Deep Dive Workshop

Mobilizing Financing and Technology to Promote Solar in Asia and the Pacific

Organized by: Asian Development Bank (ADB) and International Solar Alliance (ISA)


The sessions will be interactive, encouraging active engagements of the invited speakers with the participating audience.

Green Hydrogen Innovation Centre Portal: a one-stop hub for Green Hydrogen

ISA under the G20 India Presidency has created a virtual Green Hydrogen Innovation Centre (GHIC; www.isa-ghic.org) that will support the production, utilization, and trade of green hydrogen (GH), besides providing a platform for knowledge sharing and building competency across the GH value chain. The GHIC will also provide opportunities to incubate Start-Ups, provide certified training, and host Expert Working Groups to support the scale-up of the green hydrogen ecosystem in member countries. This AI-integrated platform will serve as a dynamic One-Stop Gateway to provide access to the GH knowledge repository, country insights, developments in hydrogen space, global initiatives and missions, skill development, and community engagement. GHIC was launched by ISA during the G20 Energy Ministers’ Meeting in July 2023 in collaboration with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India and Asian Development Bank and subsequently, was included in the G20 Leaders’ Summit Delhi Declaration. Since its launch, several initiatives have been undertaken to enhance knowledge dissemination through GHIC. As of now, ~ 40 country insights have been developed and deep-dive assessments have been conducted using the GH Ecosystem Readiness Framework on select ISA Member Countries. GHIC also plans to integrate GH toolkits developed under the ISA-ADB collaboration into its platform. Furthermore, GHIC is facilitating a series of certified training programmes and has initiated the search process for startups to join its Global Startup Programme.

SESSION 2: Mobilising resources for Solar through innovations

The session will present the Asia Pacific edition of the ISA SolarX Startup Challenge and aims to bring together innovators in solar energy sector from the region. The Challenge focuses on nurturing scalable business models and accelerating global energy transitions, aligning with the commitments of ISA to unlocking the vast potential of solar deployment. This second edition of the initiative focused on the Asia-Pacific region follows the success of its first edition in the Africa Region. It aims to discover implementable, cost-effective, scalable, and innovative solutions to some of the most persistent challenges faced by the solar energy sector. aiming to promote innovation and discover local solutions, with the over-arching objective of capacity building. Supported by the Sequoia Foundation, the winners of the Challenge will benefit from a robust acceleration programme and receive mentorship from seasoned professionals in addition to a cash grant. Engagement with potential investors will provide opportunities to explore diverse markets across the region.

The SolarX Startup Challenge will address a three-fold benefit for the Asia Pacific region.

  • Promotion of the solar energy sector
  • Thinning of gap of energy crisis in Asia-Pacific
  • Promotion of a strong startup ecosystem in Asia-Pacific

AGENDA


9:00 - 9:05 a.m.

SESSION 1: Green Hydrogen Innovation Centre Portal: a one-stop hub for Green Hydrogen value chain

Welcome Address

ADB representative


9:05 - 9:10 a.m.

Special Address

Government Official


9:10 - 9:15 a.m.

Keynote Address

Ministerial representative from ISA and ADB Member Countries


9:15 - 9:30 a.m.

Interactive Panel

Moderated by ISA Secretariat


9:30 - 10:10 a.m.

Audience interaction 

Moderator


9:30 - 10:10 a.m.

Closing remarks

ISA Secretariat, Chief of Program


11:00 - 11:05 a.m.

SESSION 2: Mobilizing resources for Solar through innovations

Welcome Address

ADB Secretariat


11:05 - 11:10 a.m.

SESSION 2: Mobilizing resources for Solar through innovations

Special Address

Government Official


11:10 - 11:15 a.m.

Keynote Address

Ministerial representative from ISA and ADB Member Countries


11:15 - 11:30 a.m.

Presentation

ISA Secretariat


11:30 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.

Interactive Panel

Moderated by ADB


12:10 - 12:25 p.m.

Audience interaction   

Moderator


12:25 - 12:30 p.m.

Closing remarks

ISA Secretariat