Webinar: How Smart Microgrids Can Address the Challenges of SDG

Webinar Content and Description

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the guiding principle for economic, environmental and social development that is anchored in the notion of ‘meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generation to meet their own needs’. The concept of sustainability is anchored in an integrated approach that takes into account the aspects of the environment (planet), economics (profit) and society (people) as the three fundamental dimensions.

SunMoksha’s solution and business model is anchored around these three pillars, in uplifting the condition of the poor and facilitating community development to mitigate socio, economic and geopolitical risks. Access to sustainable, reliable, and affordable energy; management of resources such as water, waste, and air; creation of ‘micro-economic zones (MEZs)’ and development of locally relevant skills play key roles. These, in turn, reduce the pressure on agriculture and land, and create the foundation for Smart Communities. SunMoksha has developed this holistic solution for sustainable, scalable, socioeconomic development of the rural hinterland. The model has been successfully demonstrated in Chhotkei village in Odisha, India, and endorsed by national and international development agencies. The solution is now being replicated.

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Quick Facts

Date Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Time 12:30 pm IST / 9:00 am CEST
Duration ca. 60 minutes
Fee Free of charge - limited participation
Speaker Dr. Ashok Das, Founder and MD, Sun Moksha
Language English

Speaker: Dr. Ashok Das – Founder and MD, SunMoksha

Dr. Ashok Das is the founder CEO of SunMoksha. He has over a decade of experience in clean energy, smart microgrids, decentralized access to energy, and smart sustainable villages, with hands-on experience in development, implementation and operations of decentralized micro-grids. He has been working on the ground in Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, UP, Assam and Bengal addressing the real issues of energy access. Based on his in-depth knowledge of this sector, he ceonceptualized and developed Smart Nanogrid™, a comprehensive solution for sustainable energy access.
Prior to founding SunMoksha, he worked for semiconductor equipment manufacturer, Applied Materials in Silicon Valley, for a decade. He then headed the India Operations of a fab automation start-up Aquest Systems, spread cross USA, Taiwan, and India. He has worked with several national and international organizations in development sector, such as, the World Bank, UK-DFID, KfW, ADB, UNDP, Ashden IRC, CTI-PFAN, and Climate Parliament. As founding-chair of TiE Clean Tech Forum and a TiE Charter Member, he was very active in developing the SME ecosystem for clean technologies. He received a B.Tech. from IIT Kanpur, India, and Ph.D. from University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA.

Portrait Photo of Speaker Dr. Ashok Das

Moderator: Ravikumar Gurumurti – Intersolar India

Ravikumar is associated with the solar industry for over 35 years. He began his career as an R&D Engineer in the first solar company Central Electronics Ltd., Delhi and later headed the QA function.  He moved on to work with top solar companies Siemens Solar, Royal Dutch Shell Solar, Tata BP Solar and the global Semiconductor and PV Association SEMI. He has worked across the entire value chain including Manufacturing, QA, Standards, Sales and Marketing, Training and Customer Service. He was extensively involved in corporate CSR and Industry Promotion activities.  

He was associated with the first PV training program funded by the World Bank under which 200 Design Engineers and 600 technicians were trained over a three year period (1997-2000) as part of capacity building and market development program and which provided  strong basis for the development of IREDA funded projects and all subsequent National Programs and Initiatives.     
He was inducted in the panel of PV specialists at SECI and was actively involved in SECI funded projects. He was also in the panel of NISE and was engaged as a consultant by the World Bank to design PV training programs, preparatory to the launch of their Rooftop financing program.  

Ravikumar currently advises young entrepreneurs who have launched small enterprises in the rooftop space and is engaged in solar training programs for entrepreneurs, students, engineers in the utility segment, industry professionals and more. He is a guest faculty in National Institutes like NPTI, MGIRED and some engineering colleges including SDM College of Engineering. He is a consultant for Intersolar India and structures and organizes the well regarded conference.
Ravikumar, after completing his Master’s Degree in Physics and Electronics from the Madras University in 1978, joined IIT-Madras as a Research Assistant in the Semiconductor lab attached to the Electrical Engineering Department and worked on the successful development of ultra-sensitive silicon opto-electronic and silicon power devices.

Portrait of Intersolar India Webinar Moderator Ravikumar Gurumurti