Building Integrated Solar Energy Systems Workshop

An Indo – Swiss initiative to share knowledge on solar architecture and BISE systems

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Event Details


Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology (NIIST), Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala 695019 India


October 17, 2019


Transition to renewable energy resources is vital for human development without contributing to carbon footprint. The Government of India has announced its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) for mitigating climate change, aimed at a reduction of carbon emission by 33%-35% by 2030. In order to meet the targeted INDC, NITI Aayog advocated an ambitious plan in the energy domain for increasing the share of non-fossil fuel-based capacity in the electricity mix above 40% by 2030, and 175 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2022. Besides, it is noteworthy that Indian residential and commercial building area is expected to increase by four and thirteen-fold respectively.

In this purview, India has a huge opportunity for building new renewable energy infrastructure in a more decentralized manner via the integration of solar energy systems to the new building designs. Integration of solar systems in the built environment and in building skin can represent a huge potential to join renewables and urban growing. As per European directive 2010/31/EU, all new buildings starting from 2020 will have to be Nearly Zero Energy (NZEBs), in this direction Switzerland had already pioneered standard for achieving NZEBs building and is a leading country in solar architecture.

In this context, the workshop aims to bring together Indian and Swiss Government academic and industry experts to share recent innovations and products in the area of Building Integrated Solar Energy (BISE) systems including photovoltaics, photothermal, and passive/active solar control systems.


9.00 – 10.00       Registration

10.00 – 10.15      Opening Ceremony: Welcome address and Introduction about CSIR-NIIST by Dr. A. Ajayaghosh, Director, CSIR-NIIST

10.15 – 10.30      Introduction about SUPSI-ISAAC by Dr. Roman Rudel, Director, SUPSI-ISAAC

10.30 – 11.15       Keynote Address on “Emerging building energy scenario in India: Relevance of building integrated solar energy solutions” by Dr. Sameer Maithel, Director, Greentech Knowledge Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

11. 15– 11.30       Tea break

11.30 – 12.45      Lab visit and Technology demonstrations

12.45 – 13.45      Lunch break

14.00 – 14.45     Keynote Address on “BIPV in the Indian context: Opportunities, challenges, research and innovation trends” by Prof. Vivek Agarwal, Institute Chair Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Bombay

14.45 – 15.15      Expert Technical Lecture on “Photovoltaics in buildings: overview, trends of innovation and research in Europe” by Dr. Pierluigi Bonomo, Head of BIPV research team, SUPSI-ISAAC

15.15 – 15.35      Technical Lecture on “Technology innovation at CSIR-NIIST: Building integrated solar energy systems” by Dr. Adersh Asok, DST- INSPIRE Faculty, CSIR-NIIST

15.35 – 15.50     Tea break

15.50 – 16.35     Keynote Address on “Solar PV hybrid distributed power systems for rural & urban microgrid applications” by Dr. Jayesh Barve, Principal Engineer, GE Global Research, JF Welch Technology Center

16.35 – 16.55     Technical Lecture on “Dye sensitized solar cells: Creating an effective value chain from lab to market” by Dr. Suraj Soman, Scientist, CSIR-NIIST

16.55 –17.05     Workshop closing ceremony