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Scientists develop battery that can be charged within seconds

Scientists have developed a novel self-assembling battery device that can be recharged within seconds and could power mobile devices of the future.

Researchers from Cornell University in the US created a new battery architecture to address the demands for energy storage devices that can be charged faster.

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Source: ET Energyworld
Subject Tags: energy storage, innovation

Cambridge's $8.5-Billion Endowment to Respond to Divestment Push

Cambridge University’s 6.3 billion-pound ($8.5 billion) endowment fund may make a decision on whether it will divest from fossil fuels.

The British university’s governing council is set to respond to a report from its Divestment Working Group, a body of academics, researchers and students at Cambridge asked to study the issue. The document was submitted to the university’s trustees in April at the last... Read more..

Source: Bloomberg Quint

Siemens Gamesa Pursues Hybrid Wind and Solar Projects With Energy Storage

Siemens Gamesa, the leading turbine manufacturer, is looking to go beyond wind — into hybrid systems with solar and storage.

The company’s chief technology officer, Antonio de la Torre Quiralte, told GTM that Siemens Gamesa remains committed to the wind market. However, it is increasingly interested in other technologies to reduce renewable energy intermittency. 

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Source: Greentech Media

BSES offers 'Energy Efficient AC Replacement Scheme' in Delhi with 47% discount

In a move to promote energy efficiency, Delhi power distribution company (discom) BSES on Monday announced an air conditioner (AC) replacement scheme which will allow consumers to save up to Rs 7,500 annually depending on the type of AC.

A discom statement said the "AC Replacement Scheme" launched by BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd (BRPL) in partnership with leading AC manufacturers will enable consumers in south... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

National Mission for Clean Ganga approves bio-remediation projects to clean drains flowing into Ganga

Logs wound with coir, mud balls, dyes, and certain plant species may soon be used as tools to clean sections of heavily polluted drains that flow into the river Ganga. The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) has approved eight projects that will use bioremediation techniques to clean specific drains in Patna, Hardwar, Allahabad, Bulandshahr and Varanasi.

The total flow across all these drains adds up to... Read more..

Source: Indian Express

World Bank extends $300 mn credit to scale up energy efficiency program

The World Bank Board of Executive Directors approved a $220 million (Rs 1,496 crore) loan and an $80 million (Rs 544 crore) guarantee for the India Energy Efficiency Scale-Up Program. The Program, to be implemented by the Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), will help scale up the deployment of energy saving measures in residential and public sectors, strengthen EESL’s institutional capacity, and enhance its access to commercial financing.

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Source: Business Line

Gujarat government approves Rs.900 crore to make river Tapi pollution free

Enthused by overwhelming response of ongoing water conservation campaign — Sujalam Sufalam Jal Sanchay Abhiyan-2018 (SSJA) — the Vijay Rupani Government in Gujarat decided to approve an additional Rs 900 crore project to make the State’s second biggest river Tapi pollution free.

Speaking at Surat which has been developed on the banks of Tapi River, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani announced the commencement of... Read more..

Source: The Pioneer

Bank of America raises US$2.25 billion in largest green bond issue

Bank of America Corp has issued a US$2.25 billion bond to support clean energy projects, the largest green bond issuance by the bank so far.

The bank has now issued four corporate green bonds, raising a total of US$4.35 billion for renewable energy projects since 2013.

"Green bonds are an important tool for... Read more..

Source: The Asset

CPCB extends deadline for installation of online pollution tracking devices in Delhi-NCR

The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has pushed back its deadline for red-category air polluting industries in Delhi-NCR districts to instal online pollution tracking devices to June 30, almost two months after the original March 31 deadline.

In a letter issued to state pollution control boards of Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, the national pollution watchdog stated that it had extended... Read more..

Source: Daily News & Analysis

Solar-power compliance needs more days: Federation of Sector Welfare Associations of Chandigarh

The Federation of Sector Welfare Associations of Chandigarh (Foswac) has asked the UT Administration to extend the deadline for installing solar-power plants atop residential buildings in the city. For the owners of 500-square-yard and bigger plots, this deadline expired on May 18, and in a memorandum handed over to the UT adviser here on Saturday, Foswac asked for more days.

The association stated in the... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

UGC directs universities to ban plastic bottles on campus

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has directed all universities and higher educational institutions to ban the use of plastic cups, lunch packets, straws, bottles and bags on their campuses.

The directive comes after the Environment Ministry issued an advisory, saying that India is the host of this year’s World Environment Day celebrations, the largest United Nations-led event on environment, and the... Read more..

Source: The Hindu

Indore Municipal Corporation plans to run buses on bio-fuel made from vegetable waste

The industrial hub of Indore, is in a spic and span form after bagging the cleanest city tag in the ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ for the second year.

For better waste management, the city civic body plans to run public transport buses on the bio-Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) made from the vegetable waste.

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Source: India.com

Amethi to get solar-powered street lights

As many as 1,700 solar-powered lights will be installed at street-corners and parks in Amethi, the parliamentary constituency of Congress president Rahul Gandhi, using the MP Local Development (MPLAD) fund, a party leader said today.

According to District Congress Committee president Yogendra Mishra, the lights will be installed soon and necessary directions have been issued to the authorities concerned to... Read more..

Source: India.com

Merchant renewable energy plants get fillip from regulator CERC

Power regulator Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has paved way for serious merchant renewable power plants by issuing guidelines for long-term transmission access while prescribing stringent rules against squatting and line underutilisation.

The commission has issued detailed procedure for grant of long- and medium-term transmission access to renewable energy project that has acquired half of... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Andhra Pradesh promotes Electric Vehicles with fiscal sops

Andhra Pradesh has set a target of attracting Rs 30,000-crore investment in promoting electric vehicles in the next five years by giving fiscal incentives to carmakers, battery manufacturers, charging infrastructure companies and consumers.

The state Cabinet on Wednesday cleared an electric mobility policy that provides for complete reimbursement of road tax and registration fees on sale of electric vehicles... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Cabinet approves National Biofuel Policy

The Cabinet today approved the National Policy on Biofuels which allows doping of ethanol produced from damaged foodgrains, rotten potatoes, corn and sugar beet with petrol to cut oil imports by Rs 4,000 crore this year alone.

Till now only ethanol produced from sugarcane was allowed to be mixed in petrol.

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Source: The Times of India
Subject Tags: biofuel, policy tracker

Maharashtra utility to buy cheapest solar power in the country

Efforts of energy minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule to go for renewable energy are paying dividends with two private companies agreeing to supply MSEDCL the cheapest solar power in the country. Four other companies will supply solar power at a rate 1 paise per unit higher than the minimum rate. 

MSEDCL had floated tenders for purchasing 1,020 MW solar power from private producers. Two companies JLTM Energy... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Govt to ensure round-the-clock power supply for districts with less than 15% losses

The government is working on a plan to ensure round-the-clock power supply in districts with Aggregate Technical and Commercial (AT&C) loss levels of less than 15 per cent.

The power ministry’s technical planning wing Central Electricity Authority (CEA) has sought district-wise details of AT&C losses and power supply from all the state discoms. The data will be compiled in a report that will be sent... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld
Subject Tags: power supply, sector news

African cities pledge to cut climate emissions to zero by 2050

Africa is sometimes better known for its vulnerability to climate change than its action on the problem - but a set of African cities intend to change that. 

Eight cities - from Accra to Dar es Salaam - pledged this week to deliver their share of emissions cuts needed to meet Paris Agreement targets to limit climate change. 

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Source: The Economic Times

India to see 15-fold jump in demand for power to cool homes, says IEA report

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has estimated that India will lead the world in terms of the power consumed for residential cooling. The agency estimates that India’s cooling-related energy demand will soar from 90 terawatt hour in 2016 to 1,350 terawatt hour (TWh) in 2050 — a 15-fold increase.

“The total space-cooling output capacity of residential air conditioners worldwide increases in line with the... Read more..

Source: Business Line

NUS researchers turns food scraps into green energy resources

The researchers at the National University of Singapore (NUS) have developed a anaerobic digester system to recycle food waste to produce electricity, heat and fertilisers.

Led by Associate Professor Tong Yen Wah from the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at NUS Faculty of Engineering, researchers from NUS and Shanghai Jiao Tong University have jointly developed a system that is self-... Read more..

Source: Connected to India

Home ministry plans to drive in electric vehicles, replace diesel

The Union ministry of home affairs (MHA) is planning to switch to electric vehicles and replace diesel-guzzling vehicles, including heavy trucks and buses, and encourage use of solar and wind energy instead of generators as power backups, senior government officials said.

This comes as part of MHA’s gogreen 2022 road map which it seeks to achieve by reducing dependency on oil and gas that annually costs seven central armed police forces (CAPFs) around Rs 500 crore. Through these initiatives, the ministry officials believe they can cut down reliance on oil and gas by 10% by 2022.... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

ACME wins 250 Mw solar power project under MSEDCL tender

ACME Group today announced it has won a 250 Megawatt (Mw) Solar Photo Voltaic (PV) project in a reverse auction invited by Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co (MSEDCL) on 14 May 2018. 

The total capacity allotted under the reverse auction was 1,000 Mw under Build Own and Operate (BOO) model where the successful developer can set up the solar project anywhere in India and supply power to MSEDCL... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld
Subject Tags: Acme Group, India, MSEDCL, PPA, SPV

Bill Gates foundation to fund sludge treatment

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) will fund a project to treat sludge generated by a sewage treatment plant (STP) in the city and generate water and energy from it. 

The project has been proposed at the Atladara STP of the Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC).

A representative of the BMGF had... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Devan Chemicals unveils Moov&Cool technology

Textile finishing expert, Devan Chemicals, has unveiled new Moov&Cool technology. Detailed as a 'cool comfort technology', the innovation has the potential to improve athletic performances by regulating core body temperature. The technology leads to absorption of heat during performance and improvement of moisture management properties of the fabric. 

The patent-pending Moov&Cool is a multi-... Read more..

Source: Fibre to Fashion