FICCI summit focuses on Robust Grid System for energy..!

FICCI SUMMIT Md Nasimuddin, Principal Secretary, Energy Department, Government of Tamil Nadu,The 8th edition of Tan Energy Summit 2018 on the theme Making Smart Energy A Reality opened here on Tuesday on a promising note with Md Nasimuddin, Principal Secretary, Energy Department, Government of Tamil Nadu, stressing on the need to build a robust grid system for traditional and renewable energy on the lines of countries like Germany, Elaborating on the aspect of India’s potential in harnessing renewable energy’ both through solar, wind and other modes, he said that all this should be made  possible without any disruption to the normal system.

Dwelling at length on the devastation caused by Cyclone Gaja to several districts in Tamil Nadu, particularly the coastal and delta regions, Nasimuddin noted that the time had come to strengthen our electrical cable systems in the wake of enormous destruction caused to 2.25 lakh electric poles in those regions during the calamity.“We have learnt a lesson for redesigning and reinforcing the electric Poles”

He wanted everything should be made viable in energy production with proper integration of traditional and renewable ones apart from the creation of a smart and robust grid system as the government would be ever willing to help all the stakeholders on that count. “The work is happening to systemise for an equitable distribution of energy so that everyone could be benefited as also energy at affordable rates with the help of Tangedco, The government and FICCI can work together toward realizing the common goal” he said.

M Nandakumar, Convenor, Energy Panel, FICCI TNSC & Managing Director, EDAC Engineering, in his theme address, said that the theme of the summit centred around smart energy which would benefit the environment. “The renewable energy sector has the potential to create an economy of dollar 12 trillion, besides providing jobs to millions of people in the long run apart from business opportunities to several stakeholders,” he said.

M Umapathi, Chairman & Managing Director, Voltech Group, said Tamil Nadu had already become a surplus energy state thanks to the involvement of renewable energy to a great extent. `If renewable energy is harnessed properly in Tamil Nadu, we can sell the surplus energy to other states,’  he said and added, “The solution lies in smart energy systems with the proper creation of a robust grid for wind and solar, all for the benefit of mankind.” He wanted the government to create an environment with the integration of diverse components and technologies as also the formation of a system to store energy for better use.

He predicted that a time would come for 100 per cent dependence on renewable energy and domestic and commercial segments should have the benefit of the deregulation in power. Michael Costa, Deputy Consul General, Australian Consulate-General Chennai. said that India and Australia could have a strategy in the domain of renewable energy in that both countries would benefit enormously. Calling for energy security, he said that Australia would be in a position to help India on that aspect besides developing high capacity transmission lines for power.

Ar Rm Arun, Chairman, FICCI TNSC & Chairman, Valingro Group, said that the flagship programme by FICCI  would deliberate on ways to create a robust energy system with a  projected outlay of 1000 MW of solar power in the current fiscal encompassing both domestic and commercial

sides. He spoke at length on the variants of solar and battery technology and the much-talked about e-vehicles that could be mandated by the country soon with a pointed reference to make use of petrol bunks as battery charging centres for e-vehicles. He further said that FICCI energy committee worked closely with the government in the field of renewable energy what with a 20-year road map for future energy programmes.

Mr. Robin Hobday, Head, FICCI TNSC, outlined the theme of the summit and coordinated with the day-long sessions. The summit also witnessed deliberations of all kinds during sessions like The Right Power Mix for A Renewable Era, Energy and Environment -A New Era, Renewable Energy Sector-Current Trends  and Renewable Energy- Investment Opportunities.

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