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Renewable Energy leaders discuss Innovations and Solutions for the Industry at REI Expo 2021

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Photo Highlights of Renewable Energy India Expo 2021 @ India Expo Mart

Greater Noida, 20th September 2021: Informa Markets in India recently organized the 14th edition of Renewable Energy India (REI) Expo, Asia’s largest and most influential expo in the renewable energy space during 15th to 17th September 2021 at Greater Noida’s India Expo Mart. The REI Expo was the first physical exhibition held at India Expo Mart, Greater Noida in months amid the lurking threat of Covid-19.

REI 2021 was inaugurated by the Guest of Honour Bhagwanth Khuba, Union Minister of State, New and Renewable Energy, Chemicals and Fertilizers, Government of India. Khuba was accompanied by Alex Ellis, British High Commissioner to India; Ugo Astuto, Ambassador of the EU to India ;  Walter J. Lindner, German Ambassador to India; K.S. Popli, Advisor, International Solar Alliance (ISA); Narendra Bhooshan, IAS, Chief Executive Officer, Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority, Sanjeev Krishan, Chairman, PwC, India; Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director, Informa Markets in India and Rajneesh Khattar, Group Director – Energy Portfolio, Informa Markets in India.

Bhagwanth Khuba, Union Minister of State, New and Renewable Energy, Chemicals and Fertilizers, Government of India welcomed all the dignitaries present, and congratulated Informa Markets in India for hosting the event. He added that “India’s participation in the Renewable Energy sector since the last 7 years has grown manifold. India is running the world’s largest clean energy programme to achieve 175 GW of renewable capacity, including 100GW of solar power by 2022 and 450 GW by 2030. It was a moment of immense pride for the ministry when the achievement of the target of 101 GW renewable capacity was announced on Independence Day this year. We have a focused approach towards turning our vision into reality. With the announcement of the National Hydrogen Mission, the aim is to make the country a global hub for the production and export of green hydrogen. Our country is also a massive producer of biomass — close to 756 million tonnes, out of which 266 million tonnes is utilized in the manufacture of briquettes and pellets. Our efforts are also dedicated towards decarbonization of heavy industries like steel, cement and textile industries. In the coming years the Government will be working on this aspect.”

Alex Ellis, British High Commissioner to India, said: “A shift to clean energy sources is the world’s best chance at enabling development without harming our planet. The UK has shown that decoupling emissions and economic growth is possible – expanding our GDP by 75% while cutting emissions by 43% since 1990. India is also taking impressive action by setting a target of 450 GW of renewable energy by 2030. In the run up to the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow this November, and in the decade ahead, the UK-India partnership will prove to be vital for the global energy transition.”

Ugo Astuto, Ambassador of the EU to India said, “The European Union Delegation to India is happy to partner with the Renewable Energy India Expo, which this year focuses on the topical theme ‘From Ambition to Action…Taking Giant Leaps Forward’. Both the EU and India have very ambitious renewable energy targets and are taking concrete and innovative actions to ensure that these ambitions become a reality. The EU-India Clean Energy and Climate Partnership is a key priority for EU-India cooperation, focusing on energy efficiency, renewable energy, integration in the grid, finance and climate action. The international community needs to step up efforts towards energy transition, in the run up to COP26”.

Speaking at the inauguration of the 14th edition of the REI Expo at Greater Noida, Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director, Informa Markets in India said, “The Indian renewable energy sector is the fourth most attractive renewable energy market in the world. With the recent milestone of 100 GW being crossed and the Government highlighting India’s progress when it comes to increasing renewable energy capacity, the country, India Inc., and its citizens collectively must work towards growing the green economy of the nation. With ample push from the government, India may witness investments of USD 500 billion in the domain by 2028.  The Renewable Energy India Expo over the years has duly acquired a unique dynamism and influence as a comprehensive and reputed global platform for the RE domain addressing challenges and ushering solutions for India’s green mission. This year has been remarkable with the Restart 2.0 of exhibitions and REI returning in its physical format. We are back at a critical juncture of the gradual re-building of the economy. The need for policy makers and industry players to continue engaging for a sustainable post pandemic world is the need of the hour and the expo with the three-day intense knowledge exchange forum would help scale up sustainable, innovative, reliable, technologically efficient, and modern energy.”

The three-day conference alongside the REI Expo 2021 themed ‘From Ambition to Action…Taking Giant Leaps Forward’ presented a host of thought-provoking knowledge sessions. Highlights of Day 1 included panel discussions on topics such as Road ahead for Rooftop Solar, Solar Manufacturing: Making India the Global Hub, Innovations that make the future Brighter & Case Studies: Upcoming Technologies That Can Change the World. The expo witnessed a closed door all – CEOs Round table Conclave on ‘From Ambition to Action : A Visionary Debate’ chaired by – Bhagwanth Khuba, Union Minister of State, New and Renewable Energy, Chemicals and Fertilizers, GOI and Co-Chaired by K.S. Popli, Advisor, ISA . It deliberated on upscaling investment climate, sustainability in policy and regulatory framework, Government initiatives and entrepreneurial landscapes and efforts needed to make India a manufacturing hub. Day 1 also witnessed closed-door  Finance Leadership Forum chaired by Manu Srivastava, IAS, Administrative Member Board of Revenue, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh and Co-Chaired by K.S. Popli, Advisor, ISA. The forum discussed the evolving landscape of innovating financing models, carving a blueprint for addressing financial risks, role of commercial banks and financial institutions in accelerating RE developments and access to capital for MSMEs.

Day 2 witnessed panel discussions on Renewable Energy and Self-Reliant India from the lens of CTOs, Transformative Mobility and Battery Storage, Tapping the Offshore Wind energy potential in India. The last day of the expo culminated with insightful panel discussions on – SATAT scheme & Evolution of Biogas Ecosystem – Convergence of Technologies, Incentives, & Policies; Bioenergy – A way to reach the zenith of energy production for India! and New Agrivoltaic Developments in India.

Despite being much smaller in scale than the previous editions, Renewable Energy Expo managed to meet the expectations of the exhibitors.

While speaking to Ten News as an exhibitor, Dr. D.N Singh, CEO, Bergen Solar Power and Energy said, “It has gone beyond my expectations, even though it is smaller than previous editions, we were kept busy all the time during the 3 days by a whole lot of people who came for the enquiry.”

Shivesh, Manager at HPL Electric & Power said, “This is the 4th time we are exhibiting in REI. During the last 3 days we have seen a lot of footfall here, and we have received a lot of genuine queries for our all product categories. I would say that it is better than the last exhibition.”

Another exhibitor, a manufacturer of EV chargers said, “REI has given us an opportunity from last 2 years to showcase our solar products but this year they have included EV as well. This gave us an opportunity to showcase our completely Indian made EV chargers. The response has been absolutely amazing, on the second day it touched peak.

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