Alka Yadav


The Green Energy Transition Research Institute (GETRI), formerly known as the Gujarat Energy Training and Research Institute (GETRI), is an ISO 9001: 2015, CEA accredited, and DUNS registered institution located in Vadodara, Gujarat. It is an autonomous institute promoted by Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (GUVNL) and its group companies. Registered under the Bombay Public Trust Act, GETRI was founded in 2005 with the core mission of fostering continuous development among employees by offering comprehensive training and research programmes. These programmes are designed to keep participants updated on the latest developments in the ever-evolving energy sector and to help them implement best practices in their work.

To provide training at GUVNL’s subsidiary companies’ doorsteps, GETRI has 15 training units called Gujarat Energy Knowledge Centres (GEKCs) across the state. These include 13 Centres for Distribution, one for Transmission, and one for Generation.

In addition to its role in training and capacity building. GETRI also holds a crucial mandate as a think tank. It serves as a knowledge hub and advisory body for both the government of Gujarat and the power sector. This role involves providing valuable insights, conducting research, and offering recommendations on policy matters, industry trends, and sustainable energy practices.

GETRI further extends its influence by undertaking consultancy projects. These projects involve collaborating with government bodies, power sector organisations, and other stakeholders to provide expert guidance and solutions for various energy-related challenges and initiatives. With its extensive expertise and resources, GETRI contributes significantly to the overall growth and development of the energy sector in Gujarat and beyond.

GETRI has been making remarkable strides in the energy sector, positioning itself as a leading hub for knowledge dissemination, innovation, and research in the field of sustainable and green energy. GETRI’s commitment to excellence is evidenced by its recent initiatives and accomplishments that reflect its forward- looking approach and dedication to driving positive change in the energy landscape.

I. TRANSFORMING INTO THE GREEN ENERGY TRANSITION RESEARCH INSTITUTE (GETRI)

In a reflection of its evolving mission and expanded scope, GETRI has undergone a significant transformation, including its renaming to the Green Energy Transition Research Institute. This evolution is not merely a change in name but a reflection of the organisation’s dedication to adapting to the pressing global need for sustainable and environmentally responsible energy solutions. This change not only aligns with GETRI’s commitment to sustainable energy but also signifies its focus on catalysing and facilitating the transition towards cleaner, greener energy sources and technologies.

The new name, the Green Energy Transition Research Institute, is a clear indicator of the institute’s commitment to a more sustainable future. This name change signals a departure from its previous focus solely on energy training and research in Gujarat to a broader, more comprehensive agenda that encompasses the broader concept of green energy transition. The new name underscores a profound shift towards promoting cleaner and greener energy sources and technologies.

GETRI’s revised mission goes beyond its earlier role of providing education and research related to energy in the state of Gujarat. Through its two verticals: training and C-NET, it now seeks to play a pivotal role in driving and facilitating the transition towards sustainable energy practices on a global scale. The Institute aims to have a broader and more significant impact, both nationally and internationally, by advocating for and actively contributing to the adoption of cleaner and greener energy solutions.

II. CENTRE FOR NET ZERO ENERGY TRANSITION (C-NET)

(1) Think Tank Fostering Energy Innovation

As the energy landscape continues to evolve rapidly, the need for innovative solutions and expert guidance in the quest for sustainability becomes increasingly vital. GUVNL established the Centre for Net Zero Energy Transition (C-NET) at GETRI, Vadodara, in 2022. C-NET stands as a testament to GUVNL’s dedication to innovation and thought leadership. Functioning as a dynamic think tank, this cell is strategically focused on addressing the challenges and opportunities associated with decarbonisation and net zero goals.

The vertical of GETRI serves as a catalyst for generating cutting-edge ideas, strategies, and solutions to steer the energy sector towards a low-carbon future. Through robust research, analysis, and collaboration, C-NET aims to shape policies, technologies, and practices that contribute to a cleaner and more sustainable energy ecosystem. This visionary move of creating C-NET signifies an acknowledgment of power utilities’ role in driving the transformation towards a sustainable energy future. C-NET serves as a knowledge hub, generating innovative ideas, strategies, and solutions that accelerate the energy sector’s transition to net zero emissions.

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C-NET, an integral part of GETRI, represents a dynamic leap forward in the journey towards a sustainable, eco- friendly, and net-zero energy future. A few of its noteworthy works are as follows:

• Report on short term strategies for mitigating variability in RE generation
• Cost benefit and comparative analysis of Grid scale Solar PV Project vis-à-vis Solar projects under PM KUSUM for feeder solarisation
• Optimum Generation Mix Study in consultation with CEA (Underway)
• Analysis of Wind Generation in the last 5 years
• Analysis of Grid absorption Capacity in view of RE Policy
• Trend of Deviations at the Gujarat Boundary- a five-year analysis
• Report on Analysis of breakdown cost of GSECL’s plants
• Report on analysis of resiliency and fitness of Urban Distribution Network in selected 10 cities of Gujarat state (ongoing study)
• Identifying potential sites for high Wind/ Hybrid RE Projects
• Green Hydrogen Policy background note covering sector-specific studies
• Comments on draft Sop floated by MNRE for implementation
• Socio-economic analysis of Solar Rooftop penetration in the Gujarat State
• Strategies and recommendations on sustainability issues in Energy (SDG goals beyond 2030)
• Technical challenges faced by Powering the Statue of Unity with Green Energy DISCOMs on account of increasing penetration of Solar rooftop in Gujarat State (ongoing study)

One of C-NET’s notable strengths lies in its ability to bridge the gap between knowledge and action. By acting as a think tank, it engages in in-depth research, analysis, and scenario planning, offering strategic guidance to stakeholders and policymakers. This allows them to make informed decisions and develop forward-thinking strategies that align with the global imperative of reducing carbon emissions and mitigating climate change.

(ii) Consultancy-Empowering Utilities Nationwide

Recognizing the need to extend its impact beyond its premises, C-NET, GETRI has embarked on a new journey of consultancy. This strategic move enables GETRI to leverage its extensive expertise and knowledge to offer specialised consulting services to utilities across the nation. It is actively taking up consultancy projects, working hand in hand with businesses, governmental bodies, and organisations to help them navigate the intricate pathways to net-zero energy. The expertise and insights offered by C-NET empower these entities to develop customised, sustainable solutions that not only reduce their carbon footprint but also improve operational efficiency and profitability. Some of the noteworthy assignments undertaken by C-NET are as under.

POWERING THE STATUE OF UNITY WITH GREEN ENERGY
The C-NET had secured its first consultancy assignment from the Statue of Unity Area Development and Tourism Governance Authority (SOUADTGA) in Kevadiya, Gujarat. This assignment involves the preparation of a pre-feasibility report for establishing a renewable energy system within the SOUADTGA jurisdiction to enhance the share of green energy at the Statue of Unity (SoU). Additionally, this assignment involves the preparation of tender documents for the selection of an EPC (Engineering, Procurement, and Construction) Contractor to set up 4 MW Solar Plants at identified sites within the SOUADTGA territory. The assignment also includes the techno-commercial evaluation of bich for selecting the EPC contractor. Marking a significant milestone, C-NET successfully completed its first assignment in October 2023. Subsequently, the groundwork for the renewable energy initiative wis inaugurated by the Honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on the 31st of October, 2023.

Assisting Visakhapatnam Port Authority, Vizag, Andhra Pradesh to fulfil its vision of a Green and sustainable port.

C-NET has secured another consultancy engagement, from one of the busiest ports in the country, the Visakhapatnam Port Authority (VPA) in Vizag, Andhra Pradesh. The assignment’s primary focus is to develop a comprehensive prefeasibility and technical evaluation report for the installation of Solar PV plants at specified locations within the VPA’s domain. The project scope includes a thorough site assessment, detailed techno-commercial analysis, and a comprehensive risk assessment of the potential project sites. The overarching aim of this initiative is to elevate the proportion of renewable energy in VPA’s energy portfolio, aligning with their commitment to fostering a green and sustainable port environment.

By engaging in consulting projects, GETRI aims to enhance operational efficiency. promote best practices, and drive innovative solutions that address the diverse challenges faced by utilities in the ever-evolving energy sector.

GETRI’s Centre for Net Zero Energy Transition aims to be a beacon of hope and progress in the energy industry’s ongoing journey towards sustainability. Its unique dual role as a think tank and consultancy powerhouse positions it at the forefront of innovation and expertise, facilitating the transition to cleaner, more sustainable energy sources while helping organisations align with net-zero goals. With the relentless dedication and forward-looking approach of C-NET, the path to a greener, more sustainable future is not only clearer but more attainable than ever before.

III. TRAINING AND CAPACITY BUILDING
The Institute envisions becoming a premier training hub in the Power Sector, fostering innovation, sustainability, and excellence in global energy. Through comprehensive programs, it cultivates a skilled workforce for sustainable energy solutions, technological advancements, and operational excellence.

With a dedicated annual Training Budget and set targets, GETRI collaborates with esteemed institutions like IIM Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, and Lucknow, XLRI Jamshedpur, IIT Gandhinagar, IIT Madras, IIIT Gwalior, CEPT University, PDEU Gandhinagar, and NTPC School af Business. These partnerships aim to elevate middle and senior-level managers within the affiliated companies, facilitating personal and professional growth towards top-tier leadership.

Throughout the year, GETRI conducts programs in Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution, primarily for promoter companies such as Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd. (GUVNL), Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Ltd. (GSECL), Gujarat Energy Transmission Company Ltd. (GETCO), and four DISCOMS: PGVCL UGVCL, MGVCL, and DGVCL Additionally, it extends its expertise to capacity building and training for utility officers across state and national boundaries.

Since its establishment in 2005, GETRI has trained over 990,000 personnel in the Power Sector across various hierarchies, accumulating over 15.9 lakh man-days.

GETRI’s Training Vertical’s Notable Recent Initiatives and Achievements:
a) Capacity Building in Energy Regulation: Successfully conducted a capacity building program for 45 electricity regulators from South Asian countries (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka) on “Energy Regulation for Energy Cooperation and Exchange of Electricity in South Asia The comprehensive training, spanning three weeks, covered key modules on power system planning. tariff & licensing, and power exchange/ trading. The program, funded by USAID, elevated GETRI’s visibility nationally and in South Asia.

b. Specialised Training for Powergrid Corporation of India Ltd. (PGCIL) Officers:

i. Conducted two batches of training on “Power Distribution Systems, featuring a unique 60:40 hands-on to classroom training ratio. Received positive feedback from 38 officers, enhancing their understanding of distribution business intricacies.

ii Organised a one-week training on “Solar PV Plants: Conceptualization to Commissioning and O&M,” empowering 25 PGCIL engineers in designing, operating, and maintaining solar PV plants for sustainable energy transitions.

iii. Online Training on Solar PV Basics: Hosted a concise three-day online session focusing on the fundamentals of solar PV plants and operations. Attended by 30 PGCIL officers, the training strengthened their foundational knowledge in harnessing solar energy.

c). Condition Monitoring Training for NPCIL Officers:

Successfully completed two batches of training for 70 Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd. (NPCILI officers on “Condition Monitoring of Power Plant Equipment,” enabling them to assess and optimise critical components performance in power generation and transmission systems, improving reliability and efficiency.

GETRI’s initiatives spanned specialised training programs, empowering regulators, engineers, and officers across various domains within the power sector, contributing significantly to skill enhancement and fostering sustainable energy practices.

IV. COLLABORATIONS WITH PREMIER INSTITUTIONS AND ORGANIZATIONS

GETRI’s pursuit of excellence is further amplified through strategic collaborations with prominent academic and research institutions. A series of technical collaborations have been established with renowned entities such as IIMs, IITs, IIIT, XLRI, NSB, GIZ, CEEW, and AEEE. These collaborations facilitate knowledge exchange, joint research endeavours, and the cross-pollination of ideas, enriching GETRI’S intellectual ecosystem and fostering holistic approaches to energy challenges. The programs at these esteemed Institutions are designed to enhance the knowledge and expertise of our employees in specific areas of energy related research, policy, and technology. This further underscores GETRI’s commitment to continuous learning and professional development, ensuring that its workforce remains at the forefront of the latest advancements in the energy field.

V. NATIONAL LEVEL SEMINARS: NURTURING KNOWLEDGE SHARING
GETRI continues to be a beacon of knowledge dissemination through its national-level seminars. These seminars provide a platform for thought leaders, experts, practitioners, and enthusiasts to converge and discuss the latest developments, trends, and innovations in the energy sector. By facilitating dialogue and knowledge sharing. GETRI contributes to the collective growth and advancement of the energy domain.

GETRI’s commitment to staying at the forefront of emerging energy trends is evident through the diverse range of topics covered in its seminars. Past seminars have delved into prominent and cutting-edge subjects such as Decarbonization, Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS), Green Hydrogen, Offshore Wind, and Power Trading. These topics reflect the institute’s dedication to exploring the latest developments and technologies that are shaping the future of energy.

Moreover, GETRI’S forward-looking approach is showcased through its recently concluded seminars, which promise to be equally enlightening and relevant. Some of these include seminars on Renewable Energy Transition – Road Travelled and Opportunities Ahead, Digital Technologies in Energy Transition, Financing Options in Energy Transition, Decarbonization of the Energy Sector in Gujarat, Green Hydrogen, Carbon Trading & Carbon Markets, and Offshore Wind. These topics are both timely and crucial, as they address key aspects of the energy sector’s evolution, such as the transition to renewable energy sources, the role of digital technologies, financial considerations, and the importance of energy efficiency in achieving sustainability goals.

In essence, GETRI’s commitment to hosting national-level seminars underscores its role as a key knowledge hub within the energy sector. These seminars not only provide a space for informed dialogue but also contribute to the dissemination of knowledge, helping to shape the future of energy by keeping stakeholders informed and engaged in the latest developments and strategies. Through these initiatives, GETRI continues to make a meaningful impact in advancing the energy sector’s growth and sustainability.

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VI. RENOVATION OF GETRI BUILDING: STATE-OF-THE-ART TRAINING CENTRE AND THINK TANK

In line with its transition to the Green Energy Transition Research Institute (GETRI), the institute has undertaken a significant refurbishment of its building. This renewal includes cutting-edge training aids and modern infrastructure, underscoring GETRI’s commitment to delivering top-notch training experiences. Moreover, this revamped administration building now functions as a pivotal think tank and consultancy hub in the domain of energy transition. Equipped with state- of-the-art technology and resources, GETRI plays a key role in fostering innovative thinking, conducting research, and providing consultancy services to drive sustainable practices in the evolving energy landscape.

GETRI’s latest initiatives underscore its steadfast commitment to driving the green energy transition and fostering a sustainable energy future. Through the establishment of the Centre for Net Zero Energy Transition (C-NET), expansion into consultancy services, strategic collaborations, capacity building and training, national-level seminars, and infrastructure improvements, GETRI continues to lead the way in advancing knowledge, promoting innovation, and shaping the energy landscape for the better. The institution’s transformation into the Green Energy Transition Research Institute reflects its visionary approach and dedication to catalysing positive change in the energy sector.

Views expressed by: Alka Yadav, Director, Green Energy Transition Research Institute (GETRI)

 

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