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Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) 

Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) Union Minister of Power and New & Renewable Energy, Shri RK Singh has given his assent to amendments in the existing Renewable Energy Certificate (REC)  mechanism. The sales of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) rose over 79 % to 8.38 lakh units in March 2020 compared to 4.68 lakh in the same month a year ago owing to good supply. Features of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) Mechanism Renewable Energy Certif

Indian Railways & Renewable Energy

Indian Railways & Renewable Energy Part of: GS-III- Environment (PT-MAINS-PERSONALITY TEST) The Indian Railways has decided to be self-reliant for its energy needs by utilizing its vacant lands for Renewable Energy (RE) projects. It will utilize solar energy for meeting its traction (action of drawing or pulling something over a surface) power requirements. ImpPoints In January 2020, it was announced that the entire network of the I

Renewable Energy in India – Facts and Future prospect

Renewable Energy in India – Facts and Future prospect GS-Paper-3 Renewable Energy – Infrastructure development- Prelims & UPSC Interview Context: Renewable energy is the most important topic of discussion in 21st Century when the World has faced the problem of Climate change and energy security. This topic is highly important for UPSC mains examination under Paper-3 Infrastructure and Energy security. Recently, the Prime Minister of India has announced about having hug

Solar Power Park in India- UPSC FACTS

Solar Power Park in India- UPSC FACTS GS-Paper-3 Renewable Energy – Infrastructure development- Prelims & UPSC Interview Context: Renewable energy mainly solar energy is the most important topic of discussion in 21st Century, when the World has faced the problem of Climate change and energy security. This topic is highly important for UPSC mains examination under Paper-3 Infrastructure and Energy security.   India lying in a tropical belt has the advantage of receivin

Wind Energy in India- Renewable Energy

Wind Energy in India- Renewable Energy GS-Paper-3 Renewable Energy – Infrastructure development- Prelims & UPSC Interview Context: Renewable energy mainly Wind energy is the most important topic of discussion in the 21st Century when the World has faced the problem of Climate change and Energy security. This topic is highly important for UPSC's main examination under Paper-3 Infrastructure and Energy security.   As per a report by Fitch Solutions Macro Research,&n

IREDA bags “Green Urja Award”

IREDA bags “Green Urja Award” Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Ltd. IREDA has been conferred with the “Green Urja Award” for being the Leading Public Institution in Financing Institution for Renewable Energy this year by the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC). The award was received by Shri Pradip Kumar Das, Chairman & Managing Director (CMD), IREDA from Dr Ajay Mathur, Director General, International Solar Alliance in presence of Shri Anil Razdan, Ch

Schemes for Solar Energy

Schemes for Solar Energy PM KUSUM SCHEME: (MNRE) Pradhan Mantri Kisan Urja Suraksha evem Utthan Mahabhiyan (PM KUSUM) Scheme. For installation of solar pumps and grid connected solar and other renewable power plants in the country. The scheme aims to add solar and other renewable capacities of 25,750 MW by 2022. It consists of 3 components 10,000 MW of Decentralized Ground Mounted Grid Connected Renewable Power Plants of individual pla

India’s First Private LNG Facility plant opened at Nagpur

India’s First Private LNG Facility plant opened at Nagpur Minister for Road Transport and Highways Shri Nitin Gadkari has emphasized the importance of alternate biofuels for diversification of agriculture towards the energy and power sector. Inaugurating the country’s first Private LNG Facility plant at Nagpur today he said in our economy we are spending 8 lakh crores on the import of petrol diesel and petroleum products which is a big challenge. The Minister said we have d

NTPC to set up India’s single largest solar park at Rann of Kutch

NTPC to set up India’s single largest solar park at Rann of Kutch NTPC Renewable Energy Ltd, a 100% subsidiary of NTPC, has received the go-ahead from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) to set up a 4750 MW renewable energy park at Rann of Kutch in Khavada, Gujarat. This will be India’s largest solar park to be built by the largest power producer in the country. NTPC Renewable Energy Ltd (NTPC REL), has been given the go-ahead by MNRE on 12th July 2021 under Mode

India’s first Green Hydrogen Mobility Project at Leh

India’s first Green Hydrogen Mobility Project at Leh Leh is soon to become India's first city to implement a green hydrogen-based mobility project with zero emission. NTPC, Maharatna PSU under the Ministry of Power signed an MoU with UT of Ladakh and LAHDC to set up the country’s first Green Hydrogen Mobility project, strengthening PM Shri Narendra Modi’s vision to ensure a carbon-free economy based on renewable sources and green hydrogen. REL, a 100% subsidiary o

Leh to get India’s first Green Hydrogen Mobility Project

Leh to get India’s first Green Hydrogen Mobility Project Leh is soon to become India's first city to implement a green hydrogen-based mobility project with zero emission. NTPC, Maharatna PSU under the Ministry of Power signed an MoU with UT of Ladakh and LAHDC to set up the country’s first Green Hydrogen Mobility project, strengthening PM Shri Narendra Modi’s vision to ensure a carbon-free economy based on renewable sources and green hydrogen. REL, a 100% subsidia

Government concessions to promote Wind Energy Projects

Government concessions to promote Wind Energy Projects Present Status Of Wind Energy Projects More than 70 per cent of the equipment is manufactured in India.  About wind resource The wind resource is highly site-specific and It is commercially exploitable potential is available only in seven States i.e. Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Karnataka.  Wind power projects are set up by

Electric Vehicles and Government Policies

Electric Vehicles and Government Policies Electric Vehicle Policy India Electric Vehicle as the car uses alternate fuel electricity instead of petrol or diesel. An electric vehicle uses one or more electric motors or traction motors for propulsion. There is a growing acceptance for hybrid and electric cars in the country and more and more manufacturers are entering this niche segment with an express objective of lowering the fuel import bill and running cost of vehicles. Convers

Hydrogen Fuel Cell

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Hydrogen Fuel is produced through Steam methane reforming: Extraction of hydrogen from methane. But these release CO2 and CO which leads to Climate change. Electrolysis: Separating hydrogen and oxygen atoms. HFC contains NOx as pollutants since Hydrogen (molecule) uses Nitrogen as the impurity. If water is added, pollution can be reduced. To cool down Hydrogen gas into a liquid state, temperature has to be brought down at 20 K. Hence it is difficult

Largest floating solar PV Project at Vishakhapatnam

Largest floating solar PV Project at Vishakhapatnam The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC ) Ltd,  has commissioned the largest floating solar PV project of 25MW on the reservoir of its Simhadri thermal station in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. This is also the first solar project to be set up under the Flexibilisation Scheme, notified by the Government of India in 2018. The Solar PV project was inaugurated today by Shri Sanjay Madan, RED (WR2 & SR), NTPC. The flo

Hydroelectric power in India

Hydroelectric power in India What is Hydroelectric power? Hydroelectric power is electricity produced from generators driven by turbines that convert the potential energy of falling water into mechanical energy. India overtook Japan in 2019 as the fifth largest world hydropower producer by capacity which currently is 50 GW. Only China, Brazil, the US and Canada have a greater hydropower capacity globally. The country has 197 hydropower plants capable of producing more tha

Why are hydropower projects in the Himalayas risky?

Why are hydropower projects in the Himalayas risky? The Environment Ministry, in an affidavit placed in the Supreme Court earlier this month, has disclosed that it has permitted seven hydroelectric power projects, which are reportedly in advanced stages of construction, to go ahead. The seven projects are the Tehri Stage 2, Tapovan Vishnugadh (which was impacted by the February flood), Vishnugadh Pipalkoti, Singoli Bhatwari, Phata Bhuyang, Madhyamaheshwar and Kaliganga 2. One of them

India’s 1st indigenous Coal gasification to Methanol plant at Hyderabad

India’s 1st indigenous Coal gasification to Methanol plant at Hyderabad Methanol is utilized as a motor fuel, to power ship engines, and to generate clean power all over the world. Methanol is also used to generate di-methyl ether (DME), a liquid fuel that is very similar to diesel — existing diesel engines simply need to be minimally changed to use DME instead of diesel. The majority of worldwide methanol production is derived from Natural Gas, which is a relat

How to promote Renewable Energy Sources in India?

How to promote Renewable Energy Sources in India? At present, the Government has set a target for achieving 175 GW of Renewable Energy capacity by the year 2022. A total of 150 GW of renewable energy capacity (including large hydro) has been installed in the country to date. Further, projects of 63.64 GW capacity are under various stages of implementation and 32.06 GW capacity are under various stages of bidding. Therefore, a total of 245.70 GW capacity has either been installed or under vari

National Wind-Solar Hybrid Policy

National Wind-Solar Hybrid Policy The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy issued the National Wind-Solar Hybrid Policy on 14th May 2018. The main objective of the National Wind Solar Hybrid Policy is to provide a framework for the promotion of large grid-connected wind-solar PV hybrid systems for optimal and efficient utilization of wind and solar resources, transmission infrastructure and land. A scheme for setting up of 2500 MW Inter-State Transmission System (ISTS) connecte

PLI Scheme for Advance Chemistry Cell (ACC) Battery

PLI Scheme for Advance Chemistry Cell (ACC) Battery What are ACC Batteries? ACCs are the new generation of advanced storage technologies that can store electric energy, either as electrochemical or as chemical energy, and convert it back to electric energy as and when required. They will cater not only to electric vehicles but also to the consumer electronics industry, solar rooftops, and electricity grids. PLI Scheme for ACC Battery The Government on 12th May 2021 app

Hybrid electric vehicles (HEV): Explained

Hybrid electric vehicles (HEV): Explained Automakers like Maruti, Toyota, and Honda have launched more hybrid electric vehicles in India. What is a hybrid electric vehicle? A hybrid electric vehicle uses an Internal Combustion engine ICE (a petrol/diesel) and one or more electric motors to run. It is powered by the electric motor alone, which uses energy stored in batteries by the ICE or both. In addition to the internal combustion engine, they also have an electric motor and a ba

Green hydrogen's benefits as fuel for India

Green hydrogen's benefits as fuel for India Long-term storage: The intermittent nature of renewable energy, particularly wind energy, causes grid instability. Green hydrogen has a high energy storage capacity. Fuel cells can be used to generate energy utilizing the hydrogen that has been stored. Grid stability: Hydrogen gas interacts with oxygen to produce electricity and water vapour in a fuel cell, a device that converts chemical energy into electrical energy. As a result, hydr

Advantages of Biogas

Advantages of Biogas To increase their energy security, nations all over the world are turning to biogas and biomethane. About biogas. The main components of biogas, (a renewable fuel) created by the anaerobic digestion of organic feedstock, are methane (50–65%), carbon dioxide (30–40%), hydrogen sulphide (1-2.5%), and a negligibly small amount of moisture. It supports all 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations and can be transformed into a variety o

Form Waste-to-Energy

Form Waste-to-Energy The Central Government recently released rules for implementing its waste-to-energy program, opening the door for businesses to produce biogas, bio CNG, and electricity from trash and leftovers from urban, industrial, and agricultural sources. About the Waste-to-Energy Program: The National Bioenergy Program was initiated by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). MNRE has continued the National Bioenergy Programme for the period from FY 2021-22 t

Global Offshore Wind Alliance (GOWA)

Global Offshore Wind Alliance (GOWA) At COP27, nine more nations just joined the Global Offshore Wind Alliance. Belgium, Colombia, Germany, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, the UK, and the US are the nine new nations. Australia declares its membership in the international offshore wind alliance. What is GOWA, or the Global Offshore Wind Alliance? The expansion of offshore wind was established to address the energy and climate challenges. It was founded by the G

National Bio Energy Programme

National Bio Energy Programme As part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy recently organised a seminar on the National Bio Energy Programme in New Delhi in collaboration with UNIDO and the GEF. Introduction Biomass is simply organic matter, which means it is derived from anything that is or has been alive, such as animal waste, crop waste, garden waste, and so on. India has an abundance of renewable energy resources, which should be promoted in

Rooftop Solar Installations

Rooftop Solar Installations According to Mercom Research India, rooftop solar capacity installations in India fell 29% to 320 megawatts (MW) in July-September 2022. What are the Results? Cumulative Installations: As of the end of the third quarter of 2022, cumulative rooftop solar (RTS) installations stood at 8.3 GW. Gujarat overtook Maharashtra and Rajasthan as the state with the most rooftop solar installations. The top ten states accounted for roughly 73% of total rooftop sola

National Green Hydrogen Mission

National Green Hydrogen Mission The National Green Hydrogen Mission was approved by the Cabinet, which stated that it will make India a major producer and supplier of green hydrogen worldwide. Green hydrogen is a form of hydrogen that is created by electrolysing water and utilising an electrolyser that is totally driven by renewable energy sources. What is the National Green Hydrogen Mission? The mission also aims to develop markets for green hydrogen and its derivatives f

India's Electric Vehicle Roadmap for 2023

India's Electric Vehicle Roadmap for 2023 India's future for electric vehicles is bright because of ambitious government goals and technological breakthroughs. With around 40 crore people in need of mobility solutions by the year 2030, India is currently the fifth-largest vehicle market in the world and has the potential to become one of the top three in the near future. Electric vehicle roadmap: With the government outlining a thorough plan to reach this goal, which i

Global Renewables and Energy Efficiency Pledge

International Energy Agency (IEA) has called for government to commit to tripling global renewable capacity by 2030 ahead of COP 28, but some key players have not signed the pledge. Global Renewables and Energy Efficiency Pledge Led by- US, European Union and UAE. Aim- To achieve net zero emission by mid-century (2050). Coal phase-out- The pledge calls for “the phase down of unabated coal power” and an end to th

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