The World Alliance for Decentralized Energy (WADE) was established in 1997 as a non-profit research and promotion organization whose mission is to accelerate the worldwide development of high efficiency cogeneration (CHP) and decentralized renewable energy systems that deliver substantial economic and environmental benefits.

WADE IN ACTIONGlobal energy dialogue on cogeneration/combined heat and power

International Energy Agency (IEA) and WADE announce a new India study on cogeneration/CHP

New Delhi, India • The International Energy Agency (IEA), the leading international energy organization, with the assistance of the World Alliance for Decentralized Energy, has recently completed a report on the potential for CHP in India. The summary was presented at the Energy Dialogue on Cogeneration/CHP on 13 October 2008, at the India Habitat Center in New Delhi, and showed the CHP/district heating and cooling (DHC) potential to meet some of the energy needs of India. Tom Kerr, IEA Senior Energy Analyst, Power Secretary Anil Razdan, S. Samudrala of WADE and industry stakeholders from Wartsila and Thermax spoke at the event, and concluded that, in order to allow the country to benefit from the dramatic energy savings from cogeneration, mechanisms must be put into place.


S. Samudrala making a presentation at the event. Seated second from the left is Tom Kerr, IEA Senior Analyst
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The IEA recommends increasing awareness in central, state, and local governments for the efficiency measures of CHP/DHC; establishing an industry initiative on CHP/DHC; extending regulatory and policy support for CHP/DHC; and enhancing international cooperation, to learn from countries such as Denmark, Finland and Korea, which are among the world’s leaders in use of efficient cogeneration.

The IEA and WADE also believe that the prospect for CHP growth appears promising, as increased competition and higher energy costs drive industries and commercial establishments to attain greater energy efficiency and ‘total’ solutions to meet their energy needs.

IEA estimates that India has the potential for almost 28 GW of CHP in 2015 and 85 GW in 2030 (growing from a current base of less than 10 GW). It also indicated that there is enough potential for CHP and DHC to be implemented in smaller industrial parks, special economic zones, and other areas where there is a concentration of large commercial establishments which have a need for secure, low-cost heat, cooling and power.

Secretary of Power, Anil Razdan said: ‘India needs to take advantage of the wasted energy from the generators and with the new gas pipeline constructed, the small scale generators and communities close to the gas pipeline will have a better capacity to utilize the fuel to the maximum efficiency — we need to do it now, can’t wait for the future’.

The IEA’s Tom Kerr commended India on its leadership in biomass CHP in the sugar industry, but indicated that: ‘There is much more potential in India to tap into a tremendous free source of energy in waste heat for CHP. The IEA is ready to work with industry, government and other stakeholders to advance deployment of clean and efficient decentralized technologies in the coming years.’

Mr P. Bhadury of Thermax and Mr A. Sachar of Wartsila showed specific examples of how the industry will move ahead and also the obstacles which prevent the use of CHP and DE. Dr Ajay Mathur, Director General of the BEE indicated that his agency is ready to help in putting the CHP on the local government’s plans so that they can meet their energy needs.

Sridhar Samudrala closed the event, and indicated that the industry and associations such as WADE will promote and develop CHP and DE projects so that India, and most importantly the environment, can benefit by using the fuel resources to the maximum efficiency.

WADE paper disseminated at POWER-GEN Asia

Developing the Asian market through an optimal energy mix

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia • Sridhar Samudrala, WADE’s Asian Director, presented a paper at the recently held POWER-GEN Asia, the largest and most successful event dedicated to the power generation and transmission and distribution industries for South East Asia. The event attracted some of the leading players of the world energy field.

POWER-GEN Asia was a resounding success with record numbers of visitors and an exceedingly high level of international speakers, including a Ministerial Keynote Speech by Dato’ Shaziman Bin Abu Mansor, Minister for Energy, Water and Communications. Other top level speakers included Tan Sri Leo Moggie, Chairman of Tenaga Nasional Berhad and former Minister of Energy, Communications and Multimedia for Malaysia; and James Suciu, President of Global Sales and Marketing for GE Energy.

Attracting leading international speakers and delegates from throughout Asia and around the world, the conference was a great hub for knowledge sharing, offering excellent networking opportunities.

WADE foundation selected to undertake China study and outreach

WADE chosen as recipient of APP funding from US Department of State

Asia-Pacific • WADE is pleased to announce that it was recently awarded a substantial grant from the US Department of State under the Asia Pacific Partnership (APP) to research the potential for CHP in China — through use of the WADE Economic Model — and advance the market with a series of workshops throughout China and the United States.

In conjunction with the APP Project, members of the WADE China Group will establish and implement an aggressive work plan that will complement the APP Project and accelerate deployment of clean decentralized energy technologies.

The Asia Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate is an innovative effort to accelerate the development and deployment of clean energy technologies, formed by seven Asia-Pacific countries including Australia, Canada, China, India, Japan, Republic of Korea, and the United States.

The APP partners agreed to work together with private sector partners to meet goals for energy security, national air pollution reduction, and climate change in ways that promote sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction. The Partnership will focus on expanding investment and trade in cleaner energy technologies, goods and services in key market sectors.

For further information on this project and the WADE China Group please contact WADE’s Country Manager in China, Mr Ju Ning, jning@localpower.org.

WADE at ‘Science & Innovation Week’

Conference focuses on transforming Mexico City into Latin America’s premier knowledge economy

Mexico City, Mexico • At the invitation of Marcelo Ebrard Casaubon (the Mayor of Mexico City), WADE presented at ‘Science & Innovation Week’ held in Mexico City. The conference brought together leaders of the city, including the presidents and deans of the universities, CEOs of the country’s multinational corporations, heads of the funding agencies and city government ministries, and philanthropists.

David Sweet of WADE discussed decentralized technologies and the role they could play in the future of Mexico City. The event also brought together an extraordinary lineup of global leaders from the fields of biomedicine, green energy, science and technology for urban systems, regional innovation policy, best practices in technology to marketplace, and human capital development.

Key speakers included five Nobel Prize winners, such as Dr Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and Dr Harold Kroto, who received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry and is a leading thinker on nanoscience.

USCHPA hears from WADE members at Annual Meeting

Conference focuses on raising CHP deployment and usage in US and across the world

Virginia, USA • WADE members, Richard Brent of Solar Turbines, Mark Odom of Chevron, along with WADE Executive Director, David Sweet and Brian O’Hanlon from the US Department of Commerce, presented ‘International Perspectives on CHP: How to Lead Not Follow’, at the recently held USCHPA Annual Meeting in Arlington, Virginia.


USCHPA Executive Director Jessica Bridges presents the CHP Champion Award to Dick Munson of Recycled Energy Development at the USCHPA Annual Meeting
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The conference focused on how investors and experts from Wall Street, private equity firms, and the carbon finance world, view clean heat and power in the current environment. Paul Thomsen, USCHPA Vice Chairman and Director of Policy and Business Development, Ormat Technologies, a member of WADE, was also among other key speakers at the conference.

‘Distributed Generation in Canada

Conference focuses on energy efficient roadmap for Ontario’s future

Ontario, Canada • WADE’s Executive Director, David Sweet was a keynote speaker at the recently held ‘Distributed Generation Combined Heat and Power’. The conference brought to the table key stakeholders of industry to discuss the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead in realizing a reliable, sustainable and cost-effective energy for Ontario. The conference was also addressed by Sean Casten, CEO, Recycled Energy Development.