What does India require to quickly ramp up the share of clean and green solar power in its energy basket and how is the nation readying itself for a leadership role in the implementation of the ambitious Inter Continental Grid project? These are part of the many key topics that will be covered in this year's ETEnergyworld Virtual Roundtable Discussion on Solar Energy Storage & InterContinental Grids.
The event will be inaugurated by Niti Aayog Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Amitabh Kant as Chief Guest on Friday. A special digital initiative of ETEnergyworld, the roundtable is being rolled out with Sterlite Power, CarbonCopy and National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI) as partners.
"I am delighted to participate in ETEnergyworld conference on Solar Energy Storage and InterContinental Grids. I am happy that the subject is about meeting balancing needs through a global grid," Kant said. Apart from the Niti Aayog CEO, the event will witness partcipation from the who's who of the global energy industry including Pratik Agarwal, Managing Director, Sterlite Power; and Amit Jain, Senior Energy Specialist, World Bank.
Other key industry experts who will participate as speakers include Anil Srivastava, Principal Consultant & Mission Director, Niti Aayog; Tim Buckley, Director, Institute of Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) and Abhishek Ranjan, Assistant Vice President, BSES Rajdhani (BRPL).
Also, the largest industry associations in the green energy and storage space will be represented on the platform by Pranav R Mehta, Chairman of NSEFI and Rahul Walawalkar, President of India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA).
The one-of-its-kind event is aimed to develop into a platform for threadbare discussion on key topics within the solar power and energy storage space with a special focus on the what does it require to meet the balancing needs of renewable energy integration through an inter-country grid.
India plans to achieve renewable energy generation capacity of 450 Gigawatt (GW) by 2030. The target requires addressing the issue of intermittency associated with renewables. The idea of large scale storage capacity and InterContinental Grids is a step in that direction.
When it comes to storage, around 34 GW/136 GWh of battery capacity is likely to be installed in India by 2030. The future energy systems would comprise both solar and storage technologies combined into one.
An InterContinental Grid project, of the kind envisioned by the Indian government, will provide a cross-country network of power cables in future allowing power exchange between countries by leveraging their time zone differences and demand requirements.