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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 »

India’s forgotten energy resource

According to reports, in setting aspirational targets for India, successive governments must recognise that adequate availability of land, water and energy is critical to their realisation, even when other financial, non-financial and human resources are available. India’s share in global energy consumption remains abysmally low. Its share in global primary commercial energy consumption (comprising commercially traded fuels and modern renewables used to generate electricity) was under 1.9 per cent in 1985. China accounted for 7.5 per cent of the then ... Read More »

Biogas Potential in India

According to reports, Biogas is a form of renewable energy produced from organic matter through a biological process. It is typically derived from anaerobic digestion or fermentation processes and can be produced from a diverse range of organic feedstocks including biomass, sewage, agricultural waste, certain industrial wastes (e.g. from the food & beverage manufacturing sector) and municipal waste. Renewable energy from biomass is one of the most efficient and effective options among the various other alternative sources of energy currently ... Read More »

Electric vehicle Zbee on Delhi roads soon

According to reports, by July this year, you will be able to enjoy a safe ride in the electric vehicle Zbee for your shopping trip to the mall. Developed by Swedish company Clean Motion, the 230-kg eco-friendly vehicle will ply on Delhi roads to offer last mile connectivity from metro stations. “We have tied up with DLF and the pilot in Delhi will see 50-75 vehicles connecting DLF Place Saket mall with Malviya Nagar station. The second phase will see these vehicles ... Read More »

Vandana Gombar: Electric vehicles, batteries & renewable energy

According to reports, first the numbers: global sales of electric vehicles – both battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles – were at 288,500 units in 2014, about 40 per cent higher than 2013 levels, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance research. The total sales of hybrid vehicles such as the Toyota Prius (without the plug-in facility) totalled 1.6 million units. The big markets for electric vehicles are in the US, Europe, China and Japan. About 121,000 electric vehicles ... Read More »

IIM-A’s CIIE backed Infuse Ventures invests in geothermal cooling startup

According to reports, the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A)’s Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE) backed clean tech fund Infuse Ventures has invested an undisclosed amount in geothermal cooling startup Green India Building Systems and Services Pvt Ltd. (GIBSS). Founded by the geothermal air conditioning specialists duo, Mandar Kaprekar and Arun Shenoy, GIBSS provides energy efficient and environmentally responsible technologies that help reduce operating costs in buildings by up to 70 per cent to facilitate net zero energy ... Read More »

Promotion of electric vehicles may hit component makers: Panel

According to reports, stating that promotion of hybrid and electric vehicles in India will have positive impact in a variety of areas but it could also adversely impact automotive component industry, a Parliamentary panel has said, adding the government must undertake an impact assessment study. The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Industry in its report, while deliberating on the merits of the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric Vehicles in India (FAME-India) pointed out that “the automotive component industry, catering to ... Read More »

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