ITP India participated and made a presentation at the Practitioners’ Platform 2017, Dhaka

ITP India participated and made a presentation at the Practitioners’ Platform 2017 – Regional Platform for Sharing and Learning “Renewable Energy – Challenges and Opportunities” organised by IDCOL and KfW in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 19 – 21 November, 2017.

The focus of the workshop was to create a platform of practitioners from South Asia, Southeast Asia and East Asia as well as Germany in order to examine various aspects of Renewable Energy technologies with emphasis on implementation of projects, through policy & regulatory measures as well as technology and market development.

Dr. Akanksha Chaurey made a presentation on “Design, optimization and innovations in mini-grids”. The presentation highlighted the importance of mini-grids in meeting the requirements of electricity to all by 2030. It covered discussions on smart management practices and grid-connectivity options in the design and operation of state-of-the-art mini-grids. The presentation also discussed a tool to decide why and how to select a mini-grid over other options of grid-scale or stand-alone solar home systems. Finally, it presented a case-study of optimization of mini-grids using HOMER. All of the above is based on recent assignments of ITP India.

ITP Renewables (Australia) wins two prizes at ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards

ITP Renewables (Australia) wins two prizes at ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards

Training program on “Design, Installation, Upkeep and Maintenance of Solar Photovoltaic Power Plants”

ITP India organized a training program on “Design, Installation, Upkeep and Maintenance of Solar Photovoltaic Power Plants” for the officials and professionals of Assam Energy Development Agency (AEDA). The program was organized at Guwahati from 29th to 30th August 2017 and included sessions on: Solar Energy; Solar PV Basics; Solar Technologies; Solar PV System Configurations; Latest Technologies; Policies and Programs; Business Models and Project Developments.


ITP India participates in ACEF-2017, Manila

Dr. Akanksha Chaurey, CEO, ITP India participated in the Asia Clean Energy Forum 2017 (ACEF-2017) organized by the Asian Development Bank in Manila, Philippines from 5th June to 8th June 2017. She chaired the session on “The Energy Access Nexus: The Multiplier Effects of Energy Access to Meet Community Needs.”

This year’s event focussed on facing the challenges and taking advantage of the opportunities created by the global agreements to meet targets on energy and the climate under the theme “The Future is Here: Achieving Universal Access and Climate Targets”.

What do we sell when they don’t want our coal?

By Dr. Keith Lovegrove, Head, solar thermal, ITPEnergised Group

To meet the Paris climate goals of limiting global warming to 2°C requires a complete global decarbonisation of all energy use by around 2050.

Reading these columns and elsewhere of recent times one could almost be excused for thinking that electricity is the only way we use energy.

It has reached the point that in common discourse the word ‘Energy’ has started to be used when the meaning is ‘Electricity’. Many references to ‘Energy Storage’ for example turn out to mean exclusively ‘Electricity Storage’.

To put things in perspective, it is interesting to examine Australia’s energy ‘end use’ by type. Interpreting the 2014-15 Australian Energy Statistics data by sector and end use fuel type gives the following picture:

AUS energy end use

In this view the really big end-use sector is transport energy, it can also be seen that heat as an end use is also very significant. However, for the Australian economy a major ‘Use’ of energy is that we sell it as one of our major sources of export earnings. If we add exports as a ‘Use’ to the pie chart we get the following results:

AUS energy use 2

So Australian energy ‘use’ is actually 79% about selling it. We sell large amounts of energy in the forms of Coal (11,063PJ in2014_15) , LNG (1,363PJ ) and Uranium oxides (3,053 PJ) .

To understand how important this is in financial terms, it is interesting to sort and rank Australia’s trade data, both imports and exports, as follows:

AUS trade 2015

We see that coal is our number two largest source of export income after iron ore. In previous years it has been number one. We see that LNG took the number 4 spot and as we are reading a lot lately, that export earner continues to grow.

Looking at the import side we see that we very much need those exports to balance our major imports, cars and electronic / electrical goods are way up the top. Oil and petroleum products (petrol and diesel) are sitting at number three and growing fast both because our demand is growing and our local production is shrinking.

Note that uranium does not even make it into the top 18 exports shown in the figure. The relative market values of the energy commodities are very important as well as the volumes of energy. In 2014-15, our average value of coal sold was around $3.40/GJ, for LNG it was $12.40/GJ and Uranium just around $0.30/GJ.

Refined oil product imports on the other hand cost us $19.50/GJ even with the prevailing low costs of oil at around $50 per barrel. Thus swapping fossil fuel exports for uranium exports GJ for GJ would be a disastrous financial outcome for the Australian economy.

So who buys our coal and LNG? The DFAT trade data shows the breakdown of coal sales by value as:

AUS coal exports

Interestingly, for some reason our Australian government agencies feel that the destination of LNG sales is confidential. However, the US government’s Energy Information Administration is happy to suggest to the world that it looks like this:

AUS LNG exports 2016

What this makes clear is that our most important energy customers are in the Asian region and Japan is absolutely on top of the list. It is also of considerable relevance that Japan, South Korea and China are the source of the bulk of our imported motor vehicles and electronic goods.

If the world is to decarbonise, these key trading partners of ours must be part of that shift. It is very apparent that they are already leading.

Reducing coal use will be the first target and we are already hearing of exactly such moves from China, India and Japan in recent times ( Thermal coal use plummet , Japan’s thermal power drop ). LNG is actually likely to be in greater demand in the near to medium term in a decarbonising world.

Noting recent commentary on the cost of gas generation versus renewables in Australia and the availability of renewable electricity options with storage / flexibility (Concentrating Solar Thermal is a key example), it may be that natural gas no longer has the key role as a ‘transition’ fuel for Australia’s own use that it was once thought to. Instead, we should increasingly recognise it as a ‘transition energy export’.

What can be the long term opportunity for energy exports? I and many others argue that it should be zero emissions hydrogen based fuels. Japan and South Korea in particular are putting major efforts into hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Japan, which imports 91% of its primary energy is planning for major imports of hydrogen from around 2030 onwards.

The Olympic Games in Tokyo are only 3 years away, and investments to make hydrogen a star of this event are well advanced, with the focus on the buses, cars and the fuel cell powered athletes village.

Who better to sell hydrogen to Japan and our other Asian energy customers than Australia. Hydrogen can be made by a variety of methods; electrolysis using electricity, reforming natural gas, gasification of biomass or coal and thermal decomposition of water using solar concentrators as well as more early stage experimental approaches using photocatalysis for example.

In a zero carbon world, it is Australia’s vast and world leading solar resource that seems most prospective, although gasification or reforming processes combined with geo-sequestration of CO2could well prove very competitive.

Japan GasChem ship

Japan is 6,000km away, we are not going connect a DC transmission line to them and they are unlikely to want to rely on connections to China for their energy. Moving an energy dense liquid fuel by ship is the bread and butter of the global petroleum industry.

A tanker can cross the globe consuming fuel that represents about 2% of its payload energy. In other words long distance fuel transport in tanker ships is about 98% efficient in energy terms.

To adapt international shipping to hydrogen, studies in Japan are considering three likely options; as cryogenic liquid analogous to LNG, by combining it chemically and reversibly with toluene as an organic hydride, or converting it to ammonia by combining it with atmospheric nitrogen for either direct final use as a fuel or conversion back to hydrogen.

The cryogenic option is being actively considered by Kawasaki Heavy Industries who have a specific project in mind based on gasification of Latrobe Valley brown coal.

Hydrogen liquefaction is technically feasible and analogous to natural gas liquefaction, however it is considerable more challenging as the temperature is -253°C compared to -162°C for LNG[1]. The organic hydride approach is also feasible however is challenged by a much reduced payload, with the toluene carrier compound having to take the trip in both directions with a limited amount of hydrogen carrying capacity.

Use of ammonia as the transport vector seems to be increasingly favoured. Ammonia synthesis is the second biggest chemical process by volume globally and is very well established. Ammonia is already shipped and traded globally. Liquid ammonia actually contains more hydrogen per litre than liquid hydrogen itself.

The conclusion I offer is that Australia as an energy exporting economy, should be keeping the future of energy exports at the forefront of consideration in all discussions of energy and climate policy and investment decisions. Attention should be given to bilateral / multilateral agreements with our key trading partners, like Japan, that move energy trade towards zero emissions fuels in a win-win manner.

State and Territory governments considering the encouragement of emissions free transport should consider that facilitating use of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles from Japanese and Korean manufacturers will help to synergise a hydrogen use and import market from those same countries.

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and others should consider future trade in hydrogen based fuels both directly but also via the synergies that may exist as they consider the approaches that can be applied to advancing renewable energy use within Australia.

[1] Note that the work (electricity) required to cool something tends to infinite as absolute zero of -273°C is approached.


Keith Lovegrove is Head of Solar Thermal, ITP Energised Group.

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Practical training on PVsyst and HOMER Software

ITPI organised a five-day training program on HOMER Pro and PVsyst software at Kabul, Afghanistan from December 10 to 15, 2017. The programme was organised under the aegis of ADB TA on Renewable Energy Development for Afghanistan. A total of 22 participants from different organisations, representing different type of institutions, utilities, ministries and other energy related public bodies and universities, attended it.)
The purpose of the program was to build capacities of key stakeholders on the use of HOMER and PVsyst software for designing & implementing off-grid and grid connected renewable energy projects such as off-grid systems with battery back-up, hybrid systems, grid connected systems with and without storage.
Ahmad Murtaza Ershad was the lead trainer. He was assisted by co-trainer Eng. Fazlullah Fazli, while David Fernandez from ITPE UK, undertook one session through pre-recorded webinar.


DBcertiC- Certification Course on DesignBuilder, a building energy simulation software

DesignBuilder is a globally preferred building performance analysis software which is used to simulate and analyze the energy performance of the building.

DesignBuilder uses EnergyPlus, the state of the art simulation engine from the US Department of Energy as its background calcula­tion engine for whole energy modelling including HVAC, daylighting, airflow, cost, energy and carbon emissions. The software is useful for architects, engineers and design specialists for obtaining building green ratings (such as GRIHA, LEED).

The objective of the DesignBuilder certification course is to make the student comfortable with the software, equip her/him to interpret the results and appreciate its capabilitie

For registration, click on the given link:


Terms and Conditions (Please tick the box)

 I understand that the course is intended to provide instructions on using the Designbuilder software to analyse building energy efficiency thereby enhancing my skills. However, it is understood that the DBcertiC course does not guarantee a job nor a promotion in my current assignment. As such I will not hold the DBcertiC course, nor the provider of the course responsible for the same. There are certain system and internet network requirements for attending the session lectures. I have read and understood the same. It is my responsibility to ensure I have the proper system and internet network connection as per requirement . Failure on my part to arrange the system and internet network requirements may lead to problems in attending the course lectures, but I shall not hold DBcertiC, nor the provider of the course responsible for the same and will not be able to claim any refund for the same. I also understand that I will not be entitled for any refund once I have enrolled for the course, irrespective of whether I am able to attend the sessions or not. I also confirm that the confidentiality of any course material shared with me. I also do hereby confirm that the I will be the sole attendant of this lecture session and my user id and password will not be used by any other person.

Exclusive association to promote DesignBuilder software in India

ITPI has partnered with Team Catalyst Pty Ltd (the sole distributor of DesignBuilder software in India) to provide marketing and technical support for DesignBuilder software in India, on an exclusive basis.

DesignBuilder is a building energy simulation software which is used to simulate and analyze energy performance of a building. DesignBuilder uses EnergyPlus, the state of the art simulation engine from the US Department of Energy as its background calcula­tion engine for whole energy modelling including HVAC, daylighting, airflow, cost, energy and carbon emissions.

Also Available: DBCertiC- Certification course on DesignBuilder, a building energy simulation software

For more details on the software and licenses, contact: Qammar N. Ahmad

Tel: +91 (011) 46001191/92


Access To Energy – Quarterly Bulletin

Access to Energy

The February 2016 edition of the “Access to Energy” newsletter is now online. This particular edition focuses upon International Solar Alliance, an initiative to promote clean energy around the world. Other highlights of this edition include – Land Neutral PV, Offshore Wind Energy in India, and other successful interventions related to clean energy in India and other parts of the world.

Access to Energy




Development of CST technology booklets under UNDP-GEF-MNRE CSH Project

ITPI has produced booklets on six standard concentrating solar thermal (CST) technologies detailing about their material and component specifications for India, under the UNDP-GEF-MNRE CSH project. The project is an initiative to promote market for solar concentrator based process heat applications in India.

The details of the booklets can be accessed from the below mentioned Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) address:-

Project Management Unit UNDP-GEF-CSHP, Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, Block 3, CGO Complex, Lodi Road, New Delhi – 110003. Telefax: 011-32314365/24363638

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