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Chennai startup develops power-saver device for solar units

According to reports, in a significant development that could give a big boost to the adoption of solar energy in power-starved countries like India, a Chennai-based startup has come out with a unique device – a dual mode micro-inverter. Kripya Technologies, a Chennai-based company established by Dr V.G. Veeraraghavan in 2010, inspired by the 11th president of India late Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, has come out with the cost-saving inverter that functions in on-grid as well as off-grid modes. “A ... Read More »

ABB showcases its multi-source microgrid

According to reports, ABB, a power and automation technology company, showcased its first full-fledged multi-source microgrid at the global customer fair — Automation and Power World (APW). The three-day fair, organised in New Delhi, closes on November 6. The microgrid is equipped with a battery bank for power storage and balancing, and can function independently or as a supplement to the main grid. Powered by solar and wind, it can generate up to 125 kilovolt ampere (kVA) — enough clean ... Read More »

India can achieve 175-GW renewable energy capacity by 2022: KfW

According to reports, German bank KfW director (South Asia) Claudia Arce said India can increase renewable energy capacity to 175 GW 2022 but it needs to quickly take discoms on board, find a win a win situation for them, for banks and for the government so that they can go hand in hand. Besides, India will have to focus on quality installations to attract more investors and also address the issue of certification. She informed KfW had already provided 1.3 ... Read More »

For all that green energy, where’s the grid?

According to reports, a network of HVDC lines and microgrids is needed to move the renewable energy produced over long distances. India has set itself ambitious energy and emissions targets ahead of the Paris climate conference in December. Set against the government’s ‘Make in India’ campaign to increase manufacturing’s share of the economy and its ambition to bring 24×7 power to all by 2020, the scale of the challenge seems formidable. One of India’s biggest power challenges at present is ... Read More »

France to help India in its Smart Cities programme

According to reports, France has committed to provide over 2 billion euros for Smart city projects in India with a focus on Chandigarh, Nagpur and Puducherry. Also, there is an investment of another 200 million euros for the extension of Bangalore metro, said Francois Richier, ambassador of France in India. Speaking at a seminar on ‘Towards Smart and Sustainable Cities’ – organised by Ficci, embassy of France in India and the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) – here on Wednesday, ... Read More »

Smart Grid to streamline power distribution in Assam

According to reports, the Assam Power Distribution Company Ltd (APDCL) has gone for the Smart Grid system to streamline its power distribution system and for the purpose, it is implementing a pilot project in Ulubari, Paltan Bazar and Narengi electrical subdivisions in the city, where 15,000 consumer meters will be replaced by Smart Meters, said sources in the APDCL. The Smart Grid system makes blanket load-shedding unnecessary, as load in the areas will come down with its introduction. Either the ... Read More »

MERC revises eligibility for open access from 1 MW to 500 KW in draft regulations

According to reports, electricity consumers in Maharashtra may tap more avenues to source power other than incumbent distribution companies through open access and the power sector may expect competition. This will be a reality ones the draft Distribution Open Access (DOA) Regulations 2015 released by Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) are notified. MERC has sought suggestions and objections from the stake holders. As per the draft DOA regulations 2015, open access will be allowed buy power to consumers having contract ... Read More »

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