Micro Perspectives for Decentralized Energy Supply
April 23-25, 2015
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.