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India’s wind turbine makers mull cuts as auction pace lags

ReGen Powertech Pvt., one of India’s top five wind turbine makers, last month shuttered a factory at Udaipur in Rajasthan and laid off workers, signalling challenges roiling the nation’s wind turbine manufacturers as they adjust to an auction system that’s throwing into doubt how much wind energy gets built.

“We all have extra capacity so it was a good decision to restructure to stay lean,” Madhusudan Khemka... Read more..

Source: livemint

Manipal Institute of Technology students design solar car

In what could be a classic example of academia-industry collaboration, Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT), Manipal University, and Tata Power Solar, India’s largest integrated solar player, unveiled the India’s first and only four-seater passenger solar car designed exclusively by the students of MIT who made up the SolarMobil team.

This is their third car. The main features of the car is that it can run... Read more..

Source: Deccan Herald

Ganga: NGT orders inspection of drain connecting Jajmau CETP

The National Green Tribunal has directed inspection of a sewer pipeline going to a common effluent treatment plant (CETP) at Jajmau in Kanpur to verify the claim of the Uttar Pradesh government that it was blockage free. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar constituted a team comprising Dr A B Akolkar, ex-member secretary of Central Pollution Control Board, a representative of UP pollution control board (UPPCB) and a Director in National Mission for Clean Ganga that will inspect the sewer... Read more..

Source: Financial Express

Su-Kam launches Solar Grid-tie Inverter that works on low voltage too.

Su-Kam, a leading company in power back- up and solar solutions, has launched the Solar Grid-Tie Inverter. The newly launched product can be powered by mains as well as solar energy. It can work even voltage as low as 80 to 450 volts in DC and 150 to 280 volts in AC and is able to generate solar power even during low periods of sunshine. With an efficiency of almost 100%, the IEC- certified product can withstand dust and heavy rains. Low voltage along with erratic power supply is one of the major problems... Read more..

Source: Energetica India

Need to tap potential on Indo-US synergy on renewable power, says USISPF

Renewable hybrid projects are key to ensuring uninterrupted power supply and there is a need to explore full potential on this front, said US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) Secretary Nolty Theriot.

The USISPF is a Washington headquartered not-for-profit body focused on deepening business ties between the US and India.

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Source: Indian Express

Shinzo Abe’s visit puts spotlight on connectivity and renewable energy

With Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit underway, Japan’s engagement with India on the infrastructure front is expected to broaden and deepen with a focus on connectivity and renewable energy.

Apart from the marque projects such as the high-speed rail, popularly known as the bullet train, and the western dedicated freight corridor, Japan has also joined hands with India to aggressively develop infrastructure... Read more..

Source: livemint

Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) lists 3 models for electric vehicle charging segment

Companies keen to enter electric vehicle charging space may either partner power distribution companies or set up battery swapping shops, as per the business models identified by power regulator Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC).

The commission has recognised three business models viable within the framework of the Electricity Act 2003. For any other model, an amendment to the act will have to... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Wind companies withdraw High Court plea against Tamil Nadu auction

Wind energy developers and equipment manufacturers who moved the Madras High Court to stop Tamil Nadu from holding its wind auction have had second thoughts and withdrawn their petition. The Indian Wind Energy Association had filed the petition after Tamil Nadu Generation & Distribution Co (Tangedco) invited bids for 500 MW at the end of May.

“The petitioner counsel states that he would withdraw the writ... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Mizoram governor expresses concern over climate change

Mizoram governor Lt General Nirbhay Sharma today urged the tribal people of the state to go back to their roots to ensure protection of environment for arresting climate change.

Sharma, who was addressing a three-day media workshop Climate change reporting in the Himalayas, said that rise of temperature during the past few decades in Mizoram is a matter of concern.

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Source: India Today In

China plans nationwide use of bioethanol fuel by 2020

China today announced that it would extend the use of bioethanol gasoline nationwide by 2020, days after it unveiled plans to ban petrol and diesel cars and boost electric vehicles in a bid to contain air pollution and restrict traffic congestion.

China, the world’s third-largest bioethanol producer, aims to build an advanced liquid biofuel system and put into operation a demonstration facility that will be... Read more..

Source: India.com

H&M Foundation, HKRITA find way to recycle textiles

The non-profit H&M Foundation and the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) together have found groundbreaking solution to recycle blend textiles into new fabrics and yarns, without any quality loss, through a hydrothermal (chemical) process. The technology will be scaled up and made available to the global fashion industry. 

The finding is the result of the four-year innovative... Read more..

Source: Fibre2Fashion

French Ambassador opens solar power plant in Uttarakhand village

A solar power plant commissioned by a French firm with an outlay of 4 million euros was inaugurated by French Ambassador Alexandre Ziegler in a Uttarakhand village on Wednesday.

The plant strengths India's ambitious plans to achieve optimum renewable energy targets.

The plant, built by Technique Solaire in... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

Mercedes-Benz to offer electric option for every car by 2022

Daimler's Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche on Monday said Mercedes-Benz will offer electric versions of all its models by 2022, converting its Smart city car brand to become fully electric.

Speaking at the company's investor day in Sindelfingen, Germany, Daimler said it will offer at least 50 electrified versions of Mercedes-Benz passenger cars in hybrid and fully electric car variants.

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Source: Business Line

Haryana government to install 1 lakh solar pumps for irrigation

The Haryana government has set a target to install one lakh new solar water pumps in the state for irrigation purposes and 25,000 of such pumps would be installed during the next year.

A decision in this regard was taken on Tuesday in a meeting of new and renewable energy department, held under the chair manship of chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar.

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Source: ET Energyworld

Tamil Nadu set to power 300 households in Telangana using solar energy

Tamil Nadu is set to power 300 households in Telangana using solar energy developed by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras is being distributed by Southern Power Distribution Company of Telangana Limited (TSSPDCL) and Rural Electrification Corporation.

The solar powered system was transferred to and commercialized by Cygni Energy, an IIT Madras-incubated firm. It has already been installed in all the houses by June this year and the performance and health of all the installed systems are being monitored remotely, with data being collected via mobile phones and synchronized... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Shell coming to set up vehicle recharging stations in India

Royal Dutch Shell aims to expand marketing operations in Asia and wants 20 per cent of sales from its fuel stations worldwide to come from recharging electric vehicles and low carbon fuels by 2025, as the world shifts away from crude.

The Anglo-Dutch firm, with 43,000 fuel stations in 80 countries, aims to expand in China and India, as well as Mexico, where it sees fossil fuel growth in the next decade, John Abbott, the head of refining, trading and marketing, told Reuters.

But he said Shell remained focused on a future of where demand for alternatives to petrol and diesel... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

European Union-India set to broaden strategic, business ties

The European Union is poised to broaden its engagement and deepen its strategic and business ties with India by formalising a big-bang action plan across a broad spectrum of issues at the upcoming EU-India summit in Delhi next month.

"The EU and India are expected to announce at the October summit a string of joint declarations along with a concrete deliverables roadmap revolving around climate change, clean energy, maritime security, naval cooperation, space research, to combatting cyber crime and even ringing in an ambitious partnership for developing smart cities by linking EU's... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Piramal Capital & APG bet on Mytrah, invest $300 million

Piramal Capital's Structured Finance Group and Dutch partner APG Asset Management (APG) are investing Rs 1,900 crore ($300 million) in Hyderabad-based renewable energy producer Mytrah Energy India Pvt. through mezzanine debt instruments in one of their largest transactions, said two people aware of the development.

The proceeds will mostly be used to buy out existing investors such as Apollo Global Management, Aion, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and IDFC Alternatives. About Rs 150-200 crore will go toward funding growth and refinancing debt.

Barring IDFC, the... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Every village to be solar power hub soon: Andhra Pradesh CM Chandrababu Naidu

Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has said that State is ushering in a new era of power reforms and every village of Andhra Pradesh will emerge as a solar power production hub.
Participating in a teleconference with Minister for Energy K Kala Venkata Rao, Chief Secretary Dinesh Kumar, Principal Secretary (Energy) Ajay Jain and other higher officials on Tuesday in view of the high level meeting on power sector to be held Wednesday, Naidu said that final decision pertaining to solar battery storage and solar power grid integration will be taken in the Wednesday meeting.

The CM... Read more..

Source: The New Indian Express

IIT Madras: New eco-friendly cement being tested for use in industry

A research collaboration between India and Switzerland on a new cement material that can reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the manufacturing process is set to take off into implementation.

The construction sector is a major contributor to global carbon dioxide emissions. Though this is known, it appears difficult to reduce the scale of construction, especially as it is a route to establishing more equitable conditions in developing countries like India. One way of mitigating the emissions factor is the use of Limestone Calcined Clay Cement or the LC3 technology.

Traditional... Read more..

Source: The Hindu

Tamil Nadu ends wind season evacuating 1,477 million units more in 2017

Wind power season has come to an end this year. In the last few days the wind power generation has gone down below 500MW while the total power demand has crossed 13,000MW. Compared to the last wind power season, Tangedco has evacuated not less than 20% more and in terms of million units, 1477.062 million units more till end of August.

With better transmission lines and sub-stations, Tangedco was able to evacuate more wind power compared to any other year and also sell more units of renewable power to other states.

“This year till August end we have evacuated wind power to the... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

IIT Delhi gets Centre of Excellence for renewable energy

The prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) here has set up a centre to facilitate research in renewable energy.

The Centre of Excellence (COE) set up in collaboration with ReNew Power Ventures Pvt Ltd, a renewable energy company, was inaugurated today by Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar.

"Industry participation is essential for creating solutions which are market ready and this COE will help solve critical problems in the clean energy sector. The centre will be a good example of taking forward industry academia partnership," Javadekar said.

The centre has... Read more..

Source: ET Energyworld

MoEF to phase out more polluting chemicals

India has begun the process of eliminating seven extremely harmful chemicals almost eight years after the world agreed on their phase out under the Stockholm Convention.

The Union Ministry of Environment and Forest came out with a draft proposal to remove these seven chemicals from the industry.

It would be done in the same manner as followed earlier to wipe off another 12 persistent organic pollutants.

Four out of the seven chemicals are brominated flame retardants used mainly in the electrical and electronic industry; two are found in the insecticide industry and the... Read more..

Source: Deccan Herald

Developers seek change in Gujarat solar policy

Solar developers have petitioned Gujarat’s power regulator seeking a change in its solar policy, pointing out a major lacuna which is impeding the growth of solar rooftop capacity in the state. The policy permits only house owners themselves to set up solar plants on their roofs and is a barrier to leasing of roofs to solar developers. 

Though Gujarat was a pioneer among Indian states in promoting solar energy, the petition from the Distributed Solar Power Association (DISPA), a newly formed group of developers specialising in rooftop solar plants, notes that unlike most other... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

China Fossil Fuel Deadline Shifts Focus to Electric Car Race

China will set a deadline for automakers to end sales of fossil-fuel-powered vehicles, becoming the biggest market to do so in a move that will accelerate the push into the electric car market led by companies including BYD Co. and BAIC Motor Corp.

Xin Guobin, the vice minister of industry and information technology, said the government is working with other regulators on a timetable to end production and sales. The move will have a profound impact on the environment and growth of China’s auto industry, Xin said at an auto forum in Tianjin on Saturday.

The world’s second-... Read more..

Source: Bloomberg