Category — Biotechnology

India’s Rooftops to Boost Solar Power

India increased its rooftop solar power capacity in 2017 by more than the previous four years combined, adding 715 megawatts in rooftop photo-voltaic power and recording a compound annual growth rate of 117% since 2013. That makes solar the fastest-growing area of the country’s clean energy market, and solar rooftop panels are the fastest growing sub-sector of the renewables market in India.

The major boost can be attributed to the lowering cost of rooftop solar units in India, which has dropped by 50 percent in the last five years, making it cheaper than commercial and industrial power in the country. Now, setting up a rooftop solar system is cheaper in India than the global average by 39 to 50 percent.

Solar Panels

Solar Panels

Rural electrification is a key part of the Indian government’s plan to boost the economy, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has promised to meet electrification goals by installing record amounts of renewable energy.

January 8, 2018   No Comments

Health Consciousness in India Boosts Dietary Supplements Market

BillionFit: Technology Redesigning Healthcare a joint study by Kalaari Capital and accounting and advisory firm Grant Thornton says that with India’s consumers now invested in healthier lifestyles, the fitness technology segment will double to $250 million by 2023. Wearable fitness devices such as fitness trackers, and smart technology such as smart shoes, stride sensors, and clothes integrated with  wearable technology will account for 90% of this projected growth.

Additionally, this awareness for good health will boost India’s dietary supplements market which is projected to expand at an estimated compound annual growth rate of 12% over the next four to five years. Online retailers such as Healthkart, Amazon, Medisys and Neulife are increasing their stocks of ‘super’ foods and supplements.

Wellness

Nutraingredients-asia quotes Vrinda Mathur partner at Grant Thornton who says, “The global realm of healthcare has radically shifted from ‘detect and manage’ to ‘predict and prevent.’ This change in mindset, combined with the rapid technological and socio-political impetus on improving health, is resulting in a fitness and health boom across the world.”

October 29, 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

Paul Penders Botanicals Debuts in India

U.S.-based Paul Penders Botanicals, one of the first vegan beauty and personal care brands, launched in Dehradun, the capital city of the northern state of Uttarakhand in India.

Chief executive and founder, Paul Penders, who was present at the launch said, “I am ecstatic to be introducing Paul Penders Botanicals in India, an economy that is culturally enormously dependent on organic therapies and products since centuries. We hope for a great response in India since all the products are cruelty and chemical free.” Penders has inaugurated a new outpost in the Himalayas from where he said “we will be using the most amazing, pure crystal-clear water flowing from the Himalayan Mountains.”

Soap from Paul PendersSargam Dhawan, CEO and director, Paul Penders Botanicals India said, “Through this venture, we aim to redefine vegan beauty standards in India, to better meet the needs and lifestyle of our potential consumers.”

The products of the brand draw inspiration from the founder’s grandmother’s 22-herbs concoction, which is the base material for every product, reports the Economic Times.

September 27, 2017   No Comments

India’s Scientists Create Artificial Leaf that Produces Energy

Scientists at state-owned National Chemical Laboratory in Pune, a city 90 miles east of Mumbai, India, have developed an artificial leaf that generates hydrogen.

The device consists of semiconductors stacked in a manner to simulate the natural leaf system. When light strikes the semiconductors, electrons move in one direction, and the ultra-thin wireless device mimics plant leaves to produce energy using water and sunlight.

a leaf

Chinnakonda S. Gopinath, a senior scientist at the laboratory said his team has been working for nearly a decade to split water molecules in order to generate hydrogen in this manner. “We have made an attempt to generate solar hydrogen. The method is simple and practical and there is a good possibility of scaling it up,” he said. The research, published in the journal Scientific Reports, says a palm-sized device can produce 6.3 quarts of hydrogen fuel an hour, reports NDTV. More work is needed on the project, added the scientist.

 

September 14, 2017   No Comments