Renewable Energy India (REI) Expo: Shaping the Future of Clean Energy
18 September 2018, Greater Noida : The 12th edition of Asia’s largest and most influential event in RE Domain sets in motion today. The Renewable Energy India (REI) Expo, the three day (18th to 20th September 2018) show at the India Expo Center, Greater Noida. The expo was inaugurated by key dignitaries including Shri Manu Srivastava, IAS, Principal Secretary, New and Renewable Energy Department, Government of Madhya Pradesh; Dr. Jasper Wieck, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany; Er. Neelam Janaiah, Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Telangana State Renewable Energy Development Corporation Limited (TSREDCO); Mr. Takashi Omote, Executive Director, NEDO, Japan; Ms Henriette Faergemann, First Counsellor, Head of Section, Environment, Energy, Climate Change, Urbanisation, Mobility, Foreign Policy Instrument with Delegation of EU to India; Mr Justin Wu, Bloomberg New Energy Finance; Ms. Margaret Ma-Connolly, CEO, UBM Asia; Mr. Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director, UBM India and Mr. Rajneesh Khattar, Group Director, UBM India, during the high profile Opening Ceremony on 18th September.
- Over 750+ exhibitors, 45 countries, 1,000 + delegates, 225+ speakers and 37 conference sessions
- Exuberant International Participation, Global Interest, International Investments & Technology Breakthroughs mark the 2018 edition of REI
- 3 – Day power packed conference – ‘Accelerating Momentum…From Ambition to Action’. Conference to highlight innovations, challenges and successful case studies, and deliberations taking the sector forward
- EU – India Clean Energy & Climate Days and International Matchmaking organised by Business Beyond Borders (BBB), an ambitious project by Euro Chambers and supported by European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC)
- Bolstering Start-ups and SMEs with the launch of Sunrisers Pavilion
- Session on Advantage Telangana
- Crucial Industry Dialogues in the form of CEO Roundtable
- Finance Leadership Forum
- Quality & Future Round Table by PV magazine
- 4th edition of Renewable Energy India Awards to recognize Innovation & Excellence in the field of Renewable Energy on 17th September 2018
REI in its 12th edition saw over 750 exhibiting companies and participation from European Union – India – Clean Energy & Climate Days and Business Beyond Borders (BBB) , National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), Skill Council for Green Jobs (SCGJ), European Business Technology Center (EBTC), Euro Chambers, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Bridge to India, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Indo-German Energy Forum (IGEF ), Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS), Asian Photovoltaic Industry Association (APVIA), TFE Consulting GmbH, PV magazine and Indian Biogas Association and German Biogass Association (IBA and GBA), among others, joining in the rich conference domain.
The show also featured prominent country pavilions including those of Germany, EU, Japan, Spain, China and Chinese Taipei, among others. Additionally, it featured theme pavilions such as ‘Sunrisers’ which is a special initiative to support start-ups and SMEs and a ‘Bio Energy’ pavilion in association with Indian Biogas and German Biogas Association. The ‘World of Innovation’, an exclusive platform for novel exhibitor product launches was organised to reach out to audience interested in novel products. Some of the key exhibitors at the expo included Tata Power Solar, Adani Power, Vikram Solar, Waaree Energies, JA Solar, Huawei, Jinko Solar, Sungrow, Canadian Solar, Mahindra Susten, ABB, Siemens Gamesa, Patanjali, Havells, Meyer Burger and Trina Solar, amongst others.
Speaking at the commencement of the 12th edition of REI, Mr. Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director, UBM India said, “The Indian renewable energy sector is the second most attractive renewable energy market in the world, China being the first. It has been aspiring to attain the prime position in the clean energy transformation, aiming to achieve at least 225,000 megawatts (MW) of installed renewable energy capacity by 2022 much beyond the targeted 175 GW. Last year, the country added more power-generation capacity from renewable sources than conventional ones. Not surprisingly, half of the world’s 10 largest solar parks under construction are in India. All this is acting as a huge pull for international investors and equipment suppliers. Along with the positives, however, plenty of challenges are also making their presence felt in the clean energy industry. Fierce competition, slowdown in new tender issuance resulting in all-time tariff lows, increase in costs with a corresponding increase in module prices, GST rollout, anti-dumping duties on raw materials that are making many of the recently auctioned projects unviable, are some of the issues we get to hear about.”
“The REI over the years has duly acquired a unique dynamism and influence as a comprehensive and reputed global platform for the RE domain addressing these challenges and aiding India’s green mission. This year has been remarkable with intense global participation in the form of renowned forums such as Business Beyond Borders European, Business Technology Center (EBTC), European Commission, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Indo-Germany Energy Forum (IGEF), European Union, and more. REI will also witness a pre-bidding meet by the Govt. of Madhya Pradesh for its project RESCO and a session – Advantage Telangana by the Govt. of Telangana making it one of the must attend event for green energy professionals in India and across the globe,” he further added.
‘Accelerating Momentum…From Ambition to Action’:
The REI expo presented a power packed three-day conference themed ‘Accelerating Momentum…From Ambition to Action’ that encompassed knowledge -rich sessions, workshops and panel discussions by reputed global and local bodies.
Highlights of Day 1 included a session on Advantage Telangana that focused on the State’s Policy & Regulatory Landscape, Single Clearance Window mechanism and forward-looking, investor-friendly Investment Climate of the State in the domain of Renewable Energy. It also saw sessions such as – Make in India by Bridge to India on: Manufacturing in India; Modern Technologies: Reshaping Tomorrows; a session on Shaping the Future of Indian Solar; Battery energy storage: Backbone for future growth of renewable energy and electric vehicles; A Master class on Corporate renewable PPAs in India by WBCSD; A Quality Roundtable by PV Magazine; An Indo-German Energy Symposium that spoke about New Markets and Upcoming Business Opportunities in the Onshore Wind Sector in India; Electric Vehicles: transformation of the Indian mobility market and EV charging; A closed door CEO Roundtable – a strategic gathering that discussed the up scaling investment environment, sustainability in policy, government initiatives and entrepreneurial landscape in the RE sector.
Day 2 will witness EU – India Clean Energy & Climate Days and International Matchmaking which is being organised by Business Beyond Borders (BBB), an ambitious project invoking SMEs and Clusters by Euro Chambers and is supported by European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC). Under its aegis, a contingent of top experts and companies from the EU have partnered with REI for EU Business Matchmaking Pavilion, Technical Seminars, Launch of EU-India Strategic Partnership for Implementation of Paris Agreement (SPIPA) – GIZ and more. The second day will also include a CTO and Finance Leadership forum; Future Roundtable India by PV Magazine; A Seris Industry Day that will talk about Solar Cell and Module Research; sessions such as – Optimizing solar power plant operation in India: challenges and opportunities for India-EU Business-to-Business exchange; Embracing digitalization of energy through data and technology; Offshore wind energy deployment in India: perspectives for the wind turbine business by TFE Consulting GmbH; E-Enhancing energy efficiency in buildings: India’s potential to use smart technologies and innovative business models for nearly-zero energy buildings; Solar & Storage Production & Markets in Asia: Supporting the Global Response to Climate Change by APVIA; New Trends in Solar Power Asset Operation; Embracing digitalization of energy through data and technology by TFE Consulting GmbH and Financing/Investing Challenges for Smart Buildings and NZEBs.
Day 3 will see Technical Presentations and Case Studies such as Evolution of Biogas Ecosystem – Convergence of Technology, Incentives, & Policies and a session on Women in the Renewable Sector and their perspective on technology and innovation.
The trade show was preceded on September 17th by the 4th Renewable Energy India Awards that aimed to recognize the innovation and excellence in the industry, and promote talent. The Awards had an august audience of industry stalwarts competing under various categories from both manufacturing and implementing communities.