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Punjab govt plans to set up Asia’s first bio-ethanol refinery

According to reports, Punjab is set to ink a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for setting up of bio-ethanol refinery with a consortium of Beta Renewables, Novozymes and CVC India Infrastructure Pvt Ltd, for an estimated project worth Rs 950 crore. This will go a long way in tackling the major problem of paddy straw burning, resulting in irreparable loss to land’s fertility and environment. Bikram Singh Majithia, new and renewable energy minister, Punjab, on Thursday, was presented a conceptual plan ... Read More »

Govt plans Rs1,400 crore electric vehicles push

According to reports, India may spend Rs.1,400 crore over the next two years on incentives and subsidies for makers and buyers of electric vehicles as part of an effort to have at least six million electric vehicles on the country’s roads by 2020. Mint has reviewed the details of the scheme that involve spending a total of Rs.24,000 crore till 2020 towards achieving this objective. Of this, Rs.14,000 crore will come from the government. The auto industry is expected to ... Read More »

Solar-powered auto to promote clean energy

According to reports, with a view to promote clean energy transport, an auto-driver of the city came up with a novel idea and introduced solar panels in his electric powered e-rickshaw to ensure clean and green environment. Jai Prakash Saroj, a resident of Jalali Patti, installed solar panels and controller in his rickshaw. “When I heard that solar energy is being used at Jayapur village (adopted by PM Narendra Modi) for lighting, I then decided to install them in my ... Read More »

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 »

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