The Smart Grid Event

Smart Grid is a word that has increasingly being used recently in India with focus on efficient management of energy.  “Smart grid” generally refers to technology used by utility electricity delivery systems for 2 way communication. They are beginning to be used on electricity networks, from the power plants and wind farms all the way to the consumers of electricity in homes and businesses. They offer many benefits to utilities and consumers — mostly seen in big improvements in energy efficiency on the electricity grid and in the energy users’ homes and offices.

I had the opportunity to attend the Smart Grid World in Mumbai from 14th-16th September. The event had presentations from companies providing solutions/products for smart grid systems. Some of the companies included IBM, Siemens, Schneider, Wipro, Cisco, etc.

Reliance Power and Tata Power also spoke on how they are looking at smart grid system pilot projects. One very basic and simple example is the solution where utility can read the meter from their office/single location instead of manually reading each meter installed at each location or residential/commercial building.

Siemens presentation showed how vegetable farmers in Germany are now turning into energy farmers using their land and villages to produce renewable energy from wind, rooftop solar and biogas.

It was a nice experience learning about backend process of the grid and the challenges being faced by the grid in India. Looks like Smart Grid is here to stay but it will still take sometime till we reach a successful implementation. Looking forward to some more learning.

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6 Responses to The Smart Grid Event

  1. Urvish Dave says:

    Hope it (smart grid) reaches to its implementation stage at the earliest in India in order to make Roof Top solar more viable and feasible for Households. Moreover personally I see a bright future of Roof top solar and smart grid in India. Only thing is the indefinite time frame of implementation+policies and infrastructural hurdles which again would be time consuming. It’s just like what Nobel prize winner George Porter said that “I have no doubt that we will be successful in harnessing the sun’s energy. If sunbeams were weapons of war, we would have had solar energy centuries ago. —-George Porter,Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry, 1967 “.


  2. jai says:

    Are the presentations made by various companies at the summit available? If yes kindly share the link. I checked out the website of the summit organizer but there is no presentation or update of what all happened at the three day summit available.


  3. Urvish,
    Thank you for taking out time to visit the blog. I agree that Smart Grid is very important in India especially keeping in view that we will also need to look at decentralized generation in India.


  4. Jai,
    Thank you for visiting the blog.
    I had attended the event and am not the authority to share presenations from the event. You can contact the event organizers for access to presentations.


  5. Nili says:

    I agree with the view that although Smart Grid looks a promising technology for the Energy sector in India, its implementation will have to face tedious delays which will demand lot of patience and perseverance on the part of the providers, the challenges also include making the technology acceptable and beneficial to the end consumers/public. I have also witnessed (in India ) that capital arrangement has been another constraint with new entrepreneurs of this technology wanting to run their own show. A technology like Smart Grid is a booming business anywhere in the world and as such the monetization of it is one of its integral feature.


  6. Hello Nili,
    Thank You for visiting the blog and the information shared.
    Yes, smart grid is the future; I believe it will work as IT with some mistakes initially before we get the model right.
    It will be a pleasure to know more about your work; if you can share some details.


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