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Africa needs India’s cooking stove, solar know-how: Think tank

According to reports, Africa, which is on a “slow, uphill battle” to improve its bio-energy sector, needs India’s expertise in improved cooking stove (ICS) and durable solar products technology, a member of a leading think tank said here Wednesday. “India and Africa have a common background. There is a lot of technology coming from Europe but the tradition and culture of Europe is quite different from Africa,” Benard Mouk, director of programme at the African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS) ... Read More »

Merck inaugurates Biomass Plant in Goa

According to reports, Merck, on Tuesday commissioned a climate-neutral co-generation plant at its production site in Goa, India. In doing so, Merck is underscoring its commitment to climate protection and energy efficiency in line with its corporate responsibility. The project is part of a company-wide climate protection program. Merck previously commissioned a new co-generation plant at its headquarters in Darmstadt in July. Dr. Thierry Hulot, Executive Vice President, Head of Global Manufacturing & Supply and Member of Merck Pharmaceutical Executive ... Read More »

Revise bioenergy power tariffs to equal diesel, coal

According to reports, to boost the scope of renewable energy, India should revise tariffs generated from biomass energy (a renewable source) such that their pricing is equivalent to those of coal and diesel, an expert said here Wednesday. “We are pushing for a policy on biomass power generation such that they (Indian government) should make it coal equivalent price or diesel equivalent price. “We are also asking government to revise it every year,” D. Radhakrishna, chairman of Urja Gyan Foundation ... Read More »

Three restaurants in Bengaluru switch over to biogas

According to reports, as a part of a pilot project, from the past one month three restaurants in Bengaluru have been using compressed biogas (CBG) produced from wet waste generated by 80 restaurants in north Bengaluru. While Konark Residency on Residency Road and Konark Kanteerava on Kasturba Road rely completely on CBG using 85 kg and 50 kg a day respectively, the third restaurant, Adiga Residency, has substantially replaced liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) with CBG in its kitchen. Maltose Agri ... Read More »

Turning Bulk Waste Into Cooking Gas

According to reports,  Bengaluru generates about 5,000 tonnes of waste every day, most of which is wet waste. There is no single solution to tackling such a complex issue that’s only growing by the day. But two IIM-B graduates got right into the middle of the waste industry to carve a niche for themselves, as well as create a significant environmental impact. Mainak Chakraborty and Sreekrishna Sankar have developed a waste to energy system, now called BioUrja; a biogas system ... Read More »

Bio-fuels should be cost-effective for Railways, says Gowda

According to reports, bio-fuels should be genuinely sustainable and cost-effective for the Indian Railways to use such fuels, said DV Sadananda Gowda, Minister of Railways, at an event organised by Bio-Diesel Association of India here. Supplementing Gowda’s views, Minister of State for Railways Manoj Sinha said that in order to generate interest in bio-diesel, adequate quantities of the alternate fuel will have to be made available at competitive and attractive prices. However, the Indian Railways is keen to promote the ... Read More »

Forbes Marshall plans to step up export business

According to reports, Forbes Marshall, an engineering and energy conservation solutions provider, is planning to step up its export business. Naushad Forbes, Director of the Pune-based company, said it has significantly expanded manufacturing capacity at the Chakan unit in Maharasahtra with an investment of ₹250 crore and is seeking to increase its exports business. Last year, around 20 per cent of the company’s ₹800-crore revenue came from exports. “Our long-term objective is to increase the export mix to 50 per ... Read More »

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