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Matunga will be city’s first solar-powered railway station

A proposal was sent to Asset Reconstruction Company in January for the provision of solar panelling at the Matunga Road Railway Station through the company's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative. With 48 panels of 250 W each to be installed on the roof of the station, the projection is to produce 12 kW of energy per day. The monthly usage of the station of 5500 units is expected to be met by this installation. "This is the first station in the Mumbai region to get its electricity from solar power," said Ravinder Bhakar, Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO) of Western Railway (WR). "We have already started the installation process and it is expected to be complete by the end of May this year," added Bhakar. The proposal sent to Asset Reconstruction stated that the railways hope to partner with corporates and public sector undertakings to supplement the railway's efforts to serve the public at large and offer more amenities to its passengers.

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BenQ Solar Presents World's Lightest Mono-Crystalline Module

BenQ Solar Presents World's Lightest Mono-Crystalline Module for the Japanese Market With the demand for high performance and cost-efficient residential solar solutions on the rise, BenQ Solar, the leading solar solution brand of AU Optronics, announced today that it has developed the world's lightest 60-cell crystalline-silicon module for the Japanese residential market. To specially address the Japanese market, BenQ Solar has developed lightweight solar solutions which include an ultra-light mono-crystalline module weighing only 10.5 kg (5.3 kg/sqm), with the maximum power output at 280W. The module is approximately 45% lighter than conventional counterparts, making it the world's lightest among all 60-cell crystalline-silicon modules. It is safe to be installed even on thin metal-sheet roofs, which effectively reduces the risk of collapsing if an earthquake strikes.

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Running fuel cells on bacteria

Researchers in Norway have succeeded in getting bacteria to power a fuel cell. The "fuel" used is wastewater, and the products of the process are purified water droplets and electricity. This is an environmentally-friendly process for the purification of water derived from industrial processes and suchlike. It also generates small amounts of electricity – in practice enough to drive a small fan, a sensor or a light-emitting diode. In the future, the researchers hope to scale up this energy generation to enable the same energy to be used to power the water purification process, which commonly consists of many stages, often involving mechanical and energy-demanding decontamination steps at its outset. Nature's own generator The biological fuel cell is powered by entirely natural processes – with the help of living microorganisms. "In simple terms, this type of fuel cell works because the bacteria consume the waste materials found in the water", explains SINTEF researcher Luis Cesar Colmenares, who is running the project together with his colleague Roman Netzer. "As they eat, the bacteria produce electrons and protons. The voltage that arises between these particles generates energy that we can exploit. Since the waste in the wastewater (organic material) is consumed and thus removed, the water itself becomes purified", he says.

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ABB India has developed a solar-powered water pump

ABB India has developed a solar-powered water pump for irrigating crops with rural India facing problems in the supply of electricity and availability of diesel for operating gensets. “ABB solar pump drive starts automatically when there is enough sunshine and the motor connected to it begins to run the pump to draw water. At sunset, the drive turns off the motor and the water flow ceases,” Vinod Raina, senior Vice President (Transformers division) at ABB India, told reporters here. He said that the built-in maximum power point tracking functionality enables the pump to run at maximum power using the available solar energy. He said that switching from use of conventional energy or diesel gensets to solar power can free up as much as 18 per cent of the electricity that can be used for other purposes. “As much as 18 per cent of the total electrical energy generated goes into agriculture. There are nine million diesel pump-sets in India. Even if 50 per cent of these are converted to solar powered pumps, it will save 25 billion litres of diesel per year,” Raina said while claiming that the implementation of the solar pump can improve agricultural productivity to at least two crops a year in most parts of the country. The unreliable electricity supply in rural areas, the ABB official said, resulted not only in wastage of energy but also of water. “Due to the uncertain power supply, pumps are kept switched on waiting for electricity and, often unattended, lead to water being drawn out and wasted,” he said. Raina said that with the government having set a target of deploying 1,00,000 solar pumpsets over the next five years, states like Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Gujarat are key adopters followed closely by Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. PTI

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The Plug into Safety RCD campaign continues to garner coverage in a range of media outlets. Following on from the launch last May, the ESC has continued

We know that to really get a message across to an audience, you can’t just say it once and hope that people remember. You have to repeat it, over a period of time, in different ways, to try and embed the information,”explains Angela Murphy, ESC media manager. “To be really effective, a campaign needs time and if its objective is to help bring about behavioral change, it can take years.” To take advantage of the summer seasonal focus, the Council initially targeted home and gardening publications - both in print and on-line - with a range of electrical safety tips emphasising RCD protection. Among the coverage gained are items in magazines such as Period Living, Traditional Homes and Garden News. Of course, it is also vital that the ESC keeps the industry informed and involved in its activity; and the Council has achieved a spate of coverage in the trade press, particularly with the launch of the Electrician’s tool-kit (see below). Articles and news items have appeared in, to name a few, Professional Electrician, Electrical Digest and Electrical Contracting News. The toolkit is specifically designed to help contractors communicate the benefits of RCD protection to customers. In addition to safety information, it also contains detachable, blank business cards - urging consumers to install RCD protection - which contractors can leave with clients after a house-call. This is just one of the ways in which the Council is supporting industry in encouraging householders to install RCDs and take on board basic safety messages. To supplement this, the Council has also been pursuing coverage in key stakeholder publications, including Fire and Rescue Services magazines and local council websites. “There is no doubt that we have been able to achieve strong media coverage but the life-blood of any campaign is case studies – people's real-life stories," adds Angela. "We have been developing a number of these to use with the Plug into Safety campaign but we are always looking for more. So, if you, a friend or family member, or even a client, have a story to tell about how an RCD saved a life or prevented an injury – or could have, if one had been used – we would love to hear from you.”

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JAWAHARLAL NEHRU NATIONAL SOLAR MISSION (JNNSM)

Towards Building SOLAR INDIA The National Solar Mission is a major initiative of the Government of India and State Governments to promote ecologically sustainable growth while addressing India’s energy security challenge. It will also constitute a major contribution by India to the global effort to meet the challenges of climate change. For more dettails http://mnre.gov.in/pdf/mission-document-JNNSM.pdf

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ABB Group books Rs. 4000 crores UHVDC power transmission order in India

ABB Group books Rs. 4000 crores UHVDC power transmission order in India World’s first ultrahigh voltage multi-terminal system to supply hydropower across 1,700 kilometers, with highest ever converter capacity - new global benchmarks in HVDC technology ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has booked an order worth more than Rs. 4000 crores from Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd., to deliver an ultrahigh-voltage direct current (UHVDC) transmission system. The link will supply hydropower from mountainous northeast India to the populous region of Agra in central India, 1,700 kilometers away. ABB in India will book over Rs.500 crores of the total order value for local equipment supplies and will additionally contribute to the project with design and engineering services. Northeast India has abundant hydropower resources scattered over a large area, while the load centers are often located thousands of kilometers away. India plans to create pooling points in the region to collect electricity generated from several hydropower stations and transport it across power superhighways to major urban load centers. For more details : http://www.abb.co.in/cawp/seitp202/e4f3fead1db220636525796e00255d2f.aspx

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Royal Philips Electronics is pleased to announce that its award winning SpeedStar LED road lighting luminaire has been given the certificate of neutrality.

The certificate acknowledges that the emissions of carbon caused by the production and recycling of the SpeedStar fitting has been offset by investing in greenhouse gas reduction projects from the Climate Neutral Group. This programme will soon be extended to all Philips key outdoor luminaire ranges including CitySoul and CitySpirit. This initiative compliments the Philips EcoVision programme, which has also drastically reduced the environmental impact of Philips manufacturing plants over the last decade. The SpeedStar luminaire, recently honoured at the iF product design awards 2011, has been designed to help local authorities create more liveable urban environments. Whilst concerned for road safety, city and town councils are coming under increasing pressure to reduce energy consumption at the same time as complying with lighting standards. Philips SpeedStar addresses these issues boasting best in class energy saving and minimal maintenance. This carbon-neutral lighting solution incorporates a compact flat LED engine which is easy to replace and which also offers the flexibility of a modular system. As well as ensuring bright, functional road lighting, its stylish design appeals to architects and urban planners. Philips LED solutions for streets and roads can save up to 70% of the energy consumed by existing outdoor lighting, without compromising on lighting performance, ensuring they remain fully compliant with current norms and regulations in place for street lighting.

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