The official Conference Opening of Intersolar India on 5th November in Mumbai welcomed hundreds of global solar industry practioners, enthusiasts and policy makers from India and abroad. In the opening ceremony there were several great presentations after the traditional 'Lighting the lamp' cermony for an auspicious beginning.
Dr Winfried Hoffmann, President of the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA), kicked off with his presentation on how PV is not only competing in but also shaping the Energy Sector dynamics in Europe. PV and wind is a winning combination and Germany is poised to go towards high penetration of renewables in the energy production mix by 2050. He remarked that "even the PV industry did not predict the PV prices 4 years ago" and the price exprience curve shows that for every doubling of volume, 20 % reduction in price for PV can be seen historically. He however cautioned that today's prices are a bit too low below the price experience curve and consolidation is to come very soon.
Next Mr Sunil Gupta, Global Head of Technology & CleanTech at Standard Chartered bank presented his perspective on Global trends in Solar and their implications for India. He noted that the whole mix of the growth is changing, Europe was pioneer, but China, Japan, India and US will take it further and in future India will represent 5% of the global solar markets. He also observed that "nobody is making money at the moment in this industry". That means that the reduction in module prices has to slowdown and upstream companies might be consolidated. He identified three key trends going forward: 1) slow growth in near term, 2) oversupply, 3) dislocation for manufacturing in next to years.
Among others, Dr. Anil Kakodkar, Chairman Solar Energy Corporation of India & Solar Energy Research Advisory Council presented his views on products relevant to the Indian Market that would enable high penetration of solar in the Indian context.
He observed that over a longer term horizon (3-4 decades) India's energy requirement would be 40% of the global electricity production with increase in quaality of life. He felt its necessary to develop products, which are more in tune with the development in India. Particularly he highlighted:
a) Solar in hybrid mode production with wind or biomass
b) Agricultural pumps drive by Solar
c) Solar lighting to replace keresone lamps
On the innovation front he forsees some good potential for a local Solar Thermal company to emerge, production of hydrogen and Solar as a means of carbon sequestration.
Next, Mr. Tarun Kapur, Joint Secretary at Minsitry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE, India), shared Opportunities in the Indian Solar Market and an update on the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM )as of Nov 2012. He observed that Solar will overtake wind in India due to immense resources and better predictability. He emphasized the Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO), which will drive adoption of solar in every state of India, provided the state government takes it seriously. He also remarked that the Renewable Energy Certificates (REC) are a great business opportunity and finncially viable.
The presentations that folloowed in the conference covered in details some impostant topics such as the India's PV and Thermal Markets, New Solar Thermal Markets, CSP/CPV, Large-scale PV systems projects, Off-grid PV market, PV manufactuing installtion, operation and maintenance, Project Financing, Quality issues and Solar Guidelines.
The Intersolar Award for the solar projects in India category were also presented for the first time. A total of eight projects were nominated for the new Intersolar Award category in early October 2012. An independent jury composed of experts from research, science, and industry selected the three projects from the group of nominated companies.
The winners were Clique Developments Limited, Gujurat Power Corporation Limited and SunCarrier Omega Pvt. Ltd. Clique Developments won the industrial and commercial use award for its solar-operated air-conditioning system in the Indian town of Greater Noida, which was integrated into an existing power supply system. A second prize for industrial and commercial use projects was awarded to SunCarrier Omega for its Omega Net-Zero Energy Building project in the village of Charanka, Patan District, Gujurat.
There was also a CEO PV panel discussion held at the conference venue, where the prominent leaders from compnies such as Visa Ecotech, Vikram Solar, Sun Edison, Mahindra Solar One, Aditya Birla Group and Reliance ADAG were brought to one table to discuss the present and future market prospects in light of recent global developments in the PV industry.
Overall it was an action packed conference with useful and interesting information on various topics concerning the solar Industry.
Recreated from original blog post authored by Nilesh Y. Jadhav at Solarika.org