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Electric bus pilot project to be launched in Gujarat


According to reports, as part of efforts to ensure a cleaner and greener environment, the Gujarat Government will soon introduce a pilot project to run ‘electric buses’ for public transport between the state capital Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad. Moving ahead, the state-run Gujarat Power Corporation Ltd (GPCL) has invited expression of interest from the potential companies interested in the project which has been flashed on its official Web site. “GPCL is all set to introduce an ‘e-vehicle’ project on pilot basis ... Read More »

Govt readies Rs 14,000 cr subsidy for hybrid, electric cars


According to reports, buying a hybrid or an electric car may soon fetch you a subsidy from the government, which is readying a Rs 14,000-crore scheme to push green vehicles. The subsidy will be a proportion of the difference between the price of a car running on fossil fuel and that of a green vehicle, said sources involved with the discussions. Similarly, the purchase of mild hybrids will fetch you a 15% subsidy, while a stronger version will get a ... Read More »

Mindtree offers online waste management platform to Bangaloreans


According to reports, Mindtree today announced the launch of ‘I Got Garbage’ (IGG –, a cloud-based platform aimed to simplify waste management through a structured and governed waste management framework. India’s garbage is mixed waste and the lack of segregation makes it difficult for efficient recycling. Fragmented communities of waste pickers manage waste by working in hazardous and inhuman conditions. To add to this, waste pickers do not have access to the mainstream supply chain of waste thereby reducing ... Read More »

Mahindra to review Tesla patents for applicability to its EVs


According to reports, homegrown auto major Mahindra & Mahindra that has been developing a range of electric vehicles will review technology patents that American electric car maker Tesla Motors has made free for applicability to its products. Mahindra Reva Electric Vehicles, a part of the Mahindra Group, has been working on a variety of electric vehicles (EV), including sports car ‘Halo’, which it expects to launch commercially in the next three years. The concept model was showcased at the Auto ... Read More »

Wartsila eyes cement units for combined heat and power plants


According to reports, Wartsila India is eyeing the cement industry for the combined heat and power business opportunities it offers. The company says that setting up power plants using waste heat will help cement plants bring down their cost of electricity and reduce emissions. Wartsila India believes its long relationship with the cement industry, to which it has supplied captive diesel power generating plants, will help it in tapping this opportunity. “We have a good relationship with the cement industry. ... Read More »

Major fire breaks out at biomass waste power plant


According to reports, a major fire broke out at a biomass waste power plant on Sunday afternoon in Shendra industrial area, destroying items worth lakhs of rupees. At the times of going to the press, the fire brigade officials were still struggling to douse the fire. According to the officials, tonnes of bagasse (dry pulpy residue left after the extracting sugarcane juice) and biomass waste kept on the plant’s premises caught fire. Fortunately, no casualties have been reported. However, the ... Read More »

Sugarcane Breeding Institute develops ‘energy canes’


According to reports, city-based Sugarcane Breeding Institute has developed energy canes, which are expected to give high yield and is being evaluated at Samalkot in Andhra Pradesh, a senior institute official said today. ‘Genotype I’, as against commercial sugarcanes, has high fibre and relatively low sucrose, which can serve as dual purpose cane for both sugar and energy and can be processed in existing sugar mills, Institute’s Director N Vijayan Nair told reporters here. Type II category energy canes were ... Read More »

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