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Waste to energy: Bengaluru gets Dutch help

According to reports, Karnataka state government signed an MoU on Monday with Netherlands’ government for a waste to energy technology which will be utilised to dispose Bengaluru filth. With an investment of Rs 470 crore, the waste to energy project will be utilised to dispose 600 metric tonnes of garbage generated in the city. At a meeting between Netherlands’ ambassador in India, Alphonsus Stoelinga, and chief minister Siddaramaiah, the waste to energy project was finalised. Speaking to the media, Siddaramaiah ... Read More »

Tesla’s India Gigafactory to depend on imported Lithium

According to reports, Tesla Motors Chief Executive and Product Architect Elon Musk’s plan to set up a Gigafactory in India should also factor in imports of Lithium, the rare metal used for making batteries to pack more power and longer duration in relative smaller boxes, say analysts. India does not have reserves of the rare metal needed for making lithium-ion batteries, critical for the country in its rural electrification programme using renewable energy sources like wind and solar. “From a ... Read More »

Rlys to formulate plan to save Rs 5000 cr on energy bill

According to reports, Railways will formulate a comprehensive energy efficiency plan to reduce energy bill by Rs 5000 cr in the next five years. “Energy bill is the second largest in railways after salary and pension. So we have to use the energy in a such a way so as to optimise the cost,” railway minister Suresh Prabhu said here on Friday. While the diesel bill is about Rs 22,000 cr, the electricity cost is about Rs 12,500 cr a ... Read More »

Gujarat’s baby step to tap geothermal energy bears fruit

According to reports,  as part of its explorations for geothermal energy, the Centre of Excellence in Geothermal Energy (CEGE) at the Gujarat-based Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University (PDPU) has found success by drilling the state’s first geothermal borewell in Ahmedabad. In common parlance, geothermal energy is about tapping the heat under the earth to generate electricity. It’s clean and sustainable. Resources of geothermal energy range from the shallow ground to hot water and hot rock found a few miles beneath the ... Read More »

Punjab to be bio-refinery leader in next two years

According to reports, on the last day of the two-day second Progressive Punjab investors’ summit, the state government on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the consortium of Beta Renewables, Novozymes and CVC India Infrastructure for building a Rs 950-crore bio-ethanol refinery in two years, which will make the state leader in the bio-refinery sector.  This will help solve the problem of paddy-straw burning that is injurious to soil fertility and the environment. Punjab renewable energy ministry Punjab ... Read More »

Tesla may set up Gigafactory in India: Elon Musk

According to reports, Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla says the firm may set up a Gigafactory in India to make lithium-ion batteries to meet high local demand for solving India’s rural power woes. “Given high local demand, a Gigafactory in India would probably make sense in the long term,” Musk tweeted Monday. The plan, if it goes through, would give a boost to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s push to get Tesla to share battery technology to power India’s rural ... Read More »

Gas power to supplement renewable energy

According to reports, the Central government is reviving the gas-fired thermal power plants to supplement renewable energy generation in the country. It has introduced a gas pooling mechanism, which has already increased the generation from 10% to 50%. Addressing a press conference here, Union energy minister Piyush Goyal said that the biggest disadvantage with renewable energy plants was that sources like solar power was not available at night. “Moreover, it is not possible to increase generation to meet the peak ... Read More »

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