INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON RENEWABLE ENERGY
Renewables for Development of Rural Areas & Exhibition
27-29 November, 2013, KIIT University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha
International Congress on Renewable Energy i.e. ICORE is a flagship event of the Solar Energy Society of India (SESI). The genesis of ICORE lies in an immediate realization to make it a truly international affair.
This is the 11th year of the ICORE held at different locations in different year throughout India. The first of these events was held in Coimbatore in 2003 reinforcing a strong commitment to make it an annual feature. SESI takes due care to spread the message of ICORE by choosing a different venue every year. After holding this event in Bengaluru, Pune, Hyderabad, New Delhi, Chennai, again in New Delhi (2009), Chandigarh, Assam and Gandhinagar, this year the ICORE – 2013 is scheduled to be held at KIIT University, Bhubneswar, Odisha on 27-29 November, 2013.
ICORE-2013 will provide an ideal opportunity to players in Photovoltaic, Solar Thermals, Wind, Biomass, Small Hydro, Products, Materials and Systems, to display their capabilities to explore huge emerging Business Opportunities in India and South Asian countries.
Renewables for Development of Rural Areas
Adequate energy at affordable cost is the most important factor in the development process and one of the necessary infrastructure requirements for industrial and agricultural development, employment generation and improvement in the overall quality of life of people, especially in rural and far-flung areas. If we consider total consumption of electricity in various sectors such as industry, railways, agriculture, household, etc, the per capita consumption per person per year in India it is only around 1000 kWh. The world average is more than two and half times and use of power even in China is three times that of India. So we have to go a long way since more than 40% households in India do not have electric connections. Renewable energy devices such as decentralized solar PV plants, solar panels, biomass gasifier systems, biogas plants can provide clean energy to the rural masses for meeting their cooking, lighting and village industries.
At present the total installed power generation capacity in India is more than 2,20,000 MW. Still there is a huge gap between demand and supply. Though 86 % villages in the country have been officially declared as electrified, most of the villages get electricity only for a few hours in a day. Even many of the cities and towns in some states face huge shortage of power. These is, therefore, tremendous scope and need for deployment of renewable energy systems and devices especially in rural areas because electricity in an essential requirement for all facts of life. It is the key to accelerating economic growth, poverty alleviation and human development both in cities and rural areas. Provision of clean energy and electricity in villages is very essential to cater to requirements for agriculture and other important activities which includes small and micro enterprises khadi and village industries cold chains, health care, education and information technology. Currently we have more than 27,000 MW of grid connected installed capacity of renewable energy comprising of small hydro, biomass, wind, solar etc.
The choice of using renewable energy options needs to be determined, based on local conditions and end use application to ensure optimum utilization of its energy content and efficiency in a cost effective and reliable manner. India is endowed with a variety of renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, biomass, small hydro, biofuels, etc. These can be appropriately and optimally utilized to make available reliable supply of electricity which are much more suitable and helpful for rural areas.