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IIT-Madras students develop mobile unit that turns plastic waste into fuel oil

A team of students from IIT-Madras has developed a solar-powered mobile unit that converts non-recyclable plastic waste into fuel oil that is cheaper than diesel and can be used as a substitute in generators, industrial boilers, furnaces, diesel-powered engines and agricultural pumps. The technology, when scaled up into a full-fledged commercial product, can be the ideal solution for city corporations to manage... Read more..

Source: The New Indian Express

ISMA withdraws anti-dumping plea on solar imports, to file fresh petition

Indian solar developers have been vocal about the repercussions of anti-dumping and safeguard duties, which will shoot up project costs and ultimately lead to higher solar tariffs. The Indian Solar Manufacturers’ Association (ISMA) has withdrawn a petition it had filed in July last year for anti-dumping investigation on solar cells and modules imported from China,Taiwan ... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

Mytrah Energy Plans To Add 1 GW Renewable Capacity By September 2019

Mytrah Energy, the winner in India’s first wind power auction last year, plans to add 1-gigawatt of wind and solar capacity by September next year as India increases the pace of tendering. That will add to Mytrah’s 2 GW of renewable energy capacity, Vikram Kailas, vice chairman and managing director at the company, told BloombergQuint in an interview. ... Read more..

Source: Bloomberg Quint

World's largest solar park launched in Karnataka

The world's largest solar park set up at an investment of Rs 16,500 crore at Pavagada in Karnataka's Tumakuru district was launched by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah today. The 2,000 MW park, named as 'Shakti Sthala', spans across 13,000 acres spread over five villages and is a benchmark in the unique people's participation in power model put on ... Read more..

Source: Energy World

Andhra Pradesh to launch 1 lakh electric vehicles

The State government is planning to take the lead in the country by launching one lakh Electric Vehicles (EVs) which is expected to create over 1.05 lakh jobs. The Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) has agreed to invest Rs. 2,000 crore per year for one lakh e-cars. According to a press release by the State Energy Conservation Mission CEO A. Chandra Sekhar Reddy, the EV project is aimed at transforming the... Read more..

Source: The Hindu

French President Emmanuel Macron to inaugurate UP’s largest solar plant in Mirzapur

French President Emmanuel Macron will inaugurate Uttar Pradesh’s largest solar power plant, at Dadar Kala village in Mirzapur district, during his proposed visit on March 12. Mirzapur district magistrate Bimal Kumar Dubey confirmed the development. “French President Macron will arrive at the solar power plant at Dadar... Read more..

Source: Hindustan Times

Install solar plants or face action: CREST

The Chandigarh Renewal Energy, Science and Technology Promotion Society (CREST) has directed owners of houses measuring 500 square feet and above to get rooftop solar power plants installed. CREST in 2016 had set May 18,2018 as ... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

EESL to invest Rs.24.41 Crore to install energy-efficient LEDs in airports

Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a joint venture of PSUs under the Ministry of Power signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Airports Authority of India (AAI) for installing energy-efficient LED lights at airports, buildings and facilities owned by the AAI across India. To this regard, EESL will make an upfront investment of Rs. 24.41 crore on the project. The entire procurement of lighting equipment, installation and maintenance will be undertaken by EESL without any cost burden on AAI... Read more..

Source: ANI News
Subject Tags: energy efficiency, LED, Lighting

New Delhi Municipal Council​’s Solar Road Project Faces Bumps

The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) may have got too ambitious with its plans to make the Lutyens’ Zone run completely on renewable energy. One of the highlights of the NDMC’s budget presented in January by its chairman Naresh Kumar was a ‘solar road’ pilot project. But the trial of the project is not working out as planned, according to officials who are implementing it. Costing around Rs15 lakh, the NDMC has started the pilot project on public-private partnership (PPP) model. As per the pilot project,... Read more..

Source: The New Indian Express

IIEST designs solar panels to charge electric rickshaws on the go

E-rickshaws can now be charged on the go, thanks to a solar charging system designed by the Centre for Green Energy at IIEST. The ministry of human resources development-funded project is aimed at improving the battery life of the vehicles by ensuring less energy depletion. The product is ready to hit the market... Read more..

Source: Energy World

Kerala’s Solar target set at 1,870 MW by 2022

If things pan out, the installed capacity of solar power generation in the state will touch 1,870 megawatts (MW) by 2022. The present capacity is around 120 MW, but it is growing with multiple agencies, including the Agency for Non-conventional Energy and Rural Technology (ANERT), the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) and local bodies, acknowledging the potential of harnessing solar energy.

The total... Read more..

Source: The New Indian Express

Green Climate Fund clears $100 million line of credit for Nabard plan

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) on Wednesday approved the proposal submitted by Nabard for the ‘line of credit for solar rooftop segment for commercial, industrial and residential housing sectors’ with a GCF loan support of $100 million. The proposal is the first private sector facility proposal sanctioned by GCF to India and will be executed through Tata Clentech... Read more..

Source: Financial Express

Solar dispute: WTO sets up panel on India’s requests

The World Trade Organisation’s Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) has agreed to India’s request for setting up a panel to determine whether the country complied with a previous ruling striking down its domestic content requirements for solar cells and modules. India had requested a panel following a submission made by the US where it had accused New Delhi of not complying with the ruling and also sought permission to take retaliatory action.

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Source: Business Line

CDC Group-backed Ayana Renewable Power scouting for acquisitions

Ayana Renewable Power, a renewable energy firm operating in India and neighbouring countries, is scouting for acquisitions. The CDC Group Plc-backed company’s focus areas are the Indian states of Bihar, Odisha ... Read more..

Source: Live Mint

Ban On Diesel Generators, Brick Kilns Lifted As Delhi Air Improves: Environment Pollution Control Authority

Starting today, the Badarpur power plant that has been shut for over four months can start temporary operation, ban on diesel generators will be lifted, and hundreds of brick kilns can resume production due to "some visible improvement" in air quality in Delhi, the Supreme Court-appointed Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) today said. On October 17 last year, the EPCA had imposed the measures under the... Read more..

Source: NDTV

Japanese manufacturer Horiba eyes to increase its business in India because of emerging emissions-related regulations

Japanese manufacturer Horiba expects to increase its business in India because of emerging emissions-related regulations across the country. From April 1, 2020, the tailpipe emissions for motor vehicles will be measured as per the Bharat Stage-VI emission standards. Even the Central Pollution Control Board is prescribing new emission limits for factory emissions. So far, the company imported most of the testing equipment into India that automakers and other plants used for testing in their factories. The... Read more..

Source: The Times of India
Subject Tags: air pollution, Emissions

AIIB approves $1.5 bln in loans to India for infrastructure projects

Beijing-based Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has approved $1.5 billion in loans to India for infrastructure-related projects in 2018, a senior official of the AIIB said on Tuesday.

China plans to invest more than $100 billion through its Belt and Road scheme to build highways, rail lines, ports and other infrastructure linking Asia, Europe and Africa.

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Source: The Economic Times

Red-category industries told to track emissions

The Central Pollution Control Board has issued directions to pollution control boards in NCR states to get all “red” category industries to install online stack continuous emissions monitoring systems and connect them to the CPCB server by March 31.

The move has been long overdue as industries in NCR are one of the biggest contributors of air pollution, but such emissions are largely unregulated.... Read more..

Source: Times of India

Hyundai Motor Co to invest in battery electric, fuel cell vehicles

Korean auto major Hyundai Motor Company (HMC) is investing in developing both battery electric (BEV) and fuel cell vehicles (FCV) to meet more stringent emission standards, which are expected to be implemented in the future.

“Both battery electric and fuel cell vehicles will co-exist in future…With regulations over CO2 emissions becoming more and more stringent, automakers will be forced to invest in fuel... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

India’s green energy generation grew 22 per cent in April-December current fiscal

India registered a 22 per cent growth in power generation from renewable energy sources in the first ten months (April-December 2017) of the current financial year, thanks largely to the recent massive ramp up in solar capacity addition, according to fresh data released by Central Electricity Authority (CEA).

Electricity generation through renewable sources -- including wind, solar, biomass, small hydro and... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

India's SECI invites bids for 3 GW of solar projects

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) on Tuesday published documents for a 3-GW solar tender.  

SECI, a government of India enterprise, is looking for bids for the development of 12 projects of 250 MW each to be connected to the Inter-State Transmission system (ISTS). The projects, which can be located anywhere in India, will be developed on a build, own, operate basis. Successful bidders will sign 25... Read more..

Source: Renewables Now
Subject Tags: SECI, solar projects, tenders

Climate change action plan in final stages: CM

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday said the second phase of climate change action plan of the State is under finalisation.Welcoming 37 international delegates from 29 countries who are visiting Odisha as part of their international training programme on environment audit being conducted under the aegis of Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India, Naveen said Odisha is the first in the country to prepare a State Climate Change Action Plan. Progress of activities under 12 identified sectors of the... Read more..

Source: Indian Express

Indian utility launches 500-MW wind tender in Gujarat

Power utility Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd (GUVNL) on Friday launched a request for selection (RfS) for the deployment of 500 MW of grid-connected wind capacity and related transmission infrastructure across the state.

The auction is open to both domestic and foreign developers on the condition that parties from outside India create special purpose vehicles (SPVs) under the Indian Companies Act that will... Read more..

Source: Renewables Now

Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport and Metro plan switch to solar power

Faced with annual upward revisions in electricity tariffs, Bengaluru’s transport utilities Namma Metro (BMRCL) and BMTC are in talks with private developers in their pursuit of cheaper power options. While the Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) has started talking to solar power developers, Namma Metro too is looking at cheaper options. The state-run BMTC is planning to instal rooftop solar panels... Read more..

Source: Energy World

Identify and address sources of pollution in Yamuna: NGT

The National Green Tribunal has directed the Delhi and Haryana governments to identify and address the sources of pollution in river Yamuna. A bench headed by Justice Jawad Rahim ordered Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) to ensure that action is taken against the erring industries responsible for causing pollution. “Though, the issue is with regard to high level of ammonia in the water which is reaching the water reservoir of Delhi Jal Board, if you take the... Read more..

Source: Indian Express