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With the growing world economy and the improving living standards in developing countries, the electricity sector is poised to see a rapid rise medium and long-term demand. Total consumption is expected to breach 40 trillion KWh by 2040, as against the present mark of 20 trillion KWh. The sector is going to see huge investments in a variety of domains, such as conventional sources, renewable energy, distributed generation, grid expansion, IT applications, smart grid etc.

In coming years, geospatial technologies like GIS mapping, remote sensing, satellite navigation etc. are going to play an increasingly important role at different stages of project life cycle in this sector. Right from site selection to billing & metering, the geospatial industry has already shown its potential to transform the business. As the awareness about features & benefits of these new technologies gradually spreads among the stake holders, the focus and thrust on making use of it would grow exponentially.

Session 1: GEO Energy at Group on Earth Observations
The Energy and Geo-resources Team of the Group on Earth Observations develops tools and products that cover specific needs of decision makers at multiple levels. For the achievement of this, experts from around the world are coming together and collaborate closely with the appropriate stakeholders. The resulted tools cover energy potentials, access and efficiency issues according to the specific needs of each user.
    This session will present some of the key GEO Energy and Geo-resources activities including among else:
  • Addressing international energy policy issues
  • Smart grids
  • IRENA Global Renewable Energies Atlas
  • Forecasting energy production
  • Bioenergy Atlas for Africa

Session 2: Geospatial Technologies for Renewable Energy and Distributed Generation
With the increased emphasis on reducing carbon emission of the world, the renewable sources of electricity generation are being explored and promoted. As a result of this, the share of wind, hydro, solar and geothermal in the total installed capacity is going to go up. Geospatial technologies will have a very critical role to play in the thus-evolving scenario. At the same time, the off-grid and distributed generation projects are also gathering pace in several countries with potential for such projects. Not only do these projects take some load off the grid, but also facilitate rural electrification drives. The objective of this session would be to on the role of geospatial technologies in functions like potential mapping of a region, site evaluation, evacuation planning, environment impact assessment etc.

Session 3: Future in Smart Grid and Demand Response
The world is now looking towards an electricity grid that is efficient and responsive. With many countries have big-ticket investments lined up, several research agencies anticipating the smart grid market to be worth around $400 billion by 2040. GIS mapping, among others, constitutes the very foundation of smart grid implementation in an area. Needless to say then that with such huge enthusiasm on smart grid, the geospatial industry too is likely to witness tremendous growth in this sector. It also enables the utilities in successfully running various related schemes that require geo-referenced consumer information. The focus of this session would be on discussing the role of geospatial technologies in a modern-day distribution set up.

Who Should Attend It?
  • Policy Makers
  • Government & Public Sector Undertakings
  • Electricity Utilities
  • Geospatial Solution Providers
  • Consultants (Environmental/ Engineering/ Project Management)
  • Financial Institutions and Banks
  • Project Executing Agencies at National and State Level
  • Academic & Research Bodies
  • Industry Associations


Friday, 9 May 2014
Session Time: 0900 - 1730 hrs
Geoff Zeiss

Editor - Building and Energy
Geospatial Media and Communications
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0900 - 1100 hrs: Session 1

Georgios Sarantakos
Expert on Sustainability and Energy
GEO Secretariat

Biography | Abstract | Presentation
Carsten Hoyer-Klick
Head of Department
Systems Analysis & Technology Assessment

Biography | Abstract
Manfred Mittlboeck
Key Researcher
Thomas Wanderer
Research Associate
German Aerospace Center, Institute of Technical Thermodynamics, Systems Analysis & Technology Assessment
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Stephane Chevrel
Project Coordinator
Holger Ruf
Research Coordinator

Biography | Abstract | Presentation
Melanie Davis
Research Project Coordinator

1100 - 1230 hrs: Networking Coffee Break and Visit to Exhibition

1230 - 1330 hrs: Lunch

Session Time: 1330 - 1500 hrs, Session 2
Albert Susino
Director, - OCEN
Department of Securities
State of Geneva
A.L.M. (Ad) van Houtum
Advisor Product and Process Innovations
The Netherlands

Biography | Abstract | Presentation
Theo Laughner
Tennessee Valley Authority, USA
Biography | Abstract
Artur Brei
Head of Graphic Data Processing
UZ (Unterfrnkische berlandzentrale eG)

Biography | Abstract | Presentation
Anit Ghose
Principal Advisor (Dept of Geospatial Services)
Supreme & Co. Pvt. Ltd.

1500 - 1600 hrs: Networking Coffee Break and Visit to Exhibition

Session Time: 1600 - 1730 hrs, Session 3
Piergiorgio Cipriano
GI/SDI Project Manager

Biography | Abstract | Presentation
Wei Zhang
Senior Technical Manager
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Rajiv Gupta
Senior Professor
Birla Institute of Technology and Science

Biography | Abstract | Presentation
Dr. Recai Ogur
Assoc.Professor - Department of Public Health
Center for Education and Research on Environment Gene Interaction

Biography | Abstract | Presentation
Arul.I Tenkasi
Tamil Nadu Electricity Board