The Smarter-E India Global e-connect 2020

On December 9th and 10th, IGEF-SO hosted two conference sessions on the international trade fair The Smarter E India. Despite the conference being held virtually, the attendees enjoyed cutting-edge presentations on crucial topics in India’s shifting energy sector.  

The first of the two conference sessions revolved around state-of-the-art operation and maintenance procedures for India’s fast-growing solar power plant fleet. After an encouraging inauguration speech of Dr. Glanemann, Deputy Head of Division at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy of Germany, Subrahmanyam Pulipaka, CEO of National Solar Energy Federation of India, presented the Indian edition of the O&M Best Practice Guidelines. The document has been developed in close collaboration between NSEFI, Solar Power Europe, and IGEF and compiles best practice for solar module O&M procedures, tailored to the Indian context and climatic conditions. 

Following the official release of the report, Máté Heisz, Head of International Cooperation at SolarPower Europe, led a panel discussion on the importance of profound operation and maintenance. The esteemed panelist Mr. Manoj Gupta, Vice-President Solar at Fortum, Kelly Mermuys, Country Manager India at 3E, Gilles Estivalet, Chief Marketing Officer at QOS Energy, Viral Patel, Vice-President at SenseHawk, Nachiappan Venkatesan, Director at Swelect, and Kanwarjit Singh, Head of O&M at Sunedison stressed the role O&M plays in maintaining solar plants’ performance and life expectancy. 

 

AgroPV and KUSUM in Doubling Energy Harvest and Income for Indian Farmers

The second conference session, held on December 10th, put focus on a comparatively new but no less promising technology. Agrophotovoltaics, commonly known as AgroPV, combines agriculture and solar power generation on the same area. Therefore, it can help to further increase availability of suitable lands for solar power generation without compromising on the utilisation of fertile lands. Consequently, and relating to India’s KUSUM scheme for solar capacity development, the session was titled AgroPV and KUSUM in Doubling Energy Harvest and Income for Indian Farmers.  

After motivating opening words of Dr. Glanemann, Deputy Head of Division at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy of Germany, several presentations shed lights on various aspects of AgroPV. Maximilian Vorast, Project Manager Agrivoltaics at Fraunhofer ISE, reported on the latest developments of the concept in Germany and Europe. Subsequently, Vivek Saraf, CEO at SunSeed APV, elaborated on the potentials of the nascent technology in India and its socio-economic prospects. Sohini Gupta, Sustainability Manager at Mahindra Susten, and Dr. Priyabrata Santra, Principle Scientist, Central Arid Zone Research Institute (CAZRI) spoke about rationales and experiences from their respective operational AgroPV project in Tandur, Telangana and Jodhpur, Rajasthan. 

The session was closed with the official launch of a report titled Agrovoltaics in India - Overview of operational Projects and relevant Policies through Subrahmanyam Pulipaka, CEO of National Solar Energy Federation of India. This first-of-a-kind document has been developed collaboratively by NSEFI and IGEF and delivers a comprehensive overview of the current state of India’s young AgroPV sector. It also proposes policy measures to diminish barriers to deployment and foster the uptake of the technology. 

Please download the publication on "Agrivoltaics in India: Overview of operational Projects and relevant Policies" by Mr. Subrahmanyam Pulipaka, National Solar Energy Federation of India and Murali Peparthy, National Solar Energy Federation of India.

The introductory presentation on AgroPV and KUSUM in Doubling Energy Harvest and Income for Indian Farmers can be downloaded here.

The presentation of Mr. Maximilian Vorast, Fraunhofer ISE on Agrivoltaics - Experiences from Germany and Europe can be downloaded here.

The presentation of Mr. Vivek Saraf, SunSeed APV on Potential of AgroPV in India - Socio-Economic Prospects can be downloaded here.

The presentation of Ms. Sohini Gupta, teqo by mahindra on Implementing Agro PV in Tandur, Andhra Pradesh: An example of Dual Use of Land and Water can be downloaded here.

The presentation of Dr. Priyabrata Santra, Principle Scientist, Central Arid Zone Research Institute (CAZRI) on Experiences with Photovoltaic Plants and Water Harvesting Systems can be downloaded here.

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