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.
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.
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.
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...
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....
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 email@example.com. Click the url (http://energyforum.in/downloads.html) for the presentations and for photos (http://energyforum.in/gallery/vars/sub-group-meetings-19-may-2016.html).
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;
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.
Grid stabilization mechanisms such as large storage solutions like pump storage.
Exploring the future requirements for smooth and compatible data communication infrastructure for grid management purposes.
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