Objectives of the Workshop
The idea of this workshop to bring together an international group of eminent scientists, research scholars, implementers, financiers and policy makers across the globe working in the field of decentralized solar technologies, which will bring the myriad of ideas to overcome the barriers and obstacles faced by decentralized solar products developers, social entrepreneurs, and equity investors in achieving the target and their growth. The broad objectives of this workshop are:
- To discuss how to accelerate global electricity access, especially in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, and sustain it?
- To raise an open dialogue around the technology/implementation/policy issues concerning decentralized electricity solutions and analysis of the opportunities and challenges hindering electricity access globally.
- To recognize, why decentralized solar solutions is important & how it can complement the grid in attaining universal electricity access?
- To discuss the possibilities of decentralized solar electricity provide adequate, reliable and affordable solutions for households & businesses in the remote rural areas and be seen as a permanent electricity solutions.
- How to augment grid electricity users with an efficient loads and storage?
- A comprehensive report of 40-50 pages, as well as brief executive summary on various aspects of technology, economic, social, environmental as well as institutional from the perspective of electricity access. It is envisaged that such a report would be useful to various country governments and agencies in developing countries to make appropriate policies and plans.
- Bring out scientific publication capturing the latest development in the sector based on the work of participants.
Participation is by invitation only. IIT Bombay will provide accommodation, food and local hospitality for all invitees to attend the International workshop in the IIT Bombay guest house. Traveling allowances will not be provided by IIT Bombay.
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At IIT Bombay, we have expertise exists in the field of renewable energy research at Energy Science and Engineering Department, Humanities & Social Sciences Department and Center for Technology Alternatives for Rural Areas. IIT Bombay has recognized the issues obstructing the widespread use of off-grid solar electricity solutions and come up with the mechanism wherein local communities gets involved in various activities related to assembly & distribution (A&D), maintenance and manufacturing of solar products, for providing permanent and reliable off-grid solutions.
The workshop will deliberate and discuss on the various facets of decentralised solar, such as technology, economic, social, institutional, and policy aspects and will bring together eminent people from across the world
Prof. Gautam Yadama
Dean, Boston College School of Social Work, USA
Director, Rural Energy and Livelihoods, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi
Prof. Meredith Fowlie
Applied Economist, UC Berkeley, California
Dr. Praveen Kumar
Assistant Professor, Boston College School of Social Work, USA
Prof. A.B. Rao
Associate Professor, Centre for Technology Alternatives for Rural Areas, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
Dr. K. Sudharkar
Research Fellow/Automotive Engineering Centre(AEC), University Malaysia Pahang
Prof. Karthik Sasihithlu
Assistant Professor, Energy Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
Associate and Senior Energy Specialist, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
Dr.Janak Palta McGiligan
Director, Jimmy McGiligan Centre for Sustainable Development
Founder and President, Power2PeerVenture Development Center, Boston
Head Strategist, Ashden India Collective, New Delhi
Regional Director for Market Development Global Alliance for Clean Cook Stoves, Washington DC
India Country Representative Global Alliance for Clean Cook Stoves, Washington DC
Ms. Arianna Tozzi
Researcher, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota, Duluth
Prof. Aparna Katre
Assistant Professor, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota, Duluth
Prof. Dunwei Wang
Professor, Boston College, USA, Duluth
Prof. Benjamin Sovacool
Professor of Energy Policy (SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit) , Duluth
Prof. Srinivas Sridharan
Associate Professor, Monash University , Duluth
Mr. Sushil Rajagopalan
Ph.D. Student/Graduate Teaching Assistant, School of Sustainability , Duluth
Prof. Satish B. Agnihotri
Professor and Head of the DepartmentCentre for Technology Alternatives for Rural Areas, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay , Duluth
Prof. Rangan Banerjee
Professor and Head of the Department,Department of Energy Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, Duluth
Prof. Md. Shahriar Ahmed Chowdhury
United International University, Dhaka, Bangladesh , Duluth
Dr. Ken Lee
Executive Director, Energy Policy Institute at University of Chicago in India , Duluth
Prof. Chetan Singh Solanki
Professor, Department of Energy Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay , Duluth
Prof. Jayendran Venkateswaran
Associate Professor, Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay , Duluth
Lecture Hall No- 22 (2nd floor)
Victor Menezes Convention Center (VMCC)
Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
The workshop is planned at Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, as part of the ongoing research project, on off-grid solutions for rural areas titled "Solar Urja through Localization for Sustainability (SoULS)
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