French delegation from renewable energy sector on India visit

Top French technology companies in renewable sector visit India, pledge to contribute to India’s energy targets with cutting-edge technologies


5th - 9th September 2016

A French delegation specialising in the renewable energy sector with prime focus on innovation, energy production and control visited India from 5th-9th September 2016. The delegation comprised leading French technology companies, and representatives of associations and federations of the French renewable energy sector.

These companies are actively looking for partnerships to contribute to the renewable energy targets in India through innovative solutions and technology cooperation. They presented their expertise and cutting-edge technologies ranging from solar trackers, water turbines to software for energy information systems, and more.

They also took part in the Renewable Energy India Expo held in Noida (7th-8th September) during which they presented their innovative solutions.

The French delegation, which travelled to Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai and Roorkee, met key R&D players in the renewable energy sector in India, including NISE, IISc Bangalore; IIT Bombay, WISE, L&T, Tata Power, IL&FS, etc. They also met officials at the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy in New Delhi.

Their weeklong programme in India concluded with a seminar, jointly organised by the Embassy of France in India and The Energy and Resources Institute, on “Implementing the Paris Agreement: partnerships for innovation and technology”.


  • HeliosLite: A technology provider of disruptive photovoltaic tracking solutions for on and off grid applications.
  • Optimum Tracker: An innovation-driven company specializing in design, manufacturing, installation and maintenance of patented Solar Trackers and Fixed-Tilt structures for large PV Power Plant.
  • QOS Energy: A software provider specialising in energy information systems, such as Qantum®, a solar monitoring software and O&M management platform that helps maximise the performance and availability of more than 3500 renewable plants worldwide.
  • Trace Software: Through its archelios suite™, Trace Software provides a unique solution that enables to work on all the aspects of a photovoltaic project – from the feasibility study to the complete generation of the calculation notes and documentation needed for its implementation.
  • Verteole: This company has gained a worldwide reputation in the self-consumption field and the development of autonomous systems (lightning, Wifi, radio network, camera, and so on.)
  • FINERGREEN: A financial advisor dedicated to renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.
  • IED (Innovation Energy Development): An independent consulting and engineering firm, IED is involved in the provision of sustainable energy services, from the study phase right through to the construction and commissioning of infrastructure, such as distribution networks and renewable energy production plants.
  • Hydroquest: Designs, manufactures and installs innovative hydrokinetic water turbines for rivers, estuaries and oceans, based on unique crossflow patented technology, for electricity producers throughout the world.
  • iDTEC: An engineering company, it is working on an off-grid hydrogen-powered suite of urban services, including domestic energy, drinking water and domestic electricity.
  • SER (French Renewable Energy Industry Association): Gathering more than 380 companies, the association federates the actors of energy transition in France.
  • Tenerrdis: A new energy technology cluster based in Grenoble, it aims to bolster the competitiveness of emerging new energy technology industries through innovation.

India has tremendous ambitions in renewable energy as attested by:

  • the creation of the International Solar Alliance
  • its goal of generating 40% of its energy from non-fossil sources in its energy mix by 2030
  • its program for deploying 175GW of renewable energy by 2022.

French companies intend to contribute to achieving this target. Business France is supporting them in finding synergies with Indian counterparts and institutions, with the aim of developing technical cooperation.

France is the third largest foreign investor in India, with an estimated investment stock of around 20bn€, which has contributed to creating around 3 lakh skilled jobs in the country.

Last modified on 09/09/2016

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