Australia Steps Up New Initiatives Towards Net Zero By 2050

Australia Steps Up New Initiatives Towards Net Zero By 2050

Last Updated: Aug 04, 2022

Australia Steps Up New Initiatives Towards Net Zero By 2050

With the support of the country’s Green Party, the nation is likely to approve new legislation under the recently elected Labor government that will obligate it to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 43 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 before achieving net zero by 2050.

In a significant break from the previous administration, the Australian federal government has proposed legislation that will secure Australia’s pledge to reach net zero by 2050 as well as provide greater monitoring and accountability over climate change progress.

The Climate Change Bill 2022, as it is known, consists of four essential provisions that the MPs hope would propel a nation that is frequently accused of being slow to act on climate change into a position of climate leadership.

The country’s Clean Energy Council at the time referred to Australia’s previous Conservative administration’s decision to reject codifying a net zero 2050 aim as “disappointing” and “unambitious” despite its commitment to the goal.

However, now, with the support of the country’s Green Party, the nation is likely to approve new legislation under the recently elected Labor government that will obligate it to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 43 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 before achieving net zero by 2050.

Chris Bowen, Australia’s minister for the recently established department of Climate Change and Energy, asserted that the legislation would strengthen Australia’s position internationally and send clear messages to the energy sector about the goals of the new administration.

Importantly, the Bill makes it part of the objectives of important government organisations like ARENA, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC), and Infrastructure Australia. As a result, future governments will find it far more difficult to amend or eliminate the targets.

Adam Bandt, the leader of the Australian Green Party, Tweeted that his party had “secured changes to Labor’s weak climate legislation and will vote to pass it.” However, he added that he was disappointed in the administration’s support for new coal and gas projects and vowed to oppose any rise in fossil fuel investments.

Following the news, Australia’s ranking on the Climate Action Tracker was downgraded from “very insufficient” to just “insufficient,” a classification shared by many other industrialised countries. However, the domestic goal was increased to “nearly sufficient”.

“The incoming administration has the chance to step up climate action in the vital years leading up to 2030. The Albanese government must stop supporting new fossil fuel projects, which will increase emissions rather than decrease them, to do this”, according to the climate monitoring organisation.

A separate section of the bill mandates that the minister for climate change submit annual reports to the country’s Parliament on progress toward the targets, as well as requiring the independent Climate Change Authority of the nation to offer advice and updates on Australia’s progress against those newly strengthened targets.

After the COP26, almost every country is actively working to either draft a national plan for achieving Net Zero or has started working on it. India is working actively towards the Net Zero roadmap by 2070. The Net Zero for the earth can only be achieved by cross-border collaboration.

A lot of private investments are being done for future projects in this process. The Government of India is also bringing Energy Conservation Amendment Act which is focusing residential societies and corporate buildings.

This new amendment will ensure that any building or a residential society where the power consumption is more than 100kw will have to procure the power from non-fossil fuels. The primary objective of this act is to promote the adoption of green and energy-efficient buildings.

Source Link: https://www.saurenergy.com/solar-energy-news/australia-steps-up-new-initiatives-towards-net-zero-by-2050

Chicago Sets Sights On Acquiring 100% Renewable Energy By 2025

Chicago Sets Sights On Acquiring 100% Renewable Energy By 2025

Last Updated: Aug 10, 2022

Chicago Sets Sights On Acquiring 100% Renewable Energy

Chicago has committed to acquiring renewable energy by 2025 for use in all City facilities and activities. The process of this commitment has reached an agreement with electricity provider Constellation for the purchase of renewable energy.

The city of Chicago in the USA has committed to acquiring 100% renewable energy by 2025 for use in all city facilities and activities, and as the first step in that process, has reached an agreement with electricity provider Constellation for the purchase of renewable energy.

A 593MW solar PV plant will be built by developer Swift Current Energy and utility Constellation to initially supply electricity to Chicago-area facilities.

Construction on the installation, which is among the biggest in Illinois to date and will be situated in the downstate Sangamon and Morgan counties, is anticipated to begin by the end of this year.

By 2025, the solar power plant will partially provide clean electricity to several Chicago structures, including the city’s airports, the Harold Washington Library Center, and the Jardine water filtration facility. According to the contract, Constellation will start to provide electricity to Chicago in January next year for a five-year starting period.

“The signing of this agreement demonstrates that the City of Chicago is leading by example and driving high-impact climate action, building the clean energy workforce of the future, and equitably distributing meaningful benefits to foster the local clean energy economy for all,” said Lori Lightfoot, Mayor of the city of Chicago.

“Over the past few years, more than 200 people have gone through our solar panel installation training program,” said Karen Freeman Wilson, president, and chief executive officer of the Chicago Urban League. “Some of our graduates were incredibly proud to be part of the team that completed one of the largest solar projects in Chicago earlier this year—the installation of a solar roof and carport at our headquarters.”

Additionally, the partnership with Constellation and Swift Current Energy will aid in funding programs that will be centered on the growth of renewable energy, such as apprenticeships and job training. Additionally, the city has earmarked funds through the Chicago Recovery Plan to hasten energy retrofits and the production of renewable energy, beginning with libraries in historically underprivileged neighborhoods on the South and West sides.

Chicago will also buy renewable energy certificates (RECs) from other renewable sources to cover the rest of its energy needs, including streetlights and small and medium-sized buildings. Rahm Emmanuel, Lightfoot’s predecessor, had previously committed to having Chicago’s buildings run entirely on renewable energy by 2025. By 2035, Chicago plans to run all of its activities using only renewable energy, and all of the city’s electricity will come from clean, renewable sources.

Source Link: https://www.saurenergy.com/solar-energy-news/chicago-will-begin-acquiring-100-renewable-energy-by-2025

Rajasthan And NTPC Sign MoU To Develop 10 GW Renewable Energy Park In State

Rajasthan And NTPC Sign MoU To Develop 10 GW Renewable Energy Park In State

Last Updated: July 04, 2022

Rajasthan And NTPC

NTPC Renewable Energy Ltd (NREL) and Rajasthan Government signed on July 1 an MoU for a 10 GW ultra mega Renewable Energy Power Parks (UMREPP) to be developed in Rajasthan.

The MoU was signed at a ceremony held on Friday in the presence of Rajasthan Energy Minister Bhanwar Singh Bhati.

Since it was formed on 7 October 2020, NTPCREL has won 4 GW renewable energy capacity by bidding in various tenders which are under different stages of implementation.

Besides, NTPC REL is developing one UMREPP of 4.75 GW capacity in Rann of Kutch, Gujarat, and NTPC REL has also entered into a joint venture agreement with DVC for developing RE parks and projects.

NTPC Renewable Energy Limited has been entrusted with the execution of NTPC’s ambitious plan to attain a total installed capacity of 60 GW by 2032.

Consciously working to achieve the target, NTPCREL has adopted a multi-pronged strategy to develop the greenfield and brownfield projects through as many collaborations and acquisitions as possible with the stakeholders.

The desire to fuel the company’s growth, broad base its footprint and strengthen its competitive edge drives NTPCREL to be one of the major Renewable Energy producers.

Meanwhile, NTPC on July 2 declared that the commercial operation of the final part capacity of 20 MW out of 100 MW Ramagundam Floating Solar PV Project at Ramagundam, Telangana with effect from July 1.

With the operationalisation of the 100-MW Solar PV Project at Ramagundam, the total commercial operation of floating solar capacity in the Southern Region rose to 217 MW.

Earlier, NTPC declared commercial operation of 92 MW Floating Solar at Kayamkulam (Kerala) and 25 MW Floating Solar at Simhadri (Andhra Pradesh).

With the operationalisation of the 100-MW Solar PV Project at Ramagundam, the total commercial operation of floating solar capacity in the Southern Region rose to 217 MW.

Unlike the 92 MW Kayamkulam floating solar plant which it displaces from the top perch, the Ramagundam plant is likely to retain its rank all through 2023, as other larger floating projects are still under execution.

Source Link: https://www.saurenergy.com/solar-energy-news/rajasthan-and-ntpc-sign-mou-to-develop-10-gw-renewable-energy-park-in-state

Tata Power sets up 150 EV clean-energy chargers in Mumbai

Tata Power sets up 150 EV clean-energy chargers in Mumbai

Last Updated: Jun 29, 2022

Tata Power has set up more than 13,000 electric chargers for private use and over 200 electric bus charging points across the country.

Tata Power installs 150 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in Mumbai. The chargers, which will be powered by renewable energy such as solar, wind, and hydropower, have been deployed across the city including malls, residential spaces, business hubs and petrol pumps. The company has undertaken this initiative under its ‘Do Green’ programme to escalate EV adoption in the country.

Speaking about the initiative, Sanjay Banga, President T&D, Tata Power said, “Tata Power believes that smart actions taken today will have a big influence on the environment in the future. Our EV charging stations that are powered by clean energy will help in the promotion of e-mobility. We firmly believe Mumbai citizens will lead the ‘Do Green’ drive and serve as a role model for other major cities considering faster EV adoption”.

The electric utility company recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with National Real Estate Development Council (NAREDCO) to install up to 5,000 EV charging units across the latter’s member developers’ properties in the state.

The company has been robustly expanding its EV charging network under its EZ charge brand, besides catering for the customers with its digital platform, which facilitates an easy and smooth charging experience. Tata Power has set up more than 13,000 electric chargers for private use and over 200 electric bus charging points across the country.

Tata Power has joined hands with several industry leaders including Apollo Tyres, TVS Motors, Lodha Group, HMIL, Hyundai, and others to enhance the EV infrastructure in the country.

Source Link: https://www.financialexpress.com/express-mobility/vehicles/electric-vehicles/tata-power-sets-up-150-ev-clean-energy-chargers-in-mumbai/2576557/

Tata Power arm commissions India’s largest floating solar project

Tata Power arm commissions India’s largest floating solar project

Last Updated: Jun 25, 2022

Largest Floating Solar Project

This project is the first in the Floating Solar Photovoltaic (FSPV) through power purchase agreement category, the company said

Tata Power Solar Systems on Saturday said it has commissioned India’s largest floating solar power project of 101.6 Megawatt Peak (MWp) in Kerala backwaters. The project is installed on a 350-acre water body in Kayamkulam, Kerala, a company statement said. The installation was completed within the stipulated period, despite the arduous challenges of variable water depths, high sea tides, and severe water salinity concerns, it stated. Tata Power Solar is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tata Power. This project is the first in the Floating Solar Photovoltaic (FSPV) through power purchase agreement category, the company said. “The commissioning of India’s first and largest floating solar project is an innovative and incremental step toward meeting India’s sustainable energy goals,” said Praveer Sinha, CEO, and MD, Tata Power. A power purchase agreement has been signed with a PSU client, wherein the entire power generated from this plant will be used by Kerela State Electricity Board (KSEB). Interestingly, all the solar modules used in this plant were safely transported, unloaded, and stored on a limited parcel of land for about 35 days by Tata Power Solar, it said. Ashish Khanna, President – Renewables, Tata Power, said the project reinforces Tata Power Solar’s commitment to leading India’s transition towards a greener future and achieving the collective vision of realizing 500 GW of energy through solar power by 2030.

Source Link: https://www.thehindu.com/business/Industry/tata-power-arm-commissions-indias-largest-floating-solar-project/article65564329.ece

IIT develops solar-based root zone heating system for plants in high-altitude

IIT develops solar-based root zone heating system for plants in high-altitude

Last Updated: Jun 27, 2022

IIT develops solar-based root zone

IIT develops solar-based root zone heating system for plants in high-altitude areas According to officials, the technology for which the researchers have also been granted a patent has been developed keeping in view the scarcity of fresh vegetables or agricultural produce and the lack of effective organic waste management in high-altitude areas like the Ladakh region.

New Delhi: Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur have developed a solar energy-based root zone heating system and vermi-bed method for plants in high-altitude areas. According to officials, the technology for which the researchers have also been granted a patent has been developed keeping in view the scarcity of fresh vegetables or agricultural produce and the lack of effective organic waste management in high-altitude areas like the Ladakh region. “The high altitude areas pose some crucial problems when it comes to availability of fresh produce and organic waste management, especially for our defence forces that require a good amount of fresh produce in their daily diet. Due to the climate and weather conditions, it is difficult to avail fresh produce year-long,” said Abhay Karandikar, Director, IIT Kanpur. “Hence, this novel technology of root zone heating system and vermi-bed method developed by the team at our institute is a significant step towards helping especially our defence forces deployed there with fresh vegetable supply and a solution to effectively mitigate organic waste,” he added. According to the team, the basic premise of the technology is a greenhouse (polyhouse) plantation of vegetables and a provision of the heating root zone of the plants. The root zone heating is scientifically studied and modelled by laying a network of GI (Galvanised Iron) pipes below the ground carrying solar-heated water and by integrating aluminium sheet fins with the buried GI pipes to enhance the heat transfer. “A significant temperature increase (7 degrees Celsius to 18 degrees Celsius) in soil was achieved during the trial, depending upon the temperature of hot water being flown inside the GI pipes. This raised temperature helped plants grow in a faster and healthier way than the plants grown outside at relatively low temperatures. Such a system in high altitude areas can better the cropping cycle to produce fresh vegetables even in winter conditions,” said Anubha Goel, Professor at IIT Kanpur’s Department of Civil Engineering. “This technology was field-tested that provided efficient solution producing good quality of vegetables in a protected environment and results were projected for high altitude areas where the temperature goes to -15 degrees C and below,” she added. To resolve the issue of waste management, on-site treatment of organic waste by vermicomposting was also carried out inside the polyhouse in a pit, wherein additional heat was provided to the vermi-bed by running hot water through buried rubber pipes. “Hence, this technology developed a symbiotic system that not only enhances the fresh food supply in high altitude areas during winters but also provides solutions for producing nearly zero waste. The technology can assist our troops deployed in high-altitude areas by making them self-reliant to a large extent in terms of the fresh food supply by growing desired vegetables in a protected environment like a greenhouse with solar-operated root zone heating and at the same time, it will assist in managing the organic waste generated by maintaining high-temperature vermicomposting,” said Anshul Rawat, MTech student. “Thus we have a system where vegetables can be grown, and waste generated can be converted into compost, and further utilised at the same green and polyhouse to grow vegetables. This signifies a symbiotic system with inbuilt circular economy,” he added.

Source Link: https://energy.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/renewable/iit-develops-solar-based-root-zone-heating-system-for-plants-in-high-altitude-areas/92489745