Category — Renewable Energy

Ford Partners India’s Mahindra to Manufacture eCars

Since the Government of India’s plans to move to an all-electric fleet by 2030, Michigan-based Ford Motor Company will collaborate with Mumbai, India-based Mahindra & Mahindra  to explore joint development of products, especially electric and connected vehicles. The partnership, for an initial period of three years, will expand Ford’s reach in the fast-growing Indian auto market and improve Mahindra’s access to global markets.

Electric car

 “The partnership with M&M will allow us to work together to take advantage of the changes coming in the industry. The enormous growth potential in the utility vehicle market and the growing importance of mobility and affordable battery electric vehicles are all aligned with our strategic priorities,” said Jim Farley, executive vice-president and president of global markets, Ford.

The Business Standard reports that Mahindra  has been losing market share and has not been able grow volumes for more than a year, and Ford has been stuck with a sub-three percent share for a few years, while emerging as the biggest exporter of passenger vehicles from India. Ford has spare capacity which can be used optimally by its new Indian partner.

 

September 18, 2017   No Comments

7 Companies from India Feature in the Carbon Clean200 report

According to the latest Clean200 list, featuring the world’s largest publicly traded companies making significant revenue from clean energy, seven of India’s companies are included. Only Germany, Japan, the U.S., and Greater China have a larger representation than India on the list.

These seven companies are Suzlon Energy (rank 55), Bharat Heavy Electricals (rank 85), Tata Chemicals (rank 144), Exide Industries (rank 155), IDFC Ltd (rank 167), Thermax Ltd (rank 169), and Havells India (rank 200).

Forbes reports that the companies in the Carbon Clean200 report, compiled by the non-profit organizations As You Sow and Corporate Knights, are listed on the basis of certain criteria, some of which are:

  • their estimated green revenues in U.S. dollars
  • they are companies with over $1 billion of market capitalization (at Q3 2017-end)
  • those that earn more than 10 percent of total revenues from New Energy sources

“The Clean200 excludes all oil and gas companies and utilities that generate less than 50 percent of their power from green sources, as well as the top 100 coal companies measured by reserves, top 100 weapons producers, and laggards on tropical deforestation, and child or forced labor, and companies who engage in negative climate lobbying,” the report said.

Suzlon Wind Energy

Suzlon Wind Energy

August 30, 2017   No Comments

SunTrac Collaborates with India’s Perfect Infraengineers

SunTrac Solar Manufacturing LLC., a Wyoming limited liability company with its office in Tempe, AZ, entered into a collaboration with Mumbai, India-based Perfect Infraengineers.

Perfect Infra now has the license to manufacture SunTrac’s hybrid thermal systems, a proprietary technology, that integrates with heating, ventilation and air-conditioning, and refrigeration devices reducing compressor electricity consumption by up to 40%. Perfect Infra will also market and distribute these products under the ‘Perfect-SunTrac’ name.

These panels work on cloudy days, as long as the light available can cast a shadow, with visible light and invisible  ultraviolet-A and ultraviole-B rays. Perfect will provide ready-to-install systems with solar collectors and the necessary smart controls.

SunTrac Hybrid Thermal Systems

SunTrac Hybrid Thermal Systems

Perfect Infraengineers chairman and managing director Nimesh Mehta said that his company will fulfill SunTrac’s global order flow from the Middle East/North Africa regions, Australia and Asia, reports BusinessLine.

August 28, 2017   No Comments

India Rolls Out Trains with Solar Powered Cars

State-owned Indian Railways launched the country’s first solar-powered train with rooftop solar panels that power the lights, fans, and information display systems inside passenger cars. Although the train will still be drawn by a diesel-powered locomotive, a set of 16 solar panels atop each car will replace the diesel generators that typically power these appliances. The Railways estimate that a train with six solar-powered cars will save approximately 5,548 gallons of diesel every year, worth around $18,000.

Solar panels on railway cars

Quartz says that the rooftop solar system was developed by Noida-based Jakson Engineers, under the direction of the Indian Railways Organization for Alternate Fuels. “It is not an easy task to fit solar panels on the roof of train coaches that run at a speed of 50 miles per hour. Our engineering skills were put to a real test during the execution of this rooftop solar project for Indian Railways,” Sundeep Gupta, vice-chairman and managing director of Jakson Engineers

Indian Railways has ambitious plans for solar: by 2020, the state-run transportation network plans to generate around 1,000 megawatts of solar power, which could be scaled up to 5,000 megawatts by 2025.

 

 

August 22, 2017   No Comments

Integrating Renewable Energy to Grid Viable for India

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) confirmed the technical and economic viability of integrating renewable energy into a grid with an advanced weather and power system modeling.

The report, titled GREENING THE GRID: Pathways to Integrate 175 Gigawatts of Renewable
Energy into India’s Electric Grid, Vol. I—National Study, says that India’s current power system is dominated with coal but has the flexibility to accommodate the variability associated with the renewable energy targets. Power Poles

“With renewable energy auction prices at record lows, an immense amount of renewable energy growth is anticipated to be added to India’s power system,” principal investigator Jaquelin Cochran, a manager in NREL’s Strategic Energy Analysis Center, said in a statement. “We wanted to provide a systematic way to plan for that. The results of our study can inform policy and regulatory decisions that support system flexibility and renewable energy investment in India.”

According to R&D Magazine, the researchers identified how the Indian power system production cost model is balanced every 15 minutes, the same time frame used by grid operators. This means that 160 GW of solar and wind capacity can serve 22 percent of India’s power demand and the system can manage the added variability of wind and solar without new, fast-ramping infrastructure.

 

August 4, 2017   No Comments