In­dia Smart Grid Week 2017

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The four-day long in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence and ex­hi­bi­tion ‘In­dia Smart Grid Week 2017’ that was held in New Delhi’s Manek­shaw Cen­tre from March 7-10, 2017 re­ceived great re­sponse from the del­e­gates, ex­hibitors and vis­i­tors. More than 200 in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed ex­perts in the field of en­ergy, pol­i­cy­mak­ers from the government and lead­ers from 50 coun­tries con­verged to­gether to dis­cuss on how to lever­age the emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies to pro­vide re­li­able power and help in re­solv­ing crit­i­cal gaps in elec­tric­ity de­liv­ery across the coun­try.

The main theme of this year’s ISGW was how to meet the con­tin­u­ously ris­ing en­ergy re­quire­ment of the coun­try and to sup­ply 24x7 re­li­able power. The event was at­tended by 50 ex­hibitors and over 2000 trade vis­i­tors. As part of ISGW 2017, four bi­lat­eral work­shops on smart grid tech­nol­ogy co­op­er­a­tion were or­gan­ised. These were: Canada – In­dia Smart Grid Work­shop, Euro­pean Union – In­dia Smart Grid Work­shop, Swe­den - In­dia Smart Grid Work­shop and US – In­dia Smart Grid Work­shop.

The event was sup­ported by the Min­istries of Power, New and Re­new­able En­ergy, Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy, En­vi­ron­ment, For­est and Cli­mate Change, NITI Aayog, Make in In­dia and sev­eral other government in­sti­tu­tions and in­ter­na­tional agen­cies. Other im­por­tant top­ics dis­cussed dur­ing the event re­volved around ‘ad­vanced so­lu­tions for grid mod­erni­sa­tion’, ‘FDI in smart in­fra­struc­ture’, ‘e-mo­bil­ity and fu­ture of trans­porta­tion’ and ‘re­new­able en­ergy in­te­gra­tion’.

ISGW 2017 be­gan with a wel­come ad­dress by Reji Ku­mar Pil­lai, Pres­i­dent, ISGF, fol­lowed by spe­cial ad­dresses by prom­i­nent guests that in­cluded Richard Schomberg, EDF and IEC and Chair­man

of ISGW Pro­gramme Com­mit­tee; N Venu, ABB; Kavita Mo­hammed, In­tel In­dia; Fran­cois Vazille, Vice Pres­i­dent, Or­a­cle Util­i­ties Asia Pa­cific and Ja­pan; De­bashis Ban­er­jee, CEO, Re­liance En­ergy, Mumbai; Ajay Mathur, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, TERI; Har­ald Sandberg, Am­bas­sador of Swe­den; Henry Stein­gass, Re­gional Di­rec­tor for South and South­east Asia, USTDA; Makoto Watan­abe, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, NEDO, Ja­pan; To­masz Koslowsky, Am­bas­sador of Euro­pean Com­mis­sion and Praveer Sinha, CEO and MD, Tata Power – DDL. PK Pu­jari, Sec­re­tary, Min­istry of Power in­au­gu­rated ISGW 2017.

An­other high­light of ISGW 2017 was the launch of Smart H2O – a free mo­bile app that will be avail­able for all cit­i­zens of In­dia. This app al­lows cit­i­zens to report wa­ter waste and be a part of the big­ger rev­o­lu­tions like Dig­i­tal In­dia, Smart Cities Vi­sion, Na­tional Wa­ter Mis­sion and Wa­ter Con­ser­va­tion. Smart H2O is pow­ered by Smart Util­ity Sys­tems (SUS), an ISGF mem­ber pro­vid­ing of smart en­ergy and wa­ter cloud plat­forms.

Launch­ing the app, Pil­lai said, “This is a great ini­tia­tive and we are sure that this app will help in im­prov­ing wa­ter use ef­fi­ciency, min­imise wastage and save wa­ter.”

Although In­dia op­er­ates one of the largest elec­tric­ity grids in the world with 310 GW gen­er­a­tion ca­pac­ity, over 250 mil­lion peo­ple are not con­nected to the grid and sev­eral parts of the coun­try ex­pe­ri­ence frequent power cuts. In­dia’s per capita con­sump­tion of elec­tric­ity which is one-third of world av­er­age is ex­pected to in­crease as the eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of the coun­try pro­gresses.

Power out­ages and poor sup­ply qual­ity are ma­jor chal­lenges ham­per­ing the coun­try’s eco­nomic progress. Smart grid is an evolv­ing set of tech­nolo­gies to trans­form the elec­tric­ity grid in to a more in­tel­li­gent and re­li­able grid with in­te­grated con­trol sys­tems that helps elec­tric util­i­ties man­age sup­ply and de­mand ef­fec­tively in real time and avoid power cuts, en­sure power qual­ity and help cus­tomers save money by shift­ing some of their elec­tric­ity us­age like wa­ter pump­ing, wash­ing machines, etc to run dur­ing non-peak hours at re­duced rates.

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