26/03/2018

 

The National Biogas and Manure Management Programme (NBMMP) aims at setting up of family type biogas plants for providing biogas as clean cooking fuel and a source of lighting. The slurry produced from biogas plants as a by-product is an organic bio-manure for enhancing crop yield and maintaining soil health. The biogas technology dissemination helps in reducing the environment degradation and prevents the emissions of Green House Gases (GHGs) such as Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and Methane into the atmosphere. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has fixed an annual physical target of setting up 65,180 biogas plants for the current year 2017-18 under the NBMMP.

Under the NBMMP, about 49.6 lakh household size biogas plants have been installed since the inception of the National Biogas Programme in the country.

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), through the State Nodal Agencies/ Departments, spreads awareness about the programme (NBMMP) through advertisements in local Newspapers, display of posters in Panchayats Offices, Schools, Kisan Seva Kendra’s, distribution of booklets on biogas during gatherings at exhibitions, Kisan Melas/Fairs etc.

The MNRE has taken various steps to increase the production of biogas in the country including Tamil Nadu which include introduction of new biogas plant designs under the NBMMP such as floating design Shakti Surabhi Model, Solid-State Deenbandhu design model of biogas plants.

This information was provided by Shri R.K. Singh, Union Minister of State (IC) Power and New & Renewable Energy in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha.

 26/03/2018
As per Census 2011, about 65.9 per cent of households depend on solid biomass, including firewood, crop residue and cow dung as primary fuel for cooking in India. The use of traditional biomass for cooking through simple traditional cook stove is a cause of indoor air pollution due to incomplete combustion of biomass which produces a range of toxic products.
 
The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) is already implementing various programmes with a view to provide alternate cooking solutions which would help in reducing dependence of traditional biomass cooking. These include:
  
  1. The Unnat Chulha Abhiyan programme launched in June 2014 for promotion of improved biomass cook stove in the country for providing a clean cooking energy solution with a view to reduce consumption of fuel wood with higher efficiency and low emissions. So far 36,940 family type and 849 community type improved cook stoves have been distributed.
  2. National Biogas and Manure Management Programme (NBMMP) for setting up of family type household biogas plants for meeting cooking energy needs of rural and semi urban areas and to save the use of firewood. About 49.6 lakh family type biogas plants have been installed in the country so far.
  3. Promoting solar cookers to reduce the indoor air pollution. About 7.05 lakh solar cookers have been distributed / sold through the State Government so far.
  4. Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY) implemented by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas aims to safeguard the health of women & children by providing them with clean cooking fuel through LPG. Under this scheme, 8 crore new LPG connections will be provided to women’s belonging to Below Poverty Line (BPL) families up to 2020. More than 3.45 crore connection have been given under PMUY since the launch of the Scheme. 
 
This information was provided by Shri R.K. Singh, Union Minister of State (IC) Power and New & Renewable Energy in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha.

4520722/03/2018

Global technology major Google has filed a patent application in the country for Smart Solar Tile Networks, in which the tiles dynamically their alter operating states and transmit information between them and objects in close proximity to a solar tile within the network.

The California-based company's patent application, published recently, explains a technology in which one solar tile in a set is designated as the control tile and has a bearing on the functioning of the other tiles in the system. Essentially, the control tile acts as a network that receives status information from each of the other tiles in the system.

This would help it determine the operational state of each tile and dictate switching over to a another operational state, if required.

The control tile can also 'ping' the controlled tiles to communicate its status. The invention is also compatible with communication protocols such as Bluetooth, Near Field Communication (NFC), Ethernet, 3G and 4G.

Google officials were not immediately available for offering further details on the invention.

 

The internet giant had earlier launched a new Google Earth-powered feature, Project Sunroof, that could be used to personalise solar savings estimator. This invention is particularly useful for residential solar users, as it helps them determine whether they can save by using solar by capturing data on sun exposure (how much sun hits the roof), power consumption figures, among others.

The project uses Google Earth imagery to analyse the shape of the user's roof and local weather patterns to create a personalised solar plan. It also compares finance options for the home user.

re22/03/2018

The second edition of RE-Invest, envisaged as India’s flagship renewable energy event after its inaugural show in February 2015, has been postponed for the fifth time.

After the fourth postponement, it had been scheduled for April 19-21 this year.

“We will hold it in September or October this year,” said Anand Kumar, secretary, ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE). “Major stakeholders from across the globe wanted us to change the date. We are keen to have large participation.”

Another official added: “We just held the inaugural session of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) on March 11. People did not want to travel to India again in such quick succession”.

The 2015 event had 200 speakers from 29 countries and 2,800 delegates from 42 countries, including representatives of 578 Indian companies and 124 foreign ones.

RE-Invest had originally been planned as a yearly event, and the next meeting after February 15, 2015 had been scheduled for February 2016. It was then delayed to November 2016 and thereafter to February 2017, when the venue was shifted from Delhi, where the first meet was held, to Gandhinagar in Gujarat. Germany was the partner country for the first RE-Invest, and France, which is also India’s main backer in the ISA, was to partner the second event.

But it was postponed again to December 2017, and the venue as well moved to India Expo Mart in Greater Noida. The fourth postponement was to April this year.

Re-Invest 2015 had concluded with commitments for a staggering 266 GW of renewable energy projects in India, much higher than the 175 GW target of renewable energy by 2022 that India has set for itself. Of the 266 GW, 14 global companies across seven countries promised to set up 58 GW, 257 private Indian companies pledged 190 GW, while 22 PSUs committed to the remaining 18 GW. In addition, 27 banks pledged financing of 72 GW. In practice, however, they have all fallen short.

The last figures relating to RE-Invest announced by MNRE in October last year said that out of the commitments made, only 39.3 GW of renewable energy had been commissioned or was under construction, while banks, which had pledged Rs 4 lakh crore, had sanctioned only Rs 1.8 lakh crore.

re p 22/03/2018

 

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has been apprised of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in Renewable Energy between India and Guyana. The MoU was signed on 30th January, 2018 in New Delhi by Shri R. K. Singh, Minister of State (IC) for Power and New and Renewable Energy (NRE) and H.E. Mr. Carl B. Greenidge, 2ndVice President and the Foreign Minister of the Co-operative, Guyana.

Both sides aim to establish the basis for a cooperative institutional relationship to encourage and promote technical bilateral cooperation on new and renewable energy issues on the basis of mutual benefit, equality and reciprocity. The MoU envisages establishing a Joint Working Committee to review, monitor and discuss matters relation to areas of cooperation. The MoU aims for exchange of expertise and networking of information.

The Memorandum of Understanding will help in strengthening bilateral cooperation between the two countries.

22/03/2018

Global technology major Google has filed a patent application in the country for Smart Solar Tile Networks, in which the tiles dynamically their alter operating states and transmit information between them and objects in close proximity to a solar tile within the network.

The California-based company's patent application, published recently, explains a technology in which one solar tile in a set is designated as the control tile and has a bearing on the functioning of the other tiles in the system. Essentially, the control tile acts as a network that receives status information from each of the other tiles in the system.

This would help it determine the operational state of each tile and dictate switching over to a another operational state, if required.

The control tile can also 'ping' the controlled tiles to communicate its status. The invention is also compatible with communication protocols such as Bluetooth, Near Field Communication (NFC), Ethernet, 3G and 4G.

Google officials were not immediately available for offering further details on the invention.

 

The internet giant had earlier launched a new Google Earth-powered feature, Project Sunroof, that could be used to personalise solar savings estimator. This invention is particularly useful for residential solar users, as it helps them determine whether they can save by using solar by capturing data on sun exposure (how much sun hits the roof), power consumption figures, among others.

The project uses Google Earth imagery to analyse the shape of the user's roof and local weather patterns to create a personalised solar plan. It also compares finance options for the home user.

22/03/2018

The second edition of RE-Invest, envisaged as India’s flagship renewable energy event after its inaugural show in February 2015, has been postponed for the fifth time.

After the fourth postponement, it had been scheduled for April 19-21 this year.

“We will hold it in September or October this year,” said Anand Kumar, secretary, ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE). “Major stakeholders from across the globe wanted us to change the date. We are keen to have large participation.”

Another official added: “We just held the inaugural session of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) on March 11. People did not want to travel to India again in such quick succession”.

The 2015 event had 200 speakers from 29 countries and 2,800 delegates from 42 countries, including representatives of 578 Indian companies and 124 foreign ones.

RE-Invest had originally been planned as a yearly event, and the next meeting after February 15, 2015 had been scheduled for February 2016. It was then delayed to November 2016 and thereafter to February 2017, when the venue was shifted from Delhi, where the first meet was held, to Gandhinagar in Gujarat. Germany was the partner country for the first RE-Invest, and France, which is also India’s main backer in the ISA, was to partner the second event.

But it was postponed again to December 2017, and the venue as well moved to India Expo Mart in Greater Noida. The fourth postponement was to April this year.

Re-Invest 2015 had concluded with commitments for a staggering 266 GW of renewable energy projects in India, much higher than the 175 GW target of renewable energy by 2022 that India has set for itself. Of the 266 GW, 14 global companies across seven countries promised to set up 58 GW, 257 private Indian companies pledged 190 GW, while 22 PSUs committed to the remaining 18 GW. In addition, 27 banks pledged financing of 72 GW. In practice, however, they have all fallen short.

The last figures relating to RE-Invest announced by MNRE in October last year said that out of the commitments made, only 39.3 GW of renewable energy had been commissioned or was under construction, while banks, which had pledged Rs 4 lakh crore, had sanctioned only Rs 1.8 lakh crore.

 22/03/2018

 

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has been apprised of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in Renewable Energy between India and Guyana. The MoU was signed on 30th January, 2018 in New Delhi by Shri R. K. Singh, Minister of State (IC) for Power and New and Renewable Energy (NRE) and H.E. Mr. Carl B. Greenidge, 2ndVice President and the Foreign Minister of the Co-operative, Guyana.

Both sides aim to establish the basis for a cooperative institutional relationship to encourage and promote technical bilateral cooperation on new and renewable energy issues on the basis of mutual benefit, equality and reciprocity. The MoU envisages establishing a Joint Working Committee to review, monitor and discuss matters relation to areas of cooperation. The MoU aims for exchange of expertise and networking of information.

The Memorandum of Understanding will help in strengthening bilateral cooperation between the two countries.

1121/03/2018

Gujarat Industries Power Co has issued a Letter of Intent dated 19 March 2018 to Bharat Heavy Electricals (BHEL) for Design, Engineering, Supply & Procurement, Construction, Erection, Testing, Commissioning and Operation & Maintenance (O&M) of 75 MW (AC) Solar Power Project at Gujarat Solar Park, Charanka, Dist: Patan in Gujarat, on Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) Basis.

biog21/03/2018

The waste-to-energy project proposed to be set up at Brahmapuram that had been mired in controversy will be on track soon. The foundation stone of the first phase of the project will be laid in April.

The construction of the first phase of the project, which is to treat garbage will be completed by January 2019.

In the first phase, a plant to process the garbage and produce refuse derived fuel (RDF) which is in the form of bricks would be set up.

In the second phase, the gasification plant to generate energy from the RDF will be constructed. “It is learnt that the project has got all the necessary approvals except a couple. There was a suggestion that the foundation stone of the first phase will be laid on March 22. As Kochi corporation’s budget will be presented on March 24, we won’t get much time for organizing a befitting ceremony where chief minister will lay the foundation stone of the project. So, the project will be inaugurated in April,” said V K Minimol, chairperson, standing committee for health, Kochi corporation.

According to GJ Eco Power Private Limited, the private partner of the public private-partnership project, they have taken all measures to start the work without any delay. “It is through single window clearance system that different approvals for the project are being given. The preliminary approvals from the agencies like pollution control board, factories and boilers department, fire and rescue department and town planning department are almost through,” said Amith Viswanath, head, corporate affairs, GJ Eco Power Private Limited. “Given the immediacy of the waste treatment facilities for the entire city, we would be starting the construction of waste processing unit first. The entire project including second phase will be over within 18 months,” he said.

Following Kochi corporation’s difficulty in implementing the waste-to-energy plant proposed at Brahmapuram, the state had entrusted overall monitoring of the project to district collector. The government had viewed that the district collector use powers of revenue department and that of the district magistrate for speedy implementation of the project.

Last month, Kochi corporation had handed over 20 acres in Brahmapuram to GJ Eco Power Private Limited for starting the construction of the plant. Though some extent of land was wetland where construction is not allowed, the government gave exemption to it.

The construction of the project designed in 2015 had been stuck in controversies and lack of various clearances. The total cost of the project, which will generate 10 MW of electricity, is 295 crore. The promoters of the project envisage that 85% of the total revenue can be generated from electricity produced at the plant.

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