The 12th edition of the Renewable Energy India (REI) Expo took place from 18 – 20 September 2018 at the India Expo Centre, Greater Noida. The Indo-German Energy Forum (IGEF) became the supporting partner together with the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC), the Indian Biogas Association (IBA) and the EU-India Clean Energy and Climate Partnership amongst others. The show saw participation of 45 countries, over 750 exhibitors and over 3500 business visitors. In the course of the ‘Indo-German Energy Day’, IGEF organised an Indo-German Energy Symposium Conference and participated in thematic sessions during the two-day conference. The Indo-German Energy Symposium Conference was inaugurated by Dr. Caroline Silva-Garbade, Head of the Economic Affairs Section, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany to India.
The first Symposium Session focussed on Upcoming and Niche Markets for Solar PV in India, chaired by Dr. Winfried Damm, Head Indo-German Energy Programme (IGEN), GIZ India. Amongst others, Shri S.K. Mishra, Director, Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), spoke about Upcoming Markets for Solar PV, and Mr. Maximilian Trommsdorff, Fraunhofer ISE, discussed Global Best Practices in Agro-PV in Emerging Economies. The second Symposium Session discussed New Markets and Upcoming Business Opportunities in the Onshore Wind Sector in India, chaired by Mr. Markus Wypior, Project Coordinator, Green Energy Corridors (IGEN-GEC), GIZ India. Amongst others, Mr. Rajesh Katyal, Deputy Director General and Group Head, National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE) spoke on Wind Resource Assessment & Offshore and Mr. Balawant Joshi, Managing Director, Idam Infra about the Repowering of Wind Turbines in India. Within the framework of this thematic block, the IGEF study "Repowering of Wind Turbines in India" was launched, which focuses on the renewal of old and inefficient wind turbines and shows the possibilities and potentials of this topic. Alongside the Conference, IGEF organized a German Pavilion at the trade fair which was officially inaugurated by Dr. Jasper Wieck, Deputy Chief Mission, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany to India, Dr. Caroline Silva-Garbade, Head of the Economic Affairs Section, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany to India and Dr. Winfried Damm, Head Indo-German Energy Programme (IGEN), GIZ India, on the first day of REI Expo.
In addition, IGEF arranged an exclusive Business to Government (B2G) Lunch Roundtable moderated by Mr. Jörg Uehlin, Private Sector Advisor, Indo-German Energy Forum (IGEF-SO) and chaired by Dr. Caroline Silva-Garbade, Head of the Economic Affairs Section, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany New Delhi. The panel focused on current market developments and challenges for German renewable energy companies in India. After a brief introduction to the topic, the industry and association participants had the opportunity to talk directly with the government representative and the other company representatives in order to bring their concerns directly into the political dialogue.
The Technology Exhibition ‘renewables – Made in Germany’ by the German Energy Agency (dena) was another highlight of this year’s REI Expo 2018. With 26 stand-alone panels, the exhibition presents facts about renewable energy sources, technologies and systems. This exhibition has been visited by interested visitors at the expo and conference. The Technology Exhibition is an important platform for IGEF to showcase renewable energy technologies and strengthen Indo-German Energy collaboration.