EU-India Clean Energy & Climate Partnership Roadshow on Renewable Energy

EU-India Clean Energy & Climate Partnership Roadshow on Renewable Energy

With the objective to identify and support opportunities for EU business engagement in India and laying the framework for future pilot projects in India, the EU-India Clean Energy and Climate Partnership (CECP) Project organised a series of virtual roadshows in April and May 2022

The roadshows identified EU technologies in the sectors of renewable energy and energy storage, and offered EU companies the possibility to showcase their technologies to Indian Industry. The roadshow also offered an opportunity to mobilise key EU and Indian business innovators creating low-emission technologies and service providers to collaborate. 

The roadshows focused on four key clean energy technologies in specific state(s), with an idea to bring together the stakeholders on the clean energy areas aligned to the profile and need of the state. The four technologies included wind energy (including offshore wind), solar energy (utility scale projects, and solar parks, rooftop solar, floating solar and solar thermal), storage technologies (including green hydrogen) and Distributed Renewable Energy (DRE) technologies. The states were Gujarat and Tamil Nadu for wind energy, Rajasthan for solar energy, Karnataka for storage technologies and Maharashtra for DRE.

Roadshow 1 on “Wind energy, particularly Offshore wind” with Gujarat and Tamil Nadu – Gujarat and Tamil Nadu are the leading states in India in terms of wind energy capacity installations. Further, the two states together have an estimated wind energy potential of over 200GW (for wind energy projects at 120 meters height above ground level) which can contribute considerably to India’s clean energy drive. However, the current achievement is limited to 10% of this potential (about 19GW), and thus present a potential market for EU companies. Further, the two states combined, with an estimated potential of 71GW, are expected to lead the way in offshore wind energy as well, where the sector is yet to see any commercial installations. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has come up with a number of initiatives in the two states. This includes pre-feasibility studies, assessment of supply chain, port and logistics, grid integration, detailed feasibility reports, etc.
The EU and India have been closely cooperating in the area of offshore wind, including through the EU funded projects Facilitating Offshore Wind in India  (FOWIND) and the First Offshore Wind Project of India (FOWPI),  an offshore wind study tour to Europe and several smaller studies.

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Roadshow 2 on “Solar energy technologies with Rajasthan” – The focus of this roadshow was on solar energy covering multiple technologies such as utility scale projects and solar parks, rooftop solar, floating solar and solar thermal. The state of Rajasthan leads the solar energy installations in the country with about 8GW capacity and has the potential to host about 142GW capacity installations. Further, the state hosts one of the largest solar parks in India at Bhadla, which has established the technical feasibility of large-scale solar projects at one location and has also helped realise low tariffs for the technology. In addition, the state has also witnessed investments and installations from a number of large-scale project developers. Thus, the state presents a potential state for the EU technology providers and investors to plan collaboration in the area of solar energy.

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Roadshow 3 on Distributed Renewable Energy (DRE) technologies with Maharashtra – The DRE technologies have an important role to contribute to ensure the reach of clean energy to every round and corner. The Government of India has also emphasised upon adoption of DRE technologies through draft policy framework for developing DRE for livelihood applications and with the PM-KUSUM scheme for solarising the agriculture feeders and adoption of solar pumps. Maharashtra is one of the leading industrial states in India yet has a high population which depend upon DRE technologies for domestic and commercial applications. In various parts of the state, a lot of DRE technologies in form of solar pumps, solar cold storage units, etc. have been implemented to provide access to clean energy. Further, the state is also promoting solarisation of pumps, feeders, etc. with distribution company led schemes. In addition, the state has a strong base of companies operating in the DRE sector, which could be important for collaboration with the EU companies.
The session shared the lessons of the activities undertaken by the EU with the Government of India. This included working with the MNRE and the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) in 16 states in India on solar parks, research and innovation in solar thermal, enhancing solar rooftop uptake with innovative EU business models.

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Roadshow 4 on Storage technologies with Karnataka – With an increasing penetration of renewable energy technologies in the energy mix, the storage technologies are expected to contribute considerably to improve the continuous and firm supply of electricity. Recently, the Government of India has highlighted the role energy storage can contribute to various applications such as industries, electricity generation, mobility, etc. and thus, has also witnessed increasing interest from the stakeholders. The recent tender on Advanced Chemistry Cell (ACC) batteries to avail Production Linked Incentive (PLI) received overwhelming response, highlight the interest of the stakeholders to domestically manufacture and deploy energy storage systems in stationery and mobility applications. Besides, green hydrogen has witnessed keen interest from the stakeholders to replace the existing grey hydrogen usage across industries and promote adoption of clean energy. Further, the government and private sector companies, along with research institutions are working on increasing the base of green hydrogen and reduce the production cost. The state of Karnataka was ideal to undertake this roadshow as it houses one of the largest base of industries in India. The state has industries spanning across sectors such as manufacturing, automobile, Information Technology, healthcare, hospitality, textile, chemicals, etc. with representations from all the leading industrial houses in India which can potentially adopt storage solutions and green hydrogen. The state also has a large base of companies involved in storage technologies and thus would present an opportunity for the EU companies to explore possible collaboration.
 
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