Topics at the 2nd International Conference on Large-Scale Grid Integration of Renewable Energy in India included the technical and economic issues of the large-scale integration of renewable energies, including recent advances in transmission technologies (AC and DC).
Anubhav Jain presented “Functional Requirements for Blackstart and Power System Restoration from Wind Power Plants” which highlighted current and future developments in system restoration of wind power plants post grid disconnection. He was pleased to see that India’s ambitious plan to integrate more renewable energy is bringing leading countries together for capacity building and collaboration; it left him feeling hopeful and motivated. And his discussions with experts from the Danish Energy Agency and National Institute of Wind Energy (India) expanded his professional network and knowledge.
Stephen Hardy presented in poster format his paper “A Techno-Economic MILP Optimization of Multiple Offshore Wind Concessions”. It focused on the optimisation of the offshore transmission grid for planned offshore wind developments in the state of Gujurat, India.
Both Anubhav and Stephen attended numerous fascinating presentations highlighting the challenges faced when integrating renewables into a rapidly expanding transmission system, such as India’s. They enjoyed discussing technical and policy related issues with experts from around the world, particularly from the USA and Germany. India’s transmission infrastructure faces different challenges to those in Europe, so it was an excellent opportunity to gain a more worldly perspective.