Category — Renewable Energy

India Aspires to Sell Only Electric Cars by 2030

A Government of India-led initiative – the National Electric Mobility Mission Plan – targets annual sales of 6-7 million EV/Hybrid vehicles by 2020. The government hopes that by 2030, all vehicles sold in India will be electric-powered says a blog post from India Energy.

Speaking on “Changing Energy Economics and India” at New Delhi, India’s minister for energy, Piyush Goyal, said that the country will help facilitate the electric car effort by offering subsidies for a couple of years. “After that,” he said, “the cost of electric vehicles will start paying for themselves,” reports CNN.

Elon Musk tweeted: India commits to sell only electric cars by 2030. It is already the largest market for solar power. https://t.co/EGBNTPzmE5 — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 1, 2017

India’s government is pushing to expand its solar energy capacity.

Modi tweeted: Paris Agreement reflects our duty towards protecting the Earth and our natural resources. For us, this is an article of faith: PM pic.twitter.com/8cnSqClBPf — PMO India (@PMOIndia) June 3, 2017

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June 12, 2017   No Comments

Microgrids from IIT Madras Win IEEE award

India’s  IIT Madras, bagged the 2017 IEEE Spectrum Technology in the Service of Society Award for “having the most promising potential to provide the greatest overall benefit to humankind.”

IEE’s website mentioned that  micro grids designed at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras can serve as the sole source of electricity to homes not connected to the grid. And they can serve as a backup power supply to homes connected to it, to let lighting and essential appliances continue operating even during brownouts. In India, micro grids are expected to evolve rapidly.

Solar DC Inverterless

The Economic Times reports that the table-sized rooftop plant is a Solar-DC Inverterless system that is cost and energy-efficient. The system is fully equipped with DC wiring, and does not convert direct current produced by a solar installation into alternate current, since each time a unit of AC is converted into DC, there is a 15 percent loss of energy. A DC system is 2.5 times more efficient than the AC system and hence requires lesser space, said IIT-M professor Ashok Jhunjhunwala. The professor added that the solar-DC microgrid will help break the logjam that the domestic power supply currently faces in India.

May 27, 2017   No Comments

India’s New Business Opp: Air Conditioners and Power Plants

The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, a specialist in international energy, says that India has four of the five most populous cities with the highest cooling requirements in “cooling degree days,” a measure of the number of degrees above 65º surpassed in a year, and is “poised for an explosion in room air conditioning that may require as many as 300 new electric power plants in the next 10 to 15 years.”

 Chart showing Cooling Degree Days in India

At a seminar hosted by the Stanford Precourt Institute of Energy, Dr. Nikit Abhyankar, a senior scientific engineering associate at the Berkeley Lab who leads the International Energy Studies Group’s work on the Indian power sector, said, “All the cities [in India] are very hot and very populous, which means that going forward, as people get richer, the demand for room air conditioning is going to be increasing.” Abhyankar adds that with the right policy support from the Indian government, India could innovate in manufacturing far more efficient air conditioner models that use refrigerants that do not contribute to global warming.

Forbes reports that air conditioning is expected to double the country’s electricity demand in 15 years, requiring 300 new electric plants just to keep Indians cool. Air conditioning is part of the reason India is expected to be the world’s largest contributor to new electricity demand between now and 2040.

 

May 15, 2017   No Comments

Solar Power Becoming Increasingly Important in India

India’s government plans to draw 40% of the country’s energy from renewables by 2030, and it is because of the government’s commitment that India is about to become the biggest market for solar energy, said San Jose, CA-based SunPower CEO Tom Werner.

Prime Minister Modi wants to spend $3.1 billion on state aid for India’s solar panel manufacturing industry to increase India’s photovoltaic capacity and create an export industry, according to Bloomberg.

Kamuthi Solar Power Plant

The World Economic Forum says SunPower isn’t the only company taking note. Having acquired San Mateo, CA-based SolarCity,  CEO Elon Musk of Tesla is also interested in the solar energy sector in India, and might enter the market as early as this summer.

April 29, 2017   No Comments

IDFC to Buy First Solar’s Assets in India

Chennai, India-based IDFC Alternatives, the asset management arm of the infrastructure-focused lender, is in talks to buy Arizona-based First Solar’s 200 megawatts of renewable power assets in India in a deal potentially valued at around $200 million.

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Livemint reports that First Solar is one of the first overseas companies to enter India’s solar energy market, and it considers the country as its second-largest market after the U.S. in terms of total shipments. The Indian solar power generation space is getting intensely competitive, as India plans to generate 175 gigawatts of renewable energy capacity by 2022. Of this, 100GW will be from solar power projects.

In a report dated March 20, the New Delhi-based consulting firm Bridge to India said, “The country added 5,526MW of new solar capacity (up 83% over Fiscal Year 2015-16) and 5,400 MW of new wind capacity (up 63%) in the year.”

 

April 15, 2017   No Comments