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Biomass power plants in a fix in India due to feedstock availability

Panchabuta has earlier opined, the biggest problem in biomass projects is the availability of feedstock and the availability at the right price and usually this varies even within the state and within a particular district this has to be analyzed at a micro market level for the success of the project. Rice millers in Punjab have had success in developing captive biomass power plants with rice husk as feedstock. According to reports, burgeoning raw material costs and a mismatch between generation ... Read More »

Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) installs 4th Carbon Measurement Centre of India In Madhya Pradesh

According to reports, Indian Space Research Organization, (ISRO), with the joint effort of Madhya Pradesh Forest Department, has installed a carbon measurement centre at Sukwan beat of Tawadi forest division in Betul district of the state. Testing of various sensors has also been started from the tower of this centre. This was informed during a presentation in the presence of Madhya Pradesh Forest Minister Sartaj Singh and officials of the Department at Forest Rest house here on Saturday. Additional Principal ... Read More »

NSL May Triple Chile’s Wind Power Output With $650 Million Plan

According to reports a few days ago, FE Clean Energy Group , a Connecticut-based PE firm will be investing USD 40 million in NSL Renewable Power Private Limited (NRPPL), part of city(Hyderabad)- based NSL Group.  NSL Group Chairman Mandava Prabhakar Rao said it had acquired developmental rights to set-up a 400-MW wind power project in Chile, according to NSL Group (NSL) . According to reports, NSL Group, the parent of India’s fifth-largest wind-turbine maker, plans to invest $650 million in ... Read More »

Now, a solar-toilet to turn human waste into power

According to reports, a scientist, who has been experimenting with solar-powered water treatment on a small scale, is now planning to incorporate the technology into a portable toilet. Michael Hoffmann at the California Institute of Technology found that sunlight powers an electrochemical reaction with human waste in water that generates microbe-killing oxidants and releases hydrogen gas. The researchers plan to collect the hydrogen in a fuel cell to power a light or possibly even a self-cleaning mechanism, New Scientist reported. Hoffmann ... Read More »

Limited liability model ideal for renewable energy firms in India

According to reports, it is common in the renewable energy industry that each power generating project is under a separate special purpose vehicle. Bankers are more comfortable to lend to a ring-fenced project that they have assessed as viable, rather than to a holding company that may have a plethora of projects. Thus, you have a renewable energy company with a dozen subsidiaries, all ‘private limited companies’. Now, under today’s regime, it make a lot of sense to convert these ... Read More »

TNEB seeks time to pay Rs 7.5 cr to Sai Regency

Panchabuta has earlier mentioned that the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB) has not paid for the power purchased from the wind farm developers in the last eight months. The arrears are now a whopping Rs 1200 crore. ICRA in its report on bank loans rating has revised rating for bank loans of Tamil Nadu Electricity Board to [ICRA]D. According to reports, the Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) has acceded to the request of the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board for three ... Read More »

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