Here are some noteworthy cleantech announcements of the day from around the world:
Photovoltaic (PV) module and component (encapsulant and backsheet) manufacturer RenewSys India commissioned a new encapsulant line. The new line takes the company’s total encapsulant manufacturing output to 3 GW. An encapsulant is used to provide adhesion between the solar cells, the top surface, and the rear surface of the PV module. The company is also setting up another 1 GW of encapsulant production capacity. Simultaneously, the company is looking to significantly expand its encapsulant output to 11 GW by adding another 8 GW phase-wise. RenewSys recently launched a distinctive EVA Encapsulant – CONSERV® Ultra plus (U+). This thermo-proficient encapsulant, according to the company, reduces the curing time per PV module cycle by 2-3 minutes, increasing the efficiency of the module manufacturing line by 10-20%.
The Krishnashila Unit of Northern Coalfields Limited installed solar panels in 80 healthcare centers in Sonbhadra District, Uttar Pradesh. The solar panels were installed through a memorandum of understanding with Uttar Pradesh New and Renewable Energy Development Agency (NEDA) with an investment of ₹24.1 million (~$320,000). Through this initiative, 20 primary healthcare centers and 60 sub-healthcare centers are equipped with solar energy-based electricity for 24 hours. The total installed capacity of this project is 220 kW. All these healthcare centers are in remote areas of the Sonbhadra District and cater to the healthcare needs of around 20,000 local people.
Researchers from IIT (BHU) developed a new technology for charging electric vehicles. As per the researchers, the new technology costs about half of the current onboard charger technology. Lab-scale development has already been done at IIT (BHU), and upgradation and commercialization are in progress. Few projects developing autonomous vehicles and connected vehicles are already underway with IIT (BHU). IIT (BHU) plans to set up an interdisciplinary center on EV technologies to carry out design, fabrication, and testing of battery management systems, commercialize research, provide solutions to research and development problems and develop human resources in this area.
KPI Global Infrastructure bagged an order from Shabnam Petrofils for executing solar power projects of 2 MWdc capacity under the captive power producer segment. Earlier, the company had bagged orders from Veekey Prints, Priyanshi Creations, and Navnidhi Dyeing and Printing Mills for executing solar power projects of 2.964 MWdc capacity under the captive power producer segment.
Arjun Joshi is a staff reporter at Mercom India. Before joining Mercom, he worked as a technical writer for enterprise resource software companies based in India and abroad. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Psychology, and Optional English from Garden City University, Bangalore. More articles from Arjun Joshi.