PV+Solar India Expo 2010 kicks off in Mumbai

Electronics Today, India’s first Techno-Economic Electronics MonthlyJournal, has launched the PV+Solar India Expo 2010, the InternationalConference and Exhibition of Photovoltaic, Solar Thermal, SolarArchitecture, photovoltaic Equipment, Products, Materials and Systems,from March 4-6, 2010 in Mumbai.

PV+Solar India Expo 2010 wasinaugurated and addressed by Chief Guest, Dr. Farooq Abdullah, Hon’bleUnion Minister for New and Renewable Energy, Govt. of India. The Expowas also addressed by Deepak Gupta, Secretary, Ministry of New andRenewable Energy, Govt. of India, and Rabindra Satpathy, ConferenceChairman & Vice President of Solar Energy Society of India, (SESI),President, Solar Energy, Reliance Industries.

PV+Solar IndiaExpo 2010 is a joint initiative by the Ministry of New and RenewableEnergy (MNRE), Government of India, Department of InformationTechnology (DIT), Ministry of Information and Communications,Government of India and Solar Energy Society of India (SESI).

PV+SolarIndia Expo 2010 aims to provide a common forum to all stakeholders inthe field of photovoltaic and solar energy, i.e., central and stategovernments, local administrations, such as, municipalities, grampanchayats, industry, manufacturers, solution providers, financial andbanking institutions, R&D and academic organizations and the users- to achieve these ambitious targets and goals.

It will alsoprovide an ideal opportunity to players in Photovoltaic, Solar Thermal,Solar Architecture, photovoltaic Equipment, Products, Materials, andSystems, to display their products and capabilities to explore hugeemerging Business Opportunities in India and South Asian countries.

Alongwith the Exhibition, Electronic Today, which is now in its 42nd year ofpublication, has also organised a two-day International Conference-"Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission – The Road Ahead and twoTechnical Workshops, in association with the Solar Energy Society ofIndia (SESI).

The Government of India launched the JawaharlalNehru National Solar Mission with a twin objective – to contribute toIndia’s long term energy security as well as its ecological security.The Mission’s mandate is to establish India as a global leader in solarenergy and to create an enabling policy framework for the deployment of20,000 MW of solar power by 2022.

India is endowed with vastsolar energy potential. About 5,000 trillion kWh per year energy isincident over India’s land area with most parts receiving 4-7 kWh persq. m per day. Hence, both technology routes for conversion of solarradiation into heat and electricity, namely, solar thermal and solarphotovoltaic, can effectively be harnessed providing huge scalabilityfor solar in India.

Currently, the bulk of India’s Solar PVindustry is dependent on imports of critical raw materials andcomponents – including silicon wafers. Transforming India into a solarenergy hub would include a leadership role in low-cost, high qualitysolar manufacturing, including balance of system components. Indigenousmanufacturing of low temperature solar collectors is already available;however, manufacturing capacities for advanced solar collectors for lowtemperature and concentrating solar collectors and their components formedium and high temperature applications need to be built.

Thereare plans to promote programmes for off grid applications, reaching1000 MW by 2017 and 2000 MW by 2022. The Government plans to achieve 15million sq. meters solar thermal collector area by 2017 and 20 millionby 2022; and to deploy 20 million solar lighting systems for ruralareas by 2022.