Indo-German Energy Forum Session “Residential Rooftop Systems - Design and Quality go Hand in Hand” at Intersolar India 2017 Conference

The Indo-German Energy Forum (IGEF) is organizing the session “Residential Rooftop Systems - Design and Quality go Hand in Hand” on 6. December at Intersolar India. The list of invited speakers includes the residential solar PV experts from Government and industry of Germany and India. The key points of the session that will be discussed will focus on the current challenges, opportunities and development of India’s residential rooftop segment. Government agency actors and entrepreneurs will discuss obstacles in the residential rooftop segment and suggest ways to promote this segment - which still holds huge potential.

Intersolar India is the India’s largest exhibition and conference for the solar industry. Since being founded, Intersolar has become the most important industry platform for manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, service providers and partners in the global solar industry. In 2016, 235 international exhibitors and more than 12,000 visitors attended Intersolar India. 122 distinguished speakers and 800+ attendees discussed current industry topics and shed light on the conditions surrounding technological, market and political developments at the accompanying conference.

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Indo-German Energy Forum (IGEF) takes centre-stage at Renewable Energy India Expo 2017

The 11th edition of the Renewable Energy India (REI) Expo took place from 20th to 22nd September 2017 at the India Expo Centre, Greater Noida. The Indo-German Energy Forum (IGEF) became the supporting partner together with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Govt. of India (MNRE), Solar Energy Corporation of India Limited (SECI), Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Ltd (IREDA) amongst others.

IGEF organised an insightful session on Indo-German Energy Dialogue on Niche Markets for Solar PV Rooftop. The session discussed best practices and sought solutions to some of the most pressing challenges in the solar rooftop sector. Mr. Hans-Josef Fell, President of the Energy Watch Group (EWG) & Former Member of German Parliament discussed Society’s Role and Challenges for the development of a Residential Rooftop PV market. Mr. Jörg Gäbler, Principal Advisor GIZ India presented PV Port & Store Business Model for Rooftop PV. Mr. Abhinav Goyal, Technical Expert GIZ India spoke about the Quality Assessment of Residential PV Rooftop in India. Mr. Santosh Menon, Secretary, Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA), presented a case study on Solarising Sport Stadiums in India. He congratulated GIZ for the Green Wicket Project for solarizing M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. Mr. Steven Xuereb, Head of Business Unit PV Systems, Photovoltaic-Institute Berlin, talked about the International Quality Standards for Indian PV Rooftop Development and Mr. Stefan Hediger, Head of Energy Cell KfW German Development Bank gave a presentation on Financing of Rooftop PV. Mr. Tobias Winter, Director, Indo-German Energy Forum (IGEF SO) concluded the interactive session.

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India is setting up national Li-Ion battery cell manufacturing

The Indo-German Energy Forum (IGEF) Support Office actively participated at the conference  REI-Expo 2017 and moderated Storage session on 21th of September. Expert speakers from leading battery storage technology companies and organizations were invited to discuss about the Indian market development, Make in India and innovative technology already being available in the country.

Mr. Shantanu Jaiswal, Bloomberg New Energy Finance spoke about different applications and upcoming market volumes for energy storage. Mr. Manoj Gupta, VP-Strategy & Business Development, Coslight India spoke announced Li-Ion manufacturing Make in India. Mr. Gurpreet Chugh, Consulting Director Energy at ICF Consulting explained how the economics of different storage applications stack up for India. Dr. Rashi Gupta, Director, Vision Mechatronics gave examples for present business cases and involved technologies. Mr. Sethuraman Ganesan , Technology Manager, ABB made clear that technology is available in India and gave insights into the views of his company.

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Technology Exhibition ‘renewables – Made in Germany’

IGEF placed a Technology Exhibition ‘renewables – Made in Germany’ which is developed by the German Energy Agency (dena) at REI Expo 2017. With 26 stand-alone panels, the exhibition presents facts about renewable energy sources, technologies and systems. This exhibition was visited by interested visitors at the expo and conference.

Energy Reception on Future Business for Conventional Power Plants

Flexibilization of fossil fuel based power plants has emerged as one of the key focus areas for the thermal power sector in India and Uniper, one of Europe’s leading Energy companies, aims to support the Indian power sector to make an effective transition. The Indo-German Energy Forum organized a roundtable on ‘Future Business for Conventional Power Plants’ on 13th September at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in India. Mr. Eckhardt Rümmler, Chief Operating Officer of Uniper presided over the discussion together with Mr. O.P. Maken, CEO, Excellence Enhancement Centre (EEC) for Indian Power Sector together with representatives of NTPC, BHEL, TERI, CEA, Indo-German Energy Programme in GIZ and German Embassy amongst others.

Mr. Rümmler stated that “going forward with the Indian government’s goal of 175GW installed capacity of renewable energies by 2022, means that flexible operation of conventional power plants will constitute an important role in India’s energy future and hence Uniper’s future business strategy”. Mr. O.P. Maken, CEO, Excellence Enhancement Centre for Indian Power Sector said that “Flexibilization needs immediate attention in India and we look forward to work jointly with Uniper to resolve relevant issues for further strengthening Indian Power Sector”. The event was jointly organized by the Excellence Enhancement Centre for Indian Power Sector (EEC), Uniper India Power Services, and the Indo-German Energy Forum Support Office followed by a networking lunch.

Uniper India Power Services was found about one year ago, as a joint venture (JV) between Uniper and India Power Corporation Limited (IPCL) to develop and service the utility sector in India. The JV has already taken over the responsibility for operating 300MW and is participating in various tenders/discussions for operations and maintenance, engineering, benchmarking and ACM tenders with leading power generating companies in India., who advise the government on policy matters, grid operating companies, and members of the GIZ India Energy Team.

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Roundtable on Flexibilisation of Coal Fired Power Plants

The Indo-German Energy Forum (IGEF) Support Office together with the Excellence Enhancement Centre for the Indian Power Sector (EEC) held the first Business and Science Roundtable on Flexibilisation of Coal Fired Power Plants with special presentations from CUTEC Institute GmbH, Germany and the Energy Research Centre of Lower Saxony (EFZN), Germany at the GIZ New Delhi Office on 5th September 2017. Representatives from the Indian Power Sector such as NTPC & NETRA, Indian Government officials from the Central Electricity Authority, the State Transmission Grid Operator POSOCO and large component companies such as BHEL and Siemens participated besides other stakeholders such as the NGO TERI, and sector specialists from the advisory firms E&Y and Deloitte and from USAID at this exclusive Indo-German Roundtable.

After the introductory remarks by Mr. O.P. Maken from the EEC and a brief introduction round, Dr. Knut Kappenberg presented the set-up of these German organisations and the German context they work in. The German power industry has already gained extensive experiences in enhancing the flexibilisation of thermal power plants due to high share of fluctuating renewables in Germany’s energy mix. Following this, Ms. Eglantine Kunle from CUTEC Institute presented the modelling tool to calculate the costs and impact of flexibilisation for coal fired power plants that she had developed. Her presentation highlighted the typical bottlenecks and challenges to flexbilisation with also providing adequate solutions to those problems.

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GIZ and MNRE Sign Agreement to Improve Framework Conditions for Grid Integration of Renewable Energy

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH India on behalf of the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany signed an agreement on technical cooperation under the "Indo-German Energy Programme – Green Energy Corridors (IGEN-GEC)" on 28.08.2017 in New Delhi. The main objective of this programme component is to improve the sector framework and conditions for grid integration of renewable energy in India.

In the distinguished presence of Mr Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines, Government of India and Dr. Martin Ney, the German Ambassador to India, the agreement was signed at the Shram Shakti Bhawan, Ministry of Power, New Delhi by Dr Wolfgang Hannig, Country Director, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH India and Mr A.N. Sharan, Joint Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE).

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Implementation Agreement between the Bureau of Energy Efficiency and GIZ

Recognising the strategic importance of energy efficiency, fostering sustainable innovative business models in the energy efficiency sector, and building on a long-term partnership under the Indo-German Energy Programme, an agreement was signed between the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH India on behalf of Government of India and Government of Germany respectively for technical cooperation under the title “Indo-German Energy Programme – Demand Side Energy Efficiency in India (IGEN-EE)”.

The agreement was signed on 8 August, 2017 at the office of Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), New Delhi by Mr Abhay Bakre, Director General, Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Ministry of Power and Dr Wolfgang Hannig, Country Director, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH India and Dr Winfried Damm, Programme Director, Indo-German Energy Programme in the presence of Mr Wolfgang Köster, Deputy Head of the Department for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) at the German Embassy in India.


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DC mini-grid Inauguration in Sarvanta village, Uttar Pradesh

In the scope of the German Energy Agency – dena’s Renewable-Energy-Solution Programme (dena-RES-Programm), IGEF-SO participated at the intelligent DC mini-grid inauguration in Sarvanta village close to Bahraich, Uttar Pradesh.  The inauguration took place on 6th June and was implemented by the German company BOS and their Indian partner Oojra. Around 50 representatives from private and development sector were present when the village got its first-time access to electricity through the mini-grids.

The DC mini grid technology offers an inexpensive way to achieve energy access for all. Dena together with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), initiated a renewable energy solution project in 2017 in India in order to electrify a village with no connect to the existing grid. Thanks to the intelligent DC mini grid and the renewable electricity produced using photovoltaic modules, the ba­sic electrification needs in 100 households of Sarvanta village can now be met and the village’s water supply should improve with solar pump systems. At the same time, investment costs remain low, as highly efficient DC loads (such as LED lamps and low power consumption fans) require smaller solar systems. With the support of Oorja to operate the grid service, training and maintenance over the project lifetime are guaranteed. 

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Minister Piyush Goyal visits Germany facilitated by Indo-German Energy FORUM

Mr. Piyush Goyal, Honourable Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines, Government of India visited Berlin, Leipzig and Munich from May 29 to June 1 on the occasion of the international trade fair Intersolar Europe 2017. He presided over the “Indo-German Energy Dialogue” and several business roundtables on photovoltaic development in India organised on 1st June 2017 by the Indo-German Energy Forum (IGEF). Prior to this he participated in a number of business and bilateral meetings in order to strengthen Indo-German relations and exchange of know-how on renewable energies, electric mobility and sustainability.

On arrival, Mr. Goyal was welcomed by Dr. Christoph Beier, Vice Chairman, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the German Development agency. GIZ complements the German Development Bank (KfW) with technical expertise, advisory services and capacity development. Mr. Goyal highlighted how India has increased its green power capacity to more than 100 GW, including Hydro and nuclear and increased its solar capacity to nearly five times of its capacity in 2014. They spoke on the availability of good technical assets in German solar companies, and long-term funding instruments. They also discussed grid balancing issues, electric vehicles development, off-grid systems, green energy corridors and long-term funding possibilities. Given the global presence of GIZ in over 130 countries, Mr. Goyal proposed a partnership with Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) which can help India leapfrog and distribute energy efficiency products across the globe. 

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Indo-German Energy Dialogue and Business Roundtable on PV-Rooftop Development in India

“The Indian rooftop market is the next big driver of the country’s energy transition. Rooftop photovoltaic supports self-sufficient energy supply, stimulates equity and involves civil participation creating ownership for the energy transition” said Mr. Joerg Mayer, Managing Director of German Solar Association (BSW Solar), who chaired a business roundtable on Photovoltaic Rooftop Development in India on 1st June 2017 at the international trade fair Intersolar Europe 2017 in Munich, Germany. European and Indian companies discussed the opportunities and challenges of this market segment. 

During the Indo-German Energy Dialogue promising business models for solar rooftop, financing possibilities, public support schemes and tenders as well as trends in self-consumption in India were presented. Dr. Ashvini Kumar, Managing Director of Solar Energy Corporation of India, responsible for the facilitation and implementation of Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) and the achievement of targets therein set by Government of India presented promotion schemes for further solar photovoltaic rooftop projects. Chief Guest of honour Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines, Mr. Piyush Goyal closed this Indo-German Energy Dialogue reiterating India’s resolution to take up the leadership of saving the planet from climate change. He highlighted how in the future, with renewable revolution, electricity may even be provided free of cost and may only be given as an added incentive along with other services. Noting Munich’s aim to become a 100 % renewable energy powered city by 2025, Mr. Goyal threw the challenge to present organisations and companies to make Varanasi 100 % renewable energy powered even before 2025. In this way, the world’s oldest city shall also become the first city to be powered fully by clean energy.

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Indian Cricket Delegation visits solarised soccer stadiums in Germany

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) in cooperation with Solar Energy Cooperation of India (SECI) has aligned with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) to support solarisation of stadiums. This special high-profile business delegation on “Sustainability in Sports – Solarizing Soccer and Cricket” visited Germany from the 28th of May to 4th of June 2017, organized by GIZ and Indo-German Energy Forum (IGEF) with support from SECI, National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE), German Solar Association (BSW) and Indo-German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC). Solarised soccer stadiums, their developers and owners were visited in Mainz, Kaiserslautern, Hoffenheim and Freiburg.

In addition to visiting the solarised soccer stadiums across Germany, the delegation attended the Intersolar Europe 2017 in Munich, the world´s leading exhibition for the solar industry, where they got insights into latest developments. The delegation also participated in the “Indo-German Energy Dialogue and Business Roundtable on Photovoltaic-Rooftop Development in India” on 1st June 2017 organised by the Indo-German Energy Forum (IGEF). Together with key persons from the Indian and German PV-Rooftop market, the roundtable was presided over by Mr. Piyush Goyal, Hon’ble Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines, Government of India who interacted with the Cricket Delegation and motivated them to implement Solar technology.

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Best practices Study Tour – RE Evacuation & Data Communications Infrastructure

Best practices Study Tour – RE Evacuation & Data Communications Infrastructure was organised by IGEF in association with CBIP from 9th to 12th May 2017. The inaugural ceremony took place in Bengaluru in the presence of Mr. Jawaid Akhtar IAS MD, KPTCL; Mr. K K Arya Member (Power Systems), CEA and Mr. S K Sonee, Advisor, POSOCO. The study tour saw participation of 50 delegates from 9 states namely Karnataka, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Telengana, Gujarat and Delhi. The delegates represented state power utilities, regulatory commissions, transmissions utilities, central power agencies like NTPC, NHPC, POSOCO, PGCIL, Niti Aayog, Central Electricity Authority and the Private sector. The delegation visited the 648MW Adani Green Energy plant, the largest solar plant in the world in Ramanthpuram. The Study Tour concluded with a visit to the 400MW Suzlon wind farm in Kayathar having its own sub-stations one of which was visited by the delegates. 

“There is a need for evolutionary and revolutionary ideas in the RE Grid integration and management as India embarks on a tectonic shift in solar and wind power development. Technical and regulatory challenges are being seriously  addressed for RE  evacuation and Integration . Let me  congratulate the organizers of the Best Practices Study Tour within India  for an opportunity to visit the world’s largest solar plant and an equally big  wind power plant in Tamil Nadu. We discussed some of the challenges  and mutually  learned a lot . It was indeed a pleasure to interact with young budding professionals in the India’s energy sector who were a part of this team and capacity building. Gainfully enjoyed every moment, thanks IGEF, CBIP and the entire group of RE Enthusiasts.. Wish replication and scaling up of such endeavors ....  ” 

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The official inauguration of a mobile rooftop mini photovoltaic home system took place on 25th April 2017 at the rooftop of the GIZ building in Safdarjung Enclave, B-5/2. The inauguration was attended by around 80 GIZ colleagues. The first part of the inauguration was an introduction by Dr. Damm, Coordinator- Energy Cluster, GIZ India about the framework conditions of PVT- Rooftop in residential areas in India. His speech was followed by a demonstration of a complete installation of two 300 Watt Solar Panels. Mr. Tobias Winter, Director, IGEF-SO illustrated with help of the audience, how easily a plug and save Solar Panel can be installed in less than 15 minutes according to the technical standards. Mr. Rakesh Kumar, former Director SECI connected the panel to the building’s grid.

The Solar Panel financed by GIZ and produces energy for the air filters in the building (only self-sufficient power). The event concluded with an open question- answer round with a small get- together Solar talk.

A pre-test or trial of the inauguration took place under the presence of Dr.Pranav Mehta, Vice President of Global Solar Council, who joined the demonstration and guided the appropriate connection to the GIZ’s building grid.


The Indo-German Energy Programme (IGEN) was represented at the ‘Windergy India 2017 – International Conference and Exhibition’ held from 25th to 27th April 2017 at The Ashok Hotel, New Delhi. Mr. Markus Wypior, Deputy Director, IGEN participated in the panel discussion on ‘Grid Integration & Planning’ chaired by Mr. KVS Baba, Chief Executive Officer, Power System Operation Corporation (POSOCO). The other panellists of the discussion were: Mr. Peter Jorgenson, Vice President, Energinet.Dk (Denmark), Mr. B. B. Mehta, Chief Engineer, Gujarat State Load Despatch Centre, Vadodara, Mr. Ajit Pandit, Director, Idam Infrastructure Advisory Pvt. Ltd., Mr. Dinesh Majithia, VP Engg and O&M, Wind Business, Orange Renewable and Mr. Pankaj Batra, Member, Central Electricity Authority.

Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturers Association (IWTMA) in partnership with Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) hosted the Windergy India 2017, the largest annual conference and exhibition on Wind Energy. Created by the industry and for the industry, Windergy India brought together key Government authorities, International and National Wind Energy players, Service Providers, cutting edge Innovators, vital Financing Entities and other stakeholders on a single platform.

GIZ, represented by IGEN and BRPL sign MoU to enhance cooperation in Energy sector

GIZ and BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd. (BRPL) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to discuss and explore collaborative opportunities with respect to the promotion of grid connected solar rooftop PV, Energy Storage System, Electric Vehicle and Smart Grid Initiatives and other relevant areas at Utility Level. The MoU was signed on 20th April 2017 in New Delhi at BSES Bhawan. The purpose of the MoU is to work jointly for the achievement of common goals and utility objectives related to promotion of grid connected solar rooftop PV, Energy Storage System, Electric Vehicle and Smart Grid Initiatives, Conduct researches and studies related to the above areas, Organise capacity building programs jointly for channel partners, project developers, financial institutions, government departments, distribution utilities, PSUs etc.

Talking about the MoU, Mr. Amal Sinha CEO BRPL said “It's our pleasure to collaborate with GIZ Indo German Energy Program for undertaking research in pro environment areas such as rooftop Solar PV, Storage Systems and Electric Vehicles. The study will help understand the challenges, evolve solutions and be better prepared to handle transformation in the electricity sector towards emerging technologies. This collaboration would not only help in growth of the power sector in India but would also help consumers in adoption of cleaner technologies”. Mr. Joerg Gaebler, Principle Advisor, Indo-German Energy Programme adds: “The cooperation with BSES will help GIZ IGEN to better align projects and programs targeting the growth of the Indian Solar Rooftop sector towards the needs of DISCOMS in India and their challenges of accepting large amounts of renewable energy.”



The VGB team on 6th of March visited the Dadri and Simhadri power plants, which are owned and operated by India's largest energy provider NTPC, thus enabling it to gather comprehensive information about plant operation.

This visit marks the start of a technical study about the flexibility potential of thermal power plants in India.The study is part of a Flexibility Roadmap, which has been developed under the auspices of the Indo-German Energy Forum (IGEF) and the support of the Excellence Enhancement Centre (EEC). In the IGEF Flexibility Task Force, which is headed by Mr. K.K. Sharma, Director Operations at NTPC, Indian and German experts develop measures and recommendations to enable thermal power plants to be operated in a flexible manner with renewable energies.

Besides NTPC and EEC, the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) and POSOCO (Power System Operation Corporation Ltd.) are other important task force members from the Indian side. From reference plant to total concept support for this study is provided by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

The goal of the study is to identify specific measures for flexible operation using two reference power plants as an example and to evaluate the potential based on a cost-benefit analysis. For this reason, plants were selected that are constructed in a similar fashion to many power plants operating in India. The investigations focused on the coal-fired 210 MW block plants in Dadri and the 500 MW block plant in Simhadri.

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Every spring the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue brings together key international decision makers in foreign energy and energy policy, industry, science and civil society as well as foremost energy experts from all over the world.

This year’s conference focused on successfull aligning of the energy system with the targets of the Paris Climate Agreement and the UN development goals of Agenda 2030 in a cost efficient way and setting up of the right framework to trigger the necessary investments into energy efficiency and renewable energy in due time.

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Round Table on Pump Storage

A Round Table on Pump Storage, was beeing organized by KFW and IGEF-SO on 24th January, 2017, from 10:00am-02:00pm. The Round Table was chaired by Mr. Selvakumar, Co-Chair Sub-Group IV on Green Energy Corridors and  Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Government of India as well as Joint Secretary, MoP, Anju Bhalla.

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International conference on Large-Scale Grid Integration of Renewable Energies, 6th-9th of September 2016, New-Dehli


This international conference aims to connect international experts and Indian stakeholders to jointly discuss the latest technological, regulatory and conceptual developments in this field.

If you would like to present a paper at the conference please visit our conference website:

  • To submit a paper, upload an abstract of maximum 3,000 characters (free style) between 17 January & 31 March 2017.
  • Final papers must then be submitted online by 31 July 2017.
  • As the conference language is English, all abstracts have to be written in English.

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Workshop on ''Market Assessment and Characterization of Energy Battery Storage Technologies'', 13th January 2017, Mumbai

A workshop on “Market Assessment and Characterization of Energy Battery Storage Technology” was conducted by the IGEF-SO on 13th January, 2017 in Mumbai. The special session was part of a conference event under Energy Storage India 2017 which took place at Nehru Centre, Mumbai, India from 12 – 13, January 2017. The workshop was attended by 50 participants and stakeholders from sectors like policy-makers, implementation agencies, consulting firms, financing institutions, project developers etc. The speakers at the Workshop were from companies/ institutions like IGEF-SO, KFW, Fraunhofer ISE, SECI, Steag, Qinous, Autarsys, SMA, and BVES.


National training seminar on "Adaption of Thermal Power Plants to Fluctuating Renewable Energies"

India has embarked on a major initiative of adding 175 GW of renewable energy by 2021-22. Due to this large scale addition of renewable energy, which primarily is of fluctuating nature, thermal power plants are called upon to integrate and adapt their operation so as to maintain the grid stability. This transformation needs the coal based power plants to be more flexible and in turn meet the new challenges in their design and operational capabilities. German power industry has gone through this process for over more than a decade and has gained extensive experience in this field. This experience is very relevant for transforming our thermal power plants to meet the new emerging scenario in the Indian Power Sector.

On Friday, the 16th of December, 2016, a national training seminar on "Adaption of Thermal Power Plants to Fluctuating Renewable Energies", took place in New Delhi. This seminar was organized on behalf of the Ministry of Power and CEA and was jointly implemented by EEC, VGB and Indo-German Energy FORUM.


Workshop on new emission limits in India

Under the motto "Implementation of New Environment Norms for Thermal Power Generation – Learning from German Experiences", the Excellence Enhancement Centre (EEC) organised workshops at three locations in India – Kolkata, Raipur and Hyderabad – over the period November 15 – 19, 2016. Representatives of Doosan Lentjes, Hamon, Steinmüller Babcock Environment, Steag Energy Services, Uniper and VGB reported about their experiences in retrofitting and operating flue gas cleaning equipment in coal-fired power plants. New emission limits for nitrogen oxide, particulate matter, sulfur dioxide and mercury have been in force in India since December 2015. These limit values are comparable with European and German requirements. Some 653 existing plants with an installed capacity of 185 GW are affected. As currently planned, these plants need to comply with the new emission regulation by the end of 2017.


IGEF Session at Intersolar India 2016

With 40 GW of grid connected solar rooftop installations as part of India's overall solar target of 100 GW by 2022, grid-connected residential solar rooftop considered to have an enormous development in the upcoming years. In 2015 more than 3 GW PV capacity has been added in India. The annual growth rate of the market is higher than 80 % per year. As per the last renewable energy country attractiveness index by Ernst and Young, India is now rated the 3rd most attractive market in solar energy worldwide.

Which rooftop market segments will boost within the next 5 years? Will also solar thermal technologies combined with solar PV come up in India? Which new business opportunities will come up with as much as 30 % of grid connected rooftop investment costs being eligible for public funding? Which business models would drive the market? What are the key policy interventions that could transform the market? This Indo-German dialogue focused on upcoming technologies for solar rooftop and public support schemes. Well-known market players shared up to date sector insights directly from the market.


7th Indo-German Energy Forum and B2G Roundtables

The 7th meeting of the Indo-German Energy Forum, jointly chaired by Secretary, Ministry of Power, Government of India, Mr. Pradeep Kumar Pujari and State Secretary, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Government of Germany, Mr. Rainer Baake held on 29 September 2016 in Berlin, Germany.

From 26th to 29th September, different B2G roundtables were held in Hamburg and Berlin, where representatives of German companies presented potential business opportunities for India and especially existing barriers which would need political intervention or support. Representatives of the Government of India and the Indian business community were present in these B2G roundtables. Read more...

IGEF Sessions at Renewable Energy India Expo 2016

Joerg Gaebler of GIZ India said that rooftop solar in India is “a no-brainer”, and presented a series of compelling cost analyses that GIZ has undertaken. Bridge to India highlighted their belief that the high growth phase of India’s rooftop solar market has only just begun. These were just two key messages from the sessions organized by Indo-German Energy Forum Support Office within RE India Expo 2016 official conference program.

On 8 September the first session deliberated on both commercial and technical aspects related to rooftop photovoltaic plants with a special focus on the residential sector in India. The second session, organized as panel discussion was moderated by Mr Vinod Kala founder of Emergent Ventures India, globally recognized and leading business firm in climate change mitigation and sustainable development. 

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Indo-German Energy Forum at intersolar Munich 2016

Under the framework of Indo-German Energy Forum Support Office an Indian business delegation visited Intersolar Europe 2016 in Munich. 56 representatives from the Indian energy sector mainly from ministries, the industry and associations joined the business delegation and study tour from 20 to 26 June which put a special focus on “Photovoltaics and e-Mobility” and was jointly organized by the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), the National Solar Energy Federation of India (NSEFI), the Indo-Geman Chamber of Commerce (IGCC) and Indo-German Energy Forum Support Office (IGEF-SO). The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) was represented by Head of Division and Scientist ‘F’ Dr. Arun Kumar Tripathi and Director Mrs. Veena Sinha. 26 Directors of different State Nodal Agencies (SNAs) for renewable energy (RE) in India were led by Mr. Varshney, Executive Director of the Association of Renewable Energy Agencies of States (AREAS). Mrs. Ursula Mumpro, Deputy Head of Division, bilateral Energy Cooperation of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) warmly welcomed the delegation at Intersolar Europe 2016.

This year Indo-German Energy Forum Support Office put a focus on the upcoming Solar Rooftop Market in India. It is the ambitious target of the Government of India to increase the solar capacity of the country to 100 GW until 2022 and out of this 40 GW should be of Solar Rooftop. Moderated by Dr. Jürgen Welschof, Head of Division Energy South Asia of KFW Development Bank experts from IBC-Solar, Suntrace, TERI, GIZ ComSolar-Project and BMWi discussed the most important and necessary steps for the future to create a booming Indian PV solar rooftop market. Central topic was the lack of capital available to fuel the market. One of the main challenges are special credit schemes offered by banks for solar rooftop projects. The experts of this roundtable talk were convinced that it is an urgent need to create much more public awareness in India for PV solar rooftop. Moreover they requested a special and trustworthy legal framework to attract more Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). Nearly 80 participants joined this expert roundtable about the “Indo-German Partnership in Solar Energy” at the stall of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

The Indo-German Energy Dialogue in the afternoon on “Business and Investment Opportunities in India’s new Solar Rooftop Market” was part of the official conference program of Intersolar Europe 2016. This event provided detailed information about governmental support schemes, upcoming business models for new market segments and the outlook from different private sector perspectives. Internationally, in an average the share of PV-rooftop is about 57 % of the solar capacity but in India, today it is only 10 %. Therefore the surfaces of commercial and public buildings are of special interest with the mass market on residential level evolving in a second phase.  About 160 participants joined this conference session and used the reception afterwards for intense networking. Read more....

"Sub Group 1 meeting of the Indo-German Energy Forum"

Co-Chairs of Sub Group 1 meeting on Efficiency Enhancement in Fossil Fuel Based Power Plants

The Government of the Republic of India and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany share a long standing, trustful and successful cooperation. Sustainable access to energy is a major focus of this bilateral cooperation discussed in all Subgroups of the Indo-German Energy Forum. Both countries share a policy with a view to extending the role of Renewable Energy (RE) in their national energy strategy. With this objective a Subgroup 1 meeting on “Efficiency Enhancement in Fossil Fuel based Power Plants” was held on 19 May 2016 in New Delhi, jointly chaired by Shri. Aniruddha Kumar, Joint Secretary, Thermal - Ministry of Power, Government of India and Mr. Wolfdieter Boehler, Head of Division, Bilateral Cooperation, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), Government of Germany. Authorities from NTPC, CEA, VGB, EEC, KfW and GIZ as well as representatives from the private sector such as STEAG, TUV Rheinland, Lahmeyer, KSB and DURAG activily took part in this meeting.

A review of prior topics such as the Harmonisation of Tender documents for R & M of Thermal Power Plants, Pilot projects on IGCC and Ultra Super Critical Power Plants, Standards and Norms, Hybridization, VGBs Reference Plant Project, the succesfully determined CO2 Baseline database for the Indian Power sector and others has been undertaken during the meeting. Some of these topics will remain on the agenda as relevant energy issues for Indo-German Cooperation, but some won’t be considered as priority energy issues in the future. Many of them will be dealt directly by the Excellence Enhancement Centre (EEC).

Both Co-Chairs agreed, that future cooperation should focus at least on 2 major relevant energy issues: Flexibilisation of coal fired power plants for adaptation to fluctuating renewable energies and second to cooperate in the implementation of new emission norms in India. Therefore the establishment of a special task force chaired by Shri. K. K. Sharma, Director Operations of NTPC has been decided. The first meeting of this task force on Flexibilisation already took place. To which extend a task force on emissions can be established has to be decided. For more information please contact Mr. Tobias Winter Click the url  ( for the presentations and for photos (

"Sub Group 4 meeting of the Indo-German Energy Forum"

Co-Chairs of Sub Group 4 meeting on Green Energy Corridor and Grid Management

The meeting for sub group 4 of Indo-German Energy Forum – “Green Energy Corridors and Grid Management” was held on 19 May 2016 at The Royal Plaza, New Delhi, chaired by Mr. S. Selvakumar, Joint Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) from Indian side and Dr. Wolfram Klein, Head of Division- India & South Asia, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) from German Side. The meeting was attended by 35 delegates majorly from companies like PowerGrid, CEA, state transmission utilities (Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat), KfW, GIZ, BMWi,  Reliance, Essel Infrastructure and Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen. The session was started with chairs presenting the details on GEC, its relevance to India, followed up by presentations by KfW, GIZ, PowerGrid on GEC status and an external consultant sharing his views on pump storage for grid stabilization. The objective of meeting was to get 3 priority issues which would be taken by IGEF for future collaboration. The 3 priority issues identified are;

  1. To assess the evolving renewable energy (RE) evacuation and integration into the grid requirements covering both technical and financial aspects in view of enhanced RE capacity targets of 175 GW by 2022.

  2. Grid stabilization mechanisms such as large storage solutions like pump storage.

  3. Exploring the future requirements for smooth and compatible data communication infrastructure for grid management purposes.

For more information please contact Mr. Christoph Ernesti Click the url for the presentations and for photos (