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28th January, 2011
Best Way to Learn Cleantech for Beginners

Everyday, I get a few calls from around the country from people interested in knowing more about clean technology and renewable energy but not knowing where to start. Reading news items in newspapers is no substitute for a more structured learning. What are the best ways for beginners to learn more about clean technology? Your thoughts are welcome.

Tell the world your thoughts at EAI Topic of the Week – http://www.eai.in/topic/archives/7

Hi all,
Welcome to yet another newsletter.
A few notes before I move on to provide renewable energy updates:

EAI Club Meet
For those in Chennai, here is a note: The EAI Club Meet at Chennai will happen on 30th Jan in Nungambakkam. We have two speakers for this session:

  1. Mr. Victor Thamburaj (iPLON-Germany), who will be speaking on monitoring solutions for solar PV power plants and his experiences in developing MW scale Solar PV farms in Germany and Italy, and
  2. A talk on Emerging Biomass Technologies by T.R. Krishnaswamy of Energreen.
These talks will be followed by a networking session. Time: 10 AM to 12 noon; Date: 30th January 2011; Place: INTEGREE PROJECTS LIMITED, Old No 42, New No 50, Josier Street, Nungambakkam, Chennai 600 034. (Behind Taj Coramandel ). For more details, contact Prashanth Baptist @ 9994068827, prashanth@eai.in

Energy Conferences
February is a month of major conferences. I am listing some of the upcoming conferences below. More events can be found at www.eai.in/360 .

1.Renewtech India 2011, 17-19 Feb, Mumbai.
The 3-day conference in Mumbai will bring together business leaders from public & private sectors, along with senior officers from central and state governments, to address the development of India's Renewable Energy sector. Each session will open questions & answers to ensure interaction from participants and to evaluate massive construction opportunities that were presented by Indian companies, both in Government & private sector. EAI is a partner for the event. More details available at http://www.renewtechindia.com/

2.India Solar Energy Summit, 17-18 Feb, Delhi
Major Issues to be addressed at the 2011 Event

  • Key trends in India's solar energy sector
  • Opportunities for various segments of the industry
  • Updates on JNNSM and the perspective government's of the sector
  • New opportunities and associated risks of key industrial players
  • Innovative models of financing and investment
  • Future outlook of the solar energy sector in India
  • Lessons learned from Europe
EAI is a strategic advisor for this event.
More from here - http://www.indiasolarenergysummit.com

3.3rd Renewable Energy Conference @ Hyderabad – Feb 2011
The 3rd Renewable Energy Hyderabad 2011 Conference is organized by Comnet Conferences on 24th February 2011 in Hyderabad. The 3rd Renewable Energy Hyderabad 2011 Conference will attract an eclectic and vast profile of trade visitors comprising industry; energy professionals; contractors; property developers; environmentalists; financial institutions; dealers & distributors; Ministry / Government organizations, Product developers Designers & engineers; Purchase managers; Energy auditors; importers & exporters; component suppliers; and others.
EAI is the research partner for the event.
More from here - http://www.renewableenergyconference.in

4.World Petro Coal Congress,  12-15 Feb, New Delhi
India's energy requirements are substantially met from the Petroleum and Coal sectors. Petroleum, Natural Gas and Coal supply more than 80% of the nation's energy needs. Most experts agree that Coal and entire Hydrocarbon Value Chain specially Petroleum, Natural Gas, Oil Shale, CBM, Shale Gas and Gas Hydrates will play key role in meeting our future energy requirements. Keeping this in view,the World PetroCoal Congress and Expo-2011 will focus on:

  • The role of technology and innovations as the 'Game Changer' in optimizing value from both conventional and non-conventional resources.
  • The response of the Oil, Gas and Coal Industry towards 'Green Energy in Low Carbon Economy'.
More details available here - http://www.worldpetrocoal.com/
EAI’s sister concern Power Plant CCS, (www.powerplantccs.com) is a partner for the event.

Phew!! That’s a lot of conference!!  Look forward to meeting you in one or more of these conferences.
Have a nice weekend.

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

India Renewable Energy Updates

Energy@play: Start-ups woo investors
I have always maintained that energy efficiency is the low hanging fruit in the cleantech sector, and is far more attractive for both entrepreneurs and investor. So, was glad to read the following.
With the clean technology space in India attracting major funding in 2010, more start-ups are looking at energy efficiency applications and waste management as a business model to woo investors into this space. In the clean tech sector, about $790 million has been invested by private equity and venture capital firms across 18 deals during 2010 alone, according to data from VCC-Edge, a private firm that tracks investments.
The investor community sees opportunities in clean technology either in big-ticket deals to fund mega projects, or in early stage deals where companies raise capital to build technology platforms.

PE investors still find it hard to get clean-tech deals
While many investors in India are keen on backing clean-tech companies, the sector attracts either large deals or early stage investments, said a news report at Livemint.
There are only a few quality companies in this space, said Harshal J. Shah, chief executive of Reliance Venture, the venture capital (VC) arm of the Reliance Group, formerly known as the Reliance-Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (R-Adag).
Last week, Reliance Venture Asset Management Pvt. Ltd co-invested $12 million (Rs54.72 crore) in biomass power-focused AllGreen Energy India Pvt. Ltd, ending a three-and-a-half-year search for an “investable” clean-tech firm.
I tend to agree with Harshal. While there are any number of companies in India that also wants to put up those ambitious “green power plants” there are few companies that come up with innovative ideas and concepts. And even a PE, while decidedly more keen on stable business ideas rather than innovative but risky ideas, would like to see some sort of innovative tweaks in the companies he invests.

India gets 1st green railway station
Indian Railways has inaugurated India's first green station at Manwal on the Jammu-Udhampur rail route. With the tiny station facing frequent power cuts, it has been a provided a supply of solar power. "A request was made to J&K SEB for providing reliable electric power supply to this station...it was planned to generate onsite renewable energy through solar panels," said A S Negi, spokesperson, Northern Railway.
Sources said that now station lighting and fans are working on solar power. The state electric supply is a standby source, which can be used in case of any failure of solar system.
Zig Ziglar, the sales guru, is supposed to have said, “Stop Selling; Start Helping”. This is a classic case where this is true. A railway station such as this needed no selling for solar because having solar was such a great help for them!

Abengoa signs agreement with Bharat Heavy Electricals to develop CSP projects in India
Abengoa has signed an agreement with Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) and formalized a strategic partnership to jointly undertake concentrated solar energy (CSP) projects in India.
This agreement covers joint supply and implementation of concentrating solar power plants through EPC contracts (Engineering, Procurement and Construction). It also includes analysis of new areas of co-operation outside India.
I have a nice feeling on reading reports like this that India will have a comprehensive ecosystem for solar (both PV and CSP) with the opportunities in power production being just the tip of the opportunities iceberg.

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