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PIO-led team develops solar nanotech-powered clothing

A team led by an Indian-origin scientist in the US has developed filaments that harvest and store the suns energy and can be woven into textiles which can power phones, personal health sensors and other gadgets.

The breakthrough would essentially turn jackets and other clothing into wearable, solar-powered batteries that never need to be plugged in, researchers said.

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Source: India Today

In New Delhi, rule enforced for entry of trucks to be allowed only after 12 midnight till January 31

Reviewing the pollution situation in the national Capital, Lt Governor Najeeb Jung today directed the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to loan space/pits to Delhi Traffic Police to temporarily park 15 years old impounded diesel vehicles. 

The city government's Transport Department has been ordered to submit a comprehensive proposal in the next meeting to scrap the impounded vehicles. The entry of trucks to... Read more..

Source: The Tribune

In Rajasthan’s villages, solar-powered telecom towers are providing Internet

People in remote villages of Rajasthan’s Alwar district are catching up on the ‘Digital India’ trail as many of them, including women, have started using internet being provided through unique solar-run telecom towers.  Karenda, Phalsa and Bahadari, the three villages which lie close to the state’s border with Haryana, lack facilities like proper roads, hospitals, post-office and police station, but people there have been connected with internet and mobile telephony under an initiative of a private company.... Read more..

Source: Indian Express

Adidas launches Rs 21,000 shoes made with waste

Ever thought of wearing a pair of shoes made with junk floating in the oceans? German Sportswear company, Adidas, has broken new ground with its new range of shoes made from recycled ocean waste. It will launch 60 pairs in India as well.

UltraBOOST, priced around ₹21,000 per pair, is made of waste equalling 11 plastic bottles. “Globally, the company has made 7,000 pairs. However, only 60 pairs will be... Read more..

Source: Hindustan Times

Captive solar power plant commissioned in Trichy

A 5 MWp (Mega Watt peak) grid interactive captive solar power plant has been commissioned by BHEL, Trichy, on its premises in June, as part of its efforts to promote the use of clean and renewable energy sources and to achieve significant reduction in energy costs.

The captive power plant, including photovoltaic modules, power conditioning units, high tension switch gear panels and the SCADA (supervisory... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

India and US launch $95 million clean energy projects

The US today announced two financial projects worth USD 95 million in India to bring more energy-efficient appliances to rural sector, as part of its efforts to continue the global transition to zero-and-low carbon energy sources. 

The US has committed USD 70 million in Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) financing for renewable energy projects in India; and announced to launch a USD 20 million... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

Lightsource Renewable Energy to invest Rs 6,500 crore in India in 2-3 years

UK-based Lightsource Renewable Energy will invest Rs 6,500 crore over the next 2-3 years to set up 1000 MW solar energy projects in India. 

"The company is looking at developing 1000 MW of solar power projects entailing an investment of Rs 6,500 crore over the next 2-3 years," Lightsource Renewable Energy Ltd Managing Director and Head India Operations Rupesh Agarwal told PTI. 

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Source: Economic Times

Dalmia Cement Becomes First Cement Company to commit to 100% Renewable Power

Dalmia Cement (Bharat) Ltd is the first cement company to join RE100 – a global collaborative initiative of the world’s most influential companies committed to 100% renewable power, led by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP.

The flagship company of Indian conglomerate Dalmia Bharat Group, Dalmia Cement is the third Indian business to join the RE100 initiative in after Infosys and Tata Motors.

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Source: Sustainability Outlook

World likely to cross 1.2°C global warming level this year

World Meteorological Organisation shows record temperature rise in Status of the Global Climate in 2016 report

The world is likely to cross 1.2° C of global warming above pre-industrial levels in 2016, coming dangerously close to breaching the 1.5° C warming levels advised as an ambitious target to stay safe from the worst impacts of climate change. In a preliminary assessment provided by the World... Read more..

Source: The Hindu

India may have 'electric highway' with Swedish help: Nitin Gadkari

India may also have an 'electric highway' stretch, similar to the one inaugurated in Sweden recently, with help from the Scandinavian country, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said.

"We have sought a proposal from Sweden to build electric highway here, where we can run trucks and such vehicles in open traffic," Gadkari told .

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Source: Economic Times - Auto

Designs for energy neutral buildings likely by mid-2017

If everything goes according to its plan, Andhra Pradesh will have the world’s largest stock of net energy neutral public buildings at a single place in the emerging capital city of Amaravati with the technical support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

A comprehensive design guidelines document is being prepared by the experts implementing the SDC’s Indo-Swiss Building Energy... Read more..

Source: The Hindu

Indian government to promote solar powered charkhas

The Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) in India is considering promoting solar powered spinning yarn charkhas under off grid and decentralised solar programme. For this initiative, manufacturers and developers of solar powered charkhas have been requested to send their comments on the technical specifications, accompanied with designs by the ministry.

This was informed by a media agency, which... Read more..

Source: Fibre2Fashion

India’s carbon emission grew over 5 per cent in 2015: Study

While global carbon emission saw “almost no growth” last year, India’s emission grew by 5.2 per cent in 2015, says a study. Global carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels are projected to rise only slightly in 2016, marking three years of slowdown, said the study published in the journal Earth System Science Data. “This third year of almost no growth in emissions is unprecedented at a time of strong economic growth. This is a great help for tackling climate change but it... Read more..

Source: Indian Express

Nagpur Discom still doesn’t have solar net meters

Even though around an year has passed since the state government declared solar roof top policy, the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Co Ltd (MSEDCL) still does not have net meters, which it is supposed to provide. Consequently, consumers have to buy them from open market and pay for it from their own pockets. Net meter is required to record the interchange of energy between the consumer's solar plant and MSEDCL grid. The cost of a net meter is about Rs 12,000 for single-phase connection and around... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

India hailed at COP22 for commitment to climate change

Surprised by India's initiatives in clean energy and coal dependency reduction, the international climate research organisations at COP22 here said that the country is set to "over-achieve" its emission intensity targets.

According to an analysis, the on-ground actions are more effective than what India has reflected in its Paris Agreement commitments in its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) -- a... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

Kerala to get advanced air quality monitoring systems

Kerala will get four new state-of-the-art real-time ambient air quality monitoring systems (AAQMS) by the end of this financial year. While Thiruvananthapuram has an AAQMS with less parameters, the first among the new set of devices will be installed on Friday at the Vyttila mobility hub in Kochi.

The public can see the pollution levels in the two display systems coming up at Vyttila junction and on the Gold... Read more..

Source: The Times of India

Indian pavilion at climate change summit Marrakech in Morocco discusses on afforestation

Three special sessions, focusing on initiatives taken on afforestation and sustainable transportation in the country, was organised at the Indian pavilion on the third day of the crucial global summit on climate change at Marrakech in Morocco. 

During the first session on 'Afforestation and REDD+', experts said that the government has asked the forestry sector to help the country meet its goal of creation of... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

SC, NGT orders need of the hour for Delhi's Pollution: Experts

Air pollution in the National Capital Region may finally be treated as a common problem, experts said on Thursday as the Supreme Court and the National Green Tribunal (NGT) ordered the Central and State governments to work together on a comprehensive regional plan.

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Source: The Hindu
Subject Tags: NGT, pollution

L&T ties up with Japan's Chiyoda for emission control technology

Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has entered into a long-term technical licence agreement with Japan’s Chiyoda Corporation for its Chiyoda Thoroughbred 121TM (CT-121TM) flue gas desulphurisation (FGD) technology. The agreement grants L&T exclusive rights to undertake EPC of CT-121TM FGD systems.

As per the notification of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) issued in December 2015,... Read more..

Source: Bsiness Standard

Indian Company Protoprint Transforms Waste into 3D Printing Filament for Commercial Use

This week, we reported on New Zealand-based Waikato University’s revolutionary FDM technology-based 3D printing method that allows anyone to print complex objects by converting waste material into thermoplastic filament, and we’ve seen several initiatives around the world focused on bringing waste material into reuse via 3D printing. An Indian company called Protoprint is leading a similar project but on a more commercial aspect and global scale.

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Source: 3D Print

Delhi Government issues 170 challans for waste burning

The South Delhi Municipal Corporation on Thursday conducted surprise checks across its four zones to monitor open burning of waste and leaves and issued 170 challans to offenders.

Mayor of South Corporation, Shyam Sharma said that the inspection happened on the orders of the National Green Tribunal, which had earlier notified the civic body to ensure that there is no open burning.

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Source: The Times of India

Mobile emission checking units to smoke out polluters in Bengaluru

 A dozen vehicles fitted with emission checking equipment will patrol the streets of Bengaluru to crack down on polluting vehicles as authorities are pulling up socks to ensure the IT capital does not go the New Delhi way. 

The mobile emission testing units are the result of a partnership between the Diwali festival, with particulate matter levels at almost 15 times above the limit in some areas. 

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Source: Economic Times

UK and India announce £7 million research fund to improve building energy efficiency

The UK and Indian governments have announced the creation of a £7.4 million research fund established to improve energy demand reduction in the built environment.

UK science minister Jo Johnson made the announcement yesterday as part of a wider UK-India research and trade agreement which has seen the creation of a ‘Newton Fund’ worth £80 million.

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Source: Clean Energy News

Siemens Ltd launches its most energy efficient IE3 range of low voltage motors

Siemens Ltd today announced the launch of its new range of energy efficient motor SIMOTICS 1LE7.

Siemens announced its locally – manufactured IE2 and IE3 industrial motors are capable of offering an average monetary savings of up to 8 – 20 per cent, the company said in a media statement.

As of now, 1 out of 2 energy efficient low voltages IE motor sold in India is from Siemens, the company statement added.

"These new motors have been introduced to help energy intensive... Read more..

Source: ET Energy World

Adani Group’s made in india solar equipment 10-15% costly than imports

Adani Group’s made in India solar modules and solar photo-voltaic cells prices will be around 10-12 per cent higher than the imported versions available in the market, Parimal told ET. The Group is set to commence manufacturing facility of the solar equipment of 1200 MW by December this year at Mundra. 

“The manufacturing will definitely begin by December this year and the company will first install them at NTPC... Read more..

Source: Economic Times