REI 2017

REI Expo Greater Noida 2017- Our Experience

This year was my 6th consecutive participation at the Renewable Energy India Expo (REI), Greater Noida- twice as an exhibitor and competitor and four times as a visitor. Over these past six years, I can certainly say that REI successfully captures the mood of the renewable energy industry. Here were my key takeaways from the expo this year:

  • Over the past years, REI has been a lot about hype, with a large proportion of only curious visitors. This year, having visited on the second day, I felt that even though the footfall was lower, but there was a larger proportion of serious business visitors. The spread in terms of number of stalls was also less than the last two years but stalls represented the serious long term players in the industry.

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Obama COP21

#covfefe Exiting the Paris Agreement: Beginning of the End of America’s Powers

The color of the global empire may well be green. ~ Yuval Noah Harrari

In his bestseller about the human species, Yuval Harrari makes a compelling argument about the direction in which we are headed. He states that slowly nationalism is being replaced by a deep global co-operation over matters that affect the entire humanity. Our deep sense of national identity is being over-ridden by our identification with the human species and the urge to save and sustain it.

This is obvious in the formation of groups such as the European Union and the United Nations, which transcend political boundaries.
Mr. Harrari argues that as it becomes easier to conduct business, transact culturally and economically across boundaries, countries will soon merge into a single unified empire.

Every empire requires a bedrock for collaboration- preservation of the Earth and environment as we know it will be the bedrock for our global empire. (more…)

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Mono PERC manufacturing

PERC: New Solar PV Technology Explained

Why are we talking about PERC Solar?

Several module manufacturers are introducing new lines of PERC solar modules which have 1% or more, higher efficiency than conventional modules. While conventional solar cells have now reached their physical efficiency limits, this new PERC architecture allows manufacturers to increase the module efficiency.

PERC Benefit

The above graphic shows how PERC solar has an edge over conventional mono modules. (more…)

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Piyush Goyal Dharmendra Pradhan

India’s Energy Diplomacy

In an enlightening discussion today at the Energy Conclave 2017, Piyush Goyal (MoS Power, Coal & RE) and Dharmendra Pradhan (MoS Petroleum & Natural Gas) talked about power being a significant part of India’s diplomatic efforts.

Bhutan and Nepal have tremendous potential for hydro power, but they do not have enough consumption or load”, said Mr. Pradhan. Thus these countries are unable to economically develop hydel power plants just to cater to their own consumption (more…)

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Crystal

Perovskite Solar: The Future Crystal?

Why are we talking about Perovskite Solar?

From France to Australia, breaking efficiency records in labs around the World, Perovskite Solar is the poster child for solar research today. Efficiency data from NREL tables, which represents global lab results, shows that this technology has grown most rapidly in demonstrated conversion efficiency amongst all emerging and thin-film technologies. Given that perovskite solar can be fabricated simply by spin coating, based on the principle of depositing liquids, the technology also promises to have low manufacturing costs. (more…)

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