New Delhi: India is gearing to host the second edition of its flagship energy sector event, India Energy Week (IEW) 2024, in Goa from February 6-9. In the run-up to the event, PSU Watch spoke to Engineers India Limited’s (EIL) Chairperson and Managing Director Vartika Shukla to get a sense of the themes that will dominate the discussions at the marquee event. According to Shukla, Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF), Green Hydrogen and Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) technologies, along with digitalisation and automation are going to be the key themes that will be in the spotlight at IEW 2024.
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What are you looking forward to the most at India Energy Week?
As you are aware that IEW 2024 is a platform where more than 350 exhibiting companies will engage with a diverse audience of over 35,000 energy professionals, forging meaningful connections, fostering collaborations, unveiling innovations and exchanging insights that will be integral to shaping the future of India’s energy landscape. This event shall be setting the narrative through several experts-led deliberations for a smooth energy transition for India vis-à-vis the global scenario in the years to come. We look forward to interacting with the industry leaders and technologists in the areas, inter alia, including Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) technologies, CCUS technologies, Waste-to-Energy and value-added products, niche chemicals, Crude-Oil-to-Chemicals (COTC), evolving green hydrogen (GH2) production technologies, etc. We are keen to offer EIL’s engineering and innovative technology services in these emerging areas to buttress the efforts led by the industries toward the stated net-zero objectives of the country.
What does your company plan to showcase?
EIL is planning to showcase the engineering and technological prowess attained in its journey of around six decades serving clientele from various sectors in the areas of Oil & Gas, Fertilizers, Energy Efficient Infrastructure, Digitalization & Automation, Renewable Energy, etc.
EIL will be presenting its unique track record of organisational capabilities and diversified experience in the energy industry through various thematic areas designed around innovative technologies developed by EIL. Some of them include our technology offerings for Bio-ATF production, Green Hydrogen/ Green Ammonia, Concentrated Solar Thermal (CST) technology etc.
EIL will showcase its contribution to make India Atmanirbhar primarily in the energy sector by building a strong and potent manufacturing sector of the nation through its diversified operations, indigenous technology development, and venturing into the supply of proprietary engineered products. EIL is also planning to showcase its efforts in decarbonising its operations and technical solutions developed thereof for the assessment of the carbon footprint of the industry to assist global energy companies in achieving their energy transition objectives.
According to you, what would be some of the themes that will be in the spotlight this year at IEW 2024?
We believe the pace of technology development and its implementation particularly in the green energy sector has accelerated manifold in comparison to its state in the previous decade. India is poised to set up renewable power infrastructure on a significantly large scale to meet the twin objectives of meeting its burgeoning energy demand as well as achieving its Intended Nationally Determined (INDC) targets.
At IEW 2024, we are going to witness deliberations around various possibilities of integrating renewable energy into the existing systems and processes. It is worth mentioning here that EIL has also executed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Sunrise CSP Group for collaboration in the area of Concentrated Solar Technology (CST). EIL is offering solutions to integrate CST technology in various applications ranging from reducing the fossil fuel firing in process units to 24x7 power generation.
Other important areas of impetus this year could be the discussions around Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF) as India is also set to onboard the CORSIA regulation mandate from 2027. Various organisations have declared to have developed various SAF technologies based on different feedstocks including Alcohol to Jet fuel (A2J). EIL has also developed a technology for the production of Bio-ATF in collaboration with CSIR-IIP, Dehradun. We are happy to share that the company has already prepared the Basic Engineering and Design (BEDP) of a Bio-ATF production facility for one of its clients in India.
You might me aware that EIL is also implementing a Biorefinery facility for ABRPL in the state of Assam which is intended to produce 2G Ethanol and other value-added products. The project is being implemented by EIL based on the technology supplied by M/s Chempolis OY. EIL has also executed a strategic alliance with Chempolis OY, Finland for the 2G Ethanol production technology and has been engaged by other large public sector entity for preparation of DFR for another 2G ethanol plant from bamboo-based feedstock one of the states in the north-east India.
Digitalisation & Automation with an extensive application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) would be another line of discussion as part of IEW 2024. EIL is also following the demand signals coming from the industry pertaining to digitalisation and has established a dedicated Digital Technology Services (DTS) division to cater to the demand. So far, EIL has developed several key IIoT-based digital solutions ranging from improvement of fired heater efficiency to realistic assessment of Green House Gas (GHG) emissions from industrial units.
CCUS and Green Hydrogen would definitely be discussed to a great extent among the participating energy leaders in the IEW 2024. Development of technologies related to CCUS and Green hydrogen are two most important segments for the industry to fulfill their commitments to a reduction in carbon emissions. Grey Hydrogen production with CO2 capture has the potential for achieving climate change mitigation targets till the technologies for Green Hydrogen mature. With its diverse experience and technical competence, EIL is assisting both the public and private sectors in their transition to Green Hydrogen.
We believe, climate change mitigation is the common ground for both the conventional and non-conventional energy companies. This event is anticipated to give a platform for them to come together and take a giant leap in the uncharted territory of cost-effective, low-carbon emission energy solutions through partnerships and EIL is eager to cement such opportunities at IEW 2024.