Monthly Archives: June 2014

Toyota is creating a combustion engine that directly generates electricity

Electric vehicles have come a long way in recent years, but even the premium-priced Tesla cars are short on range compared to good old internal combustion. Gasoline is probably going to remain part of our transportation makeup into the foreseeable … Continue reading

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Cheap fuel cell no larger than a stack of CDs can power a home

Depending on where you live in the world, you may have electricity, gas, or both fed into your home. The bill for each depends on how much you use and fluctuates throughout the year. But what if you could replace … Continue reading

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Sea Salt can replace solar panel component at 0.3% of the cost

One of the most dangerous and expensive parts of making photovoltaic cells (solar panels) involves a substance called cadmium chloride. This toxic substance is not just expensive when bought in bulk, but carries with it loads of associated costs in … Continue reading

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Improve discoms’ health to attract investments in power : World Bank

Electricity distribution to the end consumer in India needs reform in order to achieve the target of electricity to all by 2019, says the World Bank. A World Bank study has termed distribution utilities as the weakest link of the … Continue reading

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India to invite bidding for largest solar power project; aims to achieve a capacity addition of 10,000 MW by 2017

India is about to launch the largest bidding of solar power projects worth 1,500 MW under its flagship Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM). In what the government officials claim is the first success story of converging the three energy … Continue reading

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Finally government acknowledges efficiency is the solution and not price hikes for the power sector

Click here for my article that details the losses of Rs. 75,000 Crores but inept Discoms.  This does not even include the power plant efficiencies. Next Steps for the Indian power industry Minister for power, coal and renewable energy Piyush … Continue reading

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The German Coal Conundrum, busting the myth – The status of coal power in Germany’s energy transition

Is Germany building new coal plants to replace nuclear despite the country’s green ambitions? Many observers conclude so. But an in-depth look reveals that the growth of renewables has more than replaced nuclear power over the past decade. Coal is … Continue reading

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Solar power generation mandatory in houses, malls in Haryana – A step in the right direction

The Haryana government today said it has decided to implement an energy conservation action plan under which solar power generation will be made mandatory in different categories of buildings or areas with a suitable enforcement mechanism. Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder … Continue reading

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Domestic solar cell makers say use of indigenous products can keep cost of solar power low

Domestic manufacturers of solar cells have said that use of indigenous products can help keep cost of solar power low, countering the government’s claim that it will escalate after imposition of dumping duty. “The fact is that cost of power … Continue reading

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Government not in favor of Anti-Dumping Duty on Solar – Internal Government Sources

Based on my conversation with a few senior government sources it looks like application of anti dumping duty is not in favour at the senior ministry level. This

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