Going into its fifth year, the annual Intersolar India conference is expecting 700 national and international attendees, as well as roughly 100 speakers from all around the world. The international event, which will take place in the Leela Kempinski Hotel in Mumbai from 11 to 14 November 2013, will set the stage for discussing current conditions and developments in international markets, with a special focus on the Indian market and the latest technologies and trends in the areas of photovoltaics, PV production technologies, energy storage and solar thermal technologies (find more information about the conference programme here). The exhibition with around 200 companies at the Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC), Mumbai, will run from 12 to 14 November, opening its doors one day after the start of the conference. As many as 7,296 visitors filled Hall 1 at the BCEC last year (see photo).
Photo: Solar Promotion
The four-day event will include over 100 presentations and panel discussions on a wide range of solar technologies. Two sessions on 11 November 2013 will be dedicated to solar thermal. Parallel to the Global PV Markets India session, the conference will offer various contributions on the latest developments in solar heating and cooling technologies. Above all, the presentation given by Pankaj Kumar, Deputy Project Manager of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), India, will explore the role of the United Nations Development Programme and the Global Environment Facility (UNDP-GEF CSHP) in developing the market. In cooperation with the UNDP, the MNRE is supporting 30 process heat demonstration projects with solar concentrating technology (15,000 m²) and 60 replication projects (30,000 m²) of process heat applications with concentrating solar thermal collectors across at least five different sectors between 2012 and 2017. The aim is to create a wealth of data about all of the supported projects, including feasibility studies, detailed project reports and performance results.
Jaideep Malaviya, Managing Director of Malaviya Solar Energy Consultancy and contributor to solarthermalworld.org will give an overview of the Indian solar thermal market. Vibhash Garg, Senior Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers India, on the other hand, will speak about concentrating solar thermal for off-grid industrial applications.
The afternoon session on solar thermal will primarily focus on technological advancements and trends in the Indian market. National and international companies will provide insight into the full range of residential, commercial and industrial systems from the solar thermal industry. Deepak Thakur, Corporate Head of Solar Business at Thermax India, will deal in his presentation with optimal solar hybridisation solutions. Ashok Paranjape, Managing Director of Clique Solar, India, will speak about the use of solar thermal in different industries and the hospitality sector, and Shroff Nagesha Rao Srinivas, PhD and Programme Officer at the UNDP in India, will share his experiences of Indian market development and the promotion of process heat applications with solar concentrating technology.
A particular highlight this year will also be the presentation of the Intersolar Award for Solar Projects in India in Hall 1, Booth 1170 on 12 November 2013. A special ceremony will announce the winners in the categories Off-grid Solutions, Industrial and Commercial Use, as well as Utility-scale Projects.