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Get the strategy right for integrating renewable energy into Indian grid

According to reports, India has embarked upon a laudable and ambitious program to install 100 GW of solar PV plants and 60 GW of wind turbine plants by 2022. However, such a large scale addition of variable or intermittent generation in a system packed with inflexible baseload coal plants – expected to total to around 250 GW by 2022 – will pose a challenge to grid management. Tackling this will require some planning and course correction. Is there a precedent ... Read More »

Here’s why Elon Musk’s iconic Tesla might just work in India

According to reports, when I heard that Elon Musk’s Tesla was likely to come to India this summer, my first response was that this is not going to work. Okay, that’s not exactly true. My first response was a very happy ‘this cannot be true!’ jig. My second more sobering thought was ‘but this is not going to work’. I have since changed my mind about all of that. The reasons for why Tesla doesn’t really work in an Indian ... Read More »

Chandigarh UT plans electric buses in city

According to reports, to reduce vehicular pollution, the UT Administration has initiated the process to introduce  electric buses in the city. The CTU has invited the expression of  Interest from manufactures of the buses. Initially, the project will be started on a pilot basis on a couple of routes  with the eight to 10 buses. The companies will have to submit a  proposal, along the related infrastructure needed for running the buses.  The companies have been asked to submit the proposal till ... Read More »

First bus to run on biogas to hit Kolkata roads soon

According to reports, come end-March and the country’s first bus to run on human and animal waste will debut in Kolkata and ferry passengers on the 17.5 km route between Ultadanga and Garia that are 17 kms apart at a nominal fare of R 1 irrespective of the distance covered. As many as 12 buses running on biogas will start plying on 12 routes in the city. Biogas is produced from animal and plant waste and principally consists of methane. ... Read More »

Rice stubble based Rs 2500 crore projects to yield cleaner fuel

According to reports, rice stubble, a cause of air pollution due to open field burning, is set to catalyze investment of Rs 2400 crore in a string of biomass based energy projects and ethanol manufacturing facilities in Haryana and Punjab. While domestic oil marketing companies, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited and Indian Oil Corporation Limited, are setting up bio-ethanol manufacturing facilities in Punjab and Haryana respectively, Germany based, bio fuel firm Verbio AG has proposed $ 15 million investment to set ... Read More »

Energy Storage moves to focal space

According to reports, energy storage has emerged as a major focus area for a number of companies engaged in the renewable energy sector. The rapid growth in solar photo-voltaic projects and wind farms globally and domestically is forcing developers to innovate power grid networks apart from charting a new course for battery storage technologies. This calls for regulatory changes which factor in new storage technologies as large solar and wind projects get integrated with the grid. Given the challenges of ... Read More »

Microgrids – The Potential to Power India’s Future

According to reports, India is in the midst of unprecedented urbanization. While overall annual population growth has slowed to 1.2 percent, the country is set to add another 300 million residents to her urban population by the year 2050 according to the first ‘World Cities Report 2016- Urbanisation and Development: Emerging Futures’ report by UN Habitat. The government’s 100 Smart Cities initiative is a step in the right direction, addressing infrastructure needs through a combination of urban expansion and redevelopment ... Read More »

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