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Boost for hydrogen mission, India gets first electrolyser unit in Bengaluru

Moving in line with the green hydrogen roadmap that Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced in his Independence Day speech this year, US-based renewable energy company Ohmium International, through its Indian subsidiary, started India’s first green hydrogen electrolyser manufacturing unit at Bengaluru on Tuesday.

"The company is already in talks with some state-run majors and private players keen on hydrogen projects for supply of electrolysers from our electrolyser gigafactory in Karnataka," said Pashupathy Gopalan, an Ohmium Investor. This comes at a time when industry majors like... Read more..

Source: Business Standard

Solar energy to contribute 300 GW to India’s RE target: Amitesh Sinha, Jt Secy, MNRE

Solar energy will contribute almost 300 gigawatt (GW) to the 450 GW of renewable energy target that India aims to achieve by 2030, said Amitesh Sinha, joint secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy on Wednesday.

He said that the country has a clear road map on the part of demand visibility.

“India needs to add about 25 GW of solar energy capacities every year... Apart from this, we are also moving towards a green hydrogen ecosystem,” he said at a virtual event organised by industry body, the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM).

Sinha... Read more..

Source: Economics Times

India stands committed to working with the U.S. on Clean Energy.

Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri BhupenderYadav today held a telephonic conversation with U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate (SPEC), Mr. John Kerry today, to discuss Climate Action and Finance Mobilization Dialogue (CAFMD) Track under India-US Climate and Clean Energy Agenda 2030 Partnership, and other related issues

Both sides agreed that India and the USA, will engage for a constructive engagement under the “India-US Climate and Clean Energy Agenda 2030 Partnership” .The Environment Minister stated that these platforms provide greater opportunities... Read more..

Source: PIB

Kerala State Electricity Board eases procedures for setting up solar power units

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In a bid to ease the procedure for consumers interested in setting up grid connected solar rooftop power generating system, the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) has decided to set up a single point of contact at the corporate office level.

The board would also set up a user-friendly, convenient and transparent web portal for solar rooftop applications so that applicants can monitor the status of their requests without any difficulty.

The single point of contact comes as per the provisions envisaged in the Electricity (Rights of Consumers) Rules 2020... Read more..

Source: Economics Times

Morbi ceramic industry faces additional burden of Rs 100 crore due to hike in gas price

A hike in the price of industrial gas by Gujarat Gas Ltd will put an additional burden of over Rs 100 crore per month on ceramic units in Morbi, the country's largest cluster, industry representatives said on Tuesday.

Gujarat Gas, which supplies natural gas to ceramic manufacturing units in Morbi in Gujarat's Saurashtra region, on Monday announced a rise in industrial gas price under its agreement with effect from Tuesday.

The company announced a hike in price of industrial gas by about Rs 5 per square cubic metre (Rs 4.37 plus tax) for its customers in ceramic and... Read more..

Source: Economics Times

International Centre for Automotive Technology organises Webinar on Ethanol Economy to Deliberate on Ethanol Blended Fuels

International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT) organized a knowledge-sharing two-day ‘Ethanol Economy’ webinar last week through its technology platform of ASPIRE to celebrate AzadiKaAmritMahotsav. Prime Minister Sh Narendra Modi, released the “Report of the Expert Committee on Road Map for ethanol blending in India 2020-2025 on the occasion of World environment day, 5th June 2021.

Experts from India and global who have been working on developing vehicles and infrastructure to support Ethanol Economy shared their experiences in the webinar highlighting opportunities and... Read more..

Source: PIB

Shri Nitin Gadkari chairs the Meeting of 9thGroup of Infrastructure, reiterates commitment to Infrastructure development giving due importance to protection of Environment and ecology

Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shri Nitin Gadkari chaired the meeting of the 9th Group of Infrastructure Committee today to address existing inter-ministerial issues with regard to the implementation of Infrastructure projects. The Minister reiterated commitment to Infrastructure development giving due importance to protection of Environment and ecology.

Shri Jyotiraditya Scindia, Minister for Civil Aviation; Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw, Minister for Railways, Communications, Electronic and IT; Shri Bhupender Yadav, Minister for MoEF&CC, Labor & Employment; Gen... Read more..

Source: PIB

NITI Aayog and M/o DoNER to release the first edition of North Eastern Region District SDG Index & Dashboard, 2021-22 on 26th August 2021

NITI Aayog and Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (M/DoNER) will be launching the first edition of the North Eastern Region (NER) District SDG Index Report and Dashboard 2021–22 on 26 August 2021. This inaugural edition is the first of its kind region-wide district SDG index in the country and a milestone in the efforts towards localising the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the 120 Districts of the 8 States of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura. Dr Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog; Shri G. Kishan Reddy, Union... Read more..

Source: PIB

ABB expands capacity at Faridabad facility powered by renewable energy

Expanding its current capacity for manufacturing of low voltage motors, ABB has added a new manufacturing line at its Faridabad plant.

The expansion will increase plant capacity by more than 20 per cent and strengthen ABB's presence in the region and global markets.

The company said its Faridabad facility has been at the forefront of promoting sustainable practices and is adopting renewable energy usage and improving energy efficiency across the plant.

The new line will develop energy efficient motors up to 55kW for customers operating in different industrial segments... Read more..

Source: Economics Times

Euler Motors bags order for 2,500 units from e-commerce players

Electric vehicle maker Euler Motors on Monday said it has bagged a total order for 2,500 units of its upcoming electric three-wheeler cargo carrier from e-commerce players, including BigBasket and Udaan.

It also includes orders from hyperlocal and business to business (B2B) delivery players for intra-city deliveries.

"The companies will deploy Euler Motors'' EV (electric vehicles) across Delhi-NCR, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Chennai to transform and strengthen their first, mid and last mile operations," the EV maker said in a statement.

Deliveries of these vehicles are... Read more..

IEX green term-ahead market trades 2,744 MU renewable energy in first year

Indian Energy Exchange (IEX) said on Monday its green term-ahead market cumulatively traded 2,744 million units of renewable energy in its first year comprising of 1,267 MU volume in solar segment and 1,477 MU in non-solar segment.

The market discovered Rs 3.75 per unit as the average price with average solar price at Rs 3.48 per unit and average non-solar price at Rs 4.06 per unit.

"The green market has received an overwhelming response and reached a robust participant base close to 100 in a short span of time," IEX said in a statement.

The distribution companies from... Read more..

Source: ET EnergyWorld

To boost electric vehicle sector, charging stations are a must: CII

Given that the electric vehicle industry is at a nascent stage, the state government must support the sector with a two-pronged strategy of ensuring that electric vehicles are affordable while also ensuring an accommodative policy for manufacturers and energy providers in Goa, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) said on Monday.

CII met with secretary for New and Renewable Energy Kunal and director for New and Renewable Energy Aleixo da Costa where they submitted a list of recommended changes to the draft Goa Electric Mobility Promotion Policy 2021. “Electric Vehicles (EV) are... Read more..

Source: ET EnergyWorld

FM Sitharaman announces Rs 6 lakh crore asset monetisation pipeline

Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Smt Nirmala Sitharaman, today launched the asset monetisation pipeline of Central ministries and public sector entities: ‘National Monetisation Pipeline (NMP Volumes 1 & 2)’. The pipeline has been developed by NITI Aayog, in consultation with infrastructure line ministries, based on the mandate for ‘Asset Monetisation’ under Union Budget 2021-22. NMP estimates aggregate monetisation potential of Rs 6.0 lakh crores through core assets of the Central Government, over a four-year period, from FY 2022 to FY 2025.

Volumes 1 and 2 of... Read more..

Source: PIB

NTPC, NLC India, Ayana, and Azure Power Winners in SECI’s 1.2 GW Wind-Solar Hybrid Auction

NTPC Limited, NLC India, Project Ten Renewable Power (Ayana Renewable Power), and Azure Power were declared winners in the Solar Energy Corporation of India’s (SECI) auction for 1,200 MW interstate transmission system (ISTS)-connected wind-solar hybrid power projects (Tranche-IV) on a build, own, and operate basis across India.

NTPC won a capacity of 450 MW, NLC India (150 MW), and Ayana Renewable (450 MW), each quoting ₹2.34 (~$0.031)/kWh. Azure Power quoted ₹2.35 (~$0.032)/kWh for 300 MW but was only awarded 150 MW under the bucket filling method.

The discovered tariff of ₹... Read more..

Source: Mercom India

DG, NMCG Participates As Key Panellist In Stockholm Water Week’s First Day Session On ‘Making Cities Water Positive Through City Water Balance Plan’

The Safe Water Network, USAID and WRI India jointly convened the session on ‘Making Cities Water Positive Through City Water Balance Plan’ in Stockholm Water Week’s first day today. The Director General, National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) Shri Rajiv Ranjan Mishra participated in the session as key panellist and shared his valuable insights on ways to make cities water positive along with above mentioned panellists. V. P. Program and Partnership, Safe Water Network, Smt. Poonam Sewak,who was also the moderator of the session, introduced and welcomed all the key panellists and... Read more..

Source: PIB

NTPC commissions largest Floating Solar PV Project in the country

The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC ) Ltd, has commissioned the largest floating solar PV project of 25MW on the reservoir of its Simhadri thermal station in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. This is also the first solar project to be set up under the Flexibilisation Scheme, notified by the Government of India in 2018.

The Solar PV project was inaugurated today by Shri Sanjay Madan, RED (WR2 & SR), NTPC .

The floating solar installation which has a unique anchoring design is spread over 75 acres in an RW reservoir. This floating solar project has the potential to... Read more..

Source: PIB

Charging electric vehicles at KSEB stations to cost Rs 15 per unit

The free charging enjoyed by electric vehicles (EV) owners at Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) charging stations will come to an end in two weeks. It will cost the EV owners Rs 15 per unit.

Kerala State Electricity Regulatory Commission has given directions to KSEB in this regard. Officials said that customers could charge EVs free of cost on a pilot basis for three months and it was planned to collect payments after that. But it got delayed due to glitches in the app ‘Electrify’ which allows the customer to identify the place of charging station, book slot and charge the... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

GAIL scouts for acquisition to augment renewable portfolio, to foray into hydrogen

India's top gas company GAIL will foray into hydrogen generation and take the acquisition route to scale up its renewable energy portfolio as it pivots business beyond natural gas to align with energy transition being witnessed across the globe. As part of a push to embrace cleaner forms of energy, GAIL will be laying pipeline infrastructure to connect consumption centres to gas sources while also augmenting its renewable energy portfolio, GAIL Chairman and Managing Director Manoj Jain said.

"The global energy sector is witnessing a paradigm shift in recent years as the world is... Read more..

Source: Money Control

L N Mittal meets Rajasthan CM Gehlot, plans to invest Rs 19,000 cr in solar power

Global steel giant ArcelorMittal’s executive chairman L N Mittal on Sunday called on CM Ashok Gehlot and expressed interest to set up a 4,500 MW solar park and invest Rs 19,000 crore.

He sought to know the policies of the state and incentives given for solar energy projects. He lauded the schemes rolled out by the state for investments and the ease of doing business measures in the state.

Gehlot also drew attention of Mittal to opportunities in the mining sector. The CM told him that under Rajasthan Investment Promotion Scheme-2019 very competitive incentives are offered to... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

Scientists Discuss Application of Nano-Technology in Quantum Devices, Quantum Materials, Energy Conversion & Storage at National Conference

Scientists working on nano-materials and students from across the country discussed trends and progresses in the physics of nano-materials emphasising on the application of nanotechnology in quantum devices, quantum materials, energy conversion, and storage at a two-day National Conference.

“Electronic structuring of nano-materials is a very crucial area which has immense applications in quantum devices, quantum materials, energy conversion and storage and lots of young people with dynamic ideas are showing keen interest in it,” said Professor DD Sharma, Scientist at Indian... Read more..

Source: PIB

TotalEnergies to Introduce a 100% Renewable Fuel at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and at the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC)

TotalEnergies (Paris:TTE) (LSE:TTE) (NYSE:TTE) is developing a 100% renewable fuel for motorsport competition, to be introduced from next season at the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), including the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2022, and at the European Le Mans Series (ELMS).

Competition is a key driver for innovation: the extreme constraints met in endurance racing –race duration and high mileage- are constantly pushing for the development of higher-performance fuels, which however must also address nowadays the new challenges posed by the energy and environmental transition.

... Read more..

Source: Business Wire

Govt proposes flexibility to Gencos on 3rd party sale of electricity meant for discoms in default

New Delhi: In yet another reform initiative aimed at streamlining the payment mechanism in the power sector, the power ministry proposes to extend freedom to generating companies to sell power to a third party to the extent of default by discoms and recover their cost.

The Ministry of Power on Thursday circulated draft Electricity (Late Payment Surcharge) amendment Rules, 2021 seeking comments from the stakeholders on its proposals that also aim to reduce the burden of the distribution licensee and help in bringing down the retail tariff for the electricity consumers.

As per... Read more..

Source: Economic Times

EV battery swapping startup BatteryPool raises funds for business development

BatteryPool, which offers battery charging solutions for EV fleets and commercial vehicles, on Thursday announced that it has raised an undisclosed amount of growth capital as part of its seed round.

The round was led by IAN and Pune-based Venture Center under the NIDHI-Seed Support Scheme, and lead investors including Arjun Seth and Harshavardhan Chitale also participated in this round. Previously, the startup had raised grants from the Department of Science and Technology (GoI) and an angel round along with the 100X.VC investment.

According to the official statement, the... Read more..

Source: Your Story

Union Minister of Heavy Industries Inaugurates Solar Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Station at Karnal Lake Resort, Karnal

The Delhi-Chandigarh Highway has become the first e-vehicle friendly highway in the country, with a network of Solar-based Electric Vehicle Charging stations (SEVCs) set up by Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) under the FAME-1 [Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid) & Electric Vehicles in India] scheme of the Ministry of Heavy Industries. The state-of-the-art charging station at Karna Lake Resort was virtually inaugurated by Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey, Union Minister of Heavy Industries, in the presence of Shri Arun Goel, Secretary (MHI). Dr. Nalin Shinghal, Chairman &... Read more..

Source: PIB

PepsiCo Aims To Be Net Water Positive By 2030

Global food and beverage major Pepsico on Wednesday said it looks to become 'Net Water Positive' by 2030, aiming to replenish more water than that used in company-owned and third-party manufacturing sites in high water-risk areas.

Besides, PepsiCo’s 'Net Water Positive' vision also looks to deliver safe water access to 100 million people by 2030.

Its philanthropic arm, The PepsiCo Foundation, is also launching a new USD 1 million programme with NGO WaterAid to bring safe water to families in Sub-Saharan Africa - expanding its 15-year old safe water access initiative that... Read more..

Source: Business World