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About Debjoy Sengupta

Debjoy is a Senior Assistant Editor at Mercom. Debjoy brings more than two decades of experience in frontline journalism, spending most of his career working for dailies like Business Standard and The Economic Times. He has reported on a vast array of sectors, including power and renewables. A graduate in business economics, Debjoy is an amateur 3D digital artist and a photographer. More articles from Debjoy Sengupta.

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Coca-Cola and PepsiCo Choose Green Energy

Coca-Cola and PepsiCo Choose Green Energy

The fizz in your favorite drinks from beverage majors, Coke and Pepsi, will increasingly be powered by renewable energy. The two companies are setting firm deadlines for energy sustainability, reducing ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Flood Risk Assessment Essential for Longevity of Solar Assets

Flood Risk Assessment Essential for Longevity of Solar Assets

Preliminary flood risk analysis, development of efficient drainage, and systems for channelizing excess water outside project boundaries are essential in preventing large-scale damage to solar installations during a flood, consultancy ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
By 2030 Solar-Powered Hydrogen Could Be Cheaper Than Fossil Fuel-Based Production

By 2030 Solar-Powered Hydrogen Could Be Cheaper Than Fossil Fuel-Based Production

Hydrogen produced from solar-powered equipment could be cheaper than fossil fuel-based production methods in a decade, indicated a study. The study, by researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was ...
/ / Solar, Technology
NTPC to Stop New Land Acquisition for Coal-based Projects

NTPC to Stop New Land Acquisition for Coal-Based Projects

India’s largest coal-fired power generator, NTPC Ltd, aims to transform itself into the country’s biggest renewable energy producer and refrain from acquiring land for new thermal power projects, its chairman, ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
China’s Pledge to Become Carbon-Neutral by 2060 Has Global Implications

China’s Pledge to Become Carbon-Neutral by 2060 Has Global Implications

The world’s largest and growing energy market, China, announced its ambition to transform into a  carbon-neutral economy by 2060. However, for a country that contributes 28% of global emissions, Chinese ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
Average Cost of Lithium-ion Battery Cell Likely to Plummet to $100_kWh in 2023_ Report

Average Cost of Lithium-ion Battery Cell Likely to Plummet to $100/kWh in 2023: Report

Average lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery cell cost will fall below $100/kWh in the next three years, while improved cheaper technologies and economies of scale will drive it down to $73/kWh by ...
Military Engineer Services Gets Net Metering for Solar Projects Above Ceiling Capacity

Military Engineer Services Gets Net Metering for Rooftop Solar Above Ceiling Capacity

The Uttarakhand Electricity Regulatory Commission (UERC) has allowed Military Engineer Services (MES) branches at Roorkee and Dehradun to set up a 2 MW grid-connected rooftop solar system each under net metering ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
Blackstone Sets Up a $250 Million Fund for Distributed Renewable Projects

Blackstone Sets Up a $250 Million Fund for Distributed Renewable Projects

The United States-based global investment firm, Blackstone, has announced a $250 million fund for distributed and sustainable energy infrastructure assets to ride on the renewable energy wave that’s sweeping energy ...
/ / Other, Renewable Energy
IFC Asks Clients to Not Invest in Companies That Do Not Want to Exit Coal

IFC Asks Clients to Not Invest in Companies That Do Not Want to Exit Coal

International Finance Corporation (IFC), the financial arm of the World Bank Group, is advising its clients in the financial sector to increase their climate-related lending, reducing their exposure to coal ...
/ / Other, Other Energy
China Leads the Lithium-Ion Battery Supply Chain as Europe Makes Progress_ BNEF Study

China Leads the Lithium-Ion Battery Supply Chain as Europe Makes Progress: BNEF Study

Chinese lithium-ion battery manufacturers are likely to retain their recently acquired number one position in the next five years. The U.S. and Sweden may emerge third and fourth by 2025, ...
Solar Developers Want Government to Penalize Delayed Transmission Projects

Solar Developers Want Government to Penalize Delayed Transmission Projects

Solar power project development slowed down drastically since March when India imposed a lockdown to control the COVID-19 pandemic. Solar installations declined more than 80% in Q2. Only 205 MW ...
US Companies Ask Insurers to Say No to Fossil-Fuel and Support Renewable Businesses

US Companies Ask Insurers to Say No to Fossil-Fuel and Support Renewable Businesses

Sixty U.S. companies have teamed up to persuade American insurers to ditch fossil fuel-based businesses. In a letter to insurers, these businesses said: “As insurance customers, we are expressing our ...
/ / Other, Other Energy
Power Grid To Monetize Transmission Assets of ₹70 Billion via InvIT

Power Grid to Monetize Transmission Assets of ₹70 Billion via InvIT

Earlier this week, state-owned Power Grid Corporation of India (PGCIL) received the Cabinet Committee of Economic Affairs’ approval to monetize its transmission projects through the Infrastructure Investment Trust (InvIT) model ...
/ / Grid, T&D
Greece Likely to Spend $5.9 Billion for Lignite Phase-Out, Set Up a 204 MW Solar Park

Greece Likely to Spend $5.9 Billion for Lignite Phase-Out, Set Up a 204 MW Solar Park

Greece is likely to spend $5.9 billion to neutralize the economic impact of phasing off lignite-based power generation according to a report by Athens News Agency - Macedonian Press Agency ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
China's FDI in India's Non-Conventional Energy Space Shrunk in 2019-20

China’s FDI in India’s Non-Conventional Energy Space Shrunk in 2019-20

China's foreign direct investment (FDI) in the Indian non-conventional energy segment was just 3.14% of the total Chinese FDI over the last five years, indicated minister of state for finance, ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Other
Solar Curtailment Could Rise Globally as PV Penetration Increases

Solar Curtailment Could Rise Globally as PV Penetration Increases

The trend of curtailment of renewable power has started taking shape globally. Power firms in China, Chile, several U.S. markets, including Arizona, California, Hawaii, and Texas, had to curtail at ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
China’s GCL-Poly Begins Construction of a 54,000 MT Polysilicon Facility

China’s GCL-Poly Begins Construction of a 54,000 MT Polysilicon Facility

Jiangsu Zhongneng Polysilicon, a subsidiary of Chinese major GCL-Poly Energy Holdings, announced the ground breaking of the first phase of its 54,000 metric tonnes (MT) polysilicon manufacturing facility using a ...
/ / Manufacturing, Solar
Hydrogen Harnessed from Ocean Water Can Solve India’s Energy Storage Challenges_ Report

Hydrogen Harnessed from Ocean Water Can Solve India’s Energy Storage Challenges: Report

The United Kingdom would need 75,000 MW of offshore wind energy to achieve net-zero emission by 2050. Such a sizeable intermittent power generation capacity could be stabilized with hydrogen generated ...
Buyers Lap Up Solar and Green Power from Indian Energy Exchange’s New Trading Platform

Buyers Lap Up Solar and Green Power from Indian Energy Exchange’s New Trading Platform

Solar power is trading at premiums ranging between ₹0.40 (~$ 0.0054)/kWh and ₹0.60 (~$0.0082)/kWh on the Indian Energy Exchange’s (IEX) recently launched renewable energy platform, an executive told Mercom. “IEX ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Petronas' Indian Arm Acquires 100 MW of Solar Assets from ACME at ₹8 Billion

Petronas’ Indian Arm Acquires 100 MW of Solar Assets from ACME at ₹8 Billion

Amplus, the Indian arm of Petronas (Petroliam Nasional Bhd), a Malaysian government-owned oil and gas company, has acquired 100 MW of solar assets from ACME Solar. The deal was valued ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
Adani’s 1.5 GW Rajasthan Solar Park Project Hits Land Hurdle

Adani’s 1.5 GW Rajasthan Solar Park Project Hits Land Hurdle

Adani Group’s initiative to expand its solar power generation portfolio has hit a temporary roadblock. A report by PTI said that the Rajasthan High Court has temporarily stayed its 1,500 ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale
Shutting Down Old & Under-Construction Coal Projects Could Save ₹1.1 Trillion: Report

Shutting Down Old & Under-Construction Coal Projects Could Save ₹1.1 Trillion: Report

In India, shutting down 20-year or older coal-fired power projects and scrapping under-construction thermal power projects could save the government, power distribution utilities, and consumers almost ₹1.1 trillion (~$15 billion), ...
/ / Other, Other Energy
EESL Floats Tender for Equipment to Improve Indoor Air Quality at Government Offices (1)

EESL Floats Tender for Equipment to Improve Indoor Air Quality at Government Offices

State-owned Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) has invited bids for installing almost 3.7 million filtration systems to be fitted with air-conditioners and ventilation equipment in government office buildings. It is ...
/ / Energy Efficiency, Other
Thermal Units May Recover Pollution Control Retrofit Costs Over 25 Years, Suggests CERC

Thermal Units May Recover Pollution Control Retrofit Costs Over 25 Years, Suggests CERC

Thermal power projects retrofitting pollution control systems on commissioned units will be allowed to recover their costs in parts from buyers during the tenure of power purchase agreements, Central Electricity ...
/ / Other, Other Energy
US-Based Solar Workgroup Offers Renewable Jobs to Coal Workers

US-Based Solar Workgroup Offers Renewable Jobs to Coal Workers

U.S.-based of The Solar Workgroup of Southwest Virginia has launched a new initiative to set up commercial-scale solar installations in the coalfield region of Southwest Virginia and offer renewable energy ...
/ / Solar, Utility Scale