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Solar Energy at Harmandir Sahib To Steam Cook Langar

By using solar power for daily langar Harmandir Sahib is showing the path that the famed dhabas of Punjab and perhaps even its farmers need to follow. 
Any event at the Harmandir Sahib has a special significance. However, by shifting to solar energy, the gurudwara is making a very important statement – environment, cleanliness, service and spirituality are all part of the same reality.  Or am I seeing too much in this?



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Tech Start Up Plans To Turn Electric Vehicles Into Power Plants

High cost of storage is the biggest constraint that is acting as a barrier to greater investment in solar energy.  But this start-up has a solution.
What if parked cars could supply energy saved in their batteries to power grids?  This will effectively reduce storage cost to zero, as cars tend to be parked for 90-95% of the time. 



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Before expanding solar energy, figure out a way to store it

Too much solar power, and too little storage.  California is suffering and India will not be far behind.
If we cannot store solar power, we will end up wasting a lot of it.  So beyond a point, India will need to build storage capacity. Best to learn from California which is facing a glut that India is bound to face within the next 2-3 years.



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Coordination Problem: A Key Challenge for Smart Grids

A highly informative article on the revolutionary change that electricity grids will need to undergo. The article will require some time to digest.



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As Delhi Prepares to Segregate Its Waste at Source, Lessons From Other Such

Waste segregation lies at the core of the garbage problem in India.  In fact, if the segregation problem can be solved in a cost efficient manner, then the rest will be a cakewalk.



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Look at waste as a resource

Unlike with air pollution, the government seems to be totally devoid of ideas on how to curb garbage pollution.
The article calls for a different mindset that sees garbage as a resource capable of generating incomes and jobs.  Though the argument is good in theory, it is difficult to implement in practice.  Nevertheless, it is high time India start to consider its garbage problem seriously. 



Government Actions this week


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NITI Aayog proposes break up of Coal India

Niti Aayog proposes to break up Coal India so that the newly created companies can compete with each other thereby reducing prices.  However, while the recommendation is right, the reason cited is wrong. 
Indian politicians and bureaucrats like large sized PSUs – recent examples being Air India and Bank consolidation.  However, breaking up a PSU into smaller ones will enable greater competition, reduce prices and encourage innovation.  Among the three, it is the innovation that needs to be the key objective. This is imperative for India’s energy sector to handle the great Tsunami of renewable energy that is gathering momentum. 



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Rajasthan companies shut off wind power supply

Wind power supply is shut down in Rajasthan, as the government is unable to handle the surge.
Solar energy increases with more sunlight and then plateaus, so the peaks and troughs are not very sharp.  On the other hand, wind energy has sharp peaks, and when it is supplied to the power utilities, their infrastructure is more often than not unable to handle the surge.  This is not an easy problem to solve.
 



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Govt stitches rescue plan for Tata, Adani power plants

Coal power was the way to go until recently, and both Tata and Adani were at the forefront.  But conditions changed too fast!
The problem of –  when is a unit too big to fail?  – is likely to confront India more and more in the future.  This raises the question of, should the government spend taxpayers’ money on bailing out entities that took rational and informed decisions in the past?  My answer is no, as risk is at the core of entrepreneurship.  But the other side also has a valid point. 



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Piyush Goyal: Rework power supply deals to boost renewables

Flexibility lies at the core of structural change, and Power Minister Piyush Goyal appears to know it.
Mr. Goyal released a report that calls for changing the energy priority through changing power purchase contracts.  If India is to focus on renewable energy and use coal as a back-up then this will need to be reflected in purchase agreements. 



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Impact of BSVI roll out on Indians

As India move towards Bharat Stage 6 standards, there will be many developments that will change the auto sector forever.
The BS6 standards envisage cleaner fuels and engines, that will necessarily make 2, 3, and 4 wheelers and heavy vehicles costlier to purchase and maintain.  However, the article fails to highlight that pollution may still increase given the expected massive increase in the number of automobiles in the future.
 



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