Category — Environmental Services

India to Float Tenders for Solar and Wind Power

Raj Kumar Singh, India’s minister for power and new and renewable energy said that 20 gigawatts each of wind and solar power contracts will be auctioned to boost India’s capacity to manufacture equipment, such as solar modules, or panels, which account for nearly 60% of a solar power project’s cost. Most solar power developers in India source solar modules and equipment from countries such as China, where prices are lower. But due to this, Indian manufacturers account for only about 10% of the market despite India having an ambitious 175 GW clean energy target by 2022, of which 100 GW is projected from solar projects.

The Government of India plans to award contracts to developers who quote the lowest price at which they will sell electricity in the auction process for the grid-linked capacity. The projects are expected to be commissioned in phases, reports Live Mint.

Solar Panels

Solar Panels

“It is a great move. Bidding pipeline has gone dry for quite some time and this is very much welcome. This reinforces the government’s commitment to solar… I would also hope that issues related to land acquisition, electricity evacuation and power purchase agreements are simultaneously addressed,” said Sanjay Aggarwal, managing director at Fortum India Pvt. Ltd.

November 11, 2017   No Comments

India’s Food Regulator Issues Guidelines on Organic Food

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India published a regulatory framework  to  ensure  the authenticity of foods that are labeled as ‘organic.’

According to the Food  Safety  and  Standards  (Organic  Foods) Regulations, 2017, no person or business may manufacture, pack, sell, offer for sale, market, or otherwise distribute or import any organic foods unless they comply with the requirements laid down under these regulations.

1) Any food offered or promoted for sale as ‘organic food’ shall comply with all the provisions of one of the following:

a) The National Program for Organic Production – this body is administered by the Government  of India to promote organic farming in the country. Among its many mandates are:

  • being the nodal quality control laboratory for analyzing organic fertilizers
  • revising standards and testing protocols
  • providing financial assistance  for agro-waste compost production units, bio-fertilizers/bio-pesticides production units
  • development and implementation of quality control regimes
  • promoting organic farming in the country through technical capacity building of all the stakeholders including human resource development, transfer of technology, promotion and production of quality organic and biological inputs

b) The Participatory Guarantee System for India – This is a part of an internationally applicable organic quality assurance system called the Participatory Guarantee System. The system certifies organic products that maintain quality standards, including ensuring that the cultivation and production process is done according to standards stipulated for organic products. The products are certified as organic in the form of a documented logo or a statement.

c) Any other system or standards as may be notified by the Food Authority from time to time.

2) The regulation mandates that all organic foods carry accurate  information on the  organic status  of the produce as well as a certification mark or a quality assurance mark given by recognized certification bodies.

3) Food marketed through direct sale by the original producer or producer organization to the end  consumer is exempted from verification compliance; however, this exemption does not apply to processed organic products.

4) All organic foods will need to comply with the packaging and labeling requirements specified under the Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labeling) Regulations, 2011.

5) Any seller of organic food either exclusively or as part of their retail merchandise is required to display such food in a manner distinguishable from the display of conventional food.

6) To establish the organic integrity of any food produce in question, investigations will be conducted up to the producer level.

7) Organic food imports will be permitted under bilateral or multilateral agreements on the basis  of  equivalence of standards between the National Program for Organic Production and the organic standards of the respective exporting countries; in such cases the products/produce will not need to be
re-certified on import to India

8)  All  imported organic food consignments will need to be accompanied  by a transaction certificate  issued  by  an Accredited Certification Body covered under the terms of the equivalence agreement.

Organically farmed fields

October 19, 2017   No Comments

India’s Zoomcar to Launch Bicycle Sharing Service

Ford-backed car rental service Zoomcar based in Bangalore, India, is set to start a bicycle sharing business. Founder, American  expatriate  Greg Moran, said that the company will have its own fleet of cycles and will start the service in Bangalore, Chennai and Kolkata.

“We have observed a huge market gap for trips shorter than 5 kilometers (3 miles)  and we believe that the cycle is best positioned to serve these cases. We are starting with a fleet of 500 cycles but we will take it to 10,000 within this year. We have worked heavily on the technology aspect of this business,” said Moran.

Bicycles

Zoomcar partners with a number of locations, such as retail stores and other small businesses in each city, to keep and manage the cycles. When a user requests for a cycle on the app, the nearest location will show up. The user can pick up a cycle from the location, and after using it, can leave it pretty much anywhere. The partner that is nearest has to arrange to pick up the cycle. The cycles will have GPS to indicate its location, reports the Economic Times.

October 16, 2017   No Comments

U.S. Entrepreneur Offers Small Module Reactors to India

Dr. Kris Singh, the Indian-American founder and CEO of New Jersey-based SMR LLC and Holtec International offered mini nuclear reactors to India.

“The new generation small nuclear reactor uses light water technology to produce 160 MW and is the future of nuclear energy because of its unconditional safety and economy,” Singh told the Press Trust of India in a recent interview. These reactors require only a few acres of land, and because they air cooled they can be installed in a desert, unlike traditional reactors which require huge amounts of water for cooling purposes, reports NDTV.

Model of SMR 160

Model of SMR 160

Holtec Asia, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Holtec International, recently constructed a facility in Dahej, Gujarat, to develop components for the Small Modular Nuclear Reactor (SMR-160). Singh added that this facility would initially export critical nuclear facility components including air cooled condensers, spent fuel storage, among others to U.S.A. and other countries.

October 11, 2017   No Comments

India’s Proklean Tech’s Probiotic Products Find Global Markets

Chennai, India-based Proklean Technologies, has an exclusive license from Kansas City’s SCD Probiotics for using its certified mother culture to manufacture and market products that are natural, non-toxic, and bio-degradable. These products are used in variety of industries, including leather and textile processing. “Wherever chemical surfactants are used, we have an opportunity to develop a replacement,” says Sivaram Pillai, the CEO of the company.

BusinessLine reports that according to the agreement, SCD Probiotics will sell the product made in India for the leather industry globally, while Proklean will sell it in the Indian market. For the textiles processing industry, Proklean will sell the products in India and globally too. “We are selling in Bangladesh, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and we are starting Indonesia,” says Vishwadeep Kuila, director, Proklean.

Proklean Products

This year, Proklean will launch products for the paper and pulp industry. “We are ready with the first product for the paper industry, which will help reduce the usage of chemicals, or with the same chemical consumption, increase the brightness of paper,” Pillai said. These products help bring down water consumption by 20 percent, reduce pollution by 30 percent and processing time by 10 percent, added Pillai.

 

June 15, 2017   No Comments