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Poor implementation of policies, and dynamic policies are biggest challenges in solar sector

Poor implementation of policies, and dynamic policies at the national and state level are the biggest challenges in the solar sector, discussed Vineet Mittal, Director & Co-Founder, Navitas Solar, in an exclusive interaction with Manu Tayal, Senior Associate Editor, Energetica India. Mr. Vineet also discussed about his company’s manufacturing facility, expansion plans, industry challenges, etc. Here’re the edited excerpts from that interaction:

Skill development training centers are required to improve the skill level of the workforce

Skill development training centers are required to improve the skill level of the workforce in work before starting their carrier in the industries. They should be provided training either by the external training institute or by the hiring industries, believed Noorulla MS, Head of Operations & Marketing South Asia, Sungrow, in an interaction with Manu Tayal, Senior Associate Editor, Energetica India. Mr. Noorulla also discussed about the impact of BIS certification implementation, rise in duty, how his company handled supply chain restrictions, etc. Here’re the edited excerpts from that interaction:

Grassroots Energy is currently pursuing feasibility studies on BioHydrogen in the UK and India

We are developing a new, innovative Bio-Hydrogen two-stage production process, which removes the need for energy-intensive feedstock sterilization and can produce nearly 100 per cent H2 using organic waste. Grassroots Energy’s biphasic anaerobic digestion system with isolated microbes will be a first of its kind. We are currently pursuing technical and economic feasibility studies in the UK and India on BioHydrogen.

In an exclusive interaction series with startup companies in the energy and mobility space, Manu Tayal, Senior Associate Editor, Energetica India, interacted with Mateen Abdul, CEO and Co-founder, Grassroots Energy. Here’re the edited excerpts from that interaction:

There is always a need to prioritize the investments

It is estimated that 45% of the world’s electricity is used to power electric motors in buildings and industrial applications and hence has great potential to save energy. There is always a need to prioritize the investments and we could use a few guidelines. As the motor’s inherent efficiency cannot be improved after manufacturing and considering the long lifetime of motors, all new motors in a plant should be at least IE4 super premium efficiency motors wherever applicable and should be optimally selected for a given application, avoiding unnecessary oversizing, discussed Indraneel Dhaneshwar, Regional Division President, Large Motors & Generators, ABB India, MEA & LatAm, in an exclusive interaction with Manu Tayal, Senior Associate Editor, Energetica India. Mr. Indraneel also discussed about various challenges in maintaining grid stability and possible solutions, usage of energy efficient motors, etc. Here’re the edited excerpts from that interaction:

Ease of raising capital for startups from foreign entities can be increased

The government is proactively working on increasing the ease of doing business for international investors looking to invest in startups in the country. We feel that, along with ongoing efforts, the ease of raising capital for startups from foreign entities can be increased.

In an exclusive interaction series with startup companies in the energy and mobility space, Manu Tayal, Senior Associate Editor, Energetica India, interacted with Ankit Mittal, Co-founder and CEO, Sheru. Here’re the edited excerpts from that interaction:

We are expecting approx Rs 150 crore turnover from EV charging segment in FY23

We are expecting a turnover in the ballpark of Rs 150 crore from the EV segment in FY 2022-23. This would contribute to nearly half of the total turnover we are expecting from all segments together, which would be around Rs 300 crore. Further, in the next 3 years, we are planning to grow aggressively and is purposed towards achieving revenue of Rs 1,000 crore by 2025. To this end, Servotech is going to introduce backward integration in many product lines, disclosed Raman Bhatia, Founder & Managing Director, Servotech Power Systems Ltd, in an exclusive interaction with Manu Tayal, Senior Associate Editor, Energetica India. Mr. Bhatia also discussed about his company’s various product offerings, technological advancements, business expansion plans and investments, etc. Here’re the edited excerpts from that interaction:

This is right time for India to invest in & adopt cooling as utility to meet its climate goals

This is the right time for India to invest in and adopt cooling as a utility to meet its climate goals as well as combat climate change effectively and building a more resilient and greener country, believes Sudheer Perla, Country Manager, Tabreed India, in an exclusive interaction with Manu Tayal, Associate Editor, Energetica India. Mr. Sudheer also discussed about his company’s business expansion plans and investments in the Indian market, CaaS model, energy-efficient cooling solutions, etc. Here’re the edited excerpts from that interaction:

We intend to expand our PV cell line capacity from 100 MW to 2 GW

We are already expanding our Encapsulants business from the current 3 GW to 11 GW. Our PV Backsheet capacity will be going up from 4 GW to 5 GW. On the PV Modules front, we will be expanding our module manufacturing capacity from 1.75 GW to 4 GW. Besides, we also intend to expand our PV cell line capacity from 100 MW to 2 GW. For this, we are currently considering various technologies, disclosed Avinash Hiranandani, Global CEO and Managing Director, RenewSys India Pvt. Ltd., in an exclusive interaction with Manu Tayal, Associate Editor, Energetica India. Mr. Hiranandani also discussed about his company’s growth journey, various industry-first innovations, the company’s testing labs, challenges faced by the domestic solar manufacturers, etc. Here’re the edited excerpts from that interaction:

The company’s total investment outlay will be approximately Rs 5,000 crore a year

Depending on the various fields, the company’s total investment outlay will be approximately Rs 5,000 crore a year. This will be distributed across generation, transmission, and other non-carbon opportunities in electricity. These investments will be funded with a combination of debt and equity from our own resources, with ~70 to 80% debt and a balance of ~20- 30% equity, shared Malcolm Wrigley, COO, Apraava Energy, in an exclusive interaction with Manu Tayal, Associate Editor, Energetica India. Mr. Wrigley also discussed about his company’s investment and expansion plans in the renewable energy space, challenges in the offshore wind industry, etc. Here’re the edited excerpts from that interaction:

By January 2026, We Look Forward to Becoming a 10GW Fully Integrated Solar PV Maker

The backward integration at Adani solar will start with 2GW Ingot, 2GW Wafer along with cumulative 4GW cell and 4GW module by January 2024. And by January 2026, we look forward to becoming a 10GW fully integrated solar PV manufacturer from Polysilicon to Module. To support this massive upscaling and integration, we shall also develop a comprehensive ecosystem of ancillary units like Glass, EVA, Backsheet, etc. to reduce our import dependency and ensure a seamless supply of all the key raw materials, says Rahul Bhutiani, Head - Sales & Marketing, Adani Solar, in interaction with Manu Tayal, Associate Editor, Energetica India. Mr. Bhutiani also discussed about his company’s growth journey, business strategy, challenges faced by the domestic manufacturers, etc. Here’re the edited excerpts from that interaction:

It will be good if policymakers can ensure that policies are enforced better

It will be good if policymakers can ensure that… policies are enforced better by mandating digital traceability and tracking of emission reductions and mandating carbon credits and RECs for various types of industries like Cement, steel, paper, tyre, pharma, chemicals, infrastructure, etc which are large consumers of fossil fuels. They should also look at the possibility of decreasing or waiving off GST for various types of waste that are used in biofuel manufacturing.

In an exclusive interaction series with startup companies in the energy and mobility space, Manu Tayal, Associate Editor, Energetica India, interacted with Kishan Karunakaran, CEO, Buyofuel, a Coimbatore-based startup working as an online marketplace for biofuels. Here’re the edited excerpts from that interaction:

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:
 
 
 
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