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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 »

Tata Power Solar, Manipal varsity unveil solar car prototype

According to reports, Tata Power Solar and Manipal University today unveiled a prototype of a solar electric car which can hit the top speed of 60 kmph. Designed by 27-students of Manipal’s SolarMobil team for commercial use, the 590-kg car operates on technical support provided by the company. The two-seater is custom-fit with solar panels sourced from Tata Power Solar. The panels weigh 35 kg and provide up to 960 watts of power. The car also houses a direct solar ... Read More »

Call for utilising India’s renewable energy sources

According to reports, Y.B. Ramakrishna, member of the Task Force on Renewable Energy, said that proper tapping of renewable energy sources could save the money spent for importing crude oil and reduce the dependence on the import of crude oil to meet the country’s fuel requirements. Speaking at a function to mark the inauguration of the Centre for Information and Demonstration of Biofuel Production and Research at the main campus of the Central University of Karnataka here on Wednesday, Prof. ... Read More »

Carbon sequestration through micro-algae technology in Odisha

According to reports, already having a distinction of the first Indian state to implement the Climate Change Action Plan, Odisha has now added another feather to its cap as the first state to pilot carbon sequestration through micro-algae technology successfully with encouraging results. This has been applauded at an international seminar on Carbon Sequestration held here today. The micro-algae biotechnology helps in capturing the carbon from flue gas of power plants very substantially and generates algae biomass which can be ... Read More »

IIT developing bio-hydrogen fuel from waste

According to reports, as part of a project funded by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Professor Debabrata Das of IIT-Kgp’s department of biotechnology is leading a group of Indian scientists from six institutes to produce bio-hydrogen (hydrogen gas) using waste. “Our pilot plant of 10 m3 capacity would be ready within 3-4 months for which we are constructing a building inside the campus. Hopefully the pilot plan study would be done within a year and after that we ... Read More »

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