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ICF collaborates with e-Gle to introduce EVs in India

India Center Foundation (ICF), today announced a collaboration with Japanese EV maker, e-Gle to introduce electric vehicles (EVs) in all segments, including passenger, public passenger and larger mobility solutions in India, according to a company statement.

A not for profit and non-governmental organisation, ICF has been working for over two decades towards the country’s socio-economic development.... Read more..

Source: ET Auto

Scientists develop new Graphene-based battery that charges five times faster

Scientists have developed a new graphene-based battery material with charging speed five times faster than today's lithium-ion batteries.

The breakthrough by researchers at the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) in South Korea provides promise for the next generation batteries, particularly related to mobile devices and electric vehicles.

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Source: ET Energyworld
Subject Tags: battery, innovation, storage

Notify solid waste management bye-laws in 3 weeks: Delhi High Court to Lieutenant Governor

The Delhi High Court today asked Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal to positively notify the Solid Waste Management bye-laws, framed jointly by the city's civic bodies and environmental experts, within three weeks.

A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar noted that "despite repeated directions" by it to notify the bye-laws, it has not yet been done.

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Source: The New Indian Exrpess

Lanco Infratech seeks to sell four wind, solar power assets

Lanco Infratech Ltd, which is undergoing insolvency proceedings, is planning to sell 73 megawatt (MW) of four renewables assets and sought bids from interested buyers.

In a newspaper advertisement, Savan Godiawala, interim insolvency professional in charge of the company, said that indicative time for singing confidentiality undertaking is 15 December for potential bidders who are keen to offer bids for... Read more..

Source: livemint

Andhra Pradesh to set up solar-wind hybrid project with battery back-up

Andhra Pradesh is planning to develop a 160 MW solar-wind hybrid project with battery back-up facility.

Significantly, this is the first such project to be developed in the country.

Recently, Tesla announced the commissioning of a 100 MW power pack system, the world’s largest, in Jamestown, Australia. G... Read more..

Source: Business Line

UN assembly starts drafting plan for ‘pollution-free planet’

Humans are poisoning their environment and themselves at an alarming rate, with pollution of the oceans, soil and air now the world’s biggest killer, a UN conference heard this week.
Urging rapid and united action from governments, businesses and individual consumers, envoys underlined that nine million people are now killed by pollution every year — one in six global deaths.

“Pollution is the biggest... Read more..

Subject Tags: air pollution, pollution

Kolkata airport to go green with 15 Megawatt solar power plant

The Kolkata airport is all set to start using clean and green energy for its day to day operations, as its ground mounted grid connected solar plant is ready for commissioning.

The 15 MW plant, capacity wise the largest one among all the AAI airports across the country, is slated to be inaugurated by Union Minister for Civil Aviation Ashok Gajapathi Raju tomorrow.

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Source: ET Energyworld

Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali to diversify into solar power business

Yoga guru Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurved Ltd, the consumer goods products upstart, is poised to diversify into solar power equipment manufacturing.

“Getting into solar is in line with the swadeshi movement. With solar, each household in India can have power supply, and we are here to make that happen,” Acharya Balkrishna, managing director of Patanjali Ayurved, said in an interview.

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Source: livemint

Enphase Energy opens R&D centre in India

Global energy technology company Enphase Energy Inc today announced opening of its first R&D centre in India to establish a best-in-class technology development centre.

India is powering the growth of solar sector with its ambitious targets for clean energy and is expected to be the world s third largest solar market in 2017, a company statement said.

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Source: ET Energyworld

French utility Engie plans to go green via biogas and renewable hydrogen

French utility Engie plans to switch all of its gas operations to biogas and renewable hydrogen by 2050, making it 100 percent green, its chief executive said.

The power and gas group has some 70 biogas projects worldwide, including 40 in France, and says that if all its projects get approval its annual investment in biogas could soar tenfold to hundreds of millions of euros per year.

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Source: ET Energyworld

Government mulls longer fixed cost recovery period for hydro power

The government is looking at extending fixed cost recovery period of hydro projects to 30- 35 years, from 12 years at present, to bring the tariff down to as low as Rs 2 per unit, Power Minister R K Singh has said. 

The ministry is working on the hydropower policy to provide Rs 16,000 crore assistance to projects to promote the clean source of energy and it is expected to be tabled before the Union Cabinet... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Inverted Umbrella Brings Clean Water & Clean Power To India

India may have 99 problems, but scarcity of potable water and lack of electricity should not be one of them. 

With large pockets of the country receiving high levels of rainfall periodically, it is a travesty that most of it goes wasted. The country's position on the global map also ensures that it gets adequate sunshine throughout the year - which again can be harvested to fuel multiple needs. ... Read more..

Source: ET Rise

International Solar Alliance to become legal entity on Wednesday

International Solar Alliance (ISA) will become a treaty-based international intergovernmental organisation or a legal entity on December 6, 2017.

The ISA was jointly launched, on November 30, 2015, by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the then-French President Francois Hollande on the side lines of the UNFCCC Conference of Parties 21 (CoP21) in Paris.

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Source: ET Energyworld

Government plans to allow consumers to switch power service companies

Consumers will be able to change their power suppliers just like telecom services, after proposed amendment to the existing Electricity Act is approved, Union minister R K Singh said.
The power ministry will push Electricity Amendment Bill in the forthcoming Budget session, which provides for segregating the distribution network business and the electricity supply business.

"We are bringing a lot of... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

India's largest floating solar power plant in Kerala to start operations today

The largest-ever floating solar power plant in India will be operational in Kerala on Monday. 

State power minister MM Mani will inaugurate the plant at the Banasura Sagar dam in Wayanad at 3pm.

"The solar power plant that floats on the surface of water has a capacity of 500 kilowatts (KW). This is the... Read more..

Source: Money Control

Kerala govt mulls promotion of 'green habitat' concept

Amid concerns about unscientific construction practises, the Kerala government is considering promoting a 'green habitat' concept giving thrust to eco-friendly and reusable building materials, natural water storage and solid waste management.

Haritha Keralam Mission, the state-run agency which envisages a clean and green state, has initiated an initial round of discussion with various experts and... Read more..

Source: New Indian Express

All India Power Engineers Federation writes to Union power minister on power reforms

 The All India Power Engineers Federation (AIPEF) in a letter to R K Singh Union Power Minister has made several suggestions on the power sector reforms including financial crisis facing the power distribution companies, electricity (amendment) bill 2014, solar power and nuclear power.

The federation has pointed out that the power supply industry is under severe financial and operational distress due to... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Kerala State Electricity Board unveils project to promote electric vehicles

Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) has decided to zero in on Mahindra electric cars for its pilot project aimed at popularising battery-run vehicles in the state.

"We have decided to purchase six Mahindra cars worth Rs 9 lakh each. The vehicles will be used for free in-house use at major hospitals and technology parks in major cities in Kerala," KSEB chairman K Ellangovan said.

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Source: ET Energyworld

Malaysia on course to reduce carbon emissions by 40 percent by 2020: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak

The country is on track to reduce carbon emissions by 40 per cent in three years for a cleaner environment for future generations, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said.

He said carbon emissions were already down by 33 per cent in 2015, compared to emissions record in 2005 in the country.

"You can see... Read more..

Source: New Straits Times

Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) camps for new connections from second week of December

Camps to give power connections under the Saubhagya-Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana will be held from the second week of December, said officials of the UP power department. The Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) plans to hold mega camps at 2,300 power houses in the state. Under the scheme, as many as 1.54 crore rural and three lakh urban households across the state will get electricity.

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Source: ET Energyworld

Wind auctions destroying industry, says industry body in SC petition

Small scale manufacturers of components for wind turbines are being squeezed by the relentless fall of wind energy tariffs in successive auctions, according to the petition filed by the Indian Wind Energy Association (Inwea) in the Supreme Court, whose admissibility will be decided on Monday.

The petition, opposing the 500 MW wind energy auction Gujarat’s power utility Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd (GUVNL)... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

IIM-Calcutta alumnus comes up with waterless bathing products

Personal hygiene is essential for human beings, but there are many who reside in areas with water scarcity, in extreme weather conditions, or are unable to bathe because of old age. Thanks to an IIM alumnus, there may be a way out for such people.

It was while working closely with soldiers on a project that the idea of a waterless body bath and shampoo popped up in Puneet Gupta’s mind, and that’s how Clensta... Read more..

Source: Business Line
Subject Tags: innovation, personal care, water

Energy from rainwater, a 15-year-old’s innovation

Reyhan Camalova, a 15-year-old from Azerbaijan, made a mark at the ongoing eighth Global Entrepreneurship Summit being held in Hyderabad with her innovation in the clean energy sector.

Reyhan Camalova, CEO and Founder of Rainergy, loves maths, physics and chemistry, and plays the piano. “My dream is to light up one house at a time,” with her innovative project that harnesses the power of rainwater to... Read more..

Source: Business Line
Subject Tags: clean power, energy, innovation

3nd edition of India Industry Water Conclave and the 5th edition of FICCI Water Awards concludes

FICCI organised the 3nd edition of India Industry Water Conclave and the 5th edition of FICCI Water Awards, in New Delhi on 28th November 2017. The Conclave is a platform for policy debate and showcasing initiatives by industry in sustainable water management. The FICCI Water Awards has been instituted to recognize exemplary work in the area of water management, conservation and use by industry and non-government organizations. India Industry Water Conclave & FICCI Water... Read more..

Source: Sustainability Outlook

India presents $3.1 tn climate investment opportunities till 2030: IFC

India's ambitious plans to meet its climate targets under the Paris Agreement represent about $3.1 trillion worth of investment opportunities by 2030, a report by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) said on Thursday.

According to IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, the sectors offering those investment opportunities are renewable energy, green buildings, transport infrastructure, electric vehicles... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld