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JanaJal 'Water on Wheels' electric vehicle recommended by Jal Shakti Ministry

JanaJal Water on Wheels (WOW), an IoT-based, three-wheeled electric vehicle developed by Noida-based JanaJal to deliver safe drinking water to the doorsteps of households, has been recommended by the Ministry of Jal Shakti to State governments as one of the five innovative field-level solutions that can help deliver the National Jal Jeevan Mission drinking water program to the masses. The five technologies - three for drinking water and two for sanitation - were selected after a rigorous technical scrutiny from a total of 87 proposals received by the Ministry.... Read more..

Source: Hindustan Times

Indo-Swiss building tech to be used in housing project

The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) has come forward to offer the ‘Indo-Swiss energy efficient building technology’ for Andhra Pradesh’s housing scheme - Pedalandariki Illu (housing for poor). Under the ‘Building Energy Efficiency Project’, the BEE would also impart training on this relatively new technology to the engineers and other staff, who will work on the massive housing programme. The state government would launch the housing programme on December 25 for construction of about 28.3 lakhs houses in two phases. The first phase construction would cover... Read more..

Source: The Times Of India

NLC to expedite ₹17,238-cr coal power project in UP

Central public sector mining and power utility NLC India Ltd has indicated that it has been making a lot of efforts to put its more than ₹17,000-crore joint venture (JV) project in Uttar Pradesh back on schedule after Covid-induced delays. Neyveli Uttar Pradesh Power Ltd — a 51:49 JV between NLC India Ltd & Uttar Pradesh Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Ltd — is setting up a coal-based supercritical thermal power plant with a capacity of 1980 MW (3 x 660 MW) at Ghatampur, in Kanpur Nagar district in Uttar Pradesh at a cost of ₹17,237.80 crore with original... Read more..

Source: Businessline

Andhra Pradesh to install 4 lakh LED streetlights across villages

The government is determined to building a sustainable, secure and affordable energy sector by promoting energy efficiency initiatives, said chief executive officer of AP State Energy Conservation Mission (APSECM) A Chandrasekhar Reddy. The APSECM conducted a seminar on the ‘Impact of energy efficiency for enhancement of the economy of the state’ at SDM Mahila Kalasala in Vijayawada on Saturday, as part of national energy conservation week. Speaking on this occasion, Chandrasekhar Reddy said the state had initiated the world’s largest rural LED street lighting... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

City Gas Distribution: Guwahati to get piped gas supply by next year

Guwahati, Northeast India's financial capital, is slated to get piped gas supply by next year. Rupam Goswami,Chairman of Duliajan Numaligarh pipeline Limited (DNPL), said that the work to bring the gas line from Numaligarh in Upper Assam to Nagaon, is on. “The gas line is expected to start supply by next year in Guwahati,” he said. A consortium of three Public sector units, Assam Gas Company Ltd (AGCL), Oil India Limited (OIL) and GAIL Gas Ltd, has incorporated a new company for implementation of the City Gas Distribution (CGD) Networks. Gokul Ch Swargiyari,... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Uber announces launch of 3,000 electric two-wheeler, three-wheelers and cabs in 2021

Uber on Wednesday announced its plans to switch majorly to fully zero-emission platform by 2040 globally and in India, it has committed scaling up to 3,000 electric vehicles across two-wheelers, three-wheelers and cabs by the end of 2021. Officials from the aggregator firm also mentioned that this year, it provided 1.8 lakh free rides to state/local governments and partnered with the National Health Authority of India (NHA) to provide over a lakh free rides to healthcare workers. "In India, we disbursed grants to approximately a lakh drivers in distress during... Read more..

Source: Times Of India

ISGF To Launch The First Of Its Kind Project In South Asia On Peer To Peer (P2P) Trading Of Rooftop Solar Power On Blockchain In Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

New Delhi [India], December 17 (ANI/PRNewswire): Uttar Pradesh is all set to launch India and South Asia's first blockchain-enabled Peer to Peer (P2P) Trading of Rooftop Solar Power on 17 December 2020. Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation (UPPCL), Madhyanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited (MVVNL) and Uttar Pradesh New and Renewable Energy Development Agency (UPNEDA) will host the first of its kind pilot project involving energy generated from solar rooftop systems installed on buildings in Lucknow. The project is being implemented by India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF)... Read more..

Source: Businessworld

ICRA assigns 'stable' rating to GMPL, first rating in Indian EV Bus segment

In an industry-first, ICRA, leading rating agency in the country, has assigned [ICRA]A- (Stable) to Greencell Marudhara Private Limited, GMPL, the electric vehicle bus - fleet operator for the Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC) in the state of Rajasthan. The rating in this sunrise sector is of significance as the Government of India (GOI) is focusing significantly on promoting electric vehicles as a cleaner and sustainable form of transportation, with special focus on the commercial segment. To encourage electric vehicle adoption in India, the... Read more..

Source: Livemint

Punjab cabinet approves IOCL's proposal to set up compressed biogas plant

The Punjab cabinet on Thursday gave in-principle approval to Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL) for setting up a compressed biogas (CBG) plant at the site of closed cooperative sugar mills at Rakhra in Patiala. The plant, to be developed in collaboration with Sugarfed, will help reduce stubble burning through use of paddy straw for biogas generation, and will also nurture soil fertility through organic manure production, according to a government statement here. The decision was taken at a virtual meeting of the cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Single-use plastic waste to pave way for 1500-km road construction

In an ambitious pro-environmental measure, the state government has set a target of constructing 1500 km of roads in the state with the help of single-use plastic by the end of current financial year. According to a proposal moved by the public works department (PWD), the step would not only expedite construction of roads but also help in getting rid of around 2000 tonnes of single-use plastic. Talking to TOI, principal secretary, PWD, Nitin Ramesh Gokarn, said the use of plastic in road construction had already been adopted in the schedule of rate (SOR), which... Read more..

Source: Times Of India

Ayana Renewable gets additional USD 390 million funding

Renewable energy platform Ayana on Thursday got additional funding worth USD 390 million from the CDC, the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) and the Green Growth Equity Fund (GGEF). CDC Group, the UK's development finance institution and impact investor, NIIF and EverSource Capital managed GGEF announced additional equity funding of USD 70 million, USD 284 million and USD 36 million respectively in Ayana Renewable Power (Ayana), a leading Indian renewable energy platform, a statement said. The proposed transaction envisages NIIF to become the... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

In J&K, 100% households of Srinagar and Ganderbal get tap water connections

In the UT of Jammu and Kashmir every household in Ganderbal and Srinagar districts has got tap water connections and every family is getting potable piped water in their homes. The UT is planning 100% coverage by 2022 to accomplish the ambitious target of providing tap water connection to every rural household of J&K. This kind of work in these difficult terrains speak volumes of the commitment of the people and Govt. to provide basic facilities in rural areas. Out of 18.17 lakh rural households in the UT of Jammu & Kashmir, 8.66 lakh (48%) are provided... Read more..

Source: Press Bureau of Inida

Serum Institute to soon produce ‘Green Vaccine’

The world’s largest vaccine maker, Serum Institute of India (SII), could soon become the world’s first company to produce a ‘Green Vaccine’. The vaccine major firm is also aspiring to be the first `Net Zero’ pharma company in the world. Achieving Net Zero state would mean reduction of emissions from all sources to zero. Adar Poonawalla-backed cleantech startup, h2e Power Systems, will be powering SII’s transition to renewable and green energy. Pune-based h2e Power is India’s first homegrown green hydrogen and fuel cell company. h2e is now working on the SII... Read more..

Source: Financial Times

IndiGrid ties up with IBM for digital transformation of critical power infrastructure

Infrastructure Investment trust IndiGrid on Thursday announced a multi-year collaboration agreement with IBM to build an artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled asset management platform. The IBM Maximo Application Suite will allow IndiGrid to become future-ready by improving the overall health of its assets and maximise the full potential of their operating life, while adhering to safety and regulatory guidelines, a company statement said. Through this digital transformation with IBM Services, India Grid Trust (IndiGrid) will be able to monitor, manage &... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Pure EV signs MoU for indigenous lithium-ion technology

IIT Hyderabad-incubated startup Pure EV is collaborating with CSIR-CECRI on indigenizing Lithium-Ion Battery (LIB) technology for electric vehicles. Pure EV has signed a MoU with CSIR-CECRI to undertake joint research on the production of battery packs, validation of LIB cells and addressing the specific requirements to ensure the suitability of developed LIBs for critical performance at the Standard Operating Procedure (SoP) conditions. Lithium battery is the most reliable and commercially-viable choice for electric vehicles across the world. Currently, in... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

15 firms look to invest $3 billion in solar manufacturing

US silicon wafer maker 1366 Technologies and First Solar are among 15 companies that are considering total investments of around $3 billion to build solar equipment manufacturing facilities capitalizing on the Indian government’s initiative to push local manufacturing. A government official aware of the development that these companies have communicated to the government on their plans to manufacture a total of 10 gigawatt (GW) of wafer, and 20GW each of solar cells and modules. The other major companies who have shown interest include Acme Solar, Vikram Solar... Read more..

Source: Livemint

Cabinet approves MoU between India and USA for exchange of information in areas of mutual interest in the electricity sector

The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval for Central Electricity Regulatory Commission’s proposal for entering into a Memorandum of Understanding between Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC), India and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), United States of America (USA) for exchange of information and experiences in areas of mutual interest to both in the electricity sectors. The MoU will help in improving regulatory and policy framework for developing efficient whole sale power market and... Read more..

Source: Press Bureau of India

Cabinet approves revised cost estimate of North Eastern Region Power System Improvement Project for six States for strengthening of the Intra-State Transmission and Distribution Systems

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has approved the Revised Cost Estimate (RCE) of North Eastern Region Power System Improvement Project (NERPSIP) at an estimated cost of Rs. 6,700 crore. This is a major step towards economic development of North Eastern Region through strengthening of Intra - State Transmission and Distribution systems. The scheme is being implemented through POWERGRID, a Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) under Ministry of Power in association with six beneficiary North Eastern States namely... Read more..

Source: Press Bureau of India

Delhi municipal corporations plan e-charging stations at every 3km

Here’s some good news for those planning to buy an eco-friendly electric vehicle. Municipal corporations in Delhi have decided to set up a large number of electric charging stations in the city during the next one year. Senior officials say that their target is to provide at least one station in an area of 3 sqkm so that people owning electric vehicles are incentivised. South Delhi Municipal Corporation has identified 75 locations for creating charging infrastructure, the north corporation has finalised 127 such charging points and the east corporation has... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Microsoft Azure partners with Sun Mobility to create EV batteries that connect to the cloud

New Delhi, Microsoft on Tuesday said that electric vehicles solutions firm SUN Mobility is using its Azure Cloud as well as other solutions in developing Cloud-connected swappable batteries to put the country on the road to the future. The batteries as well as the swap stations are connected to the Cloud using Microsoft Azure and numerous built-in solutions like Azure IoT Hub, Azure Data Factory, CosmosDB, Azure Databricks, among others, that transmit battery performance telemetrics back to SUN Mobility. The customers also have the option of using an app, which... Read more..

Source: Business Insider

FMCG firm HCCB presses 7 new renewable energy projects into service

Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages (HCCB) on Tuesday announced that it has pressed seven additional renewable energy projects into service to source 23.5 million units of electricity from clean energy. "Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages (HCCB) successfully pressed 7 additional renewable energy projects into service," a company statement said. Installed in different factories of the company, these projects are designed to source 23.5 million units of power by way of Purchase Power Agreement (PPA) through various state grids, it added. Powered essentially by wind, solar... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

EESL, MSEDCL commission eight megawatt solar energy project in Maharashtra

State-owned EESL and the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company on Tuesday announced commissioning of about 8 megawatt solar-agro project at Devdaithan, Maharashtra. The 7987 KW project in Ahmednagar district is part of Energy Efficiency Services Ltd's (EESL) commitment to the state under the Mukhya Mantri Saur Krishi Vahini Yojana, wherein it will supply the state discom with 679 MW of solar power. The project was completed in six months. As a part of the initiative, the discom's agri-feeders are being transformed into solar agri-feeders. EESL has... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

‘Techtonic’ to address waste management

Sweden-based H&M Foundation and Social Alpha have joined hands to launch “Techtonic – Innovations in Waste Management”, a nationwide challenge to identify locally designed, disruptive innovations addressing problems in waste management and improving the livelihoods of waste pickers. The aim is to create an enabling ecosystem stack for innovators and entrepreneurs developing waste management solutions with a focus on supply chains efficiencies, logistics traceability and waste to value systems. Top 5 winners of Techtonic will join the first cohort of Social... Read more..

Source: The Hindu

IIT Guwahati students’ start-up develops app for farmers to manage crops and farms

AgSpert, an agri-tech startup, co-founded by the students of IIT Guwahati, and alumni of NIT Silchar and Dibrugarh University, Assam, has developed AgSpeak, a multi-lingual smartphone application for farmers to smartly manage their farms and remotely monitor distress activities. Developed with a goal of optimising the in-farm productivity through Artificial Intelligence (AI), this application will help the farmers in making decisions and managing farm activities by the click of a single button on their smartphone or computer. AgSpeak was launched by Prof TG... Read more..

Source: India Today

Madhya Pradesh Invites Bids for 100 MW of Solar Projects Under KUSUM Program

The Madhya Pradesh Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (MPUVNL) has invited bids for setting up of 100 MW of grid-connected solar power projects under Component A of the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (PM-KUSUM) program. The power generated from the projects will be sold to the Madhya Pradesh Power Management Company Limited (MPPMCL). Apart from the design, engineering, supply, construction, erection, testing, and commissioning of the project, the successful bidder will also have to take care of the projects’ comprehensive maintenance for 25... Read more..

Source: Mercom India