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Team finds key to cheaper energy

According to reports, a team of researchers from the city is on the cusp of producing cheaper and alternative energy. The group led by Bharat Ratna Prof CNR Rao has successfully researched on a cost-effective way of producing synthetic gas, a combination of hydrogen and carbon monoxide, to generate electricity. However, producing hydrogen and carbon monoxide is a difficult process. The existing methods are expensive, and producing electricity from them is uneconomical. They are produced by splitting water and carbon ... Read More »

Railways’ green run begins with CNG trains

According to reports, railways minister Suresh Prabhu’s “green energy” plans are beginning to take shape, with the country’s first Compressed Natural Gas (CNG)-powered train having successfully cleared trials and ready for inauguration. Two sets of the “dual fuel” trains manufactured by Chennai-based Integral Coach Factory (ICF) — which will use 20% fuel in the form of CNG — have arrived and will be used in the Diesel Electric Multiple Unit (DEMU) trains on Delhi-Rohtak- Rewari section, sources said. An advanced ... Read More »

Axiata telecom tower unit Chief Tech Officer joins India’s energy firm Pace

According to reports, Sairam Prasad, chief technology officer of Axiata’s tower arm, edotco group, has left the Malaysian organisation on “personal grounds” and taken over as chief executive of Bengaluru-based Pace Group, a leading energy management and O&M solutions provider to telcos and tower firms. Prasad, who was earlier CTO of Bharti Infratel, assumes the reins when Pace group is taking big strides into south east Asia to prise open new revenue streams. The near Rs 500-crore Bengaluru-based group is ... Read More »

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 »

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