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In Pune, CME to set up solar panels to generate 5 MW electricity

The College of Military Engineering (CME) will soon have a 5 MW solar power system as part of the larger plan to meet its power requirement and also contribute to the national gird.

In September this year, the Pune zone chief engineer of the Military Engineering Services (MES) released a notice calling for tenders relating to the 5MW solar power system at CME. The project is estimated to cost Rs 33 crore.... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

73% of Kerala's water sources polluted says survey by Kerala State Literacy Mission Authority

A first-of-its-kind survey in Kerala, based on 58,463 households, has found that an alarming 73% of water sources in the state is contaminated. Of the 3,606 water sources including rivers, streams, ponds, lakes and wells covered by the survey, 26.9% were found to be totally polluted.

The survey was conducted by Kerala State Literacy Mission Authority and its report 'status of water resources' was released by... Read more..

Source: The Times of India
Subject Tags: drinking water, pollution, water

NGT asks states to prepare and submit an action plan to combat air pollution

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has once again cracked the whip on the governments of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan.

The green court, while lifting some of the restrictions it had imposed earlier, has asked these States to prepare and submit an action plan to combat air pollution within two weeks, failing which it would impose “exemplary costs”.

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Source: Business Line
Subject Tags: action plan, air pollution, NGT

NTPC’s Kahalgaon super thermal plant to produce solar power too

State-owned power generator NTPC's Kahalgaon Super Thermal Power Plant (KhSTPP) near Bhagalpur has planned to produce at least 15 Megawatt electricity through solar energy even while continuing to rely on conventional coal for power generation.

KhSTPP executive director Rakesh Samuel told newsmen on Thursday the geo-technical project report had already been prepared and the topographical survey for power... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

World's First Vegan Shoe Line Made from Apple Peels Debuts

Vegan brand VEERAH is revolutionizing the fashion industry with a collection of stylish shoes made from apple peels.

New York City-based vegan fashion brand VEERAH this month launched the world’s first shoe line made with apple peels. The VEERAH Appeal collection—three styles that feature clip-on interchangeable accessories such as fringe, bows, and ankle straps—are made from upcycled apple peels, making the... Read more..

Source: Vegan News

Government to push prepaid, smart meters in universal electrification drive

Prepaid and smart meters are going to get greater thrust from the government as India moves towards the target of achieving universal household electrification as part of the Saubhagya scheme by end of next year.

“The government is planning to provide prepaid facility for electricity where the consumer can recharge for as small an amount as Rs 50,” minister for power and new and renewable energy RK Singh... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Smoggy Delhi to get BS-VI fuel from April: Oil Ministry

The Delhi ‘smog’ seems to have ended the ongoing feud between car manufacturers and petroleum retailers on the rollout of Bharat Stage-VI grade fuel. Both have expressed their preparedness to meet the Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry’s proposal to advance the higher-grade fuel supplies by two years to April 1, 2018.

As three State governments — Delhi, Punjab, and Haryana — struggle to find a solution to... Read more..

Source: Business Line

Power minister launches portal to track Saubhagya scheme

In a bid to widen the scope for tracking electrification in rural and urban areas, power minister RK Singh on Thursday launched the Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana or “Saubhagya” web portal.

“It is a major challenge to electrify 4 crore households. But it needed to be done. Without this push, universal electrification will not happen. This is the single most important step in improving the quality... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

IL&FS joins hands with Ecamion to explore energy storage business

Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services (IL&FS) Ltd has tied up with Canadian clean technology company Ecamion Inc. to explore entering the energy storage business, with an eye on the electric vehicle opportunity, said a senior executive.

Ecamion, incorporated in Ontario, Canada, is a turnkey solution provider for the community energy storage industry, specializing in integration of battery... Read more..

Source: livemint

Pre-paid electricity meters across Haryana in 2 years: power utility chief

Power meters in Haryana are set to enter the mobile phone pre-paid mode. The Haryana Power Utilities have firmed up plans to install pre-paid electricity meters at houses in the state. Consumers would get power according to the amount of the pre-paid recharge done by them. They would also be able to shut their meters if and when required.

In case of no usage, the recharge amount would remain in their account... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Global fund for de-risking solar projects on the anvil

A taskforce set up under the aegis of the International Solar Alliance has recommended the setting up of a ‘guarantee fund’ that would function as a sort of insurance against various risks in developing solar power plants.

The taskforce, comprising India’s Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), the Currency Exchange Fund (TCX) and the Terrawatt Initiative... Read more..

Source: Business Line

ICICI Bank-backed India Infradebt Ltd braces for a record year

ICICI Bank-backed India Infradebt Ltd, an infrastructure re-financing company, is stepping on the gas after years of inaction and is poised to make record acquisition of assets in fiscal 2018 with banks beginning to part with assets that are profitable. 

The company formed to ease the burden of banks saddled with infrastructure assets is exploiting the benign interest rate environment. It is mostly... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Nanostructures found in butterfly wings could boost performance of thin-film photovoltaic modules

Scientists have successfully reproduced nanostructures found on butterfly wings in solar cells to enhance their light absorption rate by up to 200 per cent.

Sunlight reflected by solar cells is lost as unused energy, according to the study published in the journal Science Advances.

The wings of the... Read more..

Source: Business Line

How much crop residue can be used as fuel in power plants: NGT asks NTPC

The National Green Tribunal today directed the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) to inform it how much agricultural residue, in "pellet" form, it can use as raw material along with coal in power plants for power generation. 

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar asked the Haryana, Rajasthan, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh governments to take instructions on the possibility of power... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Greenko, ReNew eye SkyPower’s India solar power projects

Canadian solar energy developer SkyPower is in separate talks with Hyderabad-based Greenko Group and Sumant Sinha-led ReNew Power Ventures to sell stake in its Indian projects, said two people aware of the development. These talks come against the backdrop of increased consolidation in India’s clean energy space, even though not many deals have been finalized due to differences over valuations.

Mint reported... Read more..

Source: livemint

EPCA lifts ‘emergency’ measures as air quality improves in Delhi-NCR

The Supreme Court-mandated EPCA today withdrew the ban on construction activities, entry of trucks and enhanced parking fees from across Delhi–NCR as air quality remained out of the ‘emergency’ category for the second straight day.

The measures, part of the Graded Response Action Plan, were enforced on November 8 after pollution levels had spiked, hitting the emergency category, accompanied by thick smog.... Read more..

Source: Business Line
Subject Tags: air pollution, smog

Huntsman makes non-fluorinated water repellent for textile

Huntsman Textile Effects, a leader in high quality dyes and chemicals for textile industries, has unveiled the new PHOBOTEX RSY non-fluorinated durable water repellent (DWR) that raises the standard for repellency on high-performance synthetic textiles. PHOBOTEX RSY delivers best-in-class performance to support non-fluorinated formulations. 

The new product will allow brands and retailers to meet global... Read more..

Source: Fibre2Fashion

Sustainability Outlook partners with CII for the 8th Edition of Waste Management Summit to be held from 23 to 24 November in Bengaluru

The 8th edition of CII Waste Management Summit scheduled to be held on 23 & 24 November 2017 at Hotel Le Meridien, Bengaluru is designed to offer an excellent  platform for stakeholders to address various issues and challenges, acclimatize new concepts & technologies and facilitate new business opportunities. The Conference will broadly focus on the following topics:

Government planning ‘rent a roof’ policy in solar power push

The Union government is working on a “rent a roof” policy to support its ambitious plan to generate 40 gigawatts (GW) of power from solar rooftop projects by 2022, said Anand Kumar, secretary in the ministry of new and renewable energy. The government is also planning to bid out wind power contracts totalling 24.5 GW over the next two years.

“We are planning a ‘rent a rooftop’ policy,” said Kumar in his... Read more..

Source: livemint

Alternatives put on table to break pre-2020 impasse at COP23

Negotiators have so far failed to break the ice on the issue of pre-2020 impasse here during the ongoing UN climate change conference. Though an alternative has been put forward to make some progress, the developing countries on Monday refused to go for it and insisted to include pre-2020 issues in the agenda of COP23. 

It is learnt that the Morocco's foreign minister, Salaheddine Mezouar, who convened... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

EESL to float tender for 10,000 additional electric vehicles

In what comes as another boost for India’s electric vehicle programme, state-owned Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) has said it will float another tender of around 10,000 electric vehicles during March-April, much before it expects to complete the current bidding process in June.

“We will come up with another tender for similar number of electric vehicles. Basic specifications for those electric... Read more..

Source: livemint

Gujarat wind auction put off again

Gujarat’s first wind auction scheduled for Wednesday has been put off once again, an official at Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd (GUVNL), which is conducting the auction, said. 

Though the official refused to give any reasons, sources close to the development said it was because the Indian Wind Energy Association (IWEA), which has been opposing the auction, had moved the Supreme Court. 

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Source: The Economic Times

Punjab govt to set up 400 processing plants to convert paddy straw into bio-energy to curb pollution

To curb the tendency among farmers to burn paddy stubble, which is causing large-scale air pollution, the Punjab government on Wednesday said it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a Chennai-based company to set up 400 processing plants for converting paddy straw into bio-energy in the state.

"The plants will become operational before the next paddy season, thus preventing recurrence of the... Read more..

Source: First Post

Wrangler Adopts Foam-Dyeing Technology, Revs Up to Revolutionize Denim

Yesterday, representatives from across the apparel industry came together at the Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute of Texas Tech University, where Wrangler, Lee, the Walmart Foundation and Indigo Mill Designs (IMD) unveiled a new disruptive dyeing process for producing denim. In a radical departure from water-based dyeing, IndigoZERO™ uses a foam-based process to reduce water and energy use by more than 90 percent.

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Source: Sustainable Brands

Fortum India, Nagpur Municipal Corporation ink MoU to set up EV charing infra

Fortum India today said it has signed an MoU with Nagpur municipal corporation to develop charging infrastructure for e-vehicles.

The MoU covers planning, designing, investment, operation and maintenance, and management of the charging infrastructure using cloud based system, the company said in a statement.

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Source: India Today In