The launch of the highly anticipated CSP report that was commissioned by the Australian Government’s Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency and authored by the IT Power Group.
The world is in the middle of an energy revolution. This revolution is driven by concerns about greenhouse gas emissions, but even more by the unequal equation of growing demand for oil, reduced rates of discovery and consequently inevitably increasing prices.
Concentrated Solar Thermal Power technologies are at a key moment in their history. Whilst they have been in commercial operation for over 20 years, there has been little growth until 2006 when we entered a new phase. Realizing the potential of solar energy, the Indian Government has launched the ambitious Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) which is likely to catapult India into becoming the largest market for solar energy in the world.
With India poised to become the lead market in sustainable energy solutions, there is a massive skills shortage that is hampering progress in this sector. To cater to the industry’s need of the hour, IT Power Group, a leading international energy consultancy in the sustainable energy sector conducted a three-day technical workshop on Concentrated Solar Power Plants (CSP) that witnessed an unprecedented gathering of thought leaders from the public and private sector.
Supported by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy the workshop took place from 18 – 20 May 2011, at the Claridges Hotel. The inaugural training workshop was well received by all participants and provided incisive networking and excessive knowledge exchange over three days.
Among the many highlights was the launch of the highly anticipated CSP report that was commissioned by the Australian Government’s Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency and authored by the IT Power Group. Fielding a panel of experts presently active in the CSP field, the workshop delivered leading-edge techniques and provided technical know-how to the eager audience.
From policy regime and CSP deployment in India, to CSP technologies and the financing of solar thermal power plants, the workshop concluded with a site visit to two operating solar thermal plants, providing the perfect blend of theory and practical. Mr. R. Chandrasekar, Group CEO, IT Power Group, says that, "there is a huge dearth of qualified manpower in Indiain the power sector, especially in the renewable energy space. IT Power Group, as one of the oldest global players in this space wants to make sure that it takes a lead role in ensuring that this bottleneck does not hurt the industry’s growth. Hence, we have started a training vertical that will focus on alleviating this manpower shortage".
The IT Power Group is a leading international energy consultancy in the sustainable energy sector, with expertise ranging from technical, financial and strategic consulting and carbon advisory, to on-field project implementation and project management. IT Power its roots with training tracing back in the 1960s was spun off in 1981 as a research and consulting firm, and today has grown to become the IT Power Group of Companies. Headquartered in the UK, IT Power now has offices in Australia,China, India, Africa and Latin America. To date, the company has completed over 1000 projects in over 100 countries.