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India-born chemist Swaminathan Ramesh, develops a mobile reactor to convert waste plastic to diesel in US

A mobile reactor to convert waste plastic into fuel, that uses technology developed by an India-born chemist, is soon to make its debut in California in a demonstration project. “Using our efficient Plastic to Fuel (PTF) conversion units, we are hoping to address the problems of plastics pollution on land and theocean,” Swaminathan Ramesh, a product of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru and President of Michigan-based EcoFuel Technologies, told IANS in an email.

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Source: Financial Express

40 illegal factories sealed in Loni, Ghaziabad

In a major crackdown on illegal factories operating in Loni, the district administration has sealed over 40 units operating without the consent of the regional pollution control board and other government agencies.

"Most units that have been sealed were into the process of extracting copper after burning the plastic covering of electricity wires. Others were into manufacturing various types of chemicals and... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Adani Ports will go green, focus on logistics business

Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone chief Karan Adani is charting the next growth phase for his company which entails usage of greener energy sources as well as a sharper focus on the logistics business, even as he keeps looking at fresh port projects, both in and out of India.

In an interview to ET, the Adani Group scion said a focus on cleaner forms of energy will shave operating costs by as much as 10%-... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

London & Paris To Test Real-World Vehicle Emissions

Every town and city in the world with motorists must be vigilant at this time to reduce needless and toxic emissions. Vehicle emissions that perpetrate cancers and many other diseases are choking our bodies and choking our planet. London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo have set in motion a combined effort to test how dirty vehicles really are in order to kick illegally dirty vehicles out of their cities. The plan is being aided by Emission Analytics.

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Source: Clean Technica

Soon, deposit waste at this ATM and get money in Vijayawada

A good news for citizens in the city. Soon you can "make money" by depositing waste in a different  ATM machines to come up in the city.

The municipal administration and Urban Development department have come up with an unique idea - Waste ATMs.

Demonstrating the idea to  mediapersons at the Interim... Read more..

Source: The New Indian Express

US-India Clean Energy Finance Initiative Opens Call for Applications

The newly launched US-India Clean Energy Finance (USICEF) initiative is currently seeking applications from project developers and project proponents in India’s distributed solar power sector, who could benefit from project preparation services and funding for early stage project development.

USICEF aims to drive access to energy in underserved regions of India, by... Read more..

Source: US-India Clean Energy Finance (USICEF)

Government announces incentives for solar plants' performance

In a bid to check the performance of small on-grid and off-grid solar power plants, the Central government on Monday announced that it would not give any incentive to solar power plants which would perform at less than 40 % of its sanctioned strength during the sanctioned period.

The Centre has asked all departments, public sector units and state governments which are planning to install solar roof top... Read more..

Source: The Statesman

New Development Bank and European Investment Bank join hands to fund sustainable development projects

New Development Bank, popularly known as the “BRICS” bank and European Investment Bank, the long term lending institution of European Union have signed a Memorandum of Association to support sustainable development and climate related investments.

According to the MoU, the NDB and EIB intend to explore cooperation in the areas of infrastructure, environment, and sustainable development projects in accordance... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

NGT declines to modify Supreme Court order on BS-III vehicles

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has refused to allow registration of 10 new diesel vehicles conforming to Bharat Stage-III norms in the wake of the ban imposed by the Supreme Court.

A bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar declined to grant the relief to the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) saying that it has no jurisdiction to entertain the plea.

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Source: The Economic Times

Indian Railway solar mission gathers steam; roof top plant in Patiala

Railways have joined hands with power equipment maker BHEL for setting up of a roof top solar power plant in Patiala to meet the energy demands of the Diesel-Loco Modernisation Works in that city.

The public transporter has also completed installing solar panels on about 21 roof tops of coaches, guard vans, rail workshops and production units across the country to promote clean energy and reducing... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Industrial Energy Ltd launches solar micro grid project in Odisha

Industrial Energy Limited (IEL), a joint venture of Tata Power and Tata Steel, today inaugurated a solar micro grid project at Baliapal village in Kalinganagar in Odisha.

The project will benefit 255 people at Baliapal village with uninterrupted power. The village was facing frequent power cuts that hampered studies of students and daily household works of women, a company release said.

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Source: ET Energyworld

Mizoram is 27th state in Uday discom debt restructure scheme

Mizoram has become the 27th state to join the central government’s Ujwal Discom Assurance Yojana (Uday) debt restructuring scheme for states’ electricity distribution companies (discoms), an official statement said on Sunday.

“The government of India and the state of Mizoram signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) under the Uday scheme on March 31, 2017, for operational improvement of the state’s Power... Read more..

Source: Eastern Mirror

Gujarat Water Supply and Sewerage Board to revive water supply charges

Gujarat water supply and sewerage board (GWSSB) is all set to begin charging for water supplied to village panchayats, nagarpalikas and even municipal corporations in the state. This has become necessary as many areas of the state are parched. The board had stopped charging for water supply from the year 2011-12.

The decision to collect a charge for water was taken in the year 2007. It was decided that Rs 2 per 1000 litres would be collected from village panchayats, Rs 4 per 1000 litres from municipalities and Rs 6 per 1000 litres from municipal corporations.

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Source: The Times of India

Solar power to light up remote Arunachal Pradesh villages

India will power close to 900 remote villages in Arunachal Pradesh bordering China using advanced off-grid renewable energy kits that will bring electricity to about 16,000 households, power minister Piyush Goyal said here.

The government will later this week invite price bids from companies for the project which also involves installing more than 4,000 off-grid street lights. The falling cost of renewable... Read more..

Source: livemint

Rajasthan State Pollution Control Board’s fillip to waste disposal: ₹25L for start-ups

Most of our cities generate a phenomenal amount of waste every day. Safely disposing and utilising such waste is a challenge every city faces. In order to deal with this, the Rajasthan State Pollution Control Board (RSPCB) has come up with a ‘start-up’ policy through which the body will fund and promote start-up projects which will help convert waste into energy or other useful products and encourage disposal of waste.

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Source: Hindustan Times

Jammu and Kashmir : Remotest Villages of India Will Get DC Grid Based Electricity

Kargil Renewable Energy Development Agency (KREDA) has partnered with Global Himalayan Expedition (GHE) to provide energy access to the remote mountain communities of Kargil & Zanskar region of Jammu and Kashmir.

The collaboration will help bring light to the most remote villages of India in Lungnak block of Zanskar Kargil. KREDA has been working on providing clean energy through Hydro Power and Solar to... Read more..

Source: Brighter Kashmir

Gurgaon construction sites to be monitored for dust pollution

Deputy commissioner of Gurgaon, Hardeep Singh, on Monday ordered the Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) to inspect construction sites in the city and initiate action against those not taking measures to control dust pollution. The order comes in the wake of complaints by residents that contractors carrying out various projects in the city are not sprinkling water at the sites regularly, leading to rise in dust pollution.

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Source: Hindustan Times

13,002 villages electrified till date under DDUGJY: A new milestone achieved

13,002 villages have been electrified till date under Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram JyotiYojna (DDUGJY). Out of remaining 5450 un-electrified villages, 835 villages are uninhabited. All the remaining 4615 un-electrified villages are to targeted to be electrified by 1st May, 2018 . The State Wise details are as follows :

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Source: Press India Bureau

1 lakh water connections to quench Hyderabad thirst

M Dana Kishore, Managing Director, Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB) in a review meeting on Monday said that under Mission Bhagiratha one lakh new drinking water connections would be completed by this summer.

The corporation availed a loan of Rs 1,900 crore from Housing and Urban Development Corporation (HUDCO) to complete one lakh drinking water connections in the surrounding... Read more..

Source: The Hans India
Subject Tags: drinking water supply

State Bank of India gets Rs 1,400 crore loan to fund solar power projects

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has okayed Rs 1,400 crore (EUR 200 million) loan to State Bank of India to fund solar power projects.     

The long-term loan will support total investment of EUR 650 million in five different large-scale photo-voltaic solar power projects, EIB said in a statement.   

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Source: The New Indian Express

India adds record wind power capacity of 5,400MW in 2016-17

India added a record wind power capacity of 5,400 MW in 2016-17, much more than the target of 4,000 MW it had set itself for the year, according to official data.

The ministry of new and renewable energy said the previous best was 3,423 MW in 2015-16, and before that 3,197 MW in 2011-12. Of the new capacity, around 3,026 MW was added in March 2017 alone. With this, the country’s total wind capacity stands at... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Maharashtra developing scheme for cheap solar power supply to textile units

The state plans to design a scheme to develop solar projects to supply electricity to the textile sector at the lowest possible cost.

Subhash Deshmukh, minister of textiles, made the announcement at Ichalkaranji. Deshmukh was attending a live broadcast programme of the launch of the Centre’s Power Tex India scheme. Union minister of textiles Smriti Irani had launched the scheme at Bhiwandi in Mumbai and the... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

THDC India commissions 63 Megawatt wind power project in Gujarat

State-run THDC India (THDCIL) has commissioned its second wind power project having capacity of 63 MW in Devbhumi Dwarka district in Gujarat.

The second wind power project of 63 MW capacity was commissioned in Devbhumi Dwarka on March 31, 2017, the company said.

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Source: ET Energyworld

Morocco launches final stage of world largest solar plant

Morocco’s King Mohammed VI on Saturday launched in the fourth and final stage of Noor Ouarzazate, the world’s largest solar plant.

The Noor Ouarzazate IV power station in the southern province of Ouarzazate, spanned over an area of 137 hectares (1.37 square km), will be set up with over $75 million with photovoltaic (PV) technology, Xinhua news agency reported.

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Source: The Siasat Daily

Nashik Municipal Corporation sets up cell to curb Godavari river pollution

The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) has set up a special cell to check the rising pollution levels of river Godavari.

NMC commissioner Abhishek Krishna on Saturday had undertaken round on the banks of the river and appealed to the people not to dump waste in it.

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Source: Business Standard