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    In less than three years, India sees three-fold rise in solar power generation capacity, currently at 10,000+ megawatts

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    In 2014, India’s solar power generation capacity was 3,000 megawatts (MW). In less than three years, this figure has risen three-fold and India now boasts of an installed capacity to churn out 10,000 MW of solar energy.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on March 14, 2017
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    Ingenious Indian duo creates powerful home wind turbine to end ‘energy poverty’

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    Two ingenious Indian brothers, Arun and Anoop George, decided to ditch conventionality and embrace atypicality – On a micro level to power homes with sustainable energy, and on a macro level to achieve their goal of eliminating ‘energy poverty’. Goodbye rooftop solar panels, hello wind power! In their start-up called Avant Garde Innovations, these two brothers have begun working on leveraging wind energy to generate power, resulting in the development of a ceiling-fan-sized, residential wind turbine that they aim to launch in the second quarter of 2017. The turbine is expected to be priced at approximately USD 750.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on March 10, 2017
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    7,000 Indian railway stations soon to be powered by the sun

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    Subject to implementation of the plans announced in India’s 2017 Union Budget, pretty much all railway stations in the country will soon be powered by solar.

    In the Union Budget speech made on February 01, 2017 by India’s Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, it was announced that the 7,000 railway stations will run on solar power very soon, across India. This is in line with the Indian Railways’ mission to implement solar power capacity to the tune of 1,000 megawatts (MW).

    Posted in Alternative Energy on February 23, 2017
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    New breakthrough in clean energy – A hummingbird-inspired flapping wind turbine

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    In Tyer Wind’s opinion, scientists’ ability to precisely apply human and animal movement understanding to the working of machines has not met with much success so far. Ordinary and not so effective turbines have therefore dotted the wind energy sector. By leveraging his self-pioneered 3D Aouinian kinematics, Anis Aouini therefore decided to disrupt and revolutionize that space with a unique wind turbine, modeled on articulations of the hummingbird, a bird that exhibits ‘sustained hovering’. The final outcome is an impressive new breakthrough – an ingenious flapping wind turbine from Tunisia.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on January 25, 2017
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    World’s first solar panel road officially opened in France’s Normandy village, as part of clean energy trial

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    One kilometer and 2,800 square meters of solar panels in French village Tourouvre-au-Perche was officially inaugurated by Ségolène Royal, France’s Minister of Ecology, on December 22, 2016. Marking the launch of the world’s first solar panel road, this is also part of France’s ultimate aim to cover 1,000 kilometers of roadways with solar panels. Royal stated that she’d like to see solar panels installed on one in every 1,000 km of French highways.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on January 6, 2017
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    Solar technologies that are brightening our future

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    Solar power and its associated technologies have traditionally been expensive, inefficient and difficult to maintain.  Nevertheless, since its early years it has been vastly improved by innovators who are finding new ways, and improving old ways, of harnessing the power of our sun.  The following are a few of these innovations that are giving this renewable energy source a bright future.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on December 17, 2016
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    India now houses the largest solar power plant of the world, massive enough to power 1,50,000 homes!

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    Winning over the title of the world’s largest solar plant at a single location from California’s Topaz Solar Farm, is India’s Kamuthi Solar Power Project in Tamil Nadu. Having been completed two years ago, the former has a capacity of 550 MW, while Kamuthi augments our country’s generating capacity by a whopping 648 MW, and is expected to be powerful enough to provide electricity to 1,50,000 homes.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on December 1, 2016
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    Chile has generated so much solar power that is dishing it out for free!

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    Think about it. If open land across the world were used to harness solar energy, we wouldn’t require to pay for it. This ideology is yet to be adopted by most governments from across the world and Chile has proven to the world just why. The country’s central grid has increased to 770 megawatts, which is four times the power it harnessed in 2013. An additional 1.4 Gigawatts will be added to the same this year. With a total of 29 solar farms and 15 still in development Chile has more power than it can leverage, as a result, it is giving a free, clean energy out. The northern grid is the one that will be benefitting the most from this while the southern regions are yet to experience the benefit of this power distribution. This is on account of a bifurcated power grid.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on June 6, 2016
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    MIT’s Soofa solar benches charge phones in New York

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    Soon, sitting down on a park and reading your favorite novel will be a lot more fruitful for you. Especially, if you have a phone that tends to juice-out sooner than your patience for reading. Due credit for this should be given to the minds at MIT Media Labs. They have devised a bench that solar charges phones and New York City will be benefitting from five such installations. The benches aren’t a new deal for the rest of the land though. They were first launched in Boston but soon spread to 12 states and five countries. The benches can seat up to three people and also includes an environment sensor that keeps you update with conditions outside. It is made from sustainably-sourced materials to be a truly eco-friendly means of charging your phone and taking some time off.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on June 2, 2016
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    World’s largest solar power plant goes live in Morocco, serves 1.1 mn people

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    Behold, the largest solar power plant in the world is here and it’s functional. Cutting down carbon emissions of 760,000 in a year, the $9 billion Noor Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plant paves the way for clean energy in the European market. Built with funds from the World Bank, the plant is located in Morocco’s Souss-Massa-Draa area. Other than the ecological benefits, the plant has also created 1,600 jobs during construction and will continue to create 200 jobs during the operation phase. This giant plant will increase the installed capacity of solar power stations from 22 MW in 2013 to 522 MW in 2018. Thanks to the plant’s capability of storing energy in the form of heated molten salt, energy production will be on even after sunset.

    Posted in Alternative Energy on February 11, 2016
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