Category — Renewable Energy

Coca-Cola Factories in India Go Green

Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages said that all three of its factories that it operates in India’s southern states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana will be using solar power as the primary source of energy for manufacturing operations. The company has signed agreements with Vibrant Energy, a Hyderabad-based green energy solutions company, to procure 2.7 million units of solar power for these manufacturing facilities.

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Christina Rugiero, CEO, Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages said, “Ensuring the well being of the planet is a shared goal. As one of India’s top manufacturing company, preserving and protecting the environment is a responsibility that we take seriously. We are inspired by India’s ingenuity and the government’s vision of achieving 40% cumulative electric power capacity from non-fossil fuel based energy resources by 2030.”

February 6, 2018   No Comments

Scientists from India Develop World’s Thinnest Material

Indian scientists at the Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar, in the state of Gujarat, have  claimed  to have created the world’s thinnest material, 100,000 times narrower than a sheet of paper — a two-dimensional material of just one-nanometer thickness. The three member research team includes two students working toward a PhD: Harini Gunda, and Saroj Kumar Das; and Professor Kabeer Jasuja, a Ph.D. from Kansas State University.

“We prepared boron-rich nanosheets by an extremely simple method, which merely involves dissolving a boride compound in water and letting it recrystallize for just the right duration of time,” Dr. Kabeer Jasuja of the university’s Department of Chemical Engineering explained. “The rich chemistry of boron is expected to make these nanosheets useful for not only storing energy but also for generating energy in a green way. We are now working towards utilizing these nanosheets for developing the next generation batteries and nanocatalysts,” added Jasuja.

Ball-and-stick model of the crystal structure of magnesium diboride

Ball-and-stick model of the crystal structure of magnesium diboride

Boron has long been a topic of interest to researchers due to its properties: low density, high mechanical strength, high thermal resistance, high melting point, its ability to absorb neutrons, and its high resistance to chemical attacks.

 

February 6, 2018   No Comments

India Ranks 3rd among Top 10 Countries for LEED Green Buildings

With more than 752 LEED-certified projects totaling over 20 million square meters of space, India ranks third on the US Green Building Councils (USGBC) annual ranking of the top 10 countries for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified buildings.

Rank Nation Number of Projects Gross Square Meters
1. China 1,211 47.16 million
2. Canada 2,970 40.77 million
3. India 752 20.28 million

The top 10 list highlights countries outside of the U.S. that are making significant strides in sustainable building design, construction and transformation. The other countries are  Brazil, Germany, Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, Mexico and the UAE. The U.S., remains the world’s largest market for LEED with 30,669 LEED certified projects totaling 385.65 million square meters.

“LEED is a full-scale global movement and plays a key role in helping cities, communities and countries manage their built environment,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, CEO of  USGBC and Green Business Certification Inc., the global certifying body for LEED projects. “When we prioritize green buildings we are committing to creating spaces that perform at the highest levels, conserving resources and enhancing human health. The work being done in each of these markets is raising the bar for the global market,” he added.

January 27, 2018   No Comments

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

India To Auction 100 GW of Green Energy Contracts

India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy announced that it will award a 100 gigawatts (GW) of solar and wind contracts by March 2020. 77 GW of the total will be awarded for solar power projects. Having set a target of 175 GW of clean energy capacity by March 2022, the government’s strategy is to complete the bid process by March 2020.

Image of wind turbines and solar panels

Of the targeted 175GW of clean energy capacity by 2022, 100GW will come from solar projects. Of this, 60GW will be from ground-mounted, grid-connected projects, and 40GW will come from solar rooftop projects, reports the Mint. Wind power projects will contribute 60 GW; 10 GW will be generated by hydro power; and 5 GW through biomass-based power projects.

December 12, 2017   No Comments