InterSolar 2011

InterSolar 2011 started on 13th December with conference at The Leela Hotel and the exhibtion from 14th to 16th December at the Bombay Exhibition Center.

Energetica India magazine was present with its latest issue (November/December 2011). The issue has some interesting articles written by me:

1.Industry Feedback to NVVN’s 2nd Batch Phase I guidelines. The article cumulates the feddback from indsutry leaders such as Mr.Rajesh Bhat from Juwi India, Mr.Surana from Surana Ventures, Mr.Deshpande from Photonix Solar, etc.

2. A good analysis of the solar sector with Mr.Wadhwa, CEO Azure Power and Mr.Haase from Centrotherm.

One of my articles was also featured in the Inter-Solar trade magazine; The Inter-Solar Bulletin”. The article is called “India: Hungry for Power” listing the deficit being faced by each region and each State in India.

The InterSolar conference was good with some more insights into the opinion of industry leaders. Here is it was nice meeting Vish Palekar, Head of Cleantech Business, Mahindra. I met him again later in the evening at a function at IIT-Mumbai hosted by IIT and Applied Materials team (more details in the next blog). One of the interesting topics focused upon was the future of solar manufacturing in India and also of thin films. Madhavan from EAI was one of the speakers here. It’s been such a long time since we (Madhavan and I) have been able to sit down and discuss our work. Most of the time, we meet at events and then promise to call each other. He unforunately left Mumbai on Thursday evening and once again we decided to speak on phone.

Some other attendees included the SolaireDirect Team,  Inspira (working on their current 2MW under IREDA scheme), EAI team, and some new faces. It was also a pleasure meeting Mr.Deepak Gadhia, Chairman Gehrlicher Solar, the first time. 

The exhibition was much bigger than the 2010 InterSolar and it must be a relief for the industry after the not so exciting Solarcon 2011 at Hyderabad. I was present at Solarcon 2011 and must say that we were not expecting much from InterSolar 2011. The industry is going through a tough time with supply outstripping demand and margins being squeezed. But the event saw good footfall with people participating from across the country.

The exhibtion saw some good interest from Chinese companies and some smaller European companies looking to expand to India with new products and new opportunities. I could not visit all the booths this time but it was nice meeting friends from Anjali Exim, AWS, SolaireDirect, Chemtrol Solar and Mr.Shrikar Dole from EBTC.

Others present were Bosch, Lanco, Tata BP, Seimens, TERI, InSolare (just finishing their first 5MW which is supposed to be the world’s first thin film on tracker), NMTronics, Gamesa (with their solar inverters), QS Solar, etc.

Two new entrants were Goldi Solar from Rakjot, part of the Goldi Group and Gamzen Solar, a new division from Gamzen Plast (construction equipment business). Mr.Ramakant is heading the new solar division of Gamzen; he was the in-charge of India’s first solar project belonging to Clover Solar. Wishing him and his team great luck for the success.

But missing this time was the evening party from Schott Solar; like the one they had at the Renewable Energy Expo in August 2011 in Delhi.

Some of the interesting meetings during this time included working on concepts of:

1. Energy Efficienct Building (with integration of renewable energy) workshops to be held. Professionals and companies interested to join hands/share advise on this are more than welcome. Companies targeting off-grid market in India may find this interesting.

We also welcome ideas on more niche workshops/seminars where Energetica India can participate.

2. Some new initiatives in the renewable energy media in India. I am working on this and hopefully we will see some concepts being put to use as early as Jan/Feb 2012.

Overall an exciting week for the solar industry and a nice way to say good-bye to the year 2011.

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