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Portable solar converters in the works at NCL – Scientists at the Pune-based National Chemical Laboratory, a premier agency of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), are working on plastic cells to convert the abundant sunlight in India into electricity, a top scientist leading the team said. More – http://bit.ly/aeLFgm

AMC to make Ahmedabad’s parks and gardens solar-powered – Months after mulling over the idea of switching to solar energy, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) finally seems to have made up its mind. The civic body has geared up to light the city by using natural source of energy – solar power. And for this, the AMC had even sought technical guidance from the Gujarat Energy Development Authority (Geda). To begin with, the civic body is trying to promote the use of solar lights in city parks and gardens. It has also floated tender for the purchase of solar technology and equipment; tender has been floated for 200 solar poles. More – http://bit.ly/ctcokO

‘In 10 years, wind will be as cheap as coal’ – an interesting interview with Tulsi Tanti – More – http://bit.ly/9IGQej

ONGC looking forward to faring much better on the recoveries front – The company’s CMD R S Sharma said the price increase from $1.79 to $4.2 per million British thermal unit or mmBtu will give the company relief from the estimated under-recovery (revenue loss) of about Rs 5,400 crore for this financial year. More – http://bit.ly/9WxtE0

Chinese engineers propose world’s biggest hydro-electric project in Tibet – Mega-dam on Yarlung Tsangpo river would save 200 million tonnes of CO2 but could spark conflict over downstream water supply for India – More – http://bit.ly/cDgPWA

Cairn to ramp up production in India – UK oil explorer Cairn Energy said it planned to ramp up production at its oil fields in India after laying a pipeline which will enable it to sell more oil to refiners. The company said ahead of its annual general meeting on Thursday its Indian unit Cairn India had increased oil production from its Mangala field in Rajasthan state to 60,000 barrels of oil per day (bopd) from an average 17,532 in the first quarter. More – http://bit.ly/brXtYO

‘After mobiles, India to see renewable energy revolution’ – Azim Premji – He believes India is heading towards a “renewable energy revolution” of the kind witnessed in the mobile phone space. He argued that India today has a “very low, inadequate, semi-inefficient” installed base on the power generation front, similar to the landline telecom scenario prior to the cellphone revolution. More – http://bit.ly/9p76Ks

Investments in Asia’s clean energy sector likely to reach US$70 billion – Investments in the clean energy sector in Asia are likely to double this year – to up to US$70 billion. In 2009, global investments in this sector hit US$145 billion and Asia accounted for one third of the investments. So experts say prospects are bright, especially for Asia. The winds of change are certainly blowing in the direction of countries like India and China when it comes to clean energy. More – http://bit.ly/aZsfhI