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AHK holds conference on self-sufficiency in solar energy

Solar power experts and business representatives from the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce (AHK) in Sri Lanka, took part in a conference on self-sufficiency in solar energy held in Colombo, recently.

The event was part of a programme launched by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy, called ‘Energy Solutions Made in Germany’. Besides opportunities for cooperation between Sri Lanka and Germany, crucial technical topics such as system integration, storage technologies, and financing instruments were also discussed.

German Industry and Commerce Chief Delegate Andreas Hergenroether highlighted the longstanding success story of renewables in Germany. He said, “In the first half of 2018, the share of renewable energy in the energy mix was 38 percent, with almost 10 percent being solar energy. During recent years, highly-specialised German solar companies have gained international recognition as market leaders. Sri Lanka, with its public commitment to renewables, could benefit from the know-how of German solution providers.”

German representatives of the International Solar Energy Society (ISES), as well as those from the German Association for Energy Storage Technologies, gave an overview on the latest innovations on system integration and storage technologies.

Matthias Ross, CEO of Berlin-based manufacturer AUTARSYS of containerised Energy Storage Systems (ESS) for renewable energy applications, said, “Our technology makes renewable systems more energy-efficient and cost-effective, with the capacity to increase the share of renewables up to 100 percent.”

Furthermore, the German engineering company VSAT, specialised in the installation of micro-solar systems and which is already engaged in a project with the Sri Lankan police; Team Blau GmbH, specialised in energy-management consulting; and the NRG4.you offering system integration, as well as setup and maintenance of solar power plants; presented their respective portfolios. All German companies are currently searching for Sri Lankan partners to join efforts to develop solar projects in the country.

As a member of the Vulnerable Climate Forum, Sri Lanka has committed itself to generate the entire power demand of the country by renewable energies until 2050. Several projects in the field of solar energy have been announced lately by Sri Lankan government officials through the media.

The current electricity consumption in Sri Lanka increases yearly by more than five percent, and power cuts have already been announced and experienced this year. Solar energy could be a short-term alternative to meet the current demand and equally, on a long-term basis, a sustainable alternative to increase the percentage in energy self-sufficiency.

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