First World Solar Technology Summit to begin today virtually
08 September 2020: The first World Solar Technology Summit (WSTS) is being organized by the International Solar Alliance (ISA) today, 8th September, 1630 hours IST). More than 26,000 participants from 149 countries have registered to join the virtual Summit.
India’s Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan will address the inaugural session. Nobel Laureate, Dr M Stanley Whittingham, winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry (jointly with John B. Goodenough & Akira Yoshino) in 2019 for the revolutionizing discovery of the lithium ion batteries will deliver the key note address in the inaugural session. Bernard Piccard, Founder and Chairman of Solar Impulse Foundation, Switzerland will address the gathering.
The Summit is expected to bring the spotlight on accelerating affordable and sustainable clean green energy by showcasing and deliberating on innovative state of the art next generation technologies in solar power.
The inaugural will witness the rolling of an action- packed agenda with the conclusion and announcement of three agreements between ISA and International Institute of Refrigeration, a second with Global Green Growth Institute and a third agreement with National Thermal Power Corporation. A tripartite agreement between India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, the World Bank and the International Solar Alliance is also set to be inked.
ISA’s technology journal, Solar Compass 360 will also be launched during the summit by Dr. Dharendra Yogi Goswami, Professor in the University of South Florida and Director of the Clean Energy Research Centre.
The Global CEO’s session which follows the inaugural will see a moderated discussion between the CEOs of the world’s largest corporations that contribute greatly towards the promotion of solar energy integration with other renewables and storage for sustainable energy solutions. Four technical sessions will see a galaxy of renowned academicians, scientists, researchers as well as industry leaders deliberate on the future prospects of the solar PV technology and the vision for solar energy up to 2030 and beyond.
The valedictory session of the WSTS will be marked by the presence of high -level representatives of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the International Energy Agency (IEA).