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  Date: 21/07/2013

Solar PV event: SOLARCON India 2013 from 1-3 Aug at Bangalore

Annual Solar PV event conducted by U.S. headquartered Semiconductor Equipment Manufacturers Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI), the fifth SOLARCON India is scheduled from 1-3 August 2013 at the KTPO Exhibition Complex, Bangalore. The keynote presenters include Dr. Harish Hande, managing director, SELCO India and winner of the Ramon Magsaysay Award, and Prof. Pradeep Haldar, professor at the State University of New York (CNSE) and CTO of the U.S. Photovoltaic Manufacturing Consortium. An inaugural day session on “JNNSM Phase 2 (2013-2017) Policy Initiatives and Implementation” will feature Shri Tarun Kapoor, IAS, Joint Secretary, MNRE and Dr. Ashvini Kumar, director, Solar Energy Corporation of India.

The associated three-day conference is themed “Balancing Energy Supply & Demand in the Region” reflecting the need for India’s PV deployment growth to be matched by a strong manufacturing eco-system. Over 60 industry experts and leaders from across the country will also address the conference over the three days, including:
Prof. Dr. Roland Schindler, executive director of the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems
Prof. Richard Corkish, head of the school of PV and renewable energy engineering at the University of New South Wales, Australia
Dr. Bill Tumas, from the Materials and Chemical Sciences Directorate of the U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

“I am delighted to deliver an inaugural keynote address at SEMI’s conference in India this year, and to discuss the importance of supply chain collaboration, common standards and technology roadmaps, and collaborative technology development and deployment programs as key elements in overcoming technology, manufacturing and deployment challenges, and in achieving lower costs and spurring the transition to a low-carbon, renewable energy world economy,” says Haldar.

The conference will include sessions and discussions on:
Opportunities for independent power producers under the REC mechanism
Balancing PV supply and demand in India: Re-invigorating Indian Manufacturing
Assessing the Indian Solar Market: Development Prospects and Problems — the Big Picture
Perspectives on building a complete solar PV eco-system in India, an interactive session on the second phase of the JNNSM
Plus discussions on state solar policies, sessions on Financing perspectives, Rooftop PV, Structures, safety, reliability of PV installations and Energy storage, conversion and efficiency.

“Our conference theme this year reflects SEMI’s view that PV manufacturing must complement the growth in solar PV adoption in India,” adds Bettina Weiss, president, SEMI India. “Balancing PV supply and demand within regions provides greater economic benefits, reduces carbon emissions and the costs of transporting PV products, making a case for a strong regional manufacturing industry. In the last few years, a large chunk of solar PV installations in India have been based on components sourced from international suppliers and at different cost points. India must not become solely a consumer of solar technology as it has much to offer the world as a manufacturer.”

A unique workshop on “PV Standards — from Materials and Manufacturing to Systems” in association with the IEEE Standards Association and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), will be offered, as well as a one-day tutorial on “Solar PV System Sizing” in technical collaboration with the National Center for PV Research and Education at IIT Bombay.

SOLARCON India 2013 is supported by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA), Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Ltd. (KREDL), and the Government of Karnataka.

For complete sessions/event schedule visit: www.solarconindia.org/SessionsEvents/ScheduleataGlance
Author: Srinivasa Reddy N
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