiwari, Founder, US-India Security Forum
 

Grid Innovation is Key to Fulfilling India’s USD 5 Trillion Economy Dream

The decentralized network of electricity in off grid, mini-grid or franchise models has proven to be a successful second option for improving energy access in unserved or underserved areas.

William Brent, Chief Campaign Officer, Power for All ; Jaideep Mukherji, Chief Executive Officer, Smart Power India
 

Investment - Opportunities and Challenges in Rooftop Solar Sector

The government needs to push lending into the roof-top solar sector. Currently, the banks do not offer rooftop solar specific loans. These loans are only offered when the property on which the solar rooftop is proposed to be offered
as collateral.

Animesh Damani, Managing Partner, Artha Energy Resources
 

Case Study - HEEC Pilots 3D Digital Design Standards to Deliver Miluo Western 220-kilovolt Substation

Establishing Digital Twins with Bentley Applications Improved Substation Designers’ Productivity, Saving CNY 6.3 Million.

Amit Trehan, Industry Marketing Director, Utilities at Bentley Systems
 

Mesoscale and Microscale Modeling for Wind Energy Applications

Next-Generation Numerical Weather Prediction for Wind Flow Modeling.

Gregory S. Poulos, PhD-CEO, Principal Atmospheric Scientist; Mark Stoelinga, PhD - Lead, Atmospheric Science Innovation and Application, ArcVera Renewables
 
 
 
 
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