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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 »

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 »

Empee Sugars board approves disinvestment of power business

According to reports, Empee Sugars and Chemicals Ltd, the sugar business of Chennai-based Empee Group, has decided to disinvest its power business under Empee Power Company Ltd. The company also said that while a notice was sent by Andhra Bank, Chennai, under the SARFAESI act, it is ineffectual since the Bank does not constitute a valid majority under the consortium of bankers. In an announcement to the exchanges, the company said that a a Board meeting held today has decided ... Read More »

NTPC looks ahead to PM’s US visit for its geo-thermal project

According to reports, state-owned power major NTPC is looking at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s proposed visit to the United States to harness its plan for the country’s first eco-thermal project. “We may need to send a team to the US to identify agencies for collaboration. But this will be taken at the government level after the Prime Minister’s visit to the US. At present the geo-thermal project is at an exploratory stage and the DPR 9 detailed project report is ... Read More »

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