ISA to hold World Solar Technology Summit next month


The India-headquartered International Solar Alliance (ISA) will organize the World Solar Technology Summit for the first time on a virtual platform on September 8. The event will showcase state-of-the-art, next-generation technologies to ramp up solar deployment affordably.

Prime minister Narendra Modi will attend the inaugural event, along with ministers from all ISA member countries and high-level dignitaries from global R&D institutions.

The event will hold four technical sessions that will be available in English, Spanish, French and Arabic. Leading companies and research organizations will present their work and deliberate on solar technology trends.

Discussion topics include PV technology development and its future; recent advances – including conversion efficiency improvements and declining costs – in PV modules and storage; disruptive solar technologies for grid application – ground-mounted, floating or on residential and commercial rooftops; and solar beyond the power sector.

The event will also see the launch of the ISA Journal on Solar Energy which aims to help authors across the globe publish solar energy articles. The content will be reviewed by global experts.

The keynote address during the inaugural ceremony will be presented by M Stanley Whittingham, who won the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry alongside John B Goodenough and Akira Yoshino for the development of lithium-ion batteries.

The ISA aims to reduce the cost of solar technology and finance to facilitate the deployment of more than 1 TW of solar generation capacity and mobilize more than $1 trillion (Rs74.6 lakh crore) of solar power investment by 2030 in its member countries. The organization says it has aggregated a pipeline of solar projects worth $5.5 billion.

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