Sustainability Outlook Headlines

Google’s new wind turbine

Google X's Makani is working to accelerate the shift to clean, renewable energy by developing energy kites, a new type of wind turbine that uses lightweight electronics, advanced materials, and smart software to generate more energy with less materials – all at lower cost.

Source: Online TES

Wind energy mission addition awaits nod

The government is to introduce a ‘wind energy mission’ in the National Action Plan for Climate Change (NAPPC). Officials said formal induction awaited consent from the prime minister.

Source: Business Standard

Installed solar capacity crosses 3 GW

New capacity addition in the clean energy sector was up nine per cent during the first 9-month of this fiscal. The total installed capacity of solar power in the country crossed 3,000 MW during the 3rd quarter.
Renewable energy sector added 2,104 MW of new capacity during first three quarters of this fiscal when compared with 1,922 MW a year-ago.

Source: The Hindu

Kanpur's 700 tanneries major source of pollution in Ganga: NGT

The National Green Tribunal Tuesday warned of complete closure of 700 tanneries located on the banks of river Ganga at Kanpur, terming them as one of the "highest sources of pollution".
The tribunal also observed that if effective steps to curb the pollution level was not taken then the tanneries would be closed as "life of millions cannot be put at stake."

Source: Zee News

Centre mulls using industrial waste for laying roads

The Centre has initiated a move under which contractors have to use locally-available alternative materials, such as industrial waste, as substitute to bitumen for laying one in every 10-km roads. 

Source: Times of India

‘Green rating’ system for buildings likely in Pune

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is all set to launch a 'green rating' system for new constructions in the city. PMC commissioner Kunal Kumar has incorporated the plan in the annual civic draft budget for 2015-16 fiscal. Delhi-based TERI has developed GRIHA (Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment), which was adopted as the national rating system for green buildings by the Government of India in 2007. The system has been developed to help 'design and evaluate' new buildings (buildings that are still at the inception stages).

Source: Times of India

UN climate chief: Carbon bubble is now a reality

The idea that investors may lose money sunk into fossil fuel projects is no longer just a theory—according to to UN climate chief Christiana Figueres, it is now a reality.
Green groups have warned that huge reserves of oil, gas and coal are overvalued and could lead to a “carbon bubble”. This is because increasingly stringent climate policies will require around half of known fossil fuels to stay in the ground, instead of returning a profit to investors.

Source: RTCC

Rs 1.2 lakh crore solar plan in the works for jobless tech grads, MBAs

The government is working on a Rs 1.2 lakh crore scheme to set up 20,000 mw solar power projects, or a fifth of the total solar power capacity envisaged by 2021-22, through qualified unemployed or under-employed youth in the next five years. 
Government sources told TOI the scheme is part of the government's design to ramp up solar power capacity to 100,000 mw by 2021-22. The Centre is to extend an assistance of Rs 16,050 crore to help keep power tariff from solar plants set up under this scheme affordable for state utilities. 

Source: Times of India

First round-the-world solar plane to take off next month

A Swiss-made, solar-powered plane is set to attempt an unprecedented flight around the world next month, the project's founders said, seeking to prove that flying is possible without using fossil fuel.
The lightweight Solar Impulse 2, a larger version of a single-seat prototype that first flew five years ago, is aiming to become the first plane ever to circumnavigate the globe using only the power of the sun to drive its four propellers.

Source: Al Jazeera

CSP Solar-Biomass Model In India

The solar-biomass model may prove to be optimal solutions when it comes to developing renewable solar energy power plants that can dependably distribute power on an ongoing basis.
This might be especially true in India, where coal power, a leading emitter of CO2, remains a leader in providing electricity.

Source: Clean Technica