Calling for promoting of climate-friendly technologies in Tamil Nadu, raising awareness among the mass on “Post Carbon Society” with changes that will come with the usage of RE and also providing a platform for the stakeholders in Tamil Nadu and policy-makers throughout India to understand the various dimensions of RE industry, the two-day workshop on Renewable Energy to Tamil Nadu (RE2TN) came to a close on February 5.
The workshop, organized by iPLON in association with DEG, a subsidiary of KFW, had speeches and interactive sessions by industry captains. Achim Fabig, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Chennai, who inaugurated the event said his country is the sixth largest investor in India, and there are around 1500 German companies in India. He added that Germany can share with India its expertise in the field of Renewable Energy.
Susanne Striegler, Senior Investment Manager, DEG (German Investment & Development Bank) gave an overview about DEG bank with facts and figures, new business investments in various countries. She also stated that DEG’s focus area would be co-financing the German private enterprises who want to invest in developing countries like India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
Sudeep Jain, CMD, Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency (TEDA) highlighted the RE potential and installed capacity in India and Tamil Nadu. TEDA will encourage entrepreneurs who want to promote RE in Tamil Nadu in the functional areas of design, system integration, operation and maintenance, he added. Dr. Gomathinayagam, Executive Director, NIWE (CWET), stated that NIWE plans to set up a maiden wind-solar hybrid project at Kayathar in Tirunelveli on a pilot basis.
Victor Thamburaj, Managing Director iPLON introduced the concept of a Post Carbon society for Tamil Nadu which focusses on Ruralization and De-centralization. A live demo on smart grid “Schwaebisch Hall smart grid city” by Peter Breuning, Technical Director at Stanwerke Schwaebisch Hall, a multi-utility in Germany showcased the smart-grid possibilities of a Multi-Utility company. He also demonstrated methods to manage electricity, water and gas for a locality of 30 thousand people. With their innovative solutions, they able to provide services to 18 other localities.
Peter also talked about the issues in grid stability caused by renewable energy generation plants. To manage this, smarter distributed utility companies have to come up which will look after an area at a De-central level. Innovation is the key here as traditional components don’t help to make the grid smarter. To emphasize his point, he made an effort to compare Tamil Nadu and Germany. While the population in both these places is almost same, he said Germany has 800 multi-utility companies whereas Tamil Nadu has only 1 central utility company.
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