India & Germany: A perfect match

Q&A with Parag Wate

“Joint research and development projects benefit both German and Indian partners.” (CITYtrans network)

Parag Wate

How can India and Germany learn or benefit from each other in urban transformation?
Joint research and development projects benefit both German and Indian partners. The easier availability of technological progress in Europe, especially in Germany could facilitate rapid energy transition to future CO2 neutral cities in India. While on the other hand, joint research and development collaborations allow German institutes to connect and utilize their expertise and research results and as well as gain international experience through the collaboration with India.

Which solutions are Indian cities looking for?
By 2030, nearly half of the India’s population is expected to live in cities witnessing rapid growth and urbanization. This requires innovative urban transformation reforms in terms of basic infrastructure such as housing, transport, energy, health and education. India’s 100 Smart Cities Mission initiative attempts to address these challenges by implementing urban renewal and retrofitting programs. The key enablers behind the initiative are Smart Energy and Smart Environment. According to Paris agreement, India envisages to harness almost half of the total energy requirements from non-fossil fuels by 2030. So, Indian Mega-cities of the future are bound to adopt new reforms to achieve sustainability goals. However, the energy transition challenge has been posed in front of major cities worldwide, including Europe.

How could Indian partners benefit from the solutions and services offered by the CITYtrans network?
Prospective research partners from India, for example partners at the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), are welcome to collaborate to develop and apply the network´s innovative simulation tools and methods which allow to visualize planning and decision making scenarios of energy efficient cities. It would be a highlight to establish possible links with IITs for the application of available expertise to the cities of different scales though the process of joint project proposal writing.

What awaits visitors at the CITYtrans booth at Smart City trade fairs and conferences?
Visitors and prospective research partners are welcome to delve into the flyers of our case studies of urban scale simulations conducted using the network´s SimStadt platform. They are also welcome to join our presentation, which will allow us to discuss further joint research goals and perspectives. We are looking forward to brain-storm with prospective research partners or institutes in India and set short-term research goals. We would like to encourage long term research collaborations by agreeing on joint project proposals.

About Parag Wate:
CITYtrans network member Parag Wate is a researcher at Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences, Germany. He is a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher and pursuing a Ph.D. in Sustainable Energy Technology at The University of Nottingham, UK. He received his M. Tech. from Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, India.