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NDMC plans to meet its power needs from waste, plans 2 large waste-to-energy plants

According to reports, as part of the Smart City project, New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) plans to become energy-neutral—generating as much power as it consumes—by March 2016. After setting up small-scale waste-to-energy plants in its jurisdiction, the civic agency is planning to set up a big plant that will generate about 100MW power in a day. The civic agency will soon float a tender for the project that is likely to come up in south Delhi. “Our plan is to ... Read More »

Terra Motors unveils electric three-wheeler for India

According to reports, Japanese electric vehicle (EV) startup Terra Motors today unveiled a three-wheeler to be sold in developing Asian markets as an affordable and environmentally-minded alternative to gas-powered scooters and trikes. Dubbed the R6, Terra Motors’ new three-wheeler can accommodate seven people (six passengers and a driver) and travel 100 kilometers on a single charge. The startup claims that charging costs amount to a mere US$328 per year. A similar gas-powered three-wheeler, on the other hand, burns through US$4,307 of petrol annually. ... Read More »

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 »

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