ISA to showcase latest solar technologies at virtual global summit on 8 Sept

20 Aug 2020


The International Solar Alliance (ISA) is organising the First World Solar Technology Summit on a virtual platform on 8 September 2020. The event will bring the spotlight on state-of-the-art technologies as well as next-generation technologies, which will provide impetus to the efforts towards harnessing solar energy more efficiently. 

Shared details of the summit, RK Singh, president of the ISA Assembly and union minister of state for power and new and renewable energy and skill development and entrepreneurship, said the summit will focus on innovative, cost effective, affordable solar technologies.
A galaxy of speakers from Nobel laureate Stanley Whittingham to heads of global corporations will set the tone of the deliberations. Union power minister has invited all stakeholders to participate in the event.
ISA would also be launching the ISA Journal on Solar Energy (I JOSE) that would help authors from across the globe to publish their articles on solar energy, during the event. The articles in this journal would be reviewed by global experts and will reach the member countries through ISA’s vast network of National Focal points (NFPs) and Solar Technology and Application Resource (STAR) centres.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will deliver the inaugural address of the First World Solar Technology Summit to be graced by ministers from member countries from across all ISA regions. High level dignitaries from the world of Scientific Research and Development and a CEO’s conclave will set the tone of the deliberations on low cost, innovative and affordable solar technologies.  Senior government functionaries, heads of global corporations, financial and multilateral institutions, civil society, foundations and think-tanks will be present during the inaugural session. 
Nobel Laureate M Stanley Whittingham will be presenting the Keynote Address during the Inaugural ceremony. Stanley Whittingham was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry (jointly with John B Goodenough and Akira Yoshino) in 2019 for the revolutionizing discovery of the lithium ion batteries. 
A power packed session is to follow with CEOs of top global corporations who have made pathbreaking progress in implementing and scaling up solar technologies. CEOs expected to take part in the Global CEOs session include Bertrand Piccard FRSGS, founder and chairman, Solar Impulse Foundation, Switzerland; Jean-Pascal Tricoire, chairman and CEO, Schneider Electric; Eric Rondolat, chief executive officer, Signify. The leaders will share their vision on how scientific breakthroughs and innovations can be commercially made available to all parts of the world for the wider consumption. 
The event will hold four technical sessions that would be available to the participants in different languages namely English, Spanish, French and Arabic. Leading companies and research organisations from across the world will present their work during these sessions and will deliberate on latest trends in solar technologies.
Session -1: Vision 2030 & Beyond: The overall context of PV technology development and its future, on its way towards becoming the first source of energy worldwide, with PV technologies supplying 70 per cent of the world’s electricity generation.
Session -2: Towards a Decarbonised Grid: The most recent advances (conversion efficiency improvements and declining costs) regarding key components such as PV modules and storage technologies.
Session -3: Disruptive Solar Technologies: On-grid applications, whether ground-mounted, floating, or integrated in residential and commercial rooftops.
Session -4: Solar Beyond the Power Sector: Innovative applications where PV is used to move, heat, cool, and drive eco-friendly industrial processes and produce fuels as well as off-grid applications, to provide universal access to energy.

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