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28th December, 2010
 
EAI Topic of the Week –Are We Indians Great Planners but Poor Implementers?

Hardly a day goes by when we do not hear how fast the Chinese infrastructure is improving and how ridiculously slow the Indian infrastructure growth is, in comparison. This appears to be repeating in the field of cleantech and renewable energy as well. China is ahead (make that WAY ahead) of India in practically every conceivable cleantech domain. Recently, China overtook India in wind as well. India gets good marks worldwide (in fact better marks than China) for its intelligence and smart planning. But is implementation our weak point? What do you think?

Tell the world your thoughts at EAI Topic of the Week – http://www.eai.in/topic/archives/5


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Hi all,

Welcome to the next edition of the EAI Newsletter.

This is most likely the last newsletter for the year – unless I suddenly get into an inspirational writing spree – and I can pretty much see some of you heaving a sigh of relief.

Not so soon - you still have to go through this newsletter!

Turning a bit serious, last week was interesting at EAI for a couple of reasons:

  1. We started our interactions with schools in the context of renewable energy and sustainability, and we had an excellent round of renewable energy quiz and debating at EAI for Chennai schools.
  2. We were able to brainstorm on how best to take forward the concept of EAI Club Chennai Meet.

Let me take a few minutes writing about the two, as I feel these two lend themselves well to EAI’s overall objective of being an important catalyst for cleantech in India.

EAI Cleantech Awareness for Schools

It is a no-brainer that eco-awareness is critical for our children – we definitely do not want them to squander resources and screw up the environment we wise men and women currently do with impunity. It was with this aim that we started interacting with Chennai city schools. The overall objective is to have continuous interaction with these schools in order to make the kids eco-aware.

As a starting point, we interacted with three Chennai schools – Vidya Mandir, Padma Seshadri (PSBB) and DAV. PSBB subsequently dropped out, so we kept our interactions limited to DAV and Vidya Mandir.

To start off, we had an eco-quiz competition conducted for 6 teams – three each from each school. This was held at the EAI office on 24th Dec. And delightful it was to know that the kids (8th and 9th grade) already knew quite a bit about renewable energy and sustainability (All right, some of them had crammed a lot of eco-stuff prior to coming for the quiz, but that was all right as long as they got to know something about these critical topics).

The Eco-quiz was won by a team from Vidya Mandir.

The eco-quiz was followed by a presentation on by each team. The topic given for the oral presentation was “As 13 and 14 year olds, what would you do to enhance sustainability?”. I would have thought it was a dense topic even for relative oldies like me, but many of the children appeared to have understood the context well. One member from each team dwelt on the topic for about two minutes. The ideas were a mix of child-like enthusiasm and logical insights. While I admit that no extra-ordinary idea came from the speeches, I think it was a good introduction to the children to start thinking about sustainability.

This round was again won by the same team from Vidya Mandir. The other teams were good as well, but this team’s members were really very good, so we did not have a choice but to give them the prize again!

All in all, it was half a day extremely well-spent. At the end of the day, we felt that we have understood the psyche of the kids a tad bit better.

The event was so motivating that EAI plans to widen the scope to many schools in Chennai in the first three months of 2011. I am hoping to get a detailed blog post on this done soon and include videos and visuals in it as well.

EAI Club Chennai Meet – Deciding the Way Forward

It was about five months back that we first got the idea of EAI Club Offline Meets. The goal was to have regular offline meets for cleantech enthusiasts in various cities to exchange ideas and collaborate on cleantech projects. We wanted to start off with Chennai in order to evolve a working model that could be subsequently replicated in other cities.

Since the first meet, we have had three more meets, and these have been quite interesting. Mostly, these comprised exchange of ideas and getting to know lots of cleantech enthusiasts – professionals, researchers, academicians and plain and simple enthusiastic amateurs. Of late however, the group has been itching to do more than just these simple things.

In the latest meet we had about two weeks back, the group decided to become a bit more formal and do two things that could make a difference:

  1. making the meets more organized in terms of agenda setting and circulation of minutes, and
  2. formation of a non-profit organization that can represent the cleantech industry in India.

More info on these two aspects can be had from here -http://eai.in/blog/2010/12/excerpts-from-the-5th-eai-club-meet.html

EAI is now…everywhere

By the way, you can follow us on Twitter – www.twitter.com/energyindia, link with us on LinkedIn - http://www.linkedin.com/company/energy-alternatives-india , join us in our chat on EAI Club – www.eai.in/club or get connected with EAI on Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Energy-Alternatives-India/152376431479657 .
It is different world now, isn’t it?

Your feedback
I would also be delighted to get your feedback on what else you would like to see in the EAI Newsletter. Now that it is the time for New Year Resolutions, who knows, I might even decide to incorporate your suggestions into my list of resolutions.
Have a great new 2011.

Narasimhan Santhanam
EAI – Energy Alternatives India @ www.eai.in
Mob: +91-98413-48117
Email:narsi@eai.in
more about me here - 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 http://www.eai.in/ref/eve/events.html

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

Upcoming Conferences

Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency (TEDA) is organizing a 3 day International Renewable Energy Expo and Conference – 2011 between January 14 and January 16, 2011 at Chennai Trade Centre. The theme of the first day, January 14 is Biomass Energy, the second day focuses on Solar Energy and the sessions on the final day, January 16, is about Wind Energy.

More details of the conference is available at http://www.teda.gov.in/page/vavova-F/TEDA-VaVoVa.html

India Renewable Energy Updates

NDPL, Tata Power Commission Delhi's 1st 1-Mw Solar Power Plant - North Delhi Power Ltd (NDPL), a joint venture of Tata Power with the Delhi government, commissioned a solar power plant installed by Tata BP Solar. It consists of more than 5,500 solar photovoltaic panels made of crystalline silicon. The electricity will be directly fed into NDPL’s main grid line - http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/delhi-gets-1-mw-solar-energy-generator/419144/

Amit Chugh avers solar power’s now cheaper than kerosene - As big companies fall over one another to convert the Thar desert into a sea of solar panels with government subsidies, Amit Chugh, the pioneer of distributed solar sector in the country, says he is happy to stand and watch. Distributed solar refers to power that’s generated from panels that doesn’t go into a grid, but straight to the user - http://www.dnaindia.com/money/report_pioneer-avers-solar-power-s-now-cheaper-than-kerosene_1486614

REpower is planning to manufacture wind turbines in Asia - Wind energy company REpower is planning to manufacture wind turbines in Asia In response to the price and margin pressure. The company has already initiated extensive cost reduction measures in order to achieve a sustainable improvement in its competitiveness. This includes leveraging cost benefits to a greater extent by purchasing components in Asia, especially in China and India. The first phase of this development will largely focus on established suppliers with corresponding local production sites - http://www.evwind.es/noticias.php?id_not=9198

Moser Baer commissions India's largest grid-connected solar farm at Sivaganga, Tamilnadu - Moser Baer Clean Energy Limited (MBCEL) has commissioned the country’s largest and the first 5 MW solar farm at Sivaganga in Tamil Nadu. The International Finance Corporation and the IDBI bank has provided debt for the project - http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/mbcel-commissions-india%5Cs-largest-grid-connected-solar-farm-in-tamil-nadu/419045/

India's Barefoot College among 6 Finalists in Zayed Energy Prize - Four of the six finalists for the $2.2 million Zayed Future Energy Prize (http://www.zayedfutureenergyprize.com/ ) are from the U.S. The prize, named for the founder of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, grants a monetary award for “outstanding work in renewable energy and sustainability.” The other two are from Denmark (Vestas) and India (Barefoot College) respectively. Barefoot College trains low-income women for work bringing solar electricity to rural villages - http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2010/12/22/abu-dhabi-names-four-u-s-finalists-for-2-2-million-green-energy-prize/

980 GW of Solar Energy Installations by 2020: Too Good to be True? - A report released by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) predicts that the total solar energy installations would reach 980 GW by 2020. The report released during the Cancun climate change summit states that the rapid development of solar thermal and solar photovoltaic technologies would cut about 570 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions over the next decade. The SEIA is lobbying the world leaders and climate negotiators attending the Cancun climate summit to include solar energy incentives in the perspective climate change agreement as specific measures to reduce carbon emissions. It does appear way too good to be true... -http://ecopolitology.org/2010/12/06/study-says-980-gw-of-solar-energy-installations-by-2020-too-good-to-be-true/

India Chapter of IAA announces Olive Crown Awards for Communicating Sustainability - The India Chapter of the International Advertising Association (IAA) has announced the Olive Crown Awards. It will be the country's first awards for creative excellence in communicating sustainability. The awards will start receiving entries from January 1, 2011 and will culminate in the presentation ceremony in March, 2011 - http://www.afaqs.com/news/story.html?sid=29200_India+Chapter+of+IAA+announces+Olive+Crown+A wards

CEA set to bring green technologies for power generation to India - The Central Electricity Authority (CEA), the apex planning body for the power sector, has decided to scout for global partners for new green technologies to produce thermal power in India. CEA is in preliminary talks with Canada's Canmet Energy, a leading green technology solutions provider. The CEA initiative comes days after a report released by The Pew Charitable Trusts, a US-based non-governmental organisation. The report says that India may attract investments amounting up to $169 billion (Rs 7,60,669 crore) in clean power projects over the next decade - http://www.tehelka.com/story_main48.asp?filename=Ws141210ENVIRONMENT.asp

Gujarat Plans Policy to Promote Geothermal Energy - Gujarat is drafting a policy to promote geothermal energy, the Economic Times reported, citing Chief Minister Narendra Modi. The Ministry of New & Renewable Energy has identified Gujarat as one of the states with potential for setting up geothermal power plants, according to the report - http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-12-28/india-s-gujarat-plans-policy-to-promote-geothermal-energy-times-reports.html

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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