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The climate problem and gender inequality are two of today's most pressing issues

Despite the fact that the energy supply industry is largely dominated by men, studies have shown that women perform just as well as men in these roles. The industry’s decision to hire women challenges long-held beliefs about what women can and cannot do.

In an exclusive interaction series with women influencers in the power sector, Manu Tayal, Associate Editor, Energetica India, interacted with Juhi Marwadi, Director, Pixon Energy. Here’re some edited excerpts from that interaction:

We are planning to set up 5 GW solar module production line by 2025

We are planning to set up a 5 GW capacity for the solar module production line by 2025, along with a 1 GW capacity for solar cell manufacturing… With the pace we are going, most likely, we will achieve our goal earlier, shared Hardik Kothiya, Director, Rayzon Solar, in interaction with Manu Tayal, Associate Editor, Energetica India. Here’re the edited excerpts:

Investing in Solutions that Drive Sustainable Future doesn't Necessarily Mean Higher Capex

Investing in solutions that drive a sustainable future does not necessarily mean a higher Capex because it leads to better energy savings, says Janda Campos, Senior Director, Head of Group Sustainability, Grundfos, in an exclusive interaction with Manu Tayal, Associate Editor, Energetica India. Ms. Janda also discussed her company’s business strategy and priorities in India, sustainability goals, Sustainability Report, etc. Here’re the edited excerpts from that interaction:

We are Planning to Export Our Robotic Cleaning Solutions from Noida Facility

We are planning to utilize our Noida-based facility to manufacture and supply waterless robotic cleaning solutions to international markets as well. We have supplied and installed more than 1.3 GW of solar robots in India with a strong interest and an order pipeline of around 2 GW to be executed in the coming months. The Indian market is one of the strategic markets for us both from a manufacturing and sales perspective, disclosed Nimish Jain, CEO-India, Airtouch Solar, in an exclusive conversation with Manu Tayal, Associate Editor, Energetica India. Mr. Jain also discussed about his company’s various product offerings, expansion plans, key customers, challenges in the Indian market, etc. Here’re the edited excerpts:

Policymakers should incentivize private players who are actively contributing to RE

The two largest challenges facing the Indian power sector are fuel supply uncertainty and deteriorating distribution company finances. Considering the dominance of coal in India’s fuel mix, its shortage can severely impede investments in the generation segment. Importing coal is not a viable long-term option as the major exporting countries are increasingly adopting energy security and resource nationalism-related policies. The need of the hour is to identify and implement solutions with utmost urgency, believes Riju Jhunjhunwala, Managing Director, Bhilwara Energy Ltd – LNJ Bhilwara Group Company, in an exclusive conversation with Manu Tayal, Associate Editor, Energetica India. Mr. Jhunjhunwala also discussed about the company’s journey towards renewable energy investment, plans for the power sector, bottlenecks, suggestions for policymakers, etc. Here’re the edited excerpts from that interaction:

We are planning to come in the electric vehicle segment as well

We are expecting that the duty on imported inverters should be increased so that the kind of infiltration which is still happening from outside could be stopped. Otherwise, after some time may lack motivation in the kind of investment that we have done and the efforts that we are putting in the Indian market, said Sunil Badesra, Country Head, Sungrow, in conversation with Manu Tayal, Associate Editor, Energetica India. Mr. Badesra also discussed about the company’s investment and expansion plans for India, key challenges faced, government policies, etc.

Women’s Representation and Leadership Drive Better Environmental Outcomes

No doubt, both at the national and local level, women’s representation and leadership drive better environmental outcomes. A strong, as well as sensitive leader, can make better policies that will help in a sustainable future. Women are by nature consider the community and families before taking any crucial decision, which is important to producing the kind of holistic solutions that make for effective climate action. Well-educated and qualified women, in particular, possess unique knowledge about agriculture, conservation and natural resource management that make their voices indispensable in any decision-making process.

In an exclusive interaction series with women influencers in the power sector, Manu Tayal, Associate Editor, Energetica India, interacted with Deepika Mathur, DGM, Jakson Group. Here’re some edited excerpts from that interaction:

Energy Storage Market in India is Still in its Nascent Stage

There are a few challenges in the energy storage market in India. The first is that the market is still in its nascent stage and there is a need for an ecosystem for this sector to develop. Another challenge is the lack of government support for this sector. Some of the possible solutions to these challenges are to focus on market creation and promotion through policy, R&D, and investments in the market.

In an exclusive interaction series with startup companies in the energy and mobility space, Manu Tayal, Associate Editor, Energetica India, interacted with Rajnish Sharma, CEO & Director, Smarten, a Gurugram-based energy startup. Here’re the edited excerpts from that interaction:

We will dedicate the Assam biorefinery to the nation by March next year

Our target is by March next year, we will dedicate the Assam biorefinery to the nation... and are expected to source atleast Rs 150 crore to Rs 200 crore worth of bamboo every year for the biorefinery. Also, we are going to provide direct or indirect employment for around 10,000 to 15,000 jobs in Assam in the biomass collection and transportation area. So it’s going to be a huge impact wherever the refineries are going to come. Moreover, we will provide money directly to the people when we will source bamboo, etc in the region, disclosed Faizur Rehman, Head- Bio2X Fortum India and Country Director, Chempolis India, in a candid conversation with Manu Tayal, Associate Editor, Energetica India. Mr. Rehman also discussed about the company’s plans on setting up new projects in the country, investments, key challenges, etc. Here’re the edited excerpts from that interaction:

Startups will drive next wave of growth in the country

I believe that start-ups will drive the next wave of growth in the country. On the Government’s part, several changes have been implemented to assist in the growth of these start-ups, such as tax advantages, relaxations in other labour standards, and so on. More can be done, given the current situation and the air of uncertainty. A few changes that include - reduced interest rates, easier access to finance/funds, lower land prices, and government tenders with sole sourcing from start-ups can make a difference in the smooth functioning of SME and MSME communities.

In an exclusive interaction series with startup companies in the energy and mobility space, Manu Tayal, Associate Editor, Energetica India, interacted with Mayank Jain, Director, Crayon Motors. Here’re the edited excerpts from that interaction:

We are focusing on growing our lower-emission fuels business

Demand for low-emission fuels is expected to grow rapidly, driven by the need for energy-dense, lower-carbon fuels transportation such as aviation, marine and heavy-duty trucking. So we are focusing on growing our lower-emission fuels business by leveraging current technology and infrastructure, in addition to continuing research in advanced biofuels that could provide improved longer-term solutions through upgrading lower-value bio-based feedstock, disclosed Rupinder Paintal, Director – Market Development, ExxonMobil Lubricants Pvt. Ltd., in conversation with Manu Tayal, Associate Editor, Energetica India. Mr. Paintal also discussed about the company’s plans on the low carbon solutions amid rising demand, its products offerings for the power sector, key challenges of the wind industry, India’s pathway for achieving net-zero emission goals, etc. Here’re the edited excerpts from that interaction:

India is expected to witness a drastic change in its carbon markets in the next 1 to 3 Yrs

Carbon credit will increasingly become an important solution for climate action. Consequently, carbon credit pricing will also increase as the demand for it soars in times to come. As more and more businesses and organizations become active in cutting emissions using offsets, carbon markets are becoming increasingly robust and attractive. India is expected to witness a drastic change in its carbon markets in the next one to three years as the increasing number of businesses join the climate action bandwagon, opined Manish Dabkara, CMD & CEO, EKI Energy Services Ltd, in conversation with Manu Tayal, Associate Editor, Energetica India. Mr. Dabkara also discussed how his company is helping organisations in cutting carbon footprints, how smart cities can generate revenue while reducing carbon emissions, etc. Here’re the edited excerpts from that interaction:

We are aiming for portfolio expansion of up to Rs 1,000 crore by next year

As an established player in Power T&D and Solar Segment in India, the business unit is targeting to reach Rs 2,000 crore worth of orders in the T&D, Renewable and Railway Segment in the next two years. The business has recently commissioned several substation projects up to 400kV across India including the tough terrain of the northeast. Going forward, we plan to expand our capacity by building 765kV substations within two years. We are also aiming for portfolio expansion of up to Rs 1,000 crore by next year of which, Rs 500 crore would be allocated to Railways, Rs 300 crore in Ground-mounted solar and about Rs 200 crore in overseas business opportunities, disclosed Raghavendra Mirji, Senior Vice President & Head – Power Infrastructure & Renewable Energy (PIRE), Godrej Electricals & Electronics, in conversation with Manu Tayal, Associate Editor, Energetica India. Mr. Mirji also discussed about the company’s expansion plans, its offerings for the power sector, key challenges of the industry etc. Here’re the edited excerpts from that interaction:

Fuel cells power by methanol can extend the range of a battery-electric vehicle

With the highest hydrogen-to-carbon ratio of any liquid fuel, methanol is a superior hydrogen carrier that supports the faster development of hydrogen economies by enabling the adoption of hydrogen as a fuel today. Thus, any investments in India’s methanol economy would be an investment in the hydrogen economy of the future. Fuel cells power by methanol can extend the range of a battery-electric vehicle from 200 km to over 1,000 km. It acts as a battery range extender that can be refuelled in a very short time, says Gregory A. Dolan, CEO, Methanol Institute, in conversation with Manu Tayal, Associate Editor, Energetica India. Mr. Dolan also discussed about the benefits of renewable methanol for Indian economy, its availability, utilization areas, competitiveness, demand, etc. Here’re the edited excerpts from that interaction:

When it Comes to Green Energy Sector, Women Need to Participate More as they Bring Unique Value

There is always a scope to be any industry you want to be in. But when it comes to the green energy sector, women need to participate more because they bring a value that is unique. They bring more sensitivity, creativity, progress, sustainability, innovation in their own ways. Today we have to match the pace with this demanding sector by upskilling ourselves constantly. We are energy ourselves and it would be the best to contribute to the energy sector as this is a transformational decade and will lead to creating a cleaner, greener, sustainable energy envelope on earth for next generations and women will have to do it.

On International Women’s Day, in an exclusive interaction series with women influencers in the power sector, Manu Tayal, Associate Editor, Energetica India, interacted with Dr. Rashi Gupta, Managing Director, Vision Mechatronics. Here’re some edited excerpts from that interaction:

Urgent need to upgrade India’s grid infrastructure

There is an urgent need to upgrade India’s grid infrastructure that can withstand vulnerabilities caused due to natural and man-made challenges. The legacy electricity grids experience high losses and frequent outages, both of which are intensified by the inability of their existing technology to communicate breakdowns in real-time. Upgrading or modernizing the grid should be the sector’s top priority to improve efficiency and make India’s vision of power for all a reality. Improving the physical reach of electricity combined with efforts to reduce energy losses due to transmission will help improve the finances of DISCOMS as well, believes Mili Majumdar, Managing Director of Green Business Certification Institute Pvt Ltd (GBCI), India and Senior Vice President of U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), in conversation with Manu Tayal, Associate Editor, Energetica India. Ms. Mili also discussed about the benefits of green building certification, its evaluation parameters, key challenges, skilling need, etc. Here’re the edited excerpts from that interaction:

We aim to commercially launch ZincGel products in the next 18 months

Undoubtedly, Li-ion battery technology stands as an undefeated king, but its limitations – like that of safety concerns and supply-chain constraints must not be overlooked. Overcoming the current batteries’ barriers is the need of the hour.

Sustainable energy storage technology with deep commercial penetration is an untapped market, both in India and globally. Our unique ZincGel battery technology aims to outperform conventional battery technology in terms of power density, battery life, energy efficiency and cost.

In an exclusive interaction series with startup companies in the energy and mobility space, Manu Tayal, Associate Editor, Energetica India, interacted with Tejas Kusurkar, Co-founder & CEO, Offgrid Energy Labs, an IIT-Kanpur incubated startup. Here’re the edited excerpts from that interaction:

Zinc8 ESS is based upon unique patented zinc-air battery technology

After many iterations to our energy storage system, we have developed a battery that uses abundant and affordable materials, which provides flexibility, scalability and a stable materials supply chain. Our battery’s architecture provides the same long-duration characteristics of redox flow batteries, but at a fraction of the cost, discussed Ron MacDonald, President & CEO, Zinc8 Energy Solutions, in conversation with Manu Tayal, Associate Editor, Energetica India. Ron also discussed about the current and future market trends in the energy storage sector, his company’s Zinc-Air Battery technology, future business plans, etc. Here’re the edited excerpts from that interaction:

Our new facility will be commissioned by the first quarter of FY23

Almost all of our raw materials are taxed but the finished good i.e. panel is duty free! which eventually makes domestic panel expensive. There is a sort of policy paralysis for this sector, we need strong long-term policy so that the sector can flourish and with big players foray into green energy business India’s renewable energy ambitions will get a boost. Our market is still dominated by import in this sector and there is lot of scope for new big players who will drive the pace and India will become an exporter rather than an importer of solar components, opined Manish Gupta, Managing Director, Insolation Energy, in an exclusive conversation with Manu Tayal, Associate Editor, Energetica India. Gupta also shared about his company’s future expansion plans, latest product offerings, suggestions to boost the power sector etc. Here’re the edited excerpts from that interaction:

We are aiming to complete a minimum 2GWp installation with our Hydrelio® technology by 2023

The Central Government needs to act as guarantor for all power projects which are underwritten with State Discoms. This will ensure that even if State defaults, the Central Government can step in. Consider renewable energy lending as a separate book and not to club with overall energy sector exposure (as a significant part of lending by Banks/NBFCs is for thermal/hydro and non-renewable energy-based companies), believes Deepak Ushadevi, Managing Director & CEO, Ciel & Terre India, in an exclusive conversation with Manu Tayal, Associate Editor, Energetica India. Ushadevi also shared about his company’s journey in India, future business plans for India, bottlenecks in the power sector etc. Here’re the edited excerpts from that interaction:
 
 
 
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