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Renewable energy is need of the hour: Experts

india Updated: Nov 04, 2014 18:55 IST
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At a time when demand for electricity is growing across the country, the experts have stressed upon the need to promote renewable energy.

These experts from several parts of the country are here to attent the three day International conference on condensed matter Physics-2014 (ICCMP-2014), which is being held at hotel Peterhoff in Shimla.

Physics scientists said, “In the hill state Himachal Pradesh, there is wide scope of promotion of solar energy and the government should prioritize this sector.”

“It is a matter of political will and awareness amongst the people that can bring the agenda of renewable energy to the discussion forum. The government should do something for research in this field,” said Christoph Lienau of Oldenburg University, Germany.

Christoph said a lot of research activities had been promoted in Germany towards tapping the solar energy. “Initially, it may be costlier, but we should understand that it is the need of the hour,” Christoph told HT. He said Germany had set target of 50% renewable energy by 2030.

Talking about India, he said little development had been done towards tapping solar and wind energy, but there was more potential in this field.

In his key note address, he underlined the need of the efficient conversion of sunlight into electrical or chemical energy, which is one of the most fundamental and relevant challenges in current energy research. “Our ability to construct artificial molecular or nanostructured devices that can harvest and exploit sunlight inevitably relies on an in-depth understanding of the elementary microscopic principles that govern the underlying light conversion processes,” he said.

Earlier, while inaugurating the conference, Himachal Pradesh University (HPU) vice-chancellor ADN Bajpai said the conference was slated to provide young researchers a peep into frontier areas of condensed matter physics and were expected to give boost to research efforts of the Physics department.

The conference shall have 25 plenary talks, invited talks and about 150 oral and poster presentations of contributed papers by the participants.