MES Conference 2015

Micro Perspectives for Decentralized Energy Supply
April 23−25, 2015
Bangalore, India

The 2015 International Scientific Conference on Micro Perspectives for Decentralized Energy Supply (MES 2015 Conference) took place from April 23rd through April 25th2015 in Bangalore, India. 121 participants and a conference team of 10 professors of BMS contributed to a successful and inspiring event. Seven of the participants could be provided a travel scholarship (funded by ADA, Smart Villages Initiative and Hans-Böckler-Stiftung).

The MES 2015 Conference took place around the BMS Campus and the agenda of the event consisted of

  • 36 paper presentations in 12 sessions,
  • 4 business plans and poster presentation,
  • Virtual sessions in order to make the conference more accessible,
  • Business plan competition in cooperation with ADB-Energy for All (April 21st — 22nd),

Snapshot of the conference highlights:

  • Closing Keynote by Harish Hande (SELCO): Harish gave some powerful and critical input at the end of the conference on the view of the BoP as a market of a size of 5trillion, but importantly with a non-expendable income. He inspired the audience to go beyond and away from looking at the 1.5b poor without electricity as a great market but to leave expectations behind and create hands-on business models. The keynote speech is uploaded in full length on energypedia +link, please find it here.
  • Keynotes, Sessions: Introduction remarks by Leena Srivastava, her points being taken up by many during the break-out sessions — the question on why decentralized energy supply has such a primary focus on rural areas while being the most difficult and vulnerable areas to create a market in. She leaves the audience with the question on whether it would make more sense to conduct the de-risking in urban areas and then take that knowledge and experience into rural areas, and to leverage the potential for leapfrogging.

The complete conference proceedings can be found here.
For the conference summary please click here.

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