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25th November, 2010
EAI Topic of the Week – Getting Children on the Path of Sustainability

More than the adults, today's children will determine the destiny of our world, as we fight climate change and depletion of natural resources including fossil fuels. It is thus imperative that the kids are brought up with a strong focus on sustainable living. How do you feel this can be done? Should it be just the schools that do it? Or if all of us are responsible and not just teachers, where do we start?

Tell the world your thoughts at EAI Topic of the Week – www.eai.in/topic

Hi all,

Welcome to yet another newsletter.

We had a lively EAI Club Chennai meet last Sunday at the EAI office, and here is a blog post that provides the gist of what transpired - http://eai.in/blog/2010/11/3rd-eai-club-meet-chennai.html . There were about 15 folks in all, and the crowd being small actually helps as it results in much more enriching one-to-one interactions.

The concept of a renewable energy offline club is becoming more interesting with every subsequent meet…Not only are we able to connect with a lot of renewable energy / cleantech enthusiasts, we are also able to get some real fruitful discussions going. We are planning to have the next meet in the second week of Dec, so stay tuned.

Here are the renewable updates for India for this week. Hope you find these useful

Narasimhan Santhanam
EAI - Energy Alternatives India @ www.eai.in
Mob: +91-98413-48117
narsi@eai.in , on the web - http://www.eai.in/ref/team/ns.html

EAI Presentations at Seminars and Conferences

The EAI team is fortunate to have been invited to a number of prestigious seminars and conferences on renewable energy and clean technology. Quite a few folks had asked us to provide details of these seminars for their use; hence, we created a section that contains details of all the seminars and conferences in which EAI participated as a contributor. See the list of events and details about each from here - http://www.eai.in/ref/eve/events.html

Downloads of the presentations done by the EAI team are also available at this section.

India Renewable Energy Updates

R-Power, Lanco among 7 companies for NTPC solar plants - Reliance Power group company Rajasthan Sun Technique, Andhra-based Lanco and KVK Energy of Chennai are among the seven successful bidders for setting up solar power plants in the first phase of the government's National Solar Power Mission. The bids were called by NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam, a subsidiary of state-run generation utility NTPC, which is moving to add 470 MW solar capacity as a strategy to diversify its portfolio. – More - http://bit.ly/crZGNc

Tata Power plans to invest $ 1 billion in wind energy – I had often wondered how Tata Power had been so small on the wind sector dimension. From an earlier blog post at EAI, “"The company’s total wind installed capacity only measuring about 150 MW – relatively small compared with the total installed capacity in India of over 12000 MW. I guess it is only a matter of time before the company starts investing heavily in wind as well." (http://eai.in/blog/2010/04/tata-groups-efforts-in-renewable-energy.html). It’s not everyday I am right, so here is that rare day. A recent news item (http://www.moneylife.in/article/8/11441.html) says that Tata Power, which aims to produce at least 25% of its total power generation from clean sources by 2017, will invest around Rs 5,000 crore in wind-energy. The company has targeted around 8,000 MW of power to be generated from renewable energy resources.

Abdul Kalam's Plan - Satellite to beam solar power to Earth – No, this ain’t Star-Trek. Abdul Kalam recently discussed plans to launch satellites that catch the suns rays and create a focused microwave beam back to collectors on Earth. Kalam and US' prestigious National Space Society are all set to announce their ambitious joint initiative to tap solar power in space. What’s the advantage of a space-based solar generation, which obviously has huge uncertainties and will entail significant costs? For one, in space, sunlight is available all the time! More - http://bit.ly/daXLre

Unilever to halve ecological impact by 2020 - Hindustan Unilever has embarked on a new journey, on the path of sustainable living. As part of Sustainable Living Plan, the FMCG major has chalked out a 10-year roadmap to halve its environmental impact in the form of reducing water usage and greenhouse gas emissions by 2020. The company, whose products touch the lives of 2 billion consumers around the world every day, in addition targets to source all its agricultural supplies including palm oil and tea from sustainable sources. Through product innovation, for example, Surf Excel Quick Wash it aims to save millions of litres of water in India. The product has been formulated to save two buckets of water everyday every time someone washes their clothes making it greatly convenient for people to save water in water-deficient areas and generally around the country. In an interview with CNBC-TV18's Executive Editor Shereen Bhan, Harish Manwani, President, Asia Africa of Unilever, and non-executive Chairman of HUL, threw light on the company's sustainable living plan and spoke on the road ahead for consumer confidence. Interesting read. In a recent blog post (http://eai.in/blog/2010/11/pepsi-working-to-improve-irrigation-farming-practises-in-india.html ), I mentioned how these large multinationals can use their terrific scientific and professional expertise to further the cause of sustainability…more on the Unilever stuff from here - http://bit.ly/bXONv3

Solar power rates to drop 20% by 2013 – The cost reductions in solar PV is one of the hottest topics in renewable energy today, worldwide and in India (see this post from EAI for more - http://eai.in/blog/2010/06/cost-reduction-predictions-for-solar-pv-cells.html. According to estimates, the first phase of the National Solar Mission, that ends in 2013, would bring down solar power tariff by around a fifth. At present, the average cost of solar power in India is over Rs 15.30 per unit according to the norms fixed by the electricity regulator CERC. According to the ministry, the 20 per cent drop in cost at which solar power would be sold henceforth to distribution companies has been made possible because of huge discounts quoted by developers who have put their bids for setting up projects under the Phase-I of the solar mission. Oh well, am not sure how exactly the math was worked out, but looking at the history of steep cost drops in solar PV, I guess a 20% drop is not really too ambitious. More - http://bit.ly/cvmSj5

Karnataka govt for national standard on ethanol fuel - The Karnataka state government has initiated talks with the petroleum ministry, oil companies, Automotive Research Institute of India (ARAI) to evolve a national standard for Ener Diesel (Ethanol blended diesel), currently being used in about 2,200 KSRTC buses in the state. Currently KSRTC is using 7.7% ethanol blended diesel from the past three years. Y B Ramakrishna, chairman, Taskforce on Bio Fuels, told presently there is no national standard or certification by Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) or the petroleum ministry for use of Ener diesel. "The state had given the go ahead to KSRTC to use it, but to take it to the national level a standard has to be evolved," he added. More - http://bit.ly/90Lu4F

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 - http://www.eai.in/ref/reports/solar.html, or talk to Narasimhan Santhanam @ +91 - 98413-48117, email: narsi@eai.in

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