Solar energy as a most prevalent source of renewable energy is stake for obtaining sustainable environment and moderates the climate changes across the globe. In this regard, School of Basic & Applied Sciences (SoBAS) at GD Goenka University, Gurugram organised a distinctive two days Online International Symposium on ‘Energy Conservation & Solar Energy’(ISECSE-2020) on 15th & 16th Oct 2020. The event was held in association with the Indo-German Energy Forum, BEE, Ministry of Power, Govt. of India, HAREDA, Govt. of Haryana, NISE- MNRE, Govt. of India.
The objective of this symposium was to present international & national participant including experienced & young researchers, Industry stalwarts, business practitioners, decision makers and policy designers at common platform so as to inculcate the awareness and responsibilities towards energy conservation by exploiting the solar energy among young budding school students. This symposium has generated a high level of inquisitiveness among the research scholars and sufficient awareness among school students, and the same was reflected in form of 353 registration. During the two days symposium, 1 Panel discussion, 4 Keynote session, 4 power talks, 2 technical session along with different school student events (e-essay, e-handmade posters, online quiz and extempore) were organised. The symposium attracted participation of 85 International and National institutes with full enthusiasm.
This symposium witnessed Chief Guest and Keynote addresses: Dr. A K Tripathi (Director general, NISE, Faridabad, MNRE, Govt. of India), Dr. Tobias Winter (Director, Indo-German forum, New Delhi), the guest of Honour: Shri Amit Khatri (Deputy Commissioner, Gurugram), Chief Guest: Dr. Nicole Glanemann (Deputy head of division Bilateral Energy Cooperation, Federal ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany). Keynote addresses: Mr. Shailendra Kumar Shukla (Former Chairman-HAREDA, Govt. of Haryana, Former Chairman, Chhattisgarh state power companies), Dr. Radovan Kopececk (Managing director, International Solar Energy Research Centre Konstanz, Germany). Power talks: Dr. D K Aswal (Director, CSIR-National Physical laboratory, New Delhi), Prof. (Dr.) P B Sharma (Vice Chancellor, Amity University), Dr. Subhash Thota (Associate Professor, IIT Guwahati). etc.
A panel discussion was organised with key theme: ‘Energy Conservation and Solar Energy: Path to Sustainable Living’ and guest speakers were Shri R.K. Rai, Secretary (Ministry of of Power, Govt. of India), Dr. Radovan Kopeck (Managing Director, ISERC, Konstanz Germany), Dr. K.K. Pande (Dean Academics, TMC Moradabad, Formerly National Hydroelectric power corporation), Prof (Dr.rer.nat.) Ram-Krishna Thakur, Conference Chair-ISECSE-2020 and Dean GDGU, Mr. Sukhchain Singh (Project Manager, New and Renewable Energy, Department & HAREDA), Mr. Jaideep N Malaviya (Managing Director, Malaviya Solar Energy Consultancy, Pune), Dr. Subhash Thota (Associate professor, IIT Guwahati), Dr. Amirtanshu Shukla (RGIPT, Amethi, UP). In addition to this, 30 poster and 20 oral presentation were presented.
- Utilization of Renewable Energy has resulted in enhancement of energy security, climate change mitigation and economic benefits. Germany as a torchbearer has planned to close all coal and nuclear plant by 2038 and will completely shift to renewable energy resources for its energy demand. They have reduced the cost of solar panel for home buyers to 1 Euro for making it more economical.
- Sun is a source of all existing energies in the world and moreover it provides free and clean energy. Physiography of India is most favourable for Solar Energy, thus it is imperative to utilize the same. Research should focus on conversion of heat as well as light in Solar Energy.
- India’s energy consumption is increasing relatively at faster rate due to economic development, wherein renewable resources can only be the most appropriate solution. However, saving resources could also assist as Govt. of Haryana, Indian has started PACK program to save electricity by imparting Star Rating system to home appliances.
- Govt. had developed and implemented the Energy Audit, Energy consumption norms and standards. Even though 3R’s, Recycle, Reuse and Regeneration of Solar panel should also be emphasised. There is dire need of legislative policies for management of solar panel waste.
- Renewable energy sources are capable enough to replace the conventional sources of energy. Massive utilization of renewable energy resources can reduce its cost. Indian Govt. has formulated the policies for renewable sector to reduce the carbon content to 40% by 2030. The positive implications of latest energy efficiency models as BISON, ZEBRA and PERC technology were explained in great details for its future implementation & usages.
- Rural area can be benefited most by Renewable resources as its easy availability. Junagadh University has come up with an example wherein double usage of land by colocation of PV (Photovoltaic cells) and agriculture was displayed. However, production & disposal of PV generates the toxic substances that are hazardous to environment. Thus, Quality check, Validation and testing protocols for PV to be developed according to Indian’s environments conditions.
- Advancement in Renewable energy sector can only be achieved when there is cohesiveness and better coordination among all the responsible organisations such as Government, Academics, Industries and Society as the leader to dream of a better world.
- Higher education institutes can provide energy conservation education through its curricular design, research and collaborative efforts with NGO’s working in these areas. They can provide trained manpower and knowledgeable expertise to solve critical energy crisis. Higher Education Institutes can be established as Centre of Excellence to enlighten the society towards utilisation of Renewable resources vis-à-vis non-renewable resources.