Indian study trip on the role of solar energy in distribution networks

Group picture on the lawn in front of Reichstag building

Indian Delegation in front of the Reichstag, Picture: Lutz Beyer

In early June, representatives from India's public and private sector travelled to Germany for a study trip organised by the Indo-German Energy Forum (DIEF).

The main topic for the trip was the complex management of decentralised power supply systems within the context of large-scale feed-in of solar energy into distribution networks. In order to meet such challenges in the future, great emphasis was placed during the study trip on exchange of experience among Indian and German energy experts.

Within the context of the International Climate Initiative (IKI), Germany's Environment Ministry (BMUB) has been supporting the Indo-German Energy Forum since 2008 as it works towards sustainable energy policies, among other things, through transfer of knowledge, technology and Best practices. India's Ministry of Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy is the cooperating partner for the IKI project.

To kick-off the study trip through Germany, an expert workshop was held in Berlin under the theme 'Distribution networks for renewable energy - challenges and solutions'. At the meeting a number of German experts from public institutions and the private sector provided their Indian colleagues with insights into Germany's framework and instruments for managing electricity generated by solar energy. The German target of an energy system transition was in the focus of lively discussions. Following the events in Berlin, the Indian delegation met among others with Fraunhofer, Siemens, N-ERGIE-Netz Nürnberg and concluded the trip with a visit to the Intersolar exhibition in Munich.