Web seminar on “Sustainability Engineering – Driven by Renewable Energy” on Wednesday, 14th July 2021 at 3:00 PM (IST)

VDMA India

The increasing energy demands in the world due to expanded civilisations and thus to increasing populations, have led to concerns over the limited energy resources. The demand has focused attention on a sustainable energy supply, which implies optimised use of energy, minimised pollution, and reduction in fossil fuel energy consumption.

Renewables have grown rapidly in recent years, driven by policy support and a sharp cost reduction for solar photovoltaics and wind power. The electricity sector remains the brightest spot for renewables with the strong growth of solar photovoltaics and wind in recent years.

According to a study, India is one of the countries with large production of energy from renewable sources. As of 2021, 37% of India's installed electricity generation capacity is from renewable sources. India is ranked third globally in terms of its renewable energy investments and plans in 2021. The country's solar installed capacity was 40.09 GW as of March 2021 and is the fifth-largest solar installed capacity in the world. India is the world’s fourth-largest wind power market, is expected to add nearly 20.2 GW of new wind power capacity in 2021-2025, a growth of 50 per cent compared to the country’s current 39.2 GW installed capacity.

The German Engineering Federation (VDMA India) along with our esteemed VDMA Members, ARGO-HYTOS, HARTING India, and SAP had organised a Web Seminar, which helped to understand the benefits of responsible engineering or engineering with a conscience.

We were privileged to have the following esteemed speakers for this interactive and informative session:

  • Pradeep Kheruka, Executive Chairman, Borosil Renewables Ltd
  • Hans-Martin Waiblinger, Manager Renewable Industries, ARGO-HYTOS
  • Arvind Tekur, Director Marketing and Product Management, Harting India
  • Nikhil Chaturvedi, VP and APAC Leader-Energy and Natural Resources, SAP
  • Rajesh Nath, Managing Director, VDMA India

The moderation of the session was conducted by Mr. Sandip Roy, Regional Head -East, VDMA India Services Pvt Ltd who gave an insight about the activities of VDMA India, the flow of the web seminar and introduced the esteemed speakers.

The opening remarks were given by Mr. Rajesh Nath, Managing Director VDMA India Services Pvt Ltd. He spoke about the demand for renewable energy in India and stated the Government plans to increase energy sources by undertaking large-scale power projects. He gave a futuristic perspective of the advancements ahead and the potential to attract employment opportunities through such projects. He shared the estimates of renewable energy generation as per the Central Electricity Authority (CEA). He concluded by mentioning that the transformation process requires advances in innovation, strong partnership and vast capital.

The Chief Guest of the session, Mr. Pradeep Kheruka, Executive Chairman – Borosil Renewables Ltd who gave an address on the importance of Sustainable Engineering – Solar Engineering/Systems. He spoke about wildfires and the endangerment of wildlife. He then mentioned about “Solar Glass” which is the largest non-Chinese owned solar glass producers in the world. He then headed on to talk about the lithium-ion batteries which are completely recyclable and lithium can be extracted without any wastage. In his concluding remarks, he pointed out the cost of wind and solar energy generation being reduced and that the price of solar power generation in India has dropped from Rs. 4.5/kWH to Rs. 2/kWH.

The first speaker of the web seminar was Mr. Hans-Martin Waiblinger, Manager Renewable Industries, ARGO-HYTOS. He gave an introduction about ARGO-HYTOS group and described in detail their five worldwide production facilities in Germany, Czech Republic, India (Coimbatore) and China by mentioning about the standard product portfolio such as System Filters, Tank Solutions, Valves and Power Packs. He pointed out their Design and Manufacturing Capabilities, Sales Organisation and Awards won by ARGO-HYTOS. He went on to discuss in detail about the products manufactured by ARGO-HYTOS. They were High Performance Filtration, Motion Control & Filtration in Pitch and Brake, Condition Monitoring and High-Performance Spare Parts. He concluded by providing solutions for Wind Energy.

The second speaker was Mr. Arvind Tekur, Director Marketing & Product Management, Harting India. Mr. Tekur mainly emphasized on the significant contributions of Harting in the Renewable energy sector. He believes that sustainable engineering should provide lifetime solutions for energy wordwide. In order to do so, we must consider the needs of the present as well as for the future. Sustainable energy benefits the economy, environment and the society. He described how important the environment is for Harting and that they are Drivers for Sustainability. He highlighted on the role of wind in renewable energy and the role of renewable energy in E – mobility. He enlisted some facts and figures of Harting and their focus on megatrends. Some of the Harting solutions were solar applications, battery storage applications Solutions for Wind, cable assembly for pitch control, slip ring solution, generator cable assembly for – yaw motor, top & bottom boxes, beacon lighting and EV charging Gun & Connectivity solutions.

The final speaker was Mr. Nikhil Chaturvedi, VP and APAC Leader -Energy and Natural Resources – SAP. Mr. Chaturvedi spoke on the topic -Digital Transformation in Renewable Energy. He stressed on the role of Intellectual Technology (IT) in improving sustainability situation and promoting renewable energy. Then he emphasized on the utility and global utility of companies and what are they doing by adopting IT. He enlisted the key transformation drivers such as de-carbonization, deregulation, decentralization, energy efficiency and digitalization. He also mentioned about the Innovation for the digital energy prosumer. He further went on to draw attention towards the solutions offered by SAP such as Framework for Utilities, Climate-21 program and Climate-21 vision. Then he spoke about the effective maintenance for operational efficiency of the Artic Wind. He also gave insights about the Dong Energy and its improving maintenance of offshore wind turbines. He further on went on to state how the digital revolution can help stop climate change. In his concluding remarks, he mentioned about boosting investments in renewable energies with SAP and highlighted on the Southern California Edison: Safety and compliance with SAP EHS management.

Finally, we had the Q&A session moderated and conclusion by Mr. Rajesh Nath, Managing Director VDMA India Services Pvt Ltd. where he took up several interesting and pertinent questions posed by the attendees. We had an overwhelming participation of 187  attendees from the industry joining us for the web seminar.