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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 »

Andaman to get biomass power plant

According to reports,  Environment, Forests and Climate Change Minister Prakash Javadekar announced on Wednesday that his ministry has allotted Rs. 5 crore for a biomass power plant in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.  Interacting with the media here, he said support will be provided for the pilot project which will primarily use agricultural residue for power generation. “Andaman today depends upon diesel for energy… 70 megawatts of energy is produced using diesel which causes pollution. We want to do away with ... Read More »

Sugarcane biomass used to produce ‘green’ jet fuel

According to reports, researchers, including those of Indian-origin, have developed a new method to produce ‘eco-friendly’ aviation fuel from sugarcane biomass that could lead to substantial cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. “We’ve combined chemical catalysis with life-cycle greenhouse gas modelling to create a new process for producing bio-based aviation fuel as well as automotive lubricant base oils,” said Alexis Bell, a chemical engineer with joint appointments at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California Berkeley. “The recyclable catalysts ... Read More »

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