India Smart Grid Week 2017
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.