IIT Madras energy consortium hosts Energy Summit 2023

IIT Madras Energy Consortium is hosting its annual Energy Summit from 5 to 8 December 2023.

It features participation from Global thought leaders and experts drawn from the industry, academia, policy makers and government agencies that are working towards accelerating the development of technologies to enable energy transition towards a low-carbon future, say sources from IIT Madras.

IIT MadrasMore than 300 delegates are taking part including over 40 international speakers representing Australia, UK, US, Italy, South Korea, and Japan.

Transition

Dr. Bhima Sastri, Director (Energy Asset Transformations), Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management, Department of Energy, US delivered a virtual address from Dubai on ‘Energy Transition Priorities in the US’ during the plenary session on 6 Dec 2023.

The US DoE Energy Earthshots initiative aims to accelerate breakthroughs of more abundant, affordable, and reliable clean energy solutions within the decade, he said.

‘Hydrogen shots seek to reduce the cost of clean hydrogen by 80% to $1 per 1 Kilogram in 1 decade.’

Carbon management spans a value chain of technologies and infrastructure such as carbon capture, carbon dioxide removal, transport, conversion and permanent storage, he said.

Accelerating Technology

Dr. Bhima Sastri said, “The US Department of Energy is tasked with accelerating technology through four focus areas – Explore, align, accelerate, and collaborate – via the 17 labs across the country.

Some of the outcomes include the ‘Sub-Surface guidance for oil recovery’ through machine learning and ‘Power Plant Cybersecurity.’

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law allocated $12 Billion for carbon management and more than $8 Billion for hydrogen, he said.

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This has given the opportunity to deploy technologies that have only been researched so far, he said.

The law has resulted in big investments in carbon management and critical minerals. For a long time, we have been depending on China for critical minerals in key technologies, like MRI, he said.

Now, we are trying to revive mines. Retired or retiring coal mines are being repurposed mostly for clean energy technologies, he said.

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Ms. Sarah Kirlew added, “Australia has natural gifts that allow the country to become a renewable energy superpower. In Terms of the Australia-India partnership, renewable energy is a key focus.

Australia and IIT Madras have deep collaborations through various MoUs. Many Australian companies have also set up their research centres, she said.

Key Themes

The key summit themes for 2023 are:

Ø Energy Storage and Green Hydrogen

Ø Carbon Markets, Energy Economics and Climate Finance

Ø Energy Efficiency, Energy Management and Modelling, Sustainable Buildings

Ø Microgrids, Power conversion systems and Power electronics

Director of IIT Madras

Speaking earlier, Prof. V. Kamakoti, Director, IIT Madras, said the Energy Summit must look at several challenges into the future. If a technology is introduced, how can it be scaled up, what will be the response and how it can handle disasters.

IIT Madras is ‘IITM for all’ and we are open to any industry and stakeholder to join and collaborate with The Energy Consortium, said director of IIT Madras.

IIT MadrasIoE Scheme

Director of IIT Madras said under the ‘Institute of Eminence’ (IoE) scheme, IIT Madras provided US$ 2 million to The Energy Consortium.

Carbon Capture, Green Hydrogen and Battery Research (effectiveness and recycling) are all important areas along with zero emission trucking, said IIT Madras.

In the next 10 years, recycling is going to become more important than even computing jobs. The Institute is looking at such projects under our ‘Waste to Wealth’ agenda, said director of IIT Madras.

Outcomes

The important outcomes from Energy Summit 2023 include:

Ø Launch of the CO2 capture demonstrator, to aid industries and researchers demonstrate technology scale-up

Ø Increasing collaboration with more academic and industrial partners to address the technology transition for decarbonisation goals of the government.

Ø Launch of Energy Audit app for use by MSME, Energy auditors and other industries.

Importance

Highlighting the importance of the event, Prof. Satyanarayanan Seshadri, Convenor, Energy Summit 2023, said, developing resilience in our energy systems and addressing holistic development of technologies is imperative.

This can only be achieved by collective action. The Energy Summit at IIT Madras is one of the major global platform that is driving this, he said.

IIT MadrasSpeakers

Other speakers include Prof. Mahesh Panchagnula, Dean (Alumni and Corporate Relations), IIT Madras.

A Special Magazine Issue ‘Path to Decarbonization’, which comprises a series of articles by energy experts from academia, industry and government, was unveiled on the occasion, say sources from IIT Madras.

A CO2 capture pilot demonstrator developed by the Energy Consortium as part of the Institute of Eminence Center of Excellence project was also unveiled on the occasion, say sources from IIT Madras.

There were also two high powered panels that deliberated ‘Alternate fuels and green H2’ and ‘Importance of Digitalization in energy transition,’ say sources from IIT Madras.

Multiple invited presentations, flash talks and posters on cutting-edge research from academia and industry were also presented on the occasion, say sources from IIT Madras.

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