The E-rickshaw story: Was the advent of electric mobility in India planned

01 Feb 2018

Long before the Government of India announced its intention to have an all-electric fleet by 2030; a three-wheeled retrofitted battery rickshaw was taking the Indian cities by storm. In 2016, in Delhi alone, the number of electric rickshaws plying on the roads was over 1,00,000.

Watershed management and development

31 Jan 2018

The primary cause for poverty and marginalization in rainfed rural areas is low crop and livestock productivity coupled with deterioration in the quality of land and other natural resources.

Turning plastic on its head

29 Jan 2018

Resource Efficient Technologies in SRC has been working on making plastic environment-friendly

The resource efficient technologies (RET) group in SRC focuses mainly on the development of environment-friendly plastics with a special emphasis on biomaterials, using naturally available renewable resources. The group works on the following thrust areas to be able to come up with ways to meet the challenge of consumption and disposal of the seemingly indestructible material.

Eight years of National Solar Mission: Renewing the renewables target

24 Jan 2018

The National Solar Mission's original target of achieving 20 gigawatts (GW) of grid-connected solar power plants by 2020 has been since revised to 100 GW

Breathe and Let Breathe

24 Jan 2018

An action plan against air pollution for Delhi cannot be fully implemented if the neighbouring states of Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh have no plans of their own.

Renewable Energy: Harnessing the last three 'horses of energy'

22 Jan 2018

India's tryst with renewable power goes back decades. In the past few years, it has grown even more ambitious regarding the share of renewables in its energy mix.

From lab to room- how I integrated renewables in my life

22 Jan 2018

Our researcher put theory into practice and made reduced carbon footprint a way of life

Before solar power became a buzzword, thanks to the plummeting electricity tariffs under the National Solar Mission, it was a part of a silent revolution at my home.

Energy efficiency: The balancing act between industrial growth and pollution control

22 Jan 2018

Industries, both big and small, require energy efficiency to not only meet pollution control norms but also stay competitive in a global market by reducing energy costs

Industry, the key to national development in many countries, is the powerful engine that drives economic growth, spurs innovation and entrepreneurship, and provides direct and indirect employment to vast number of people. Industry is also among the largest consumers of energy, for instance in India, the industrial sector accounts for nearly half of the nation’s commercial energy consumption.

Energy Management Controls in Cooling Plants

20 Jan 2018

With cooling systems accounting for maximum energy consumption, a monitoring and controlling system can help reduce costs and consumption.

In India, the building sector accounts for approximately 35% of the total energy consumption and is growing at a rate of 8% annually (Bureau of Energy Efficiency). Commercial buildings in India account for nearly 8% of the total electricity supplied by the utilities. Electricity usage in the sectors has been growing at about 11%–12% annually. Building energy consumption has seen an increase from14% in the 1970s to nearly 33% in 2004/05.

Resettling India's urban poor sustainably

20 Jan 2018

In a bid to resettle the urban poor, local governments are rapidly constructing houses using cheap, energy-inefficient material causing discomfort to the occupants in the long run. Given this, can participation from the private sector and deployment of local resources help in providing smart, affordable housing to them?