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Energy Alternatives India 19th October, 2010

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Hi all,

Hello and welcome.

Before you go on to read the latest updates from the Indian cleantech and renewable energy markets, here are some reminders:

  • DIREC is slated 27-29 Oct at New Delhi. Don’t miss it.
  • EAI Club Chennai Meet is slated 24 Oct 10-12 AM at the EAI office. If you are a chennaite, don’t miss THAT either.
  • EAI has introduced a new discussion forum Topic of the Week where you can tell us what you think on specific topics.
  • If you know of folks who have invented something in renewable energy and would like to showcase it, please let them know about the Inventor Zone at EAI -

For those of you who will be present at DIREC, please send me ( a note, as I will be present at DIREC along with my colleague Madhavan ( I look forward to seeing you there.

Narasimhan Santhanam
EAI - Energy Alternatives India @
Mob: +91-98413-48117 , on the web -

EAI Club Chennai Meet

After a long gap, EAI Club Chennai Meet will be held on Sun 24th of October. It will be held at the EAI Office – A5C, Anugraha, 41, Nungambakkam High Road, Next to Taj Coromandel Hotel. Those interested, please let me know by sending an email ( or giving me a call (98413-48117). Timings: 10 AM-12 Noon.

EAI Topic of the Week

The Topic of the Week at EAI presents an interesting renewable energy topic for discussion in order to receive inputs and insights from a diverse set of audience.

Topic for this week - Is the Indian Government Investing Enough into Renewable Energy?

I request you to provide your inputs and insights on this topic here -

Thanks in advance for contribution.

India Renewable Energy Updates

Nationwide rally to save agriculture reaches Mumbai – Lest we forget that sustainability is not just about renewable energy but extends far beyond it, here is a reminder. The Kisan Swaraj Yatra, a countrywide rally of farmers questioning the corporatisation of rural farms, reached Mumbai last Sunday morning from Ralegaon Siddhi after covering 20 states over 71 days. The rally has demanded an explanation on the socio-cultural, environmental and political ramifications of such rampant corporatisation. It has modelled itself after Gandhi’s Dandi March. More from here -

Electrical charge helps sun shine on solar panels – Every bit of technology advancement that improves the output from solar panels helps – tremendously. So the following was some good news for me. While the most logical place to establish a large-scale solar-power installation is in the desert, these dry, inhospitable stretches of sand, with their frequent dust-filled blasts of wind, pose a big problem for photovoltaic panels, which are significantly less effective when covered with dirt. Even a thin layer of grit can decrease a panel’s solar power output 40 percent or more. Fortunately, a team of U.S. research scientists has found a potential solution, based on technology developed with NASA for missions to Mars and presented in late August at the 240th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Boston. The solution may be a self-cleaning coating for photovoltaic panels that repels dust with the help of electrical charges. It is the only technology for automatic dust removal “that doesn’t require water or mechanical movement,” said Malay Mazumder of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Boston University, who directed the research. More from here -

Solar hybrid UPS – What do you get when you have significant fluctuations in power along with a desire to go green? A solar hybrid UPS! This type of UPS is both cost-effective and easy to install. It is also one of the ways in which a company can go about adopting green technologies. After the National Solar mission was launched last year, the concept of a solar hybrid UPS has taken off. A solar hybrid system is basically a battery-based UPS, which apart from taking in AC power, can also take power from solar panels, DC power, and finally output AC. Solar hybrid technology is a green technology that enterprises can employ. Most IT companies have a green mandate from their corporate body to source at least some percentage of their energy through green means. More -

Delhi gears up for DIREC 2010 – All right, so the dust has settled down on the CWG and it is now the turn of DIREC, not for controversies but to get India to the next level in renewable energy as the CWG did for sports. The keenly awaited three-day Delhi international renewable energy conference 2010 (Direc 2010 ) will begin on October 27 in New Delhi. The theme of the conference is ‘upscaling and mainstreaming renewables for energy security, climate change and economic development.’ “Direc would see representation of more than 50 countries and over 600 exhibitors. If you have anything to do with renewable energy, you will want to be there! More -

Ethanol blended petrol to be available from November – This has been a story of “Will they, won’t they?”, and the story has been dragging like the Arabian Nights with only the pretty queen Scheherazade missing. The oil companies have reportedly finally accepted letters of intent from ethanol manufacturers in the country to facilitate five per cent blending of ethanol with petrol, and the green fuel would be made available in the market as early as next month. The companies have accepted 143 LoI, for supplying 71.74 crore litres of ethanol to the companies. Maharashtra will supply 29.45 crore litres for the time being, of which 13.92 crore litres would be utilised by Maharashtra, and the remaining would be utilised by other states. Rest of the ethanol will come from ethanol manufacturers from north India, added R G Mane, secretary of the Ethanol Manufacturers' Association (EMA). Vijaysinh Mohite Patil, chairman the EMA said, "The supply of ethanol will start within fifteen days, and the common man may get the green fuel by November first week. It will certainly help the sugar industry as well as the farmers." More -

Top 10 drivers of cleantech investments in India - Indiass peak power deficit already stands at 12.6% and is expected to grow significantly in the coming years. The World Bank has predicted that 60% of India’s aquifers will be in critical condition in 15 years time. For India, continuing its growth momentum while sustaining a healthy environment is a critical imperative. Cleantech can help ensure that these two goals are met. What indeed are the specific drivers that will drive investments in cleantech? This report from GreenChipStocks does an analysis - More -

EAI - India Solar PV Advisor

The India Solar PV Advisor is the most detailed intelligence report for the Indian solar PV industry. Compiled by a team of consultants and professionals who have been interacting with the solar energy industry, it comprises the collective intelligence of over 50 experts and industry stakeholders.The report is specifically targetted at prospective solar PV developers and investors.

The report has been updated in September 2010 and now comprises the latest data and insights that will be invaluable for those keen on exploring this exciting sector. The report also comes with free additional research support from the EAI team and access to the subsequent three updates at no additional cost.

Last Updated : September, 2010
No. of pages : 200

To know more about the report and to download a free preview, please see here -, or talk to Narasimhan Santhanam @ +91 - 98413-48117, email:

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