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    Mandatory use of local cells for solar projects under National Solar Mission may be deferred in India

    According to reports emerging in the media today, the government may postpone mandatory use of locally made photovoltaic cells in solar power projects being set up under the national solar mission to speed up projects and allow access to the best-available technology although the move would be a blow to local suppliers such as Moser Baer, Tata BP Solar, KSK Surya and IndoSolar may suffer. The topic of domestic content has witnessed a lot of debate and there have been ... Read More »

    Clenergen Corporation Signs Agreement to Operate a 27MW Biomass Power Plant in India

    Florida based American company Clenergen(otcqb:CRGE) had recently entered into an agreement with Yuken India Limited to Install a 4 MW/h Gasification Power Biomass Plant operating on gas engines at their manufacturing facility in Bangalore, India. The company had been in the news a few months ago for acquiring 5000 acres on a long lease for a 32 MW project and had gotten into contracts for plantation trails recently. A couple of weeks back, Clenergen announced the commencement of the full ... Read More »

    Siemens to invest $87mn out of total investments of $348mn for 250MW capacity wind turbine development in India

    Siemens Ltd., started off it’s renewable energy segment, in India by setting up an office in Vadodara, Gujarat to further expand the business. The renewable energy division already had 30 employees on board and the company had announced that they would ramp up the number of employees to 100 within one year. “The market outlook for renewable energies in India is extremely positive and we see huge potential for the wind and solar business in the near future”, said Dr. ... Read More »

    Tata funded MIT founded startup Sun Catalytix to provide solar power storage for low income houses in India

    Sun Catalytix is an early-stage renewable energy startup founded on groundbreaking science from the research lab of Professor Daniel Nocera at MIT. The company  seeks to combine sunlight and water to provide affordable, highly distributed solar energy to the individual. According to the company their single goal is clean energy storage. The company is founded by Dr. Daniel G. Nocera  the Henry Dreyfus Professor of Energy and Professor of Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Prof. Nocera is ... Read More »

    Ethanol Story in India & the status of Ethanol Blended Petrol Programme (EBPP)

    Ethanol blended petrol program has been something that government had announced as early as the year 2006 when they had mandated 5% ethanol blended petrol and had informed that the programme would become mandatory from November of 2006. Subsequently, the government dropped the plan as the Oil Ministry had then argued that since there were competing demands on ethanol supply by portable alcohol and chemical Industries, prices of ethanol would shoot up if the programme was made mandatory. Subsequently, The ... Read More »

    Tata Power Submits Proposal for India’s first offshore Wind farm in Gujarat

    Panchabuta in its essay in early May (Offshore wind farm in India…when?)  had wondered about when offshore wind would become a reality in India. This was the time when the Cape Wind energy project which was  to be built in the federal waters near  upscale peninsula of Cape Cod in the state of Massachusetts was approved. The Cape Wind farm is a 468Mw project with about 130 turbines being supplied by Siemens. A couple of weeks back,  Deepak Gupta, secretary, ministry ... Read More »

    Foreign Direct Investment in Renewable Energy in India at USD 497.91 million for year 2009-2010

    The government today said Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in renewable energy sector has shown an upward trend and investment in the sector in 2009-10 has been very attractive. “The FDI in renewable sector has been growing rapidly. During 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10, the investment to the sector was USD 2.11 million, USD 43.15 million, USD 85.27 million and USD 497.91 million respectively,” New and Renewable Minister Farooq Abdullah told Rajya Sabha in a written reply. “The investment in 2009-10 ... Read More »

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