Renewable energy: present scenario and future focus

Gujarat is rich in renewable energy sources predominantly in solar, wind and bio energy. It has already taken the lead over other states in renewable energy initiatives, particularly in solar power generation. The state of Gujarat endeavours to become the leader in terms of capacity and introduction of new technologies in other renewable energy sources also like wind, biomass, OTEC, tidal energy. Denmark has gone from being 99% dependent on foreign fossil fuel to being completely energy self-sufficient. Thirty years of focused energy policy, implemented after the 1973 oil crisis, has catapulted Denmark ahead of most other nations in the use of renewable energy technology. The Danish government has set the goal to be completely independent of fossil fuels by 2050. To take this vision of the Government of Gujarat forward, the seminar on “Renewable energy: current scenario and future focus” was organised by Government of Gujarat, Gujarat Energy Development Agency (GEDA) in collaboration with the Royal Danish Embassy and Confederation of Indian Industries and with the support of Industrial Extension Bureau (iNDEXTb) at Mahatma Mandir on 3 October 2011. The objective of the seminar was to promote investment, technology transfer and related activities in renewable energy between Denmark and Gujarat.

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