held on 25-27 September 2013 at New Delhi, India
The 4th World Renewable Energy Technology Congress served as an excellent energy platform for the global renewable energy industry to address various industry issues including innovations, new technologies, investment opportunities and project financing.
Mr. Oscar Fernandes, Union Cabinet Minister, Government of India delivered the inaugural address and highlighted the importance of promoting renewable energy, green technology for its sustainability. During the inaugural ceremony, Energy And Environment Foundation awarded the prestigious “Energy And Environment Foundation Global Excellence Awards 2013” in the Renewable Energy Sector. Energy And Environment Foundation conferred the Excellence Award to Mr. U. N. Panjiar, Chairman, Bihar Electricity Regulatory Commission; Mr. John Hardy, Founder, The Extraordinary Green School, Bali, Indonesia; Mr. Jens Burgtorf, Director, Indo-German Energy Programme (IGEN), GIZ; Dr. S. Gomathinayagam, Executive Director, C-WET; Dr. R. K. Malhotra, Director (R&D), Indian Oil Corporation Limited; Mr. Bruce N. Anderson, CEO, Wilson Solarpower Corporation USA; Mr. Suhas Bhand, Chairman, Organic Recycling System Pvt. Ltd; Mr. Pradeep Chaturvedi, Vice President, World Environment Foundation for their excellent contribution in Renewable Energy Sector.
4th World Renewable Energy Technology Congress deliberated various issues related to Innovation in Renewable Energy: Vision for the Future, Renewables: National Issues and Opportunities, Renewables: International Opportunities; Solar PV, Solar Heating & Cooling, Key Solar Power Technologies & their deployment; Bio-Energy for Enhancing Rural Energy Access, Offgrid, Rooftop and Mini Grid; Wind Power; Future of Renewable Energy; Energy Storage, Applied Materials and Smart Grid; Biomass – Nexgen Biofuels – Fuel Cell; Energy Efficiency & Sustainability.
The congress was attended by 268 of national and international delegates from Australia,
Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Singapore
UK, USA. The congress brought together leading international and domestic players, policy makers, government officials and technocrats on a common platform. The concurrent conference sessions were comprised of interesting workshops, interactive panel discussions on “Green Corridors for Sustainable Tomorrow”, “Finance and Investment Opportunities in
Renewable Energy Projects – Future Market Directions”, “State Solar Policies: Towards Self Sustaining Model”. The conference had served as an important gateway for worldwide new energy companies to access the Indian market to foster partnerships and collaborations with local players. A special Green Address in the Inaugural Function by Mr. John
Hardy, Founder, The Extraordinary Green School, Bali, Indonesia was a new feature of this congress and was also a star attraction to the participants.
All the participants from the WRETC-2013 had appreciated presentations and deliberation by
the distinguished speaker of the congress i.e; Mr. Deepak Gupta, Former Secretary MNRE;
Mr. Anil Razdan, Former Sectary Power & Chairman Energy And Environment Foundation;
Mr. Shigeru Aoyagi, Director & Representative to India UNESCO; Mr. Jens Burgtorf, Director,
GIZ; Mr. Sunil Jain, CEO & ED, Hero Future Energies Pvt. Ltd., Mr. Siddhartha Ghoshal, CEO
& Managing Director, AREVA Solar; Dr. A. N. Saksena, President, Energy And Environment
Foundation; Dr. R. K. Malhotra, Director (R&D), Indian Oil Corporation Limited; Mr. Suhas
Bhand, Chairman, Organic Recycling System; Dr. Piers Wilson, UK Trade & Investment; Dr.
A. K. Singhal, UNDP-GEF; Mr. Arun Kumar, MD, SunPower Solar India; Mr. Vipin Bhandari,
ED (P) Engineers India Ltd.; Mr. R. K. Das, Country Head, Enregy Efficiency and Clean
Technology, SIDBI; Dr. Gustavo Rivas, UNILA Brazil; Mr. Stephane Pouffary, CEO,
ENERGIES 2050 France; Dr. T. Harinarayana, GERMI; Mr. Hiren Shah, Global Wind Power
Ltd.; Mr. Satish Sharma, President & CEO-Hydro, Jindal Power Limited; Dr. Arnon Blum,
President, EnStorage Israel; Dr. Rahul Walawalkar, ED, Indian Energy Storage Alliance; Mr.
Balakrishna Singam, Intelligent Energy; Dr. Nicolaus Sayn-Wittgenstein, Director, Green
Elephant Engineering; Mr. David Tai, CEO, BioCube Corporation Australia; Mr. V. K.
Srivastava, PCRA; Mr. Arun Amirtham, Swissmango, Switzerland; Mr. Y. K. Sehgal, ED,
PowerGrid; Mr. Craig S. O’connor, Director, Export-Import Bank of the US; Mr. Franzjosef
Schafhausen, Deputy Director General, BMU Berlin, Germany; Ms. NilaKanthi Ford, Director
Europe and Asia, kfv Consulting UK; Mr. U.N. Panjiar, Chairman, Bihar Electricity Regulatory
Commission; Dr. Anil K. Garg, President, World Renewable Energy Technology Congress.
The congress was supported by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, UNESCO, GIZ, Hero
Future Energies, Areva, Jindal Power Limited, Oil India Limited, SunPower Corp., Indian Oil
Limited, Petronet LNG, EIL, Green Elephant, SIDBI, Intelligent Energy, Organic Recycling
Systems Pvt. Ltd., Continuum Energy Pvt. Ltd., IIFCL, UPES, GERMI, CREWA, UK Trade &
Investment, C-Wet, SESI, World Bioenergy, IESA, PCRA, ICEC, SEAG and a large number of
professional associations. Deloitte, EMPI, CREWA and Infraline Energy were the Knowledge
Partner of the congress. A special feature of the congress was, with the support of UNESCO,
IIFCL, UPES, GERMI a new programme “Host-a-student” was launched with the participation
of future leaders, students from Amity University, Great Lakes Institute of Energy
Management Research, Indian Institute of Forest Management, IIT Durgapur, Lady Irwin
College, National Power Training Institute, SRM University, UPES, Dayalbagh Educational
Institute Agra, GERMI, Sardar Swaran Singh National Institute of Renewable Energy,
The main features of the resolutions adopted in the congress are:
- · The development of Green Energy Corridors for utilization of surplus renewable energy generation is a prerequisite for enhanced renewable energy capacity addition and effective utilization across regional and national electricity systems. These corridors should be developed simultaneously with the installation of renewable energy capacities.
- · There is a need for urgent development of storage technologies, pumped storage facilities and other methods for harnessing renewable energy surplus generation during off peak hours. For off-grid applications more durable, reliable and cost effective batteries are the need of the day. A Road Map for development of appropriate storage technologies is desirable.
- · The potential of utilizing solar thermal technology for steam augmentation in fossil fuel power plants requires urgent consideration.
- · Renewable Energy Certificates need to be made flexible with respect to different renewable energy forms. These would then act as attractive financial instruments.
- · The financing of renewable energy projects needs a special policy directive by Reserve Bank of India for specific sector priority status in view of the social, environmental and other benefits of these projects.
Energy And Environment Foundation invites the global green renewable energy
community to assemble again at New Delhi, India in August 2014 for the
5th World Renewable Energy Technology Congress & Expo-2014.