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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 »

Merck inaugurates Biomass Plant in Goa

According to reports, Merck, on Tuesday commissioned a climate-neutral co-generation plant at its production site in Goa, India. In doing so, Merck is underscoring its commitment to climate protection and energy efficiency in line with its corporate responsibility. The project is part of a company-wide climate protection program. Merck previously commissioned a new co-generation plant at its headquarters in Darmstadt in July. Dr. Thierry Hulot, Executive Vice President, Head of Global Manufacturing & Supply and Member of Merck Pharmaceutical Executive ... 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 »

PowerMin for changes in renewable energy obligations

According to reports, the Power Ministry will soon approach the Cabinet with a proposal to introduce stringent rules for buyers and sellers of renewable energy, besides making amendments to the provisions in the overall tariff policy, Union minister Piyush Goyal said Tuesday. “We have a particular focus on renewable energy and are looking at renewable power purchase obligation (RPO) for both the purchaser and generator…Will be enforcing this more strictly,” he said. At present, under the RPO (Renewable Purchase Obligation) ... Read More »

Firms opt for alternate solutions to evacuate solar, wind power

According to reports, as companies continue to face the brunt of state electricity boards due to evacuation- related issues of renewable power produced in southern states, they have started using alternative solutions to evacuate solar and wind power. VK Midha, global business development advisor of Astonfield Solesa Solar Solutions, said that faced with power shortage, most commercial and industrial units have to use DG sets as back up. The non-availability of grid on a continuance basis also seriously limits the ... Read More »

Grid manager red flags infra hotspots, weak backup plan

According to reports, twenty-eight months after two successive grid collapses triggered cascading outages across most of northern and eastern India, the country’s grid manager has red-flagged at least half-a-dozen hotspots in the nation’s grid infrastructure that continue to be vulnerable to high voltage tower collapses. The lack of system protection schemes at these locations to mitigate the resulting unplanned outages and systemic shock puts at risk major power generation complexes at locations that include Singrauli, Rihand, Vindhyachal, Korba, Ramagundam, Dadri, ... Read More »

India to Double Renewables in Energy Mix, Minister Says

According to reports, India plans to more than double the share of renewables in the mix of fuels it consumes, an effort to reduce the dominance of coal. Renewables such as solar and wind may account for 15 percent of India’s energy supply in the next five years, up from 6 percent currently, said Piyush Goyal, a government minister in charge of power, said at a conference in New Delhi. “While coal will continue to dominate our energy mix for ... Read More »

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