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Simbhaoli Sugars enters into a clean power generation JV with Sindicatum Sustainable Resources

Simbhaoli Sugars Limited (SSL), one of the country’s largest sugar refiners, announced that it has entered into a joint venture with Sindicatum Sustainable Resources Group (“Sindicatum”) a global developer, investor and operator of clean energy projects. SSL will transfer the existing power assets of the cogeneration plants located within its Simbhaoli, Chilwaria and Brijnathpur complexes to Simbhaoli Power Limited (SPL), the joint venture company, in consideration of cash, shares, and other securities. The existing power assets are to be transferred ... Read More »

Renewable Energy minister Abdullah to present biomass energy plan to cabinet soon

According to reports,  The government may soon bring out a national mission on biomass, on the lines of the one on solar energy, to promote greater investment into renewable energy sources, Minister for New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah said today. “We are working on the National Mission on Biomass, which we will be putting before the cabinet. It will be in the 12th Plan, which is starting now,” Abdullah told reporters on the sidelines of the Bio-Energy Summit 2011. ... Read More »

Seven biogas plants lying idle in Kochi,Kerala

According to reports, while the Kochi Corporation is wondering where to dump the tonnes of garbage produced in the city everyday, seven biogas plants constructed in various parts of the city lie in a dilapidated state. The biogas plants at the Ayurveda Hospital compound at Fort Kochi, Pachalam Market, Edappally, Mattanchery and at the Kaloor slaughterhouse have been lying inoperative for long. The other plants at the Ernakulam Market and Ravipuram, exploded last year as they were overloaded with gas. ... Read More »

Two more Biomass Cookstove Projects under Implementation

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy launched the National Biomass Cookstove Initiative(NBCI) on 2nd December 2009 with the primary aim to enhance the availability of clean and efficient energy for the energy deficient and poorer sections of the country.  During the year 2010-11, the Ministry took up a pilot scale project for demonstration of 400 nos. of community cookstoves in Anganwadis, Mid-Day Meal schemes in schools in a few states, namely, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil ... Read More »

Curb speculation, scrap biofuel sops in India to check food price volatility: FAO panel

According to reports, speculation on the futures market and diversion of food for energy use in the form of biofuels, among a few other factors, has contributed to food price volatility of recent years. Transparency in the futures markets and tighter regulation of speculation is necessary while governments must abolish targets and remove subsidies on biofuels, Dr M.S. Swaminathan-led High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition at the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organisation) said in a report ... Read More »

Forest dept to install bio-digester technology in eco-tourism spots

According to reports, the state forest department has launched an eco-tourism plan at the eco-tourism centres and the forest rest houses in the state. Among other things, the plan, which begins in Vidarbha, involves installation of bio-digester technology at these places. Bio-digesters, developed by the Delhi-based Defence Research Development Organisation ( DRDO), convert organic waste into nutrient-rich liquid fertiliser and biogas, which can be used a renewable source of electrical and heat energy. The estimated cost for the implementation of ... Read More »

Karnataka facing 27% power shortage

According to reports, Karnataka is passing through 27 per cent power shortage mainly due to sudden spurt in demand from the irrigation sector and reduction in power generation due to coal shortages. The present scenario is expected to last for couple of months. “The State today requires roughly 1,000 MW of additional power and the Energy Minister has promised that the purchases will be made as quickly as possible,” said Mr S. Chandrashekar, Karnataka Council Chairman of the CII. The ... Read More »

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