KUSUM Scheme: Need, Significance, DrawbacksPREMIUM 

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The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) had launched a massive solar-pump programme called PM-KUSUM in February this year. This scheme, though well-intended, has numerous drawbacks and is in need of reforms for it to be successful in the long run.

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Ethanol Blended Petrol (EBP) Programme – ExplainedPREMIUM 

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On early September this year, the Cabinet Committee of Economic Affairs, headed by the Prime Minister, has approved the hike of the procurement prices of ethanol. This move comes amidst the crisis of sugar surplus and increasing tensions between Iran and the US.

This move is of significance as the high prices are being offered for the procurement of ethanol that is manufactured from all the sugarcane-based routes including the partial sugarcane juice routes. This move has also, for the first time, has allowed the use of sugar and sugar syrup for the ethanol production.

The world is currently facing high fuel prices due to the brewing tensions in the Middle East. India must take all steps necessary to reduce the oil consumption to reduce the dependence on oil imports. The promotion of ethanol manufacturing to increase its production is a need of the hour.

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Biofuel Generation in India – Complete Analysis

Reading Time: 6 mins National Bio-fuel Policy – 2018 seems to be chasing ambitious targets based on unclear plans and questionable technologies. Moreover, the pollution levels and fuel prices are only rising and our biofuels programme is becoming irrelevant because of the lack of effective implementation.

Artificial Leaf – The next big thing in the fight against climate change

Reading Time: 4 mins What is Artificial Leaf? The artificial leaf is a silicon-based technology which produces hydrogen energy (a clean fuel) by utilizing sunlight to split water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen. It is designed to mimic photosynthesis, the natural mechanism by which plants utilize sunlight to produce carbohydrates and store energy. But Artificial Leaf is designed to …

Seaweeds – From health benefits to climate change mitigation

Reading Time: 6 mins What is Seaweed? Seaweeds are also known as Macroalgae. They constitute several species of marine plants and algae. Seaweeds may also include Red, Green and Brown algae. Seaweeds can grow in ocean, rivers, lakes and other water bodies. There are many types of seaweeds such as nori and laver seaweed. Seaweeds are attracting interests all …

Offshore wind power – The underutilized potential of India

Reading Time: 4 mins Offshore wind power refers to the electricity generated from windmills installed in the bodies of water, usually on the continental shelf rather than on land. Unlike the typical usage of the term “offshore” in the marine industry, offshore wind power includes inshore water areas such as lakes and sheltered coastal areas. Offshore wind farms can …