The participants were representatives from leading companies and educational and research institutions. The Indian government has set ambitious goals in the field of renewable energy, especially within solar. The plan is to reach 100 GW capacity by 2020. Experts from Norway and India discussed a wide range of topics including energy storage, grid integration, wind power, solar power, smart infrastructure based on artificial intelligence, hydro energy and off-grid solutions — all highly relevant topics in the Indian energy sector.
“Our technologies does not exclude each other. I am impressed by the work that has been done India. I think that our products compliments the existing ones and creates a basis for creating even better solutions. The goal must be to use existing resources in a best possible manner and minimize the need for investments going forward,” said Jorgen Kildahl, representing Smart Energy Systems.
According to Indian news source, newkerala.com, a joint call between the Research Council of Norway and Department of Science and Technology of India was launched. The call is for $1 million, targeting innovation projects in companies collaborating with research institutions in the field of renewable energy.
Furthermore, a memorandum of co-operation between Power Grid Corporation of India LTD (Powergrid) and Norwegian Centre of Expertise (NCE) Smart Energy Markets covering cooperation for 15 countries was signed.
India installs 2m smart meters
In other news, Indian utility Tata Power Delhi Distribution (TPDDL) partnered with Landis+Gyr for the supply and installation of 2 million smart meters in Delhi.
The smart meters will be installed for TPDDL customers whose electricity usage is above 10KW/h per month.
According to a local media, TPDDL is investing $29.8 million towards the smart meters project.
Apart from the smart meters, Landis+Gyr will supply and construct the communications infrastructure to provide connectivity between the smart meters and the utility company.
The project will enable TPDDL to introduce new demand response and energy efficiency programmes to help consumers reduce their energy usage and costs.
The smart meters will enable the energy provider to communicate real-time energy usage and grid status data to its customers.