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Kindling the biomass flame

According to reports, during the recession in 2008, Nashik-based metal fabrication firm Swami Samarth Enterprises found itself in the doldrums. Its order book shrank with its revenues, down from ₹50 lakh a month to ₹3 lakh. Just as hope was dying out for the firm, a customer approached the owner, Soumitra Kulkarni, with an order for 100 coal-based stoves. He paid an advance of ₹10,000, but didn’t come back to collect the manufactured stoves. Weeks later, when Kulkarni tracked him ... Read More »

Orient Green gains on synchronizing 20 MW cogeneration plant at Kolhapur

According to reports, Orient Green Power Company is currently trading at Rs. 15.30, up by 0.20 points or 1.32 % from its previous closing of Rs. 15.10 on the BSE. The scrip opened at Rs. 15.50 and has touched a high and low of Rs. 15.50 and Rs. 15.05 respectively. So far 45845 shares were traded on the counter. The BSE group ‘B’ stock of face value Rs. 10 has touched a 52 week high of Rs. 20.10 on 20-Jan-2015 ... Read More »

Punjab govt plans to set up Asia’s first bio-ethanol refinery

According to reports, Punjab is set to ink a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for setting up of bio-ethanol refinery with a consortium of Beta Renewables, Novozymes and CVC India Infrastructure Pvt Ltd, for an estimated project worth Rs 950 crore. This will go a long way in tackling the major problem of paddy straw burning, resulting in irreparable loss to land’s fertility and environment. Bikram Singh Majithia, new and renewable energy minister, Punjab, on Thursday, was presented a conceptual plan ... Read More »

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 »

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