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Pune Cantonment Board mulls fuel pellet plant at trenching ground

The Pune Cantonment Board (PCB) is eyeing a cheaper and better alternative to disposing waste. It involves conversion of municipal waste into "energy-rich" fuel pellets.

PCB officials said an Indo-American consortium has shown interest in this venture, needing about three acre land, and with a shorter set-up time for the plant that would convert solid waste to fuel pellets. Such pellets have varied... Read more..

Source: Times of India

Panel studies draft bill on Ganga pollution

Stepping up its efforts to finalise details of the proposed law on Ganga, a government's expert panel on Tuesday deliberated on finer points of the draft National River Uma Bharti on April 12. Ganga will be the first river to be protected by an act, if the bill becomes law. The bill is, however, also proposed to be developed as a model bill to preserve, conserve and manage different rivers. It would likely to be a template for... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Azure Power commissions 100 MW NTPC solar project in Andhra Pradesh

Azure Power has commissioned a 100-megawatt (MW) solar power plant in Andhra Pradesh.
The project, auctioned by NTPC, has been set up at Kurnool Ultra Mega Solar Park with a total capacity of 1,000 MWs. The solar park is being developed by Solar Park Implementation... Read more..
Source: Business Line

Apple shows Trump the way, issues $1 billion 'green' bond

To bolster its efforts to help the environment along with signalling the US President Donald Trump that global tech companies still care for climate, Apple has issued its second "green" bond valued at $1 billion. 

Combined with Apple's $1.5 billion "green" bond issued last year to run 100 per cent of its operations on renewable energy, the new offering would make Apple the single-largest US dollar-... Read more..

Source: ET Markets

India's first canal top solar PV system at NTPC Mouda

State-run power giant NTPC has energised 150 kWp canal top solar PV System on cooling water (CW) channel inside power station premises at its 2,320 MW, Mouda Thermal Power Project, near Nagpur in Maharashtra. This novel Solar PV system makes use of side walls of CW channels as load bearing structure thereby significantly decreasing cost of civil and mounting structure, NTPC statement said. It also has several other unique advantages such as land and water conservation due to reduced evaporation, increased PV... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

Bidders raise concerns over NTPC’s Andaman storage-linked solar project

NTPC’s storage-linked solar project in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands is facing hiccups at the inception stage itself. The Centre wants to shift the power eco-system of the islands from diesel power to a 24-hour solar power. But, bidders interested in the project told BusinessLine that they are sceptical there are financial concerns in the project viability.

Those interested in the project include Rays... Read more..

Source: Business Line

Renewable energy company Equis looking to exit Indian market

Singapore-based renewable energy developer Equis Energy wants to sell its entire India portfolio, comprising green energy platforms Energon and Energon Soleq, two people aware of the development said.

The sell-off plan, an indication of growing consolidation in India’s green energy sector, is part of Equis Energy’s strategic review of its Asian renewable energy portfolio.

... Read more..

Source: Live Mint

Freyr Energy brings first of its kind Mobile application “Freyr SunPro” to citizens of Mumbai

Freyr Energy, a full service solar provider launches Freyr SunPro in Mumbai, which is a revolutionary ‘India first’ mobile application that will help customers run their rooftop solar businesses with ease.  Freyr SunProTM, which runs on both iOS and Android devices, uses complex algorithms and data analytics to streamline the entire process of fulfilling a customer’s solar requirements.
With Freyr SunproTM, a solar or electrical background is not needed anymore to start their business. The training time... Read more..

Source: Energetica

Power ministry to revive stalled hydro projects

Power Minister Piyush Goyal on Monday said that the ministry is doing its job to revive stalled and stressed thermal and hydro power projects, signalling the intent of the government.
"We are close to a resolution of stressed thermal power projects soon where developers are not wilful defaulters," Goyal told reporters here while speaking about three years of the government's performance.
The ministry is already having extensive discussions with bankers and stakeholders. 
According to sources... Read more..

Source: Times Now


Andhra Pradesh is going to be the first State in the country and Asia to store solar energy to facilitate power supply to agriculture sector, bringing an end to farmers’ dependence on grid-based power supply for cultivation. The move to store around 100 MW power was taken month after Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu returned from the US. The solar energy storage facilities are available in the US and in some of the European countries. The CM drafted the blueprint for the action plan after holding aadetailed... Read more..

Source: Daily Pioneer

New policy to focus on 2022 short-term horizon for energy-ready India by 2040

The government’s new National Energy Policy, currently in draft stages, will work on two-time horizons with focus on achieving some goals and fine-tuning others by 2022 so that all Indians have access to energy at any given point of time by 2040, according to an official familiar with the approach the policy will take.

One will be a short-term horizon going up to 2022 and the other will be a medium-term... Read more..

Source: Money Control

Adanis set up ₹315 crore solar PV plant in Uttar Pradesh

The Adani Group, a global integrated infrastructure conglomerate, on Tuesday announced commissioning of a 50-megawatt solar PV plant in Mahoba district, Uttar Pradesh, under the National Solar Mission Scheme. The plant has been set up with an investment of ₹315 crore.

The technology used for setting up this plant includes String Inverter Technology with crystalline silicon modules that allows miniature level... Read more..

Source: The Hindu Business Line

Power demand to rise 7% CAGR in 5 year: Central Electricity Authority

Electricity consumption (demand) in the country will grow at 7.1% (CAGR) between FY17 and FY22 and then slow to 6% in the subsequent five years, according to the Central Electricity Authority (CEA). Demand for electricity had grown at a much lower pace than projected by the CEA in the last five years — with industrial production growth tepid, peak demand grew just 4% in 2016-17 to close to160 GW against the CEA’s estimate of 9.3% growth. In the 19th electric power survey unveiled by the CEA recently, it also... Read more..

Source: Financial Express
Subject Tags: Energy Demand, power

Regalgrid Europe Launches Its Smart Energy Sharing Solution

Regalgrid an Italian startup that provides localized shared energy solutions recently debuted their first installation at H-FARM. The technology has huge potential in disrupting the future of energy consumption by giving more control to its consumers and helping them become more energy autonomous.

Regalgrid’s technology uses a patented software where multiple users can share their energy that has been... Read more..

Source: Energetica India

SaltXand Aalborg CSP to develop integrated energy storage solution for global solar power market

SaltX Technology – listed on Nasdaq First North – and Danish Aalborg CSP A/S – a leading provider of Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) and integrated energy systems – have agreed on the key terms for a non-exclusive Joint Development Agreement to develop and commercialize an integrated energy storage solution for Concentrated Solar Power based on SaltX patented technology for large-scale energy storage - EnerStore. A first prototype will be built later this year, with the objective to secure a commercial pilot... Read more..

Source: Energetica India

GCL-SI achieves new milestone for its multi-crystalline PERC solar cells

GCL System Integration Technology, a solar energy company, has raised its self-developed Passivated Emitter Rear Cell (PERC) solar cell average efficiency to 20.1 percent in mass production by utilizing Reactive Ion Etching (RIE) technology, with the highest test reaching 20.6 percent. The achievement marks a major step forward in advancing the efficiency of multi-crystalline cells, the company said.
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Source: Greentechlead

Vikram Solar achieves milestone of 1GW solar manufacturing capacity

Globally recognized and India's leading solar energy solutions provider Vikram Solar has announced reaching 1GW of manufacturing capacity.

This feat is a major contribution towards the 100 GW target set by the Indian government by 2022. With this accomplishment, Vikram Solar cements its position as a forerunner of the Indian Solar energy segment, which is emerging to be the largest PV market in the world.... Read more..

Source: ABP Live

Indian Oil Corporation set to foray into energy storage business

Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), the nation’s largest fuel retailer, is planning to foray into energy storage business. The firm is weighing the option of launch of an improved version of lead-acid battery for low cost mobility and industrial applications.

The idea of developing a next-generation energy storage product is also being contemplated by the oil marketer as told by IOC’s Director-Research &... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Researchers Announce Sustainable Metals Processing, Electrodes From Scrap Metal

Metals are critical to virtually all of the products that form the basis of the global economy. Whether they are automobiles, electronics, or structural items, few would exist without metals. Yet the process that converts metals from raw materials to consumer products relies heavily on a variety of toxic chemicals. At the end of their useful life, disposing of metals creates problems of another kind.

New... Read more..

Source: CleanTechnica

Coal India Will Set Up 1,000 Megawatt Solar Power Generation Capacity: Piyush Goyal

Power, coal, mines and renewable energy minister Piyush Goyal has announced that state-owned miner Coal India Ltd (CIL) will set up 1,000 Megawatt (Mw) solar power generation capacity in a bid to reduce its carbon footprint.“Power PSUs are working on switching to renewable energy sources for generation of power. Coal India is also working to set up 1 GW of solar power generation. We will continue to work towards achieving 10 GW of renewable power capacity addition,” Goyal said here during a press briefing on... Read more..

Source: Khabar India

Haryana finalises additional floor area ratio for projects with solar, waste plant


The Haryana government on Monday said additional floor area ratio (FAR) will be granted to builders who install solar units and solid waste management plants in their projects. A provision has been made in the Haryana Building Code, 2017, with respect to grant of benefit of additional FAR in case the applicant proposes to install solar photovoltaic power plant (SPPP) and solid waste management plant (SWMP), the town and country... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Time for India to build an ecosystem of electric vehicles: MoS Aviation Jayant Sinha

Minister of State for civil aviation Jayant Sinhaposed three sets of challenges that businesses and research agencies could surmount in the next few years.

He wondered if India's huge motorcycle population could be run on electricity instead of petrol.

"Tesla has done that in the US, we can build an entire... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

RadiciGroup adopts sustainable dyeing technique

RadiciGroup has taken the initiative to promote solution dyeing of yarns that helps reduce water and energy consumption. In solution dyeing, colour is added 'upstream' in the extrusion phase, and is thus incorporated into the polymer matrix. Solution dyeing is typically utilised for dyeing large quantities of product in a standardised production process.

"Having made sustainability a strategic asset of our... Read more..

Source: Fibre2Fashion

RenewSys Launches Production Of India’s First 5 BB Solar Cells

RenewSys, India’s first & only integrated manufacturer of Solar PV Modules & its components i.e. Encapsulants, Backsheets and PV Solar Cells, became the first Indian company to launch the production of five Bus Bar (BB) Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Cells.

The 5BB cells, part of RenewSys’ RESERV range of solar PV cells, will be manufactured using world class European PV cell equipment. Greater efficiency... Read more..

Source: Businessworld

Interface Unveils World's First Carbon-Negative Carpet Tile

Carpet manufacturer Interface has uncovered a new way to mitigate the negative impact of carpet production — a process that traditionally relies on petroleum-based fibers and adhesives and chemical dyes. Putting its Climate Take Back mission into action, the company has developed Proof Positive, a first-of-its-kind carbon negative carpet tile.

Plants pull carbon out of the atmosphere through photosynthesis... Read more..

Source: Sustainable Brands