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Punjab to be bio-refinery leader in next two years

According to reports, on the last day of the two-day second Progressive Punjab investors’ summit, the state government on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the consortium of Beta Renewables, Novozymes and CVC India Infrastructure for building a Rs 950-crore bio-ethanol refinery in two years, which will make the state leader in the bio-refinery sector.  This will help solve the problem of paddy-straw burning that is injurious to soil fertility and the environment. Punjab renewable energy ministry Punjab ... Read More »

Tesla may set up Gigafactory in India: Elon Musk

According to reports, Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla says the firm may set up a Gigafactory in India to make lithium-ion batteries to meet high local demand for solving India’s rural power woes. “Given high local demand, a Gigafactory in India would probably make sense in the long term,” Musk tweeted Monday. The plan, if it goes through, would give a boost to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s push to get Tesla to share battery technology to power India’s rural ... Read More »

Gas power to supplement renewable energy

According to reports, the Central government is reviving the gas-fired thermal power plants to supplement renewable energy generation in the country. It has introduced a gas pooling mechanism, which has already increased the generation from 10% to 50%. Addressing a press conference here, Union energy minister Piyush Goyal said that the biggest disadvantage with renewable energy plants was that sources like solar power was not available at night. “Moreover, it is not possible to increase generation to meet the peak ... Read More »

Why Powerwall promises, but delivery to India is a long way off

According to reports, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the Tesla Motors plant in San Jose during his US tour last month, the company’s CEO Elon musk introduced him to its line of renewable energy tech. The PM was shown the Powerwall, and he later tweeted about “how battery technology can help farmers”. The Powerwall is a wall-mountable high-capacity lithium ion battery that can be charged using power generated through solar panels. It’s about 4 feet tall, 3 feet wide ... Read More »

Musk, Modi talk of powering rural India with Tesla tech

According to reports, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Silicon Valley-based electric car manufacturer Tesla largely revolved renewable energy and storage technologies which can be game changing in serving the energy needs of undeserved rural regions of India. Discussions between Tesla CEO Elon Musk and the Prime Minister largely revolved around bringing innovations as the company’s Powerwall, which is a long-term storage device for solar energy, to India. “Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Prime Minister Modi discussed Tesla’s developments in ... Read More »

Narendra Modi may seek the solar battery fix at Tesla

According to reports, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Tesla Motors in Palo Alto in California this month, he may seek answers to the conundrum that has been confounding the Indian solar electricity planners for long—storage. Solar electricity can only be generated during day time, and to use it at night, an effective storage solution is required. India is fit for solar power generation given that the country receives solar radiation of 5 to 7kWh/m2 for 300 to 330 days ... Read More »

GE takes IISc biomass tech for power plants in the US

According to reports, a home-grown technology to generate electricity using biomass designed by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) is being taken to the US by General Electric for a power plant in California. GE, which had licensed the biomass gasifier technology that generates electricity from agro waste and wood from IISc, will help Phoenix Energy to set up power plants in the US. GE demonstrated a model at its tech event in Bengaluru over the weekend. “Technology transfers typically ... Read More »

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