In its fifth edition, Intersolar India Conference is India's largest exhibition and conference for the solar industry and is held between 11-14 November 2013 at Leela Kempinski Hotel in Mumbai. More than 700 national and international attendees as well as roughly 100 speakers from around the world are expected to participate in this international solar industry event. Current conditions and developments in international markets are set to be discussed, with a special focus on the Indian market and the latest technologies and trends in the areas of photovoltaic's (PV), PV production technologies, energy storage and solar thermal technologies. The exhibition at the Bombay Exhibition Centre (BEC), Mumbai, runs from November 12 14, opening its doors one day after the start of the conference. A highlight of the exhibition is the presentation of the Intersolar AWARD for the category 'Solar Projects in India'.
The most important topics and trends in the global solar industry are discussed by national as well as international experts from research, industry and associations. Meanwhile, networking events offer numerous opportunities for attendees to meet international industry representatives and discuss ideas and maintain existing contacts.
Varied conference programme
The first day of the conference, 11 November, revolves around the current and future developments in the Indian market. The conference's main focus in the area of photovoltaics is formed by the development of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM). In addition to looking at national conditions, attention is also paid to the federal states such as Andhra Pradesh, Tamil-Nadu and Kerala, which are currently promoting the development of the solar industry in particular. In the second phase of the National Solar Mission, a further 2.7 GW of solar thermal capacity is intended to be added in addition to the 10 GW of PV capacity to be installed by 2017. Against this backdrop, the first day of the conference also features various contributions on the latest developments in solar thermal technologies, held in parallel with the global PV markets. The presentation by Pankaj Kumar, Deputy Project Manager of the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE), India, above will explore the role of the United Nations Development Programme and Global Environment Facility (UNDP-GEF CSHP) in market development.
On 12 November, a session entitled 'Solar Cities' concentrates on the MNREs plan to develop up to 60 solar cities in India. The session, organised in cooperation with Green City Freiburg, examines the conditions, challenges and prospects of the ambitious plan.