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Railways to phase out diesel engines in five years: Piyush Goyal

Two months after a run-in with US giant General Electric Co. (GE) over the manufacture of diesel locomotives, Indian Railways has decided to phase out diesel engines in the next five years and switch entirely to electric ones.

By phasing out diesel locomotives, the national transporter will save around Rs11,500 crore annually, railway minister Piyush Goyal said at a meeting of the executive committee of the... Read more..

Source: livemint

Nagaland, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Dadra & Nagar Haveli & Daman & Diu sign MoU with Government of India under UDAY Scheme

On the 2nd Anniversary of Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY) today, the Government of India signed four Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) under the Scheme with the State of Nagaland and with Union Territories (UTs) of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Dadra & Nagar Haveli & Daman & Diu for operational improvements. These State/UTs have joined only for operational improvement and shall not undergo financial restructuring/issue of bonds under the scheme. With the above, UDAY club has now grown to 27... Read more..

Source: Press India Bureau
Subject Tags: DISCOM, LED, UDAY Scheme

5-year project for cleaning Ganges launched in Kanpur

Solidaridad Network Asia, Stahl, a leading global chemical company, PUM Netherlands, the Uttar Pradesh Jal Nigam and some Indian firms recently launched a joint project to clean up the Ganges river. The project will contribute to the objectives of the National Mission for Clean Ganga and an agreement between the Uttar Pradesh government and the Netherlands. 

Launched in Kanpur on November 13 by Dutch... Read more..


Green energy sector facing headwinds on low bidding for projects: ICRA

The bidding activity for wind and solar energy projects has slowed down in the current calendar year in terms of awarded project capacity, research and ratings agency ICRA said. 

“With very limited progress on the bidding plans by the state-owned distribution utilities to award wind energy projects, the sector is facing near term headwinds and capacity addition in the near term remains adversely impacted due... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Hyderabad's Rajiv Gandhi International Airport first in India to install waste recycling machines

Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA), Hyderabad has become the first airport in the country to commence installing waste recycling machines as a pilot project.

The machines have been installed to crush plastic PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles, steel/aluminium cans and plastic bags in an eco-friendly way, said GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd (GHIAL), which operates the airport.... Read more..

Source: First Post

'Hydrogen cars for masses one step closer to reality'

Scientists have designed a device that can use solar energy to inexpensively and efficiently create and store energy, which could be used to power electronic devices, and to create hydrogen fuel for eco-friendly cars.

The device could make hydrogen cars affordable for many more consumers because it produces hydrogen using nickel, iron and cobalt - elements that are much more abundant and less expensive than... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Mexico’s Energy Auction Just Logged the Lowest Solar Power Price on the Planet

Preliminary results from Mexico’s latest energy auction have broken the lower boundary for solar costs, following a trend seen in other auctions around the world. 

The Mexican government this month announced the average price achieved in its third long-term auction of 2017 was $20.57 per megawatt-hour, which it said is “one of the lowest prices achieved internationally.”  

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Source: Greentech Media

India, World Bank ink $98 million loan pact for renewable energy

India and the World Bank on Monday signed a $98 million loan pact, and a $2 million grant agreement to help the country increase power generation capacity through cleaner, renewable energy sources.

The Shared Infrastructure for Solar Parks Project will finance Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Ltd (IREDA), to provide sub-loans to states to invest in various solar parks, the World Bank said in a... Read more..

Source: livemint

Nitin Gadkari asks NITI Aayog to scrap battery swapping policy for e-vehicles

Niti Aayog's battery swapping policy to promote electric vehicle push is not viable in India, Road and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Monday.

Gadkari has also asked Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant to scrap the plan as the technlogy is not viable. "The swapping (battery) policy I feel is not appropriate for the country because it is a very difficult thing... that is not going to be possible in the... Read more..

Source: Money Control

Government readies institutional framework to push electric mobility

The government plans to set up a committee for an institutional framework on large-scale adoption of electric vehicles in India as a viable clean energy mode -- particularly for shared mass transport -- to help bring down alarming levels of pollution in big cities.

According to officials, government think-tank Niti Aayog has sought comments from ministries, including heavy industry, environment, road,... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Delhi pollution: Air quality ‘very poor’ again, after two days of relief

The air quality of Delhi, which breathed relatively clean air over the last two days, once again turned ‘very poor’ on Monday as the impact of sporadic drizzle in flushing out pollutants ebbed and more vehicles hit the streets on the first working day of the week.

However, forecasters have emphasised that the city’s air quality will remain in the ‘very poor’ category and chances of it deteriorating further... Read more..

Source: livemint
Subject Tags: air pollution, smog

IIT-Kanpur to Conduct Artificial Rains in Lucknow to Reduce Air Pollution

Days after many cities of Uttar Pradesh were declared dangerously polluted in the country, Lucknow is gearing itself to witness first artificial rains through cloud seeding. The IIT- Kanpur scientists have completed their experiments to conduct artificial rains. The institute was given a grant of Rs 15 lakh from the state government to explore the option of artificial rains.

“IIT Kanpur got the project on... Read more..


Clean energy firms eyeing SE Asia, Middle East & Africa to hedge risks

Clean energy companies are increasingly looking abroad to expand business and diversify risks even as some state utilities in the country are now backing out of contracts, threatening the viability of a number of renewable power plants. 

Leading companies like Hero Future Energies are pursuing opportunities overseas after establishing themselves in India. Major rooftop solar developer SunSource Energy... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Taaleri eyes Fortum’s solar power projects in India

Taaleri Plc has evinced interest in acquiring a stake in Finland’s state-controlled power utility Fortum Oyj’s operational Indian solar power projects, said two people aware of the development.

Fortum is present in electricity, heating and cooling businesses in Nordic and Baltic countries, Russia, Poland and India with €3.6 billion in annual sales. Fortum India’s operation has a solar power project portfolio... Read more..

Source: livemint

Foam-dyeing technology set to transform denim industry

The denim industry is all set for transformation with the introduction of foam-dyeing technology. The foam-dyeing process by Indigo Mill Designs (IMD), will allow fabric mills to produce waste in much smaller quantities than conventional dyeing processes, when desired. Foam dyeing of yarn is a new technology that is environmentally friendly and cost effective.
In addition to reducing waste, smaller fabric runs will allow for exciting design and marketing innovations in the denim industry, a press... Read more..

Source: Fibre2Fashion

EDMC, IIT-D join hands for Ghazipur landfill project

In a bid to avoid recurrence of the recent cave-in incident at the Ghazipur landfill site, wherein two people were killed, the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) on Monday joined hands with the Indian Institute of Technology- Delhi (IIT-D) to work for the cause.

Superintendent Engineer, Arun Kumar on behalf of the EDMC and professor Ramesh Dutta on behalf of IIT-Delhi signed the agreement at the... Read more..

Source: Daily News & Analysis

London buses to be powered by coffee

In a first, waste coffee grounds will be used to make biofuels to power some of Londons buses from today, according to a media report.

A biofuel created by blending oil extracted from coffee waste with diesel is to be added to the public transport fuel supply, BBC reported.

Technology firm bio-bean says it... Read more..

Source: IndiaToday In

Caterpillar guts could help break down plastic waste

Caterpillars that munch through plastic may help us understand how to break the polluting waste substance, researchers, including one of Indian origin, have found.

Caterpillars cultivate a diverse community of digestive bacteria that process the plastic, researchers said.

Dousing old plastic in a similar... Read more..

Source: India Today In

India scores victory in climate talks, China announces plan to join International Solar Alliance

India scored a significant victory at the UN-sponsored climate talks here as China has announced that it has plans to join the Indian initiative -- International Solar Alliance.

China’s decision to join the sunshine alliance is significant. As the biggest manufacturer in the renewable energy segment, China’s participation could help address demand at affordable costs more rapidly.

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Source: ET Energyworld

Niti Aayog can’t be implementing agency for EV Mission 2030: Nitin Gadkari

The ministry for road transport and highways has objected to the Niti Aayog’s proposal to appoint itself as the implementing agency for India’s Electric Vehicle (EV) Mission 2030.

“Niti Aayog’s role is to develop good policies and they should do that. They should not become an implementing agency. Implementation should be given to anybody deemed to be fit by the Cabinet,” Nitin Gadkari, minister for road... Read more..

Source: livemint

Indian Oil Corp opens India's first electric charging station in Nagpur

In a major step in spreading the use of green energy, India's first electric vehicle (EV) charging station was started here on Sunday by Indian Oil Corp (IOC), according to the state-run oil marketing company.

Indian Oil has partnered with cab aggregator Ola to set up the charging station at an IOC petrol pump here.

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Source: ET Energyworld

Toyota and Suzuki in tie-up to sell electric vehicles in India

Toyota Motor Corp and Suzuki Motor Corp have agreed to cooperate in selling electric vehicles in India from around 2020, they said on Friday, aiming to give each other a leg up in emerging markets and low-emission technology.

The announcement comes after the Japanese companies agreed in February to trade expertise in parts supplies and research and development.

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Source: ET Energyworld

Delhi to get 2,000 new CNG and electric buses by Nov 2018: Transport Minister

By November next year, the capital will not only get 2,000 new CNG buses, but also electric buses to provide last mile connectivity with metro rail stations. Delhi’s transport minister Kailash Gahlot announced that the rollout plan for the procurement of 2,000 CNG buses had been finalised by Delhi government’s transport department.

The government will procure 1,000 buses each for Delhi Transport Corporation... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Renewable energy companies expect easier financing for projects

India’s rapidly growing renewable energy projects will gain from easier finance for investments following the upgrade of the country’s sovereign rating by Moody’s, industry leaders said. But the good news may be overshadowed by regulatory woes stifling the sector.

“Moody’s upgrade of India to a solid investment grade level is a positive and significant move. This will especially be beneficial for the... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Pepsi to introduce cola in glass bottles that don’t need to be returned

After shifting its focus to healthier products, PepsiCo India Holdings Pvt. Ltd has turned to a healthier option in packaging.

The local arm of American food and beverages company PepsiCo Inc. has introduced non-returnable glass bottle with a twist-and-turn cap for Pepsi Black, a zero-calorie carbonated beverage.

... Read more..

Source: livemint