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Are durable bioplastics the real growth story for the bioplastics sector?

Introduction The motivational driver to the innovation of bioplastics technology was to tackle our addiction to the disposable-everything habit. The disposable-everything eased our lives, but took a huge toll on our environment which lead to the development of biodegradable/compostable disposables to ease off the problems created by us to the environment. In 2010, disposable bioplastics […]

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Posted in: Bio Energy, Bioplastics, Emerging Cleantech Areas, Waste to Energy

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Is burning plastics to generate energy an ecofriendly idea?

Like you can burn coal or wood to generate / recover energy, so can you by burning plastics. Now, that’s an interesting method to get rid of waste plastic that are polluting the earth, and at the same time also getting some useful energy from them, isn’t it? Well, the answer appears to be a […]

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Posted in: Pollution, Waste to Energy

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Young Guns from IIT Bombay Work on Maximising Returns from Chillers

Ashwin KP (right) & his colleague Rajat Agarwal – cofounders of ChillerMate   I was introduced to KP Ashwin of Promethean Energy some months back. Frankly, at that time, I did not think much about it. The startup facilitator Intellecap asked me if I could mentor some cleantech startups. I thought that was cool, so I accepted […]

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Posted in: HVAC, Innovations, Waste to Energy

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Flying Toilets to Clean Energy – a Kenyan Biogas Experiment

An interesting news report in The Hindu on a Kenyan effort to manage human waste, “Turning Human Waste into Clean Energy“, got me down recent memory lane. Two years back, my team had helped out the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in their efforts on finding solutions to fecal waste in India. Putting jargons aside, the Foundation wanted to know […]

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Posted in: Waste Management, Waste to Energy

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Gates Foundation Request for LOI: Reinvent the Toilet Challenge, Round 3

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is looking for research and development partners – from academia or industry for a grant program which aims to develop new ways to process human waste for urban areas – “Reinvent the Toilet Challenge” –  Click here for more details. For information, contact Sindhuja Ramar – sindhu@eai.in or to the […]

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Posted in: Society and Community, Waste to Energy

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How Biogas-based Power Generation is Picking up Pace in India

=========================================== Are you looking to get energy security for your company through reduction in the use of diesel, furnace oil, LPG and costly grid power? EAI can do a feasibility study for the use of solar PV & thermal, biomass for heat and power, waste heat recovery and energy efficiency to dramatically cut down fossil fuel use and reduce […]

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Posted in: Biogas, Biomass Power, Bottom of Pyramid, Renewable Energy Communities, Rural Sector, Waste to Energy

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Wood to Petrol – A Simple Graphic

I used to do some work in the biomass power and biofuels sectors early on. Had also the opportunity to work on an exciting area called third generation biofuels, specifically algae biofuels. Along the way, learnt how you can actually make pretty much any hydrocarbon fuel from any organic material, especially wood waste, agricultural waste […]

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Posted in: Biofuels, Diesel, Innovations, Petrol, Waste to Energy

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Indian Railways to Have Biodigesters on Trains to Convert Human Waste

At long last, I get to read something really interesting the Indian public sector is doing – sustainable treatment of human waste, and that too on our Indian Railways. We all know what happens to the millions of tons of human waste we generate while on trains, especially long distance trains. Isn’t there a better […]

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Posted in: Society and Community, Transportation, Waste to Energy

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Thiruvananthapuram Govt School Produces Biogas for Cooking Mid Day Meals

This is some excellent stuff. Sree Moola Vilasom (SMV) Government Model Higher Secondary School is one of the oldest schools in Thiruvananthapuram city. Established by Swathi Thirunal Maharaja of the Travancore Kingdom in 1836, today this school is imparting education to more than 3000 children. The children of this school are getting one of the […]

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Posted in: Biogas, Cities, MSW, Schools, Waste to Energy

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TNEB Engineer in Coimbatore Gets Biogas from Septic Tanks to Cook His Meals

A retired TNEB engineer has come out with a unique biogas producing system from his septic tank. Retired additional chief engineer P. Selvan cooks his meals using the gas generated by the septic tank and as recognition of his effort, the District Rural Development Agency has provided a subsidy of Rs8,000 for the project. Selvan, […]

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Posted in: Bio Energy, Biogas, Waste to Energy

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