Deepak Pandey: Director, Digital Grid Business, GE, South Asia

Director, Digital Grid Business, GE, South Asia

Deepak Pandey brings to the table over 25 years of experience in the power sector. He has been associated with GE as director – Business operations, India region, for the past seven years. He is also chairman of the smart grid division at the Indian Electrical and Electronics Manufacturers’ Association. In the past, he has worked in various roles at Siemens, Areva T&D, and Larsen & Toubro Limited.

Pandey believes that the intermittent nature of renewable energy is one of the most pressing issues in energy transition. “Challenges today are underlined by energy security, energy equity and environmental sustainability. This also includes the decarbonisation of the electricity grid. The grid today integrates energy from multiple directions and sources. This presents another challenge of ensuring smooth functioning of the grid and managing the growing capacity,” he says.

According to Pandey, the generation and consumption patterns are changing, with the country standing at radically the cusp of a renewable energy transition. India’s declarations at COP26, highlighting its vision for a green future, have given further impetus to this transition. With progress in grid digitalisation to ensure continued supply of renewable energy, the industry is set to systematically reduce its dependence on fossil fuels. Green hydrogen is also likely to play a key role in helping India achieve its net zero vision of 2070. GE is aligned with India’s journey towards decarbonisation through its innovative ideas and cutting-edge technology.

“GE is uniquely positioned to play a vital role in India’s energy transition journey. GE Grid Solutions has been driving new state-of-the-art AI/ML technology that is accelerating energy transition by providing hardware, digital solutions and services needed to deliver affordable, sustainable and reliable electricity. The digital grid, which enables the sustenance of various intermittent renewable energy sources and provides reliable and resilient grid operations, is also one of the highlights of our business in India. High voltage direct current transmission and a flexible alternating current transmission system have also helped manage power flows and impedance control for one of the world’s largest synchronous grids,” says Pandey.

Pandey has an electronics and communications engineering degree from Allahabad. He also holds a postgraduate diploma in business management (operations and finance) from the Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad.