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FTI Consulting and TERI sign pact for research on Hydrogen economy, renewable energy

FTI Consulting, US-based global businesss advisory firm, and TERI announced they have signed an agreement for joint research on policy and economic issues related to developing Hydrogen economyrenewable... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Govt’s power boost for Andaman to make islands key hub of Indo Pacific

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who launched India’s first undersea optical fibre project this week, has stepped up his government’s efforts to give Andaman and Nicobar Islands its first big power project as part of a continuing massive effort to upgrade infrastructure in the archipelago of over 572 Islands in the Bay of Bengal.

PM Modi had laid the foundation stone for the 50 megawatt gas-based power plant at... Read more..

Source: Hindustan Times

Government looks at mixing biogas with natural gas: Oil Secretary Tarun Kapoor

The government is looking at blending biogas with natural gas to boost domestic availability of biofuels and cut reliance on imports, Oil Secretary Tarun Kapoor said on Monday.

"The gas distribution sector is expanding fast and some percentage has to come from bio sources. They cannot be completely (dependent) on LNG or domestic gas, that scope is anyway limited," he said at a webinar on World Biofuel Day.... Read more..

Source: The New Indian Express
Subject Tags: biogas, natural gas

Exxon to buy renewable diesel from Global Clean Energy for five years

U.S. oil major Exxon Mobil said on Tuesday it has signed an agreement with Global Clean Energy to buy 2.5 million barrels of renewable diesel per year for five years to help reduce its carbon footprint.

Investors in recent years have increased pressure on fossil fuel companies, including Exxon Mobil, to reduce emissions, spend more on low-carbon energy and make disclosures on the impact of fossil fuel... Read more..

Source: Reuters

Using renewable energy for cooking needs will take more time

It is going to take a longer time for renewable energy and electricity to replace conventional fuels for cooking.

Speaking at a webinar on World Biofuel Day, Tarun Kapoor, Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, said, “In cooking and industrial use, the prime need is for heating and therefore electricity may take sometime before it can take over.”

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Source: The Hindu
Subject Tags: clean cooking

Australia aims to become renewable energy export superpower

Australia has shipped vast quantities of coal and gas to fuel Asia’s rapid growth for decades. But amid global concerns over climate change, investors and a previously sceptical conservative government are now backing plans to build a renewable energy export industry to help diversify its economy. Last month the Australian government awarded “major project status” to Sun Cable, a A$22bn (US$16bn) solar power project in Northern Territory, a remote region more typically known as a source of liquefied natural... Read more..

Source: Financial Times
Subject Tags: Clean Energy, Export

327 items make up biggest chunk of imports from China

Just 327 products — ranging from mobile phones and telecom equipment to cameras, solar panels, air-conditioners and penicillin — accounted for nearly three-fourths of the imports from China, a study has estimated, while pointing out that it is possible to find alternative sources to get these goods or manufacture them in India.... Read more..

Source: The Times of India
Subject Tags: import ban, solar panel

No BCD relief to SEZ solar manufacturing units yet; govt mulling equalisation levy

Solar equipment manufacturers who have their units in special economic zones (SEZs) said that they might have to shut shop if the government continues its proposal which would levy a basic customs duty on the value addition done at these plants.

However, in... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times
Subject Tags: solar manufacturing

Finance Minister launches an Online Dashboard for the National Infrastructure Pipeline

Union Minister for Finance & Corporate Affairs Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman inaugurated the National Infrastructure Pipeline (NIP) Online Dashboard here today through video conferencing.

The online dashboard is envisaged as a one stop solution for all stakeholders looking for information on infrastructure projects in New India. The dashboard is being hosted on the India Investment Grid (IIG) (... Read more..

Source: Press Information Bureau
Subject Tags: Infrastructure, Investment

Bangalore based researchers synthesize durable, efficient, cost-effective catalyst for sustained & efficient Hydrogen Evolution

In order to phase out fossil fuels and combat climate change, hydrogen is projected as one of the next generation low carbon fuels. The future of use of hydrogen as a fuel lies in the design of efficient electrocatalysts for facilitating electrochemical splitting of water to produce hydrogen.

The effectiveness of the electrocatalyst for the hydrogen (H2) evolution reaction (HER) largely depends on its... Read more..

Source: Press Information Bureau

Himalayan Geothermal Springs release huge amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere

Carbon outflux from Earth’s interior to the exosphere through volcanic eruptions, fault zones, and geothermal systems contribute to the global carbon cycle that effects short and long term climate of the Earth. Himalaya hosts about 600 geothermal springs having varied temperature and chemical conditions. Their role in regional and global climate, as well as the process of tectonic driven gas emission, needs to be considered while estimating emissions to the carbon cycle and thereby to global warming.... Read more..

Source: Press Information Bureau
Subject Tags: carbon dioxide

Delhi government launches electric vehicle policy, announces incentives of up to ₹1.5 lakh

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Source: Live Mint

Karnataka’s e-vehicle policy yet to pick up speed

Karnataka was the first state in India to introduce an electric vehicle policy aimed at promoting manufacture and use of battery-run green vehicles. However, Karnataka Electric Vehicle & Energy Storage Policy 2017 has made no headway so far.

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Source: The Economic Times

Maharashtra: Renewable energy: State has achieved 44 per cent of 2022 target

Out of the total renewable energy target of 2022, the state has till date achieved about 44 per cent. This was revealed in the latest analysis ‘The Curious Case of India’s Discoms’ by energy economist Vibhuti Garg and research analyst Kashish Shah from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA).

As per the National Electricity Plan 2018, the state has set a clean energy target of 22... Read more..

Source: Energy Infra

Tata Power, Azure Power and O2 Power emerge winners in NTPC auction

A Chinese company that had expressed interest in a solar auction conducted by NTPC pulled out, while India’s Tata PowerAzure Power and O2 Power won projects of 300 MW-400 MW each, with the lowest... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Grasim Industries signs LLP agreement with Cleanmax to set up wind power plant in Karnataka

Aditya Birla Group's flagship company, Grasim Industries has formed a limited liability partnership agreement for a capital of Rs 73 crore with Cleanmax Enviro Energy Solutions to establish and operate 32.4 megawatt wind power plant in the State of Karnataka.

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Source: The Economic Times
Subject Tags: PPA, wind power plant

Solar cameras to track snow leopards near Army & ITBP camps in upper reaches of Himalayas

The forest department of Uttarakhand has decided to install solar-powered camera traps in the upper reaches of Himalayas to monitor snow leopards, which are listed as “vulnerable” in the IUCN’s Red List. The installation will be done in and around the Army and ITBP camps and in the first stage, nearly 40 cameras are to be installed, officials told TOI. The camera images would be used for population... Read more..

Source: Times of India
Subject Tags: solar products

BEL sets up solar-powered classrooms in 122 Karnataka schools

State-run Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) has set up solar-powered smart classrooms in 122 government schools across the backward Yadgir district in north Karnataka, an official said on Saturday.

"About 13,000 children studying in 122 government schools will benefit from smart classrooms, powered by solar power... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

In absence of NGT directions on waste mgmt, biz goes on as usual

Though clear directions about the revised deadline for implementation of Solid Waste Management Rules-2016 are yet to be announced by the National Green Tribunal (NGT), at the ground level not many things have changed since the first deadline of March 31 fixed by the tribunal.

Whether source segregation... Read more..

Source: Times of India

Webinar on New Technologies for various Products related to COVID 19 for MSMEs with focus of Water Purification Technologies

Prof.(Dr.) Harish Hirani, Director, CSIR-CMERI and ShriVishwa Mohan Jha, Director, MSME-DI, Patna,deliberated upon the latest CSIR-CMERI developed COVID 19 technologieswith focus on Water Purification Technologiesin an engagingWebinar held on 7th August 2020.

The main objective of this Webinar was to make the industries/ entrepreneur under MSME aware about the technologies developed by CSIR-... Read more..

Source: Press Information Bureau
Subject Tags: Water Management

France to build 1.5 GW of floating offshore wind in the Mediterranean Sea

The French National Commission for Public Debate (CNDP) is preparing to launch the public consultation phase for the siting of future floating offshore wind farms in the Mediterranean Sea.

On 29th July, the CNDP confirmed that it will organize a public debate for two 250 MW floating wind farms and transmission systems in the... Read more..

Source: 4coffshore
Subject Tags: Clean Energy, Offshore wind

Actis completes Acme's 400 MW assets buyout

 Actis, UK based investor in the global emerging markets, has completed the acquisition of two solar projects in India totalling 400MW from Acme Solar Holdings Ltd.

These projects, acquired through Actis Long Life Infrastructure Fund (ALLIF), are located in... Read more..

Source: The Economic Times

Suzuki, Toshiba, Denso EV battery plans go on the back burner due to the coronavirus pandemic

The India joint venture of Suzuki Motor, Toshiba and Denso is likely to put on hold plans for a second phase of its project to manufacture batteries for electric vehicles, even as the work on the first phase is currently behind schedule, people in the know said.

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Source: The Economic Times

Our priority is to make lithium ion batteries in India, says Nitin Gadkari

There is a need to reduce dependence on the import of lithium ion batteries, one of the key components in electric vehicles (EVs), road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari said on Thursday.

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Source: Live Mint

Government grants ISTS waiver extension for solar, wind projects until June 2023

The power ministry has extended waiver of inter-state transmission system (ISTS) charges and losses on supply of power generated from solar and wind sources until 30 June 2023.

It added that no ISTS charges would be levied for 25 years from the date of commissioning of the power plants for the supply and sale to entities having renewable purchase obligations.

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Source: Energy Infra Post