A group of 15 delegates will participate in a series of business and technology workshops, industry trade-shows and multiple site visits to witness the Indian renewable energy ecosystem first hand. swissnex India, the Swiss global network to promote education, research, and innovation collaboration, marked the Pune chapter of Cleantech Week India 2018 recently. The Cleantech Week platform has brought a group of 15 researchers and entrepreneurs from the clean energy sector of Switzerland to one of the fastest growing energy markets in the world – India.
Accompanying the group is, Phillip Müller, head, Swiss Federal Office of Energy. Commenting on the robust start to the week, he said, “Our government has a clear charter on making Swiss clean energy technology accessible and adaptable across the world. We see India as a market with policy, price and scale challenges but also tremendous potential. Our hope from platforms like Cleantech Week is to engage with corporate, manufacturing, policy and government institutions to connect the dots of innovation, business potential, and talent.”
The Pune chapter of the Cleantech Week 2018 introduced the delegation to potential market opportunities in one of India’s largest manufacturing and automotive hubs. This included targeted, domain-specific site visits to clean energy stakeholders like Tata Green Batteries, E-mobility Group at the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) and the Pune Railway Station Rooftop Solar Project.
CEO of swissnex India and Consul General of Switzerland, Sebastien Hug, said in a statement, “India’s traction and growth in the energy market makes it ripe for innovation and technology disruption. It is our mission to enable the outreach and active engagement and international exchange of knowledge and talent. This group of innovators from Switzerland is using this platform to bring clean technology breakthroughs apt for the Indian market. The business collaboration and research potential with Indian partners are apparent right from the start and we are hoping for a productive week ahead.”
The day concluded with a networking dinner of with CEOs of Swiss businesses based out of Pune before the delegation moves on to Mumbai to further explore clean energy opportunities in the economic capital of India.