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Renewable energy expo to begin on Sep 15, to host over 120 exhibitors

A three-day Renewable Energy India (REI) Expo will begin on September 15 at Greater Noida near here where over 120 exhibitors would showcase their products, services and technologies, a statement said on Thursday.

The event will bring together decision makers and influencers as well as technical experts and professionals from leading companies involved in the renewable energy generation, transmission and distribution, the statement said.

The expo will also host UK Pavilion by Department for International Trade, European Union (EU) Pavilion, and Bio Energy Pavilion, besides... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

Improved water management system developed can treat toxic textile effluents facilitating its reuse in households and industry

Indian researchers have developed an improved wastewater treatment solution that can completely reuse industrial dye wastewater from textile industry, eliminating its toxicity and making it suitable for domestic and industrial usage. It can reduce water treatment costs and facilitate the reuse of the water in dry regions.

The current 3-stage treatment process for wastewater consisting of primary, secondary, and tertiary treatment is unable to treat toxic industrial wastewater. The stand-alone AOP treatment technique for colour and odour properties in industrial effluents (dye-based... Read more..

Source: PIB

Walmart Highlights Sustainability Commitments with Inaugural $2 Billion Green Bond Issuance as Part of Jumbo Transaction

Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) today announced it has successfully priced the company's first green bond. Net proceeds from the $2 billion green bond offering will be used to fund existing and future projects that enable Walmart to achieve its sustainability goals.

Over the next few years, Walmart intends to allocate an amount equal to the net proceeds of the $2 billion offering toward a portfolio of Eligible Green Investments that meet certain eligibility criteria within the areas of renewable energy, high performance buildings, sustainable transport, zero waste and circular economy,... Read more..

Source: Walmart

India proposing to come out with mandates for green hydrogen purchase obligations in refining and fertilizer sector ; also eyeing steel;  Government proposing to come up with VGF for green hydrogen in heavy mobility

India is among one of the few countries globally which has kept to its Paris Climate Change (COP21) commitments along with an exponential increase in renewable energy capacity. Considering the pace of development in the energy sector, India is determined to not only achieve, but to exceed its NDC commitments well within the committed time frame. This was stated by Union Minister of Power and New & Renewable Energy, Shri RK Singh in his keynote address at the webinar on “A Multilateral Approach to Building a Global Hydrogen Economy” was organised by the Ministry of New and Renewable... Read more..

Source: PIB

Renewable energy and Energy efficiency are among the key pillars of Indian climate change strategies: Shri Bhupender Yadav

Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Bhupender Yadav held a meeting with H.E. Dr Sultan Al Jaber, UAE Climate Envoy and Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology virtually today and discussed issues relating to COP 26, renewable energy and other related matters.

Stating that renewable energy and energy efficiency are among the key pillars of Indian climate change strategies, Shri Yadav mentioned that under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, India has worked to make sure that renewable energy, particularly solar, becomes cheaper than... Read more..

Source: PIB

Power Minister chairs meeting on action plan for enhancing the investment by power sector CPSEs in renewable Energy Projects

A meeting to discuss the Action Plan for enhancing the investment by power sector CPSEs in renewable Energy Projects, was held under the Chairmanship of Shri R.K Singh, Union Minister of Power & NRE yesterday. Representative of all Hydro CPSEs, NTPC Ltd., MNRE and SECI were present in the meeting.Following decisions were arrived during the meeting:

Investment approval & Competitiveness:
In-principle approval to be accorded to CPSUs of MoP for bidding of RE power projects at the beginning of year for a pre-determined capacity based on strength of their balance sheet.... Read more..

Source: PIB

Government has approved Production Linked Incentive (PLI) Scheme for Textiles

Taking steps forward towards the vision of an ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’, Government led by Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, has approved the PLI Scheme for Textiles for MMF Apparel, MMF Fabrics and 10 segments/ products of Technical Textiles with a budgetary outlay of Rs. 10,683 crore. PLI for Textiles along with RoSCTL, RoDTEP and other measures of Government in sector e.g. providing raw material at competitive prices, skill development etc will herald a new age in textiles manufacturing.

PLI scheme for Textiles is part of the overall announcement of PLI Schemes for 13... Read more..

Source: PIB

Green hydrogen: PLI scheme for electrolyser manufacturing on the cards, says Union power minister RK Singh

To expedite the uptake of green hydrogen, the government will come up with a production linked incentive (PLI) scheme for investors in electrolyser manufacturing, Union power minister RK Singh said on Wednesday. Electrolysers are used to produce green hydrogen using electricity generated from renewable sources such as solar and wind plants.

While delivering the keynote address at a webinar on green hydrogen organised by the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), Singh said that as much as 8,800 mega-watt (MW) of electrolyser capacity is required to meet the demand of the... Read more..

Source: Financial Express

Tamil Nadu announces 4,000 Mw solar parks with 2,000 Mw of battery storage projects

The state government on Tuesday announced solar power parks across the state to generate 4,000MW of solar energy with battery storage system of 2,000MW in areas excluding corporations and municipalities.

The government also committed to install smart meters to make it easier for monitoring power consumption, and facilitate payments either post-paid or prepaid with zero-error assessment. Distribution transformers will also get smart meters at 1,270 crore.

Electricity minister V Senthil Balaji said the government would set up 11 pumped storage hydropower projects in several... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

India to give $3.5 bln in revised clean tech scheme for automakers -sources

India will give about $3.5 billion in incentives to auto companies over a five-year period under a revised scheme to boost the manufacturing and export of clean technology vehicles, two sources aware of the latest proposal told Reuters.

The government's original plan was to give about $8 billion to automakers and part manufacturers to promote mainly gasoline technology, with added benefits for electric vehicles (EVs).

The scheme was redrawn to focus on companies that build electric and hydrogen fuel-powered vehicles, Reuters reported on Friday, with the shift just as Tesla... Read more..

Source: Reuters

Global hydropower industry launches ESG standard to attract investors

The Hydropower Sustainability Council (HSC) has launched an environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance standard to enhance transparency in the industry and give investors more confidence in backing new projects, it said on Thursday.

Hydropower supplied one sixth of global electricity in 2020 but new projects have slowed, partly due to lengthy permitting processes, risks from environmental assessments and opposition from local communities. read more

“The hydropower sector needs a credible, transparent certification scheme that will incentivise the best projects,”... Read more..

Source: Reuters

Ministry of Coal Constitutes Task Force and Expert Committee to Prepare Road Map for Coal based Hydrogen Production

On India’s 75 th Independence Day, the Prime Minster announced a Hydrogen Mission. Coal is one of the important sources of hydrogen making (Brown Hydrogen) apart from Natural Gas (Grey hydrogen) and renewable energy (Green Hydrogen) through electrolysis. In case of renewable energy (Green Hydrogen) surplus solar power is used to electrolyze water into hydrogen and oxygen. The global emphasis is on substituting liquid fuels with hydrogen (as fuel in vehicles), storage of surplus renewable power as hydrogen (as power cannot be stored at a cost effective price), and cutting down emission.... Read more..

Source: PIB

Tamil Nadu’s energy dept plans a solar park in every district

The Tamil Nadu government plans to set up 4,000 MW worth of solar power generating units and 2,000 MW worth of solar parks with battery storage capacity in the near term.

The proposed projects are part of the State government’s vision of adding 20,000 MW of solar capacity with adequate battery storage, over the next 10 years, the State Energy Minister V Senthilbalaji told the Assembly on Tuesday. The energy department is proposing a solar power park in every district of the State to meet the growing demand for energy.

It is also proposing 2,000 MW worth of LNG-based power... Read more..

Source: The Hindu Business Line

Shri Bhupender Yadav dedicates first functional Smog Tower of India, situated at Anand Vihar in New Delhi

Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Bhupender Yadav has asked all stakeholders including the citizens to sincerely and earnestly contribute to achieve cleaner air and healthier lives for all.

The Union Minister, who was speaking at an event in New Delhi today to mark the second International Day of clean Air For Blue Skies, stated that the Central Government has launched several initiatives to improve air quality in the entire country, with the Prime Minister himself setting a goal for holistic improvement in air quality in more than 100 cities. “86... Read more..

Source: PIB

Tackling wind energy waste, Gamesa produces recyclable blades

Spanish turbine maker Siemens Gamesa (SGREN.MC) said on Tuesday it has started producing recyclable offshore wind turbine blades for commercial use.

Wind turbine blades are generally large and non-recyclable and at the end of their service end up in huge landfills that have started attracting environmentalists' attention.

Rival Vestas (VWS.CO) in May unveiled technology enabling wind turbine blades to be fully recycled, but Siemens Gamesa claimed in its statement on Tuesday that it was the first company to produce recyclable blades. read more

Wind turbine blades are... Read more..

Source: Reuters

Rajasthan: RERC raises net metering load capacity up to 500KW

Ending a prolonged uncertainty over the fate of rooftop solar projects, Rajasthan Electricity Regulatory Commission (RERC) in an order on Tuesday increased net metering load capacity up to 500 kiloxwatt (KW) from earlier provision of 10kW.

In the order it said, “Net metering arrangement shall be applicable for loads up to 500 KW or up to the sanctioned load, whichever is lower, for all categories of the consumers. However, the Commission may take further view on other issues raised by the discoms in their response at a later stage by following the due procedure.”

TOI on... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

First India-Japan High Level Policy Dialogue on Environment held today.

The First India–Japan High Level Policy Dialogue was held virtually on 7th September 2021 between Mr.Bhupender Yadav, Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change of India and Mr. KOIZUMI Shinjiro, Minister of the Environment of Japan, and discussed issues on Air Pollution, Sustainable Technologies and Transports, Climate Change, Marine Litter, Fluorocarbons, COP 26, etc.

In meeting, Mr.Bhupender Yadav acknowledged the importance of Indo-Japan bilateral cooperation on environment and appreciated efforts made by Japan in bringing new technologies in India. He also... Read more..

Source: PIB

EV Plugs comes up with aggregator service for EV charging

India’s first independent aggregator app for electric vehicle (EV) charging stations has gone live with more than 1000 verified listings. EV Plugs is a free app available on both iOS and android besides being web-based.

According to Manish Narang, co-founder and chief executive, EV Plugs, the 1000 charging stations are across more than 60 cities in India. The listed charging stations include those being offered by Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL), Tata Power, Statiq, Ather, ReVolt, etc.

Public sector companies, like NTPC and EESL, and those running electric vehicle (EV)... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

Electric recharge centres to be opened across Karnataka: Minister

Recharge centres will be opened across the state in the near future as more and more electric vehicles are coming up, Karnataka Minister for Energy, Kannada and Culture V Sunil Kumar said on Tuesday.

"As more electric vehicles are coming up, electricity recharge centres will be opened all over the state. We have given responsibility to various Electricity Supply Companies (ESCOMs) to open recharge centres at the district centres and tourist centres," Kumar told reporters at the BJP state headquarters Jagannath Bhavan in Bengaluru.

Speaking about the energy demand by farmers,... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

Toyota To Spend $13.5 Billion By 2030 On Battery Production

Toyota, the world’s largest automaker, plans to spend more than $13.5 billion by 2030 to develop batteries and the underlying supply chain to catch competitors in the growing market for electric cars and trucks.

While the Japanese automaker led the industry in the technology of hybrid gasoline-electric hybrids, it is working hard to bring its first all-electric vehicle lineup to market next year.

The company said it wants to slash the cost of its batteries by at least 30%, primarily by looking for lower cost materials and a more efficient way to structure its battery cells.... Read more..

Source: Forbes

IREDA to Support TANGEDCO in Green Energy projects; MoU Signed

Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Ltd. (IREDA) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Tamil Nadu Generation & Distribution Corporation Limited (TANGEDCO), for providing its technical expertise in developing Renewable Energy projects and fund raising.

The MoU was signed by Shri Pradip Kumar Das, Chairman & Managing Director (CMD), IREDA and Shri Rajesh Lakhoni, CMD, TANGEDCO in the presence of Shri M K Stalin, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Shri and other dignitaries.

Under the MoU, IREDA will extend its technical expertise to... Read more..

Source: PIB

Ola Electric partners banks, financial institutions for loans to customers for its e-scooter

Ola Electric on Monday said it has tied up with leading banks and financial institutions, including HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, Kotak Mahindra Prime and TATA Capital, for providing loans to customers for its S1 electric scooter that will be available for purchase from September 8.

The company, which had last month launched the Ola S1 electric scooter in two variants -- S1 and S1 Pro -- at prices Rs 99,999 and Rs 1,29,999, respectively (ex-showroom including FAME II subsidy and excluding state subsidies), said it will start deliveries in October.

"We have tied up with all the... Read more..

Source: Business Today

Godrej & Boyce joins CII and WWF India in the Launch of ‘India Plastics Pact’ – A first of its kind in Asia

To strengthen the commitment of corporate India towards combating the growing environmental concern about plastic pollution, Godrej & Boyce, the flagship company of the Godrej Group, today, announced its association with the India Plastics Pact, as a founding member. A first of its kind in Asia, the pact is a joint initiative between CII and WWF India and has been established with the goal of envisioning ‘a world where plastic is valued and does not pollute the environment.’ It aims to achieve this by promoting a circular economy for plastics through a public-private collaboration... Read more..

Source: APN News

Ayana Renewable partners Norway’s Greenstat on India’s hydrogen mission

Ayana Renewable Power (Ayana), a Bengaluru-based renewable energy platform majority controlled by National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Greenstat Hydrogen India, a Norwegian energy organization, to accelerate the hydrogen technology development in India. Under the partnership, the two companies will collaborate on developing projects for green hydrogen.

In its Union Budget 2021, the Government of India announced its plan to launch the National Hydrogen Mission. The collaboration between Ayana and Greenstat will... Read more..

Source: PV Magazine

UN urges immediate climate action to cool 'season of fire and floods' worldwide

With extreme weather events increasingly impacting countries across the world, the United Nations (UN) on Monday underlined the importance of limiting temperature rise to the internationally agreed goal of 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

The entire planet is going through a season of fire and floods, primarily hurting fragile and vulnerable populations in rich and poor countries alike, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told a high-level meeting on climate action.

Speaking via video message to the Dialogue on Accelerating Adaptation Solutions Ahead of... Read more..

Source: Economic Times