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First bus to run on biogas to hit Kolkata roads soon

According to reports, come end-March and the country’s first bus to run on human and animal waste will debut in Kolkata and ferry passengers on the 17.5 km route between Ultadanga and Garia that are 17 kms apart at a nominal fare of R 1 irrespective of the distance covered. As many as 12 buses running on biogas will start plying on 12 routes in the city. Biogas is produced from animal and plant waste and principally consists of methane. ... Read More »

Punjab to be bio-refinery leader in next two years

According to reports, on the last day of the two-day second Progressive Punjab investors’ summit, the state government on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the consortium of Beta Renewables, Novozymes and CVC India Infrastructure for building a Rs 950-crore bio-ethanol refinery in two years, which will make the state leader in the bio-refinery sector.  This will help solve the problem of paddy-straw burning that is injurious to soil fertility and the environment. Punjab renewable energy ministry Punjab ... Read More »

GE takes IISc biomass tech for power plants in the US

According to reports, a home-grown technology to generate electricity using biomass designed by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) is being taken to the US by General Electric for a power plant in California. GE, which had licensed the biomass gasifier technology that generates electricity from agro waste and wood from IISc, will help Phoenix Energy to set up power plants in the US. GE demonstrated a model at its tech event in Bengaluru over the weekend. “Technology transfers typically ... Read More »

Maharashtra, Punjab top producers of green energy from farm waste

According to reports, three years ago, when representatives from Sukhbir Agro approached farmers in Punjab proposing they sell their farm waste to the company to generate bio-energy, no one believed them. “They proposed to buy our waste… We didn’t believe them,” said Amolak Singh, a farmer. However, as the farmers slowly came around to the idea the green benefits of this move became apparent. Every November, farmers in the northern states of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan burn their agricultural waste ... Read More »

UP to announce Biomass Energy Policy 2015

According to reports, Uttar Pradesh is targetting 1,000 megawatt (mw) of biomass energy under the new UP Biomass Energy Policy 2015, which is being finalised. The government is mulling providing 100% stamp duty on acquiring private land for setting up biomass power plant. If such plant is set up under a joint venture with state nodal agency UP New and Renewable Energy Development Agency (NEDA), the latter would provide land as its equity share. The draft policy is ready and ... Read More »

Government seeks comments on reframing National Biofuel Policy

According to reports, the government has sought public comments on proposed changes in the National Policy on Biofuels that seeks allowing producers directly sell fuel to consumers especially bulk customers like railways. “Ministry of New and Renewable Energy invites Feedback/Views/Comments on National Policy on Biofuels in respect of the changed overall outlook of the biofuel programme,” a public notice of the ministry said. According to the notice, the feedback may be sent by September 20 at The national policy ... Read More »

India set to allow 100% bio-diesel for vehicles

According to reports, in a bid to push higher use of renewable energy, India is set to allow 100% bio-diesel for vehicles. The decision will pave way for manufacture of new engines that can use this fuel. The compatibility of vehicle to level of bio-diesel blend will be defined by the vehicle manufacturer and the same will also be displayed on the vehicle, the ministry of road transport and highways said in a notiication. Vehicle manufacturers will submit the vehicle ... Read More »

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