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Solar clothes to power your devices

Scientists, according to work published in the Nature Energy science journal, say they have developed a new type of ultra-thin photovoltaic device, coated on both sides with stretchable and waterproof films, which can continue to provide electricity from sunlight even after being soaked in water or being stretched and compressed. The scientists from the Japan-based research institute RIKEN and the University of Tokyo, according to an 18 September press release, have developed extremely thin and flexible... Read more..

Source: livemint

Energy firms back European Union plan for CO2 cap on power subsidies

A group of energy firms has backed a disputed plan by EU regulators to attach emissions limits to subsidies for providing back-up power capacity to avert blackouts.

The proposal by the European Commission, which would set a cap of 550 grammes of carbon dioxide per kilowatt-hour for new power stations, ruling out less-efficient coal and gas-fired plants, has been fiercely contested by Poland and some other EU... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

GCL, MYSUN collaborate to launch high quality solar kits for Indian homes

MYSUN, an end-to-end solar solutions provider and GCL System Integration Technology Co. Ltd., a group company of Golden Concord Holdings Ltd., Hong Kong, on Tuesday announced a strategic partnership, facilitating the launch of 'GCL G-Home rooftop solar kits tailor-made for the Indian market.

The companies plan to transform the way solar systems are bought and sold today through a combination of high quality... Read more..

Source: Outlook

All Indian Villages to have Electricity by Next Month: Union Minister

First time since becoming the Central Minister of State for Energy, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader R K Singh arrived in Patna on Monday where he was given a warm welcome by the state leaders, including party state President Nityanand Rai.

Speaking on the occasion, Singh said that by the end of next month, every single village in India would have electricity.

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Source: Patna Daily

Renewables player Mytrah raises Rs 1,800 crore from Piramal

Hyderabad-based renewable energy entity Mytrah has announced raising Rs 1,800 crore from Piramal group’s financial services companies in the form of non-convertible debentures (NCDs). These NCDs, with a 7-year tenor, will go into Mytrah group entities — Rs 980 crore into Mytrah Energy (India) and Rs 820 crore into Mytrah Ujjwal Power. 

In a statement, Mytrah said the funds will be used to take out existing... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Pollution regulator frames standards for 16 industries using polluting fuels

The apex pollution regulator has framed standards for sulphur and nitrate oxides for 16 industries that use inferior quality fuel that releases these pollutants.

The standards are yet to approved by the environment ministry. Surface heavy fuels like Furnace Oil (FO) and Pet coke generate large amounts of pollution, according to the Supreme Court appointed Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA).... Read more..

Source: Hindustan Times
Subject Tags: CPCB, industry news, norms, pollution

M&M enters into strategic alliance with Ford to explore collaboration on electric vehicles

Mahindra & Mahindra has entered into a strategic alliance with US car major Ford Motor Company to explore cooperation in the sphere of products, technologies and distribution including future mobility program, connected vehicle projects, electrification of cars amongst other areas.

The joint statement issued by the company stated that teams from both companies will collaborate and work together for a... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Nissan to Hyundai keen on India’s $203 million order for electric vehicles

Renault SA, Hyundai Motor Co. and Nissan Motor Co. are among companies interested in supplying India 10,000 electric cars as part of the country’s efforts to reduce emissions and curb fuel imports, a government official said.

The deadline for bids has been extended by four days to 22 September to help allow overseas companies ascertain rules for imports, Saurabh Kumar, managing director of Energy Efficiency... Read more..

Source: livemint

China’s GCL and Mysun partner for India’s rooftop solar retail play

Attracted by India’s solar rooftop market potential, GCL System Integration Technology Co. Ltd, one of China’s largest solar equipment maker, will partner with India’s MYSUN to tap the retail end of the market.

The plug and play model is being explored wherein the firms will finance, deliver, install, and service solar kits. These solar kits comprising of solar panels, lithium ion batteries and accessories,... Read more..

Source: livemint

After Sembcorp, IDFC Alternatives announces exit from Mytrah Energy

India Infrastructure Fund (IIF), a fund managed by IDFC Alternatives Ltd, has successfully exited its investment in Mytrah Energy (India) Pvt Ltd (MEIPL). This is the second announcement of an exit from IDFC Alternatives, one of the largest domestic multi-asset class fund managers, with over $3.6 billion under management.

On August 31, 2017, it had announced its exit agreement with Sembcorp Utilities (... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

NGT asks states to follow order on polluting industries

The National Green Tribunal on Monday (September 18) lashed out at the states for failing to comply with its orders regarding polluting industries. The Tribunal had sought a response on the petitioners’ plea that the green court issue direction to the Centre, the states and all UTs that no industry shall be allowed to function unless it has an effluent treatment plant which is working and capable of meeting the prescribed norms for releasing effluents.

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Source: India Legal
Subject Tags: industry news, NGT, pollution

Waste composting: Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) softens stand on Oct 2 deadline

With apprehensions raised by housing societies on whether they would be able to meet the October 2 deadline set by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for mandatory waste segregation and composting in their premises, the civic body on Monday said it would give societies leeway of three months to start the waste management at source, provided they submit a detailed plan to the corporation.

The BMC... Read more..

Source: Daily News & Analysis

Nalco to tap renewable energy for power requirements

National Aluminium Company (Nalco) is betting big on renewable energy resources to meet its rising power requirements. 

Nalco has commissioned its wind power plants with 50 MW and 50.4 MW capacity in Rajasthan and Maharastra, respectively, at a cost of Rs 669 crore. The company plans to set up another wind power plant of 50 MW capacity and looking at suitable location in the country. 

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Source: The Economic Times

₹300-crore solid waste management plan for Delhi

The Centre has approved a ₹300-crore plan for improving solid waste management in Delhi, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri has announced.

Addressing an event organised by the Public Affairs Forum of India (PAFI), Puri said the fund would be utilised for procuring machines for collection, transport and storage of solid waste, procurement of decentralised... Read more..

Source: Business Line

Vizag has achieved 30% savings through renewable energy solutions: Andhra CM Naidu

Attending the Regional Conference on Environment-2017 in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu elaborated on the sustainable development of the state, and claimed that Visakhapatnam has achieved 30 per cent savings through renewable energy solutions.

The Chief Minister said that 50 per cent of the two crore acres of cultivable land in Andhara Pradesh will be used for cultivating... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

NTPC invites developers to set up 100 waste-to-energy plants

Firms with annual turnover of at least Rs 190 crore would be eligible for evincing interest for these plants. The shortlisted firms would be empanelled for setting up the plants through a tender process separately.

NTPC has invited national and international players to set up 100 waste-to-energy pollution-free plants across the country under the Swachh Bharat mission.

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Source: The Economic Times

Army looks to tap renewables to supply power to jawans deployed at high altitudes

The Army is looking for durable power supply in high altitudes to enhance the living conditions of its personnel.

The plan is to have renewable energy in place of fossil fuels that are unreliable and face transportation and maintenance hassles. The project has been placed under the Technology Development Fund scheme and the Army is discussing the project with the industry and subject experts.... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Only 1.5% e-waste recycled via institutional process: Assocham

A meagre 1.5 per cent of the total e-waste generated in India is recycled through an institutional process, a study by industry body Assocham said today.

“The top three Asian countries with the highest e-waste generation in absolute quantities are China (6 million tonnes), Japan (2.2 million tonnes) and India (1.7 million tonnes),” it said, adding, “The global quantity of e-waste is expected to touch 49.8... Read more..

Source: Business Line

Vodafone, TCS, L&T, TechM in fray for smart meter tender

Leading Indian and foreign companies including Vodafone, TCS, Larsen & Toubro, Tech Mahindra, Tata Power and France’s EDF are eyeing government’s purchase of 50 lakh smart meters, which will give them access to big data on power consumption and create a market for 50 lakh SIM cards for connecting the devices. 

Forty companies, which also include equipment makers and trade bodies, have held discussions... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times
Subject Tags: industry news, smart meter

Vietnam’s final solar PPA still short of bankability

Vietnam’s final solar power purchase agreement (PPA) has to a large extent ignored recommended changes from a group of international Chambers of Commerce and therefore its attractiveness to foreign investors remains in doubt, according to representatives from law and finance sectors.

The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) officially released a Circular including the revised solar PPA this week, acting as... Read more..

Source: PV Tech

Dubai to operate world's largest solar power project valued at $3.87 bn

Dubai will implement the world's largest Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) project valued at 14.2 billion dirhams ($3.87 billion), UAE daily Gulfnews reported on Saturday.

The CSP project will be implemented by Dubai Water and Electricity Authority (Dewa). And the largest single-site project will generate 700 megawatts (MW) of power when it is completed in the last quarter of 2020, parallel to the World Expo... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

India presents national review report on Sustainable Development Goals implementation in United Nations

India has presented its national review report on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to the UN, underscoring that as the fastest growing major economy it is “uniquely placed” to deliver on its commitments. India’s ‘Voluntary National Review Report on Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals’ was presented by NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Arvind Panagariya on Wednesday at the United Nations high-level political forum on sustainable development in 2017. ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’, an... Read more..

Source: Indian Express

Government puts on hold auctions for 1 gigawatt of wind power projects

The government has put on hold auctions for 1gigawatt of wind power projects, which were to be conducted by the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) on September 19. 

Industry executives termed this as a relief because they would be in a better position to make a bid after the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) decides on a petition filed by Power Grid Corporation of India on availability... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Tata Power Delhi Distribution (TPDDL) encourages hospitals to opt for solar power

Power distribution company TPDDL today held a workshop for representatives of hospitals and healthcare centres to encourage them to adopt solar power, a company spokesperson said.
The workshop was attended by representatives of 50 hospitals and healthcare centres in the city, said the spokesperson.

"Hospitals having large rooftop space are ideal for installation of solar photo-voltaic panels. Their... Read more..

Source: India Today

Vikram Solar commissions 80 MW solar project in Gujarat

Energy solutions provider Vikram Solar today said it has commissioned an 80 MW solar PV power project in Gujarat.

The 80 MW project has been developed under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission Phase II Batch IV Tranche-I Scheme with grid at Gujarat solar park for Gujarat Industries Power Company, the firm said in a statement here.

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Source: MoneyControl