India’s Solar Rooftop Installations Grow 81% Y-o-Y

India added 678 MW of rooftop solar capacity in 2016-17, growing at 81 per cent over the last year, reaching total installed capacity of 1,396 MW as of March 2017. The southern state of Tamil Nadu continues to lead in rooftop solar projects in the country. With an installed capacity of 163 MW as of March this year, the state outperformed all its peers in rooftop solar installations according to a report by Bridge to India, a global renewable energy consulting firm.

Industries are major drivers for rooftop solar installations in the country, contributing 590 MW. In Tamil Nadu too, the industrial segment contributed about 124 MW. State-owned establishments are expected to show robust growth in the coming years because of strong support from the government combined with 25-30 percent capital subsidies.

Bridge to India expects India’s rooftop solar capacity to cross the 2 GW mark during this fiscal, partly driven by several ongoing and recently completed rooftop solar tenders. The state-owned segment is expected to grow at  205 percent during this fiscal year, reports BusinessLine. Total rooftop solar capacity is expected to reach of 13.2 GW by 2021.

The interactive map found here depicts the number of solar installs in India. If you zoom in on a small area you can actually see a photo and details of each installation.

July 26, 2017   No Comments

Russia to Build Two New Nuclear Power Plants in India

India and Russia signed the General Framework Agreement and Credit protocol for Units 5 and 6 of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power plant located in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd., and Russia’s Atomstroyexport, a subsidiary of Rosatom, will build the reactors. Each of the two units will have a capacity to produce 1,000 MW of power.

Both countries agreed that there were ‘steady and demonstrable’ achievements in bilateral civil nuclear partnership, including transforming the Kudankulum site into one of India’s largest energy hubs, reports BusinessLine.

PM Modi and President Putin

“We will strive to build an ‘energy bridge’ between our states and expand bilateral relations in all areas of energy cooperation, including nuclear, hydrocarbon, hydroelectric, and renewable energy sources and in improving energy efficiency. Cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy has emerged as one of the hallmarks of the strategic partnership between the two countries, contributing to India’s energy security and energizing broader scientific and technological cooperation,” said a ‘Vision Document’ issued after the talks.

June 8, 2017   No Comments

India’s Parry Nutraceuticals Gets USFDA Approval

Based in India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu, Parry Nutraceuticals received the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for its India facility for organic micro-algae cultivation and processing.

Business head, Parry Nutraceuticals, Muthu Murugappan said that some of the products that they planned to bring to market over the next two years include Organic Chlorella, Spirulina Granules, CO2 Extracted Lutein and Algal Beta Glucan. New areas currently under development include vegan algal proteins, chlorophyll and algae  omega-3s, reports Outlook.

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Valensa International, based in Florida, which specializes in the development of condition-specific nutraceuticals such as joint, eye and cardio-vascular health issues, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Parry.

June 5, 2017   No Comments

India’s Shrimp Industry Shows Steady Growth

India’s export of shrimp was 382,959 tons in Calendar Year 2015, up 9.8 percent from the previous year
India’s cultured shrimp production in the year ending March 2015 was about 426,500 tons, up 30 percent from the previous year (Figure 1). From  2005  to 2015, shrimp production has grown at a compound annual growth rate of 13 percent.
Fig 1. Cultured Shrimp Production Rising

Fig 1. Cultured Shrimp Production Rising

The introduction of white leg shrimp (Litopenaeus Vannamei, or Vannamei) in 2009 spurred growth in shrimp production during the last few years and displaced sales of the other major shrimp species such as the tiger shrimp (Penaeus Monodon) which was found to be susceptible to disease. In FY 2015, the production of the white leg shrimp (Vannamei species) rose to  353,000 tons, which was 81 percent of the total shrimp production in India. This species is preferred since it has a fast growth rate, is disease resistant, needs lower feed requirements, and exhibits a higher survival rate.  In 2015, the area under shrimp production in brackish water aquaculture was 121,600 hectares, which was up from 102,500 hectares in 2010. Industry sources indicate that shrimp production accounts for 25 percent of the brackish water aquaculture.
Accounting for 65 percent of the total shrimp produced in India, the state of Andhra Pradesh is India’s largest cultured shrimp producer. This is followed by West Bengal, Tamil Nadu & Puducherry (earlier known as Pondicherry), Gujarat, and Odisha. Tiger shrimp (Penaeus Monodon) are farmed in the states of West Bengal, Odisha and Kerala, while the Vannamei species is preferred in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Odisha.
Although most of India’s shrimp production is exported, its broodstock is imported. According to industry sources, India imports 98 percent of total broodstock specific-pathogen-free (SPF) Vannamei broodstock from U.S.A., and in Calendar Year 2015 import of broodstock from the U.S. reached $10.8 million  In addition to broodstock, Artemia Cysts, which are used as live feed during the larvae raising operations in shrimp hatcheries, are imported as well. In CY 2015, 97 percent of India’s Artemia Cysts worth $15.44 million were imported from the United States, says a GAIN report.

May 15, 2017   No Comments

Kia to Manufacture Cars in India

Kia Motors Corp., affiliate of South Korea’s Hyundai Motor Co., will invest $1.1 billion to build its first factory in the state of Andhra Pradesh in India. The plant will have a production capacity of 300,000 vehicles a year, and it will produce a compact sedan and a sport utility vehicle tailored for the Indian market. “Our new India plant will enable us to sell cars in the world’s fifth-largest market, while providing greater flexibility for our global business,” Kia Motors president Park Han-Woo said.

Kia Motors

Reuters reports that Kia will likely leverage Hyundai’s supply chain network built around its factories in the neighboring state of Tamil Nadu to gain a foothold in the Indian market, tipped to become the world’s third-largest by 2020. Hyundai is India’s No.2 automaker by sales.

May 5, 2017   No Comments