The BMC will soon undertake the hydro-electric power generation project at Middle Vaitarna dam to provide 25 mega watt (MW) of 'clean energy' to run electric buses and light up streetlights in the island city, said civic chief Praveen Pardeshi. The state government has already approved the project and tenders will be floated soon. Under the proposal, the BMC will set up the plant on a public-private partnership model and supply power to the BEST, sources said. "The project will boost BEST's financial strength," Pardeshi said.
India Railways is working on development of a Hydrogen-powered suburban train and has floated an Expression of Interest for industry participation, rail minister Piyush Goyal said. “Hydrogen is planned to be sourced from industry in India. Hydrogen production is not planned by Indian Railways. The decision on deployment of hydrogen-propelled trains for long-distance routes will be based on the development of the technology,” Goyal said in a written reply in Parliament.
Indian government agency Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) has announced the completion of a year-long initiative designed to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles in Uttar Pradesh. The ‘Support E-Mobility in India – Uttar Pradesh’ project was conducted in partnership with the United Nations Environmental Programme. The project ended with a workshop that was hosted in New Delhi and attended by 70+ officers and representatives from various government and private organisations.
A hydel dam in India’s Northeast that was stalled following large scale protests is now scheduled for completion in three-and-a-half years. Straddled across the twin states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, the Lower Subansiri hydroelectric project was stuck for the past eight years due to various issues. All the hurdles were removed following a judgment by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) that dismissed a petition that had raised concerns over the project.
The city’s long wait for charging infrastructure for electric vehicles may end soon. The Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (Bescom) is planning to throw open 80 EV charging stations next week. Senior Bescom officials said the proposal to inaugurate the stations has been sent to Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa, and the formal function may happen after the Cabinet expansion, which is on Thursday. “We have readied 80 EV charging stations which have 126 charging units,” a Bescom official told The Hindu.
Taking a strict view of thermal power stations’ failure to meet emission standards, the Central Pollution Control Board (CBCB) has issued warnings to 14 plants across six states of the country. In a notice dated January 31, a day before Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman hinted in her Budget 2020 speech that coal-fired power stations failing to meet standards might be shut down, the pollution watchdog has asked the operators of these 14 thermal stations to respond within 15 days why they should not be closed down.
Power project developers in India, sourcing solar modules from China, plan to declare force majeure on meeting project completion deadlines because of supply disruptions caused by the coronavirus outbreak, multiple people aware of the development said. Chinese vendors have alerted Indian developers about delays in production, quality checks and transport of components due to the outbreak, the people said. Modules account for nearly 60% of a solar project’s total cost.
The country's largest car maker Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) on Wednesday said it aims to manufacture and sell another million "green vehicles" in the next couple of years as it accelerates its eco-friendly mobility drive. Kicking off the Auto Expo here, MSI Managing Director and CEO Kenichi Ayukawa said the company has already sold a million green cars, comprising CNG and smart hybrids in the last decade. Showcasing its concept Futuro-e, an electric SUV, he said the car is being shown for the first time globally here, reflecting the importance of Indian customers in Suzuki's business.
Tata Motors is actively looking to set up exclusive outlets for its electric vehicle portfolio but has not yet taken a final call over the issue, a top company official said on Wednesday. The home-grown auto major recently ventured into the personal electric mobility space with the launch of the electric version of its most-selling compact Sedan Nexon recently. Besides, the car maker also plans to roll out four more EV models in the next two years. "It should be possible. it makes sense.
Fuji Electric India, the 100 per cent subsidiary of Japanese $8.3 billion power and electricals giant Fuji Electric, is mulling a foray into the solar inverters and batteries business in India. The move is part of a larger strategy to leverage the parent company’s expertise in established business segments and gradually roll them out in India. “We are going to launch our own solar inverter business here soon.
Adani Green Energy, the renewable energy arm of the Adani Group, is interested in participating in the bidding for supplying bundled renewable and thermal power under the scheme floated by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy last month. “Once the scheme is finalised we will be happy to participate as and when they come out with such kind of bids for thermal-renewable energy bundling. It is a good thing as it takes away the criticism of intermittency,” Jayant Parimal, CEO, Adani Green Energy, said in a conference call on Tuesday.
Pune-based automotive major Force Motors, India's largest van maker, on the first day of Auto Expo 2020, displayed three grounds-up new platforms and a 100 per cent electric variant on its flagship Traveller platform. It also showcased complete vehicles and range of engines produced for leading auto majors like Mercedes, BMW and Rolls-Royce Power Systems. A major attraction on Day 1 was the next generation shared mobility platform codenamed the 'T1N'. This has been simultaneously developed for both internal combustion engines and 100 per cent electric drive.
Despite the aggressive policy push and drive by automakers, electric vehicle's penetration will remain under 5 per cent over the next five years in the 3-million units annual auto market, as per a report. Rating agency Icra has blamed this to the higher vehicle cost due to costly imported batteries, weak public charging infrastructure and inadequate government support.
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