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Cyclone Fani fails to bring rain, but wind power generation picks up

Cyclone Fani may have failed to bring rain to Tamil Nadu, but the heavy wind it generated has been powering the wind mills in the state over the past two days. Tangedco evacuated 74 million units of wind energy on May 1 and 90 MU on Thursday, which was more than 25% of the total power consumption in the state. This is a new high for the beginning of May. Wind power generation during the corresponding period in previous years was abysmally low. Wind power generation peaked at 3,947MW on May 1 evening and 3,... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times

Groovy new solar technology may be future of renewable energy

An innovative 3D solar-cell design with a radically different architecture which drives down the costs of cell manufacture may define the future of renewable energy as it potentially reduces optical losses within a device, according to UK scientists. The scientists at the University of Sheffield and energy technology company Power Roll in the UK have demonstrated how a unique architecture based on a surface embossed with micro-grooves could also make solar power more efficient. The innovative 3D design... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times

‘Think of social objectives for smart cities’

There’s no harm in going ahead with urban interventions but we need to consider social objectives that are the key to sustainability in the context of smart cities, said Krishna Kumar Dhote, professor of architecture and planning at Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Bhopal, on Saturday. He was giving a presentation on ‘Social implications of urban interventions in context of smart cities’, organized by the Maharashtra regional chapter (MRC) of Institute of Town Planners India (ITPI) at ITPI MRC... Read more..

Source: Times of India

CSR and Relief Support: Forward Thinking

It has been a year of rains, floods and devastation in most parts of India – North to South and West to East. In 2018, July has witnessed floods in the state of Gujarat and flash floods in Jammu and Kashmir. Kerala was left with over 1 million people in relief camps and close to 400 reported dead. In the same month, Kodagu District of Karnataka has witnessed incessant rains, flooding and followed with landslides. In August 2018, Assam suffered yet another flooding that left 25000 people displaced. Tropical... Read more..

Source: India CSR

WorldCover raises $6M round for emerging markets’ climate insurance

WorldCover, a New York and Africa-based climate insurance provider to smallholder farmers, has raised a $6 million Series A round led by MS&AD Ventures. Y Combinator, Western Technology Investment, and EchoVC also participated in the round. WorldCover’s platform uses satellite imagery, on-ground sensors, mobile phones and data analytics to create insurance options for farmers whose crops yields are affected adversely by weather events — primarily lack of rain. The startup currently operates in Ghana,... Read more..

Source: Start Up 365

Solar power plant inaugurated at Naval establishment in Kochi

The Naval Armament Inspectorate (NAI) here has taken the green route by harnessing solar power to meet its energy requirements. Director General of Naval Armament Inspection (DGNAI) Rear Admiral Sanjay Misra inaugurated the complete roof top solar power plant at the NAI here on Thursday, a Defence spokesman said here. The green initiative is also aimed at protecting the environment, he said. According to him, operationalisation of the solar power plant, which can generate 14,400 Units of power per year, will... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times

MITS students design hybrid electric vehicle

In what could offer a solution to the vehicle pollution that is touching alarming levels, the final year mechanical engineering students of Madanapalle Institute of Technology and Science (MITS) have designed a hybrid electric vehicle. Though the concept of electric vehicle is gaining ground in the market, charging the batteries and power backup remain a problem. In this context, the hybrid vehicle with two power sources —a combination of petrol/diesel engine and an electric motor—assumes significance. A team... Read more..

Source: The Hindu

Even as Cyclone Fani Hit Campaigns, Climate Change Yet to Find Space in India’s Political Discourse

As the British Parliament declared a climate and environment emergency this week after a spirited campaign, mainly by civil society groups and students across Europe and America, cyclone Fani grounded many political leaders in India, forcing them to suspend their parliamentary election campaign for at least 48 hours. Many of these leaders took to Twitter to inform their supporters about the suspension of their political rallies and urging people living along the coast to stay safe from the cyclone’s fury.... Read more..

Source: News18

ADB should expand private sector operations: Garg

Asserting that Asia continues to be the growth engine of the world, Economic Affairs Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg on Saturday said the ADB must expand its private sector operations to boost economic development. Addressing the Board of Governors of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) here, he said there is a rising need for the agency to focus on strengthening human capital and develop social safety nets. “Therefore, we urge the ADB management to expand it social sector engagements in countries like India,... Read more..

Source: The Pioneer

Talking fair trade in Delhi

India will host the second mini-ministerial meet of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), on May 13-14, 2019. To discuss the interests of developing and least developed countries in global trade, this informal meet will also focus on the accusation by the U.S. that these economies benefit from exemptions meant for the poorer nations. Overall, it could be a preparatory meeting to set a common agenda at the 12th Ministerial Conference, scheduled for June 2020 at Astana, Kazakhstan. The 11th Ministerial Conference... Read more..

Source: The Hindu

Solar power: India calls for concerted efforts to ensure energy security in Asia

India has called for concerted efforts across Asia to ensure energy security in the region for sustainable development and poverty eradication by pursuing non-polluting renewable sources such as solar power. Speaking at the 16th Ministerial Meeting of Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) in Doha, Qatar, Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh urged the Member States to join the International Solar Alliance... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times

IIFL Home Finance, Indian Green Building Council collaborate to promote ‘Green Affordable Housing’

IIFL Home Finance Ltd, India’s leading housing finance companies has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with The Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), a part of the industry body, CII, for providing a sustainable green living for affordable housing section in India. IIFL Home Finance is a known name in green building finance in India and has popularised the concept of “Kutumb” that promotes affordable green... Read more..

Source: The Banking and Finance Post

Researchers develops new method to predict reservoir levels 3 months in advance

As the mercury soars and countdown begins for the monsoon, storage levels in reservoirs keep the government and hydropower generators on tenterhooks. Now Indian scientists have found a potential solution - a new framework that can predict reservoir storage anomalies one to three months ahead for the dry season (February to May). Reservoirs provide water for irrigation, industrial use and hydropower generation in... Read more..

Source: The Hindu - Business Line

Nagaland's Chief Minister launches biodiversity management project

Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio launched the Biodiversity and community conserved area management project in the presence of German delegation headed by the Chargé d’affaires Dr. Jasper Wieck in Kohima on Tuesday. It was done with the permission of the Election Commission of India. The German delegation, including the German Consul General in Kolkata, Michael Feiner, representatives of KfW Development Bank and the... Read more..

Source: Eastern Mirror

EV sales in India cross 7.5 lakh mark in FY2019

For India Auto Inc, FY2019 may have been a dampener for overall internal combustion-engined vehicle sales, given that they recorded single-digit growth. In comparison, albeit on a much lower base, the country’s nascent electric vehicle (EV) industry notched handsome numbers, but the green vehicle segment may not have reason to celebrate in the future. Here’s why. In FY2019, total EV sales in India crossed the 7,50,... Read more..

Source: Auto Car

E-innovations & sustainability at Denim Premiere Vision

Eco-responsible denim, led by creativity and digital innovations will be the highlight at the upcoming Denim Premiere Vision in Italy. The two-day trade event scheduled from May 28, 2019, will gather several international denim communities to broaden its business outlook and discover new sources of inspiration in Italy’s fashion capital Milan.This season, Denim Première Vision will present a truly unique edition where creativity and the Autumn/Winter 20-21 fashion directions will closely intertwine with eco-... Read more..

Source: Fibre2Fashion

Okinawa Scooters gets nod for FAME II subsidy

Electric two-wheeler maker Okinawa Scooters Wednesday said it has received regulatory approvals for two models, making it eligible to receive incentives under the government's FAME-II scheme. 

The company has received certificate of eligibility from Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), the prime testing and certification agency notified by the government, for its lithium-ion products – Okinawa i-... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Hyundai EVs for ride-hailing companies may be rolled out from 2021

Hyundai Motor Group plans to make Ola Cabs, India’s largest cab aggregator, the test bed for a new range of affordable electric vehicles slated for introduction around 2021, said two people aware of the development, requesting anonymity. Hyundai... Read more..

Source: Livemint

INNOVATION: Jamia Milia makes smart solar inverters to tackle rural power crisis

Many Indian villages are still reeling under darkness, and the traditional inverter is expensive and also not environment-friendly. Looking at the need for solar inverters, Ahteshamul Haque from the Department of Electrical Engineering in Jamia Milia Islamia (JMI) along with his 25 students plans to change this through his 'smart solar inverter' model. 

The team is still working on making the product user-friendly. It will take at least... Read more..

Source: ETEnergyWorld

MNRE to hold brainstorming session on renewable energy

 

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) is holding a brainstorming session for all stakeholders in the renewable energy sector amid a slowdown in commissioning of such projects mainly due to differences between the government and developers over issues such as ceiling tariffs and land acquisition. 

The ‘chintan baithak’ — the first of its kind organised by the ministry — will be held on May... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times | Power

Gujarat solar projects get bids of 600 MW despite low ceiling tariffs

 

Gujarat’s fresh attempt to auction 700 mw of solar projects at Raghanesda Solar Park has attracted techno-commercial bids of 600 mw despite having an aggressive ceiling price of Rs 2.70 per unit, people close to the development said. 

The state’s renewable energy agency Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam (GUVNL) had cancelled the first auction for the same projects held in January, because it found the lowest... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times | Power

INNOVATION: After solid waste, Goa to produce electricity from cow dung

After successfully producing power from the solid waste management plant at Saligao, the state government is planning to produce energy from cow dung.

The department of animal husbandry has initiated a project to utilise cow dung in a farm in Sattari, around 50 km from Panaji, to convert it into electricity. “It will be a pilot project in which the target is to produce 10 mw power. Once commissioned, it will be connected to the grid,” an official said.

He said a new indigenous technology would be used for the purpose. Currently, as the cow... Read more..

Source: ETEnergyWorld

Sustainability Outlook partners with CII for 8th edition of the GreenCo Summit 2019

CII’s GreenCo Rating System equipping Indian industry gain the competitive advantage

Globally, companies/ organisations have made sustainability as one of the growth strategies and are adopting multi-pronged approach to bring down their energy, water and other natural resources consumption. This new paradigm... Read more..

Source: Sustainability Outlook

Solar rooftop company ZunRoof raises USD 1.2 million from Godrej

Rooftop solar solutions provider ZunRoof has raised USD 1.2 million (around Rs 8 crore) from Godrej family office to fund expansion plans and strengthen product portfolio. ZunRoof said the funding comes at an integral time for the company, which is working towards fulfilling the government's target of achieving 40 GW of rooftop solar by 2022. "ZunRoof has raised a fresh round of funding of USD 1.2 million from Godrej family office," a company statement said. The company has already made a mark in over 40 cities, including Delhi, Chandigarh, Lucknow, Bengaluru, among others.

"Backing... Read more..

Source: Energy World - Economic Times

India Renewable Energy Developers Line Up US$1 Billion Green Bonds

Two large private renewable energy developers in India are planning to raise US$500 million each through sale of green bonds. The move highlights the tightening flow of funds in the Indian market due to the sustained crisis in the banking sector. According to media reports, NYSE-listed Azure Power, one of India’s early entrants to the solar power market, has announced plans to raise US$500 million through the sale... Read more..

Source: Clean Technica