India Clean Energy Newsletter (ICEN)

Clean Energy’s Dirty Secret: The Trail of Waste Left by India’s Solar Power Boom

(By Guardian, 18 April 2024)

India’s solar ambitions come with a hefty amount of waste. With the nation targeting output of 280GW of solar power by 2030, of which 70.1GW is already installed, one study forecasts an accumulation of more than 600,000 tonnes of solar waste by then, with this projected to increase 32-fold to more than 19 million tonnes by 2050.

Indian Commercial Vehicle Industry Explores Multiple Pathways to Going ‘Green’

(By ETN, 18 April 2024)

The bulk of commercial transportation in India comprises the medium- and heavy-duty truck and bus segments that are difficult to decarbonize and electrify at present. Hydrogen internal combustion engine technology holds immense potential in overcoming this challenge, while also setting the stage for battery-electrics and hydrogen fuel-cell technologies in the long run.

How Round-the-Clock Renewable Energy is Helping Power India’s Economic Growth

(By Energy World, 17 April 2024)

Recognizing the critical importance of Round the Clock Renewable Energy (RTC-RE) in India’s energy transition journey, the government has taken several policy measures. These include renewable-plus-storage tenders, the National Wind-Solar Hybrid Policy, schemes facilitating the sale of renewable and thermal power together and guidelines for procuring RTC-RE power from grid.

Jindal Stainless Cuts 2.4 Lakh Tons of CO2 emissions in Last Two Fiscals

(By Economic Times, 17 April 2024)

Jindal Stainless has reduced 2.4 lakh tonnes of carbon emissions between 2022-23 and 2023-24, as per a company statement. The company is taking various measures to reduce the carbon component in its emissions to nil by 2050. The company plans to generate over 1.9 billion units of clean electricity per annum with a target to reduce over 13.52 lakh tonnes of carbon emissions annually by the targeted year.

Building a Circular Economy for India’s Self-Reliance in Battery Materials

(By PV Magazine, 16 April 2024)

India is investing in facilities and infrastructure to recycle batteries and recover valuable materials like lithium, cobalt, and nickel. By doing this, it can reduce the need for new materials and minimize the environmental impact of battery production. Moreover, establishing recycling facilities across the country will not only address environmental concerns but also generate employment opportunities for local talent.

BJP Sankalp Patra: How BJP Wants to Make India a Global Hub for Renewable Energy

(By Economic Times, 15 April 2024)

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has released its manifesto – Sankalp Patra – for the 2024 Lok Sabha polls. In the manifesto, the party emphasised on India’s energy security. “We will achieve energy independence for Bharat by 2047 and reduce petroleum imports through a mix of electric mobility, network of charging stations, renewable energy production and improving energy efficiency, it said.

India Can Have a USD78 Bn Green Hygrogen Electrolyzer Market by 2050

(By Economic Times, 12 April 2024)

The green hydrogen (H2) electrolyzers market in India could swell to USD78 Bn by 2050 up from USD4 Bn in 2030, according to a new report from the High-level Policy Commission on Getting Asia to Net Zero convened by the Asia Society Policy Institute. This robust outlook sends a positive signal to investors and policymakers, underscoring the strategic role of green hydrogen in meeting net zero objectives.

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