PV module waste management – The next big challenge for the solar sector

Solar Photovoltaic (PV) technology has emerged as one of the most promising technologies for improving energy security and mitigating climate change. This market is growing rapidly world-over, and further exponential expansion is expected in the coming years. In addition to its positive impacts on energy security and climate change, PV technology is also among the most favoured renewable energy technologies, particularly when evaluated from a life-cycle viewpoint. In India as well, solar power capacity has grown from a mere 2,300 MW in 2013 to over 27,000 MW in 2018 at a CAGR of 64%, making India one of the top…

A Peak Into The Indian Economy: Q1 2019

The democratic verdict was pronounced by the people of India in May 2019, empowering the BJP to continue leading the reins of the country. The prime minister, humbly accepted a second term in office and took on an ambitious and herculean task of building, a $5 Trillion economy for the citizens by 2025. Though the GDP growth decelerated to a 5 year low, at approx. 6% in the first quarter of FY20, the ambitious goal has received the admiration and support of several industrialists. However, a quick look at economic indicators suggest that, industrial production has been struggling for over…

Can India Fulfill its climate change obligations?

Global engagement on climate change and energy conservation has been creating quite a stir. At a stage when most of the countries are progressing towards lowering their carbon footprint and harnessing renewable resources of energy, India too stands tall with several environment saving projects to its credit. It has decided to phase out its fossil fuel based energy generation and shift to green energy. India has pledged to reduce its carbon emissions by 33% – 35% by 2030 in comparison to 2005. To achieve this target, the Government of India announced an ambitious renewable energy target of 175GW by 2022…

How Solar Industry can contribute to India’s economic growth

India is fast moving towards a clean energy mix to support its consumer power requirements. It is the world’s third largest producer and fourth largest consumer of electricity in the world as of August 2018. Going solar is a decision that has enormous importance in today’s world of climate change and uncertainty of rising energy costs. There are signals that significant investments and supportive stance from the government have started to pay off. The falling costs of the renewables are making these alternative sources more viable to explore. In fact new solar and wind backed energy sources are now 20%…

Can Plastic Roads be an Answer to the Global Plastic Waste Crisis?

Global Plastic Waste Crisis

One of the gravest environmental challenges facing mankind today is plastic pollution. According to conservative estimates by the United Nations, humans today produce more than 300 million tonnes of plastic waste every year and this figure is continuously on the rise. Even worrisome is the fact that only 9% of this waste gets recycled, 12% incinerated and the rest – more than 75% – gets dumped in landfills, water bodies and the natural environment worldwide. As a result, plastic waste has become a major environmental hazard polluting our cities, farmlands, rivers and even our oceans. Researchers estimate that at this…

Energy conservation with efficient LED lighting solutions

LED lights

Lighting accounts for about 20 percent of the total energy usage worldwide, approximately 1,944 terawatt hours. Because lighting is relatively simple to upgrade, the trend in recent years is to switch to LEDs. Doing so greatly improves energy efficiency, mitigating impacts of global warming and reducing energy dependence. What is an LED light? A light-emitting diode (LED) is a semiconductor light source that emits light when current flows through it. Appearing as practical electronic components in 1962, the earliest LEDs emitted low-intensity infrared light mainly used in remote-control circuits. The first visible-light LEDs were of low intensity and limited to…

BOS costs will play an important role in future solar installations

future solar installations

There has been prolific growth in the adoption of solar PV technology worldwide in the last few years and the trend is set to continue in the future. Solar power is increasingly competing with conventional energy sources, with many countries around the world attaining grid parity, which essentially means levelized cost of electricity (LOCE) from solar PV is less than or equal to the price of power from the electricity grid. This growth can be mainly attributed to significant cost reductions in the segment, including a reduction in the cost of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules. With constantly falling price of solar…

Amorphous Silicon PV modules opens-up new possibilities for solar power generation

Amorphous Silicon PV modules

A photovoltaic cell, which specifically converts sunlight into electrical energy, is one of the most promising technologies towards achieving global renewable energy goals. Crystalline silicon solar cells have become mainstream because of their higher conversion efficiency, yet they are restricted to their massive size and higher cost of production. However, in the last few years, there has been new innovations in this sector giving rise to silicon thin-film materials which is extremely encouraging because of their accessibility, light weight, lower cost, and less demanding manufacture technique. Amorphous silicon (a-Si) is the non-crystalline form of silicon. It is primarily used as semiconductor…

Will Micro Grids Shape the Future of Indian Power Landscape?

India has witnessed tremendous progress in the power infrastructure since the dawn of independence. Complete electrification of Indian households, a distant dream for rural citizens, just a decade ago is turning into a reality to be fulfilled in the near future. Promising schemes of the Government of India coupled with concentrated efforts of state agencies and private developers are major drivers, propelling the power industry and consequently creating enormous opportunities for the growth of industrial sectors. Though, ambitious projects have been envisaged by the government, there remain challenges with regards to infrastructure development and last mile connectivity, which have to…

Delhi’s Perennial Winter Smog – Causes and Possible Solutions

Every winter, India’s national capital grabs newspaper headlines across the globe for an unpleasant phenomenon. As mercury starts dipping, Delhi along with its neighbouring suburbs of Noida, Gurgaon, Ghaziabad and Faridabad, together termed as the National Capital Region (NCR) gets engulfed in a thick blanket of hazardous smog for the 10-12 weeks putting the health of its residents at severe risk from various respiratory disorders. This unpleasant situation during has earned the city the epithet of the ‘most polluted city in the world’. Every year, hospitals in the region register an instant spike in the number of patients with respiratory…