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About Ramya Ranganath

Ramya Ranganath is an Associate Editor and Writer for Mercom Communications India. Before joining Mercom, Ramya worked as a Senior Editor at a digital media supply chain solutions company. Throughout her career, she has developed end-to-end content for various companies in a wide range of domains, including renewables. Ramya holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from M.S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology and is passionate about environmental issues and permaculture.

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Australian Research Team Achieves 21.6% Efficiency in Perovskite Solar Cells

Australian Research Team Achieves 21.6% Efficiency in Perovskite Solar Cells

A team of research scientists from the Australian National University (ANU) has had a breakthrough in the efficiency of solar cells, an outcome multiple entities around the world are incessantly ...
/ / Solar, Technology
Indian Oil and NTPC Launch Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in Noida

Indian Oil and NTPC Launch Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in Noida

The Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) has come together with the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) to establish electric vehicle charging stations in Greater Noida. This electric vehicle (EV) charging station ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
Harnessing Singlet Fission to Increase Solar Cell Efficiency

Harnessing Singlet Fission to Increase Solar Cell Efficiency

A research team at Columbia University has developed a methodology to harness more energy from light, thereby increasing the efficiency of solar cells, as reported in a study published in ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Tata Chemicals Sets Up Lithium-Ion Recycling Plant in India

Tata Chemicals Sets Up Lithium-Ion Recycling Plant in India

Tata Chemicals, a company with interests in chemicals, crop nutrition, and consumer products, has entered the battery recycling industry. The company has started commercial operations to recover active cathode materials ...
/ / Energy Efficiency, Other
Tata Memorial Center Issues Tenders for 2 MW of Solar Projects

Tata Memorial Center Issues Tenders for 2 MW of Solar Projects

Tata Memorial Center has issued notice inviting tenders (NIT) for installation of solar power projects at Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital & Research Center, in Mohali, Punjab. The total capacity of ...
/ / Solar, Tenders & Auctions
Researchers Develop an Algorithm that Can Improve the Efficiency of Solar Panels

Researchers Develop an Algorithm that Can Improve the Efficiency of Solar Panels

In an important technological development, the researchers at the University of Waterloo have developed a method to better utilize the amount of energy that’s collected by solar panels. “We’ve developed ...
/ / Solar, Technology
Off-Grid Solar Solutions Provider BBOXX Raises $50 Million Funding Led by Mitsubishi

Off-Grid Solar Solutions Provider BBOXX Raises $50 Million Funding Led by Mitsubishi

BBOXX, an off-grid solar solutions provider, has raised $50 million (~₹3.58 billion) in a Series D round of funding. Mitsubishi Corporation led the round by investing a significant amount. According ...
/ / Off-grid, Solar
Policy Developments in India’s Solar and Other Renewables in August 2019

Policy Developments in India’s Solar and Other Renewables in August 2019

The month of August witnessed policy announcements related to net metering, distributed solar, rooftop solar, and even inverter related regulations. The ministry showed leniency in the solar parks program in ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Lowest Tariff of ₹2.83/kWh Emerges in SECI’s Wind Auction for 440 MW

Lowest Tariff of ₹2.83/kWh Emerges in SECI’s Wind Auction for 440 MW

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has awarded 439.8 MW of wind projects in its latest auction. This capacity is part of the tender floated by the agency for ...
/ / Other, Wind
REIL Floats Tender for 2 MW of Rooftop Solar Projects for Government Buildings in Jaipur

REIL Floats Tender for 2 MW of Rooftop Solar Projects for Government Buildings in Jaipur

The Rajasthan Electronics and Instruments Limited (REIL) has issued tender to install and commission 2 MW of grid-connected rooftop solar projects at several government buildings in the capital city of ...
After Multiple Extensions, SECI Reissues its Tender for 97.5 MW of Rooftop Solar Projects

After Multiple Extensions, SECI Reissues its Tender for 97.5 MW of Rooftop Solar Projects

The Solar Energy Corporation of India Limited (SECI) has reissued its tender for 97.5 MW of grid-connected rooftop solar systems for government buildings in various states and union territories. The ...
Online Grocery Retailer Big Basket to Install 1.4 MW of Rooftop Solar Systems

Online Grocery Retailer Big Basket to Install 1.4 MW of Rooftop Solar Systems

Amplus Energy Solutions, a rooftop solar company, has joined forces with Big Basket, an online grocery retailer, to deploy renewable energy installations at its various premises in the country. As ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
Uttar Pradesh Aims to Invest ₹400 Billion in the Next 5 Years for Electric Mobility

Uttar Pradesh Aims to Invest ₹400 Billion in the Next 5 Years for Electric Mobility

Uttar Pradesh has launched its Electric Vehicle Manufacturing and Mobility Policy 2019 to promote the adoption of electric vehicles and supporting infrastructure in the state. The state is allocating incentives ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
Odisha Announces Tender for 100 Electric Rickshaws and Carts

Odisha Announces Tender for 100 Electric Rickshaws and Carts

The Odisha Renewable Energy Development Agency (OREDA) has floated a tender for the supply of 100 electric rickshaws (e-rickshaws) and electric carts (e-carts). The bid submission deadline for online bids ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
Amara Raja Launches Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in Andhra Pradesh’s Tirupati

Amara Raja Launches Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in Andhra Pradesh’s Tirupati

Amara Raja, a manufacturer in the Indian battery storage industry space, has launched electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and battery swapping stations in collaboration with Tirupati Municipal Corporation (TMC). Amara ...
/ / Electric Vehicles, Grid
Scientific Research Institute in Bhopal Floats EoI for Installing a Solar Project on its Campus

Scientific Research Institute in Bhopal Floats EoI for Installing a Solar Project on its Campus

The Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) in Bhopal has launched an expression of interest (EoI) for establishing a solar photovoltaic (SPV) power project based on RESCO (renewable ...
Bihar Announces Tender for 4 MW of Floating Solar Projects

Bihar Announces Tender for 4 MW of Floating Solar Projects

The Bihar Renewable Energy Development Agency (BREDA) has issued two requests for proposal (RfP) inviting bidders to develop grid-connected floating solar power projects. While one project of up to 2 ...
India’s E-Commerce Industry_ Untapped Market for Rooftop Solar

India’s E-Commerce Industry: Untapped Market for Rooftop Solar

The Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) has a solar capacity installation goal of 100 GW by 2022. The target requires 40 GW to be installed using rooftop solar. Currently, ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
New Type of Electrolyte Can Boost Efficiency of Supercapacitors Used for Energy Storage

New Type of Electrolyte Can Boost Efficiency of Supercapacitors Used for Energy Storage

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and other institutions have come out with a new class of liquids that will enhance the efficiency and stability of supercapacitors. They ...
Adani Green Records 40% Revenue Increase As New Renewable Projects Begin Generation

Adani Green Records 40% Revenue Increase As New Renewable Projects Begin Generation

Adani Green Energy Limited (AGEL), the renewable energy arm of Adani Group, has announced its financial report for the first quarter (Q1) of the financial year (FY) 2020, ending June ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Solar
IIT Kanpur Seeks Bidders for Three Smart Grid Field Pilot Projects Using Solar PV

IIT Kanpur Seeks Bidders for Three Smart Grid Field Pilot Projects Using Solar PV

The Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT-K) has floated an expression of interest (EoI) for three smart grid field pilots combining renewable sources (solar and biomass) and storage (Lithium-ion and ...
/ / Grid, Smart Grid
BREDA, Bihar, Rooftop Solar, Solar Photovoltaic, SPV, Solar Modules, Make in India,

Bihar Floats Tender for Empanelment of Bidders for 10 MW of CAPEX Rooftop Solar Projects

The Bihar Renewable Energy Development Agency (BREDA) has issued an expression of interest (EoI) for the empanelment of bidders to install 10 MW of grid-connected rooftop solar projects under CAPEX ...
/ / Rooftop, Solar
Government Classifies Ocean Energy Under Renewable Source

Government Classifies Ocean Energy Under Renewable Sources

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has informed all the stakeholders that energy from the ocean like tidal, wave, ocean thermal energy conversion, will be accepted as renewable ...
/ / Other, Other Energy
MNRE Begins Allocation of Capacities to States Under KUSUM Program for India’s Farmers

MNRE Begins Allocation of Renewable Capacities to States Under KUSUM Program for India’s Farmers

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has issued a memorandum for state-wise renewable energy capacity allocation under the KUSUM program for the country’s farmers. The capacities have been ...
/ / Markets & Policy, Solar
Indian Oil Corporation Plans to Invest ₹250 Billion in Renewable Energy Projects

Indian Oil Corporation Plans to Invest ₹250 Billion in Renewable Energy Projects

The Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) plans to diversify its business verticals and make significant investments to the tune of ₹250 billion (~$3.48 billion) in clean energy projects like solar, wind, ...
/ / Finance and M&A, Other