India Smart Energy Workshop

During the India Smart Utility Week (ISUW), which is an event dedicated to promoting smart grids, energy transition, and electric mobility, GIZ conducted two sessions as part of its "Energy Transition with DISCOM"project. The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in Germany and falls under the umbrella of the Indo-German Energy Programme. This was the 9th edition of ISUW and was held in New Delhi from 28 February - 4 March 2023, as a physical event.

The first session, titled "Germany - India Smart Energy Workshop," was in collaboration with Accenture and focused on IT-OT integration and smart metre interoperability. This session aimed to explore the prospects of digitalising Indian DISCOMs and integrating IT and OT systems to derive business benefits while highlighting the importance of interoperability and facilitating Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) interoperability in India.

The event also marked the launch of reports on smart metre interoperability and IT-OT integration, providing recommendations and roadmap to support Government of India’s 250 million Smart Meter target under the Revamped Distribution Sector Scheme (RDSS). Furthermore, the reports also provide valuable resources for stakeholders in the energy sector to promote the adoption of smart grids and energy transition in India. 

GIZ invited Prof. Stefan Tenbohlen, Head of Institute of Energy Transmission and High Voltage Engineering, University of Stuttgart to speak during a thematic session on "Climate Proofing of Future Grids and Advanced Materials for Extreme Weather Events". The session emphasised the impact of climate change on grid equipment, particularly transformers, and how extreme weather conditions may decrease the lifespan of these critical components. Prof. Tenbohlen also delivered a master class on “Energy transition to Net-Zero systems: Strategies and Pathways”, where he spoke about saving resources by condition-based maintenance of power transformers.

GIZ's participation in the India Smart Utility Week was intended to promote sustainable development in the energy sector, exchange knowledge and ideas with experts, stakeholders, and policymakers from around India, and contribute to a cleaner and greener future.

Group picture of all the speakers from the panel discussion (from left to right: Abhinav-Public Policy Advisor, Secure Meters; Gautam Kumar-CTO, Intellismart; Ganesh Das-Chief Collaboration & Innovation, Tata Power Company Ltd; Sharanbir Bal-Associate Vice President, Accenture; Rahul Drivedi (IAS)-CEO RECPDCL/ ED, REC Ltd.; Arvind Gujral-Managing Director, Bidgely Technologies Inc; Sunil Kumar Sharma-Project Manager, GIZ).

Professor Stefan Tenbohlen delivering the master class.