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All new AI-powered ‘Smart Engineer’ to drive EV culture

In order to advance greater penetration of Electric Vehicles (EVs) on the nation’s roads, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG) announced the development of an Artificial Intelligence (AI) – assisted engineering system design tool: Smart-Engineer. The tool is built by its team comprising of Ph.D and Masters students – Rajendra Kumar, Bikash Sah, Ankit Vishway, and Rajendra Kumar – by leveraging IBM Watson AI platform and IBM cloud. The ‘Smart-Engineer,’ built by the e-mobility lab (EML) at IIT Guwahati seeks to address one of the primary hurdles in indigenizing the EV technology,... Read more..

Source: ELE Times

India to build 30 gigawatts of renewable plants along western border

India is considering building 30 gigawatts of renewable energy capacity along a desert on its western border known for its sunny, windy and arid expanse, according to people familiar with the plan. The projects, which will be spread across the states of Gujarat and Rajasthan, are part of efforts to expand the country’s renewable capacity and reduce the share of fossil fuels in its energy mix, the people said, asking not to be named as the discussions are private and at an early stage. The plan was discussed at a meeting in Gujarat last week, they said. Land for renewable projects is a key... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Districts to be rated on meeting sustainable development goals

Aiming at achieving and assessing progress made towards realising the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Tamil Nadu has decided to rank its districts, blocks and backward blocks on a monthly basis. The 17 SDGs are as per the universal agreement adopted in January 2016 by 193 member States, including India, at the United Nations. The 17 SDGs and 169 targets are a part of “Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, for People, Planet and Prosperity”. SDGs have targets to be achieved by 2020, 2025 and 2030. Although Tamil Nadu had been monitoring... Read more..

Source: The Hindu

Andhra Pradesh regulator approves solar power tariffs

The Andhra Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (APERC) has waded into the row over attempts to renegotiate signed power purchase agreements (PPAs) by ordering state power distribution companies to honor the contracts. Regulatory approval of the solar power price set in public tenders is usually issued as a formality but power companies had dug in their heels to await the regulatory stamp of approval after an attempt by the state government to renegotiate the prices had been stymied by the courts. The power prices in question range from Rs2.72-3.15/kWh and formed the basis of power... Read more..

Source: PV Magazine India

MP invites bids for 10.8 Megawatt rooftop solar power projects

New Delhi: Madhya Pradesh Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd (MPUVNL) has invited bids for setting up rooftop solar Photo Voltaic projects of 10.8 Megawatt (Mw) capacity for industries located near Bhopal. As part of the tender, 164 industrial beneficiaries will procure solar power under Renewable Energy Service Company (RESCO) model. “This is the first solar rooftop tender for industries under demand aggregation model in India, under which developers were selected following a reverse e-auction process. Discovered solar tariff is Rs 4.61 per unit in comparison with DISCOM’s tariff of more than Rs 7.5... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Inox Wind declares indefinite lockout at its Rohika plant

Bengaluru: Inox Wind, one of India’s biggest wind-turbine manufacturers, has declared an indefinite lockout at its plant at Rohika, Ahmedabad, from October 22, blaming its workers and the situation in the wind-power market.

The company, which manufactures 2 MW machines, has fully operational plants in Ahmedabad, Indore and Una in Himachal Pradesh. The Rohika plant manufactures 900 rotor blades and 1,500 steel towers a year, employing more than 1,200 people directly and indirectly.

In a letter addressed to the labour commissioner, Inox Wind said its workmen have resorted to “... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

IL&FS completes sale of wind energy assets to Orix

New Delhi: In a major development in the resolution of the crisis-hit IL&FS and its group entities, IL&FS on Thursday said that it has completed the sale of its wind energy assets to Orix Corporation of Japan for Rs 4,900 crore, helping the debt ridden company to resolve its debt of over Rs 4,300 crore. In a statement IL&FS said: "IL&FS completes sale of its 51 per cent stake in seven SPVs (special purpose vehicles) under Wind Energy Assets portfolio to Orix Corporation of Japan. The transaction marks the completion of first set of resolution under the new board." The seven... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

LGT Lightstone looks to fund AMP’s India unit

NEW DELHI : Attracted by India’s green energy trajectory, LGT Lightstone Aspada plans to invest up to $50 million in Canadian firm AMP Solar Group’s India unit, said four people aware of the development. The India-focused impact investment platform will acquire a significant minority stake in AMP Energy. The investment, to be announced shortly, will help form the beachhead for Lichtenstein investor LGT, a bank and fund manager with around $220 billion of assets, to foray into the Indian subcontinent’s energy market. LGT Lightstone Aspada, the world’s largest family-owned private banking... Read more..

Source: Livemint

100 e-buses allocated to Vizag

In a major step towards the eco-friendly public transport system, 100 electric buses have been allocated to the city in the first phase and 350 more would be added to the fleet of Andhra Pradesh State Transport Corporation (APSRTC) subsequently. “The APSRTC will procure 1,000 electric buses for the entire State. The tender process is on. The procurement could take about three to four months,” RTC (Visakhapatnam) Regional Manager M.Y. Danam said here on Thursday. Referring to the charging points for the electric buses, he said that the successful bidder would set up such facilities at... Read more..

Source: The Hindu

Junked cars worsen Delhi traffic trauma - Mail Today News

IIT study says over 2,000 abandoned vehicles choking roads Despite HC snub, civic bodies fail to remove such automobiles There are enforcement wings to deal with such vehicles, said YS MANN, spokesperson for east and north civic bodies As road infrastructure hasn't kept pace with rising vehicular numbers, and also because of traffic mismanagement, city commuters wrestle with gruelling gridlocks and lose precious hours as well as a lot of money on unnecessary fuel burn every day. Now a study by IIT-Delhi has revealed a new trigger for this mayhem - 2,099 junked vehicles abandoned on roads.... Read more..

Source: India Today

Electric Vehicle Adoption Overshadowed By SUV Boom

There are now 200 million SUVs on the roads globally, up from 35 million in 2010, according to data the International Energy Agency (IEA). In fact, 60 percent of the increase of the global vehicle fleet since 2010 came from SUVs. Because SUVs are significantly less fuel efficient than smaller more compact cars, the impact on oil demand and greenhouse gas emissions is substantial. SUVs accounted for “all of the 3.3 million barrels a day growth in oil demand from passenger cars between 2010 and 2018,” the IEA said. EVs have been making significant headway in vehicle sales, raising hopes that... Read more..

Source: Oil Price

IMF Fiscal Monitor Presser

The IMF is warning that a ‘synchronized downturn’ in global growth may mean countries need to be prepared for coordinated action, the Fund’s Director of the Fiscal Affairs Department, Vitor Gaspar said at the launch of the Fiscal Monitor report Wednesday in Washington. Gaspar said that governments must carefully watch their debt burdens, even as new estimates reveal a continued increase. “The headline number is above 226 percent of global GDP. And that corresponds to a small increase, relative to 2017, when the value was 225 (percent), but a much more expressive increase, relative to what... Read more..

Source: The News Market

In a first, NHAI uses plastic to lay road

BENGALURU: In a major eco-friendly initiative aimed at using plastic waste, the Bengaluru unit of the National Highway of India (NHAI) on Wednesday completed laying a 600m stretch on the Bengaluru-Hyderabad highway using plastic waste. This is in line with the repeated push given by the Central government to use plastic waste in road construction in the country after it was made mandatory in 2015. Director of the Project Implementation Unit of NHAI, Bengaluru, S P Somashekar told The New Indian Express, “For the first time, we have used 4% of plastic waste along with the bitumen and... Read more..

Source: The New Indian Express

IIT-H, KIIT-Bhubaneshwar researchers develop bio-bricks

Sangareddy: Researchers from Indian Institute of Technology-Hyderabad (IIT-H) and School of Architecture, Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology Bhubaneshwar, (KIIT) have developed bio-bricks for construction from agricultural waste products. Their development serves the dual purposes of waste management and development of eco-friendly, sustainable building materials. The research was undertaken by Ar Priyabrata Rautray, Phd Scholar, Design department IIT-H and Avik Roy, Assistant Professor, KIIT School of Architecture. They were guided by Prof Deepak John Mathew, Head Design... Read more..

Source: Telangana Today

Bajaj's iconic Chetak makes a comeback in electric avatar

New Delhi, Oct 16 () Iconic scooter brand of yesteryears, Chetak is making a comeback in an electric avatar with Bajaj Auto on Wednesday announcing that it will sell electric scooters under the label as a premium offering. The company, which had vehemently opposed a proposal of Niti Aayog to go for 100 per cent electric vehicles (EVs) for three-wheelers by 2023 and two-wheelers with an engine capacity less than 150 cc by 2025, said its entry into the EV space is to get the first mover advantage in the segment. Bajaj Auto said it plans to start selling e-scooter Chetak from January onwards... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

‘Can’t miss bus to become a base for EV making’

India’s bid to electrify its bus fleet is progressing swiftly and the country must not “miss the bus” for creating a local manufacturing base for electric vehicles, union minister for road transport and highways Nitin Gadkari has said. “Our dream of electrification is progressing very swiftly. Electric as a fuel is so cheap, pollution free, and cost will be competitive once the scale increases,” Gadkari said at the launch of Bajaj Auto’s electric two-wheeler here on Wednesday. “We should not miss this bus. Along with ‘Make in India’, we should see that India becomes the manufacturing hub... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times Tech

Industry seeks clarity on single-use plastic ban; officials say each state following its own policies is fragmenting industry

New Delhi: Industry has sought clarity on the government’s plan to phase out single-use plastic by 2022 and urged the Centre to issue clear guidelines. An outright ban would escalate costs and lead to job losses and disrupt supply chains, companies said. The uncertainty “has led to the closure of about 10,000 units and the plastic industry is staring at job losses of 4.5 lakh people ahead of the Diwali season,” said Jayesh Rambhia, co-chairman, environment committee, All India Plastic Manufacturers Association. “The industry urgently requires clear guidelines on what the short and long-... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Centre widens import ban of plastic waste

NEW DELHI: Amid reports of how private recyclers are slyly bringing plastic waste into the country in the form of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) flakes and lumps, the Centre has further tightened the rule by bringing clarity in the import ban order which will be applicable for all kinds of plastic waste in all forms. It was necessitated as the recyclers in India had started importing plastic flakes and lumps, made from washing and cutting of plastic waste, to circumnavigate the ban rule which did not initially specify the status of different forms in as many words. The companies... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Delhi: E-vehicles to have fixed parking spots

NEW DELHI: To make electric vehicles popular, the municipal corporations are now mulling over reserving spots and setting up charging stations in parking lots. South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) would be reserving five spots for electric vehicles in each of its parking lots. “This move is a part of the new parking policy. The list of parking lots where 70 charging stations will be set up has been finalised. We already have such charging stations in the underground parking of the municipal headquarters,” an official said. Earlier, Delhi government had announced that by 2023 it wanted... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Indian Railways to become 'net zero' carbon emitter by 2030

New Delhi: As part of India’s strategy to combat climate change, Indian Railways will become "net zero" carbon emitter by 2030, said railways and commerce minister Piyush Goyal on Tuesday. India is the biggest emitter of greenhouse gases after the US and China, and is among countries most vulnerable to climate change. Meanwhile, the national carrier has a rail network of around 125,000km, making it the world’s largest railway network under a single management. It also has large tracts of land along its network, which will be used to set up solar power generation capacities. As the country... Read more..

Source: Livemint

India calls for a reset of climate debate on coal as a fuel

New Delhi: India on Tuesday called for a reset on climate debate on coal as a fuel, in the backdrop of India becoming one of the top renewable energy producers globally with ambitious capacity expansion plans. India’s position was articulated by power and renewable energy minister Raj Kumar Singh; commerce and industry minister Piyush Goyal and coal and mines minister Prahlad Joshi at the India Energy Forum by CERAWEEK. “The debate about coal needs to be restated or restructured. One should talk about emissions not not coal production. This whole premise needs to be re examined," said Raj... Read more..

Source: Livemint

Air pollution: IITs, other institutions in 18 states to help implement NCAP as knowledge partners

New Delhi, Oct 15 (PTI) In its battle against bad air quality in the country, the government has launched a national knowledge network comprising IITs and other institutes to support the national clean air programme (NCAP) aimed at reducing air pollution by 20-30 per cent in the next five years. The institutions which have been made a part of the National Knowledge Network (NKN) are IITs of Delhi, Kanpur, Madras, Bombay, Roorkee, Guwahati, Hyderabad and Tirupati. Apart from IITs, institutes like PGI Chandigarh and Bose Institute Kolkata are also a part of the NKN which will act as a... Read more..

Source: Outlook

Netherlands, India announce partnerships on eight tech projects

Governments and institutes from India and Netherlands announced partnerships on eight technology projects including the testing of a flying car developed by a company from Netherlands in Gujarat for border control, policing, and first aid. The other projects include the prevention of pollution and efficient water use in Kanpur-Unnao leather cluster, waste to wealth project in Hindon, healthy villages through primacy health and wellness centres, next generation automotive and internet innovations. The partnerships were announced during the inauguration of the 25th edition -CII India... Read more..

Source: Hindustan Times

India to install 2.9 GW wind capacity in 2019: Report

Auctions were conducted for 5.2 GW until August 2019 but only 2.9 GW was awarded because of lack of developer interest. India is likely to install more wind capacity in 2019 than it did last year, but it will still be well below what it used to be earlier. According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), the country will install 2.9 gigawatt in 2019 against 2.3 GW in 2018. In 2016-17, 5.4 GW was added, while 3.4 GW was achieved in 2015-16. “We expect 15.6 GW of new wind projects to be added between 2019 and 2022. Thus, India will reach 51 GW of wind installed capacity by 2022, 9 GW less... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

BP-RIL JV may roll out charging networks for electric vehicles

New Delhi: Attracted by India’s electric vehicle (EV) mobility play, the BP’s group joint venture (JV) with Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) may roll out charging networks across the country in the future, according to a top executive. This comes in the backdrop of RIL and BP JV having announced on 6 August their fuel retailing partnership for India. The joint venture, which is owned 51% by RIL and 49% by BP, plans to set up 5,500 fuel retail outlets across India. “As we plan to go forward is providing electric charging at the retail sites and networks. So, it doesn’t involve constructing the... Read more..

Source: Livemint