The power sector in India offers nearly unparalleled opportunities for both national and international teams in the energy sector.
In May, when POWERGEN India, Indian Utility Week and DISTRIBUTECH India open their doors in New Delhi, some 8,000 of the region's influential decision-makers will come around each other.
Since these activities were announced earlier this year, the 17th annual POWERGEN India, the region's leading conference and exhibition on power generation, has gained rapid traction. Excitation is also being built around Indian Utility Week and DISTRIBUTECH India, creating a combined event covering the entire supply chain of the power sector.
Managed by ITEN Entertainment, these co-located activities will be distributed over more than 11,000 sqm in collaboration with Clarion Power, with more than 250 exhibitors, including some of the top names on the national and international energy markets.
One of them, Aero Solutions ' Constantin Klokkaris, says India is "one of the world's biggest thermal power markets–and it remains one of the developing markets in the industry." He stated that in an Indian industry hungry for better efficiencies in its thermal fleet, the insights and innovations from European and Asian markets will thrive, rendering POWERGEN India an unforgettable prospect.
And DEKOMTE's Jake Waterhouse highlighted that "Asia is the main market, as well as an evolving environment. Most plants need to cycle more regularly with the advent of more renewables. POWERGEN India is, therefore, a big highlight for us to be participating and present. "The Platinum Partners Uniper Technologies and Silver Partner Bureau Veritas, as well as exhibitors like Taprogge, Holtec, Shell, BFI Automation, OTPC and Valmet, are already part of this upcoming 2020 gathering.
Moreover, a high-level Summit Project aims to resolve the key issues affecting the Indian energy market, including whether gas has a bigger key role, how to ensure the successful implementation of renewables, how to modernize current traditional resources, the vital role of smart meters and other AMI networks, and how to promote more investment to build a potential grid.
A Consultative Committee, led by Shri Anil Razdan, India's former Power Secretary and Petroleum and Natural Gas Special Secretary, features industry-wide representation, including Tata Power DDL, ONGC Tripura Power Co. Ltd.
Power Producers ' Alliance, EY, Reliance Power Limited, Gujarat Energy Transmission Co. Ltd, India's Solar Energy Society, and just to name a couple, Focal Energy. Swedish flat-pack furniture retailer Ikea's recycling efforts are stepping up–again.
Before the 25th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change–COP25–in Madrid, the Swedish retailer said it would invest an additional € 200 million in its plan to become a carbon-positive business by 2030.
The business, which wants to improve its use of renewable energy and plans to focus on its production processes on 100% clean energy, now wants to extend its commitment to its suppliers.
"Our goal is to eliminate by 2030 in absolute terms more greenhouse gas emissions than the entire Ikea value chain while increasing the Ikea market," said Torbjörn Lööf, Chief Executive Officer of Inter IKEA Group. "We will continue to invest in ways that generate value to achieve that goal." When wood is sliced, splinters have to break, as the German proverb says, and Ikea's furniture manufacturing business model involves a lot of wood being cut. For increasing the impact on the environment, part of the new € 200 million will be used for reforestation and sustainable forest management, the Swedish firm said.
Ikea didn't offer specifics on its plans for renewable energy, but installed solar panels on the roofs of its buildings, deployed wind power plants and signed sustainable energy purchase agreements.
In its shops in Germany, Austria, Poland, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the UK, Italy and Sweden, the company also markets off-the-shelf Solstråle PV systems.
Becky Beetz's PV magazine recently interviewed Signe Antvorskov Krag, the global leader in Ikea's Home Solar market, on the company's PV business model.
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