Bengal, France explore clean-tech partnerships

Kolkata, Oct 29 : The Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCC and I) on Monday connected live on a digital platform with French based association of European cleantech companies Cleantuesday to open avenues for future cooperation between the organisations from both the countries.

'European Cleantech for India - Indian Cleantech for Europe' was held by the European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC) and it happened simultaneously in France and India, which was streamed live online.

It connected Bengal live to technologies from Europe and opened avenues for further cooperation. The event featured organisations working in renewable energy, energy efficiency, smart grid, water and rural development.

Suman Lahiri (Regional Manager, EBTC) said, "Activities on innovative digital platforms are increasingly opening avenues for EU-India collaborations, especially Small and Medium sized enterprises (SMEs), that face a time and cost constrain. This is a cost effective and efficient way for SME's to internationalise, and can help SMEs to bypass barriers and inefficiencies prevailing in the International markets."

People from both the countries included David Dornbusch (President, CleanTuesday), Subhodip Ghosh (Deputy Director General, BCC and I), and Somnath Pyne (FREED) among others.

Madhav Rathour from France, said that with regards to Cleantech, research projects on Thermosystems could be used to run turbines.

He also looked forward to having project partners and engineering companies for setting up power-plants.

Indranil Bhattacharya of Unitech Water Technologies Pvt. Ltd, Environmental Management said that he saw good prospects in a technology where water treatment could be done smoothly and without hassle.

--IBNS (Posted on 29-10-2013)

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