2nd International Conference on Large-Scale Grid Integration of Renewable Energy in India

2nd International Conference on Large-Scale Grid Integration of Renewable Energy in India

by Bhawana Neupane, Nepal (PPRE 2017-19)

The Government of India has set an ambitious target of 175 GW of renewable energy generation by 2020. With this increasing share of intermittent renewables, India is in an urge to find the best solutions to accomplish the critical challenge of grid integration with technological, regulatory and conceptual developments. Therefore, 3-days international conference (4-6 September 2019) provided a common platform for international experts all around the world to demonstrate their best practices and to witness the development that India has achieved so far. Furthermore, the conference was a successful example of joint venture between Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Department for International Development, United Kingdom and Energynautics, Germany.

The program was planned with multiple sessions, focusing on forecasting, electric mobility, storage, smart grids to name a few, chaired by different topic experts from Germany, USA, UK and, India. It was also a wonderful sight to observe a strong presence of energy experts and audience from Oldenburg. Joining the panel were Dr. Hans-Peter Waldl (Managing Director of Overspeed), Prof. Dr. Sebastian Lehnhoff (Director, Energy Research & Development Division, OFFIS), Mr. Marcus Merkel (EWE / Eurelectric) and Intradip Mitra (PPRE Alumni/GIZ-India). Two students from the University of Oldenburg, I, Bhawana Neupane (PPRE) and Fabio Miguel Menz (PPRE) and EUREC-fresh-graduate Kashish Shah specialized in system integration, also attended the conference.

Overall, it was a great learning and networking experience in a different part of the world for some of us. I, highly, recommend the upcoming batch to be a part of it as one of the paper presenters if possible. Lastly, I am immensely grateful to Studienqualitätsmittel of University Oldenburg for making this opportunity possible for us.

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