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Mahindra to review Tesla patents for applicability to its EVs


According to reports, homegrown auto major Mahindra & Mahindra that has been developing a range of electric vehicles will review technology patents that American electric car maker Tesla Motors has made free for applicability to its products. Mahindra Reva Electric Vehicles, a part of the Mahindra Group, has been working on a variety of electric vehicles (EV), including sports car ‘Halo’, which it expects to launch commercially in the next three years. The concept model was showcased at the Auto ... Read More »

Wartsila eyes cement units for combined heat and power plants


According to reports, Wartsila India is eyeing the cement industry for the combined heat and power business opportunities it offers. The company says that setting up power plants using waste heat will help cement plants bring down their cost of electricity and reduce emissions. Wartsila India believes its long relationship with the cement industry, to which it has supplied captive diesel power generating plants, will help it in tapping this opportunity. “We have a good relationship with the cement industry. ... Read More »

Major fire breaks out at biomass waste power plant


According to reports, a major fire broke out at a biomass waste power plant on Sunday afternoon in Shendra industrial area, destroying items worth lakhs of rupees. At the times of going to the press, the fire brigade officials were still struggling to douse the fire. According to the officials, tonnes of bagasse (dry pulpy residue left after the extracting sugarcane juice) and biomass waste kept on the plant’s premises caught fire. Fortunately, no casualties have been reported. However, the ... Read More »

Sugarcane Breeding Institute develops ‘energy canes’


According to reports, city-based Sugarcane Breeding Institute has developed energy canes, which are expected to give high yield and is being evaluated at Samalkot in Andhra Pradesh, a senior institute official said today. ‘Genotype I’, as against commercial sugarcanes, has high fibre and relatively low sucrose, which can serve as dual purpose cane for both sugar and energy and can be processed in existing sugar mills, Institute’s Director N Vijayan Nair told reporters here. Type II category energy canes were ... Read More »

IIT-B develops tech to cut fuel consumption at telecom towers


According to reports, a group of researchers at IIT Bombay have developed an innovative technology which will reduce fuel consumption at telecom towers across the country and is expected to bring down energy costs by atleast 10 per cent. The technology developed is a “cost optimisation tool” that determines the best strategy for each telecom tower site instead of group-based evaluation that is followed presently, according to the researchers. The technology, said researchers, is expected to bring an industry-wide saving of ... Read More »

Coal India plans Rs 10,000-crore joint venture with GAIL India, RCF, FCIL


According to reports, Coal India is planning a Rs 10,000-crore joint venture along with GAIL India, Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilizers (RCF) and The Fertilizer Corporation of India (FCIL) to set up a urea and ammonium nitrate chemicals complex that will run on gasified coal. Coal India has appointed Projects and Development India ( PDIL) to conduct a feasibility study on the project. The plan is to use around 6 million tonnes of coal from coalfields at Talcher in Odisha and ... Read More »

Punjab to constitute waste management wings in local bodies


According to reports, Punjab government will constitute Solid Waste Management Wings (SWMW) in local bodies to make cities garbage free and utilise the waste for power generation. Taking stock of ongoing development projects at Amritsar in a meeting today, Chief Minister Badal said the state government was committed to form SWMW in the departments of local bodies to tackle the garbage problem. He said SWMW will work with experts to find a lasting solution to the garbage problem. The CM said ... Read More »

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