Daily Archives: May 23, 2011

Time ripe to popularize solar energy: Abdullah

KANPUR: Union minister for renewable energy Farooq Abdullah stated here on Friday that his ministry was helping Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur in conducting research, development and popularisation of solar energy. The ministry has also allotted a research project to the Institute in this regard.

Abdullah said that it has become necessary to stop relying too much on non-renewable sources of energy like coal. The project has been handed over to IIT-K to promote research in solar energy and bring it closer to the people.

The minister said that his ministry has been promoting solar kitchen in a big way, keeping in view the fact that solar kitchens are much in use at religious places like Vaishno Devi, which are thronged by thousands of devotees every year.

He said that a sum of Rs 570 crore have been allocated for generating solar energy in Laddakh to encourage cooking through solar power. Solar power is used to cook food for around 50,000 people in Golden Temple.

He said that under the Jawaharlal Nehru Solar Mission which was inaugurated by Prime Minister in January, one hundred megawatt of power could be generated through solar energy by 2013 and over 20,000 megawatt by 2022.

“Through wind energy, we will be generating more than 13 megawatt of power, he said while talking about the ambitious plans of his ministry in near future.

He also mentioned that the tidal energy could be of a considerable help in generating power and that the scientists were making efforts to generate power through this form of energy.

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Government will “stay sensitive” towards green concerns:PM

New Delhi: Amid a growing debate over environment and development, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday said his government will “stay sensitive” towards green concerns but maintained that the pace of development should not suffer in the process.

Observing that the environmental issues have “acquired a new urgency” in recent years, the Prime Minister emphasized the need to work with renewed energy to address green concerns.

“While we stay sensitive to environmental concerns, we will also strive to ensure that the pace of our development does not suffer in the process,” Singh said in the UPA government’s annual report presented to the people on Sunday.

“We need to work with renewed energy to address environmental concerns if we wish to make our growth processes sustainable and give our people a better quality of life,” he further said.

The Prime Minister also referred to various green steps taken by his government during the year 2010-11 which included the establishment of National Green Tribunal, sanctioning of Rs 2,500 crore under Mission Clean Ganga and launching of Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission.

“We will accelerate our efforts in sustaining our environment in the coming years. More specifically we will work sincerely to implement the National Action Plan on

Climate Change, including the eight national missions which are a part of the Plan,” Singh added.

According to the report, the Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change has considered all eight climate change related national missions.

The eight missions are the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission, National Water Mission, National Missions on Enhanced Energy Efficiency, Sustainable Habitat, and Strategic Knowledge for Climate Change, and the National Missions for Sustaining the Himalayan Ecosystem, a Green India and Sustainable Agriculture.

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Innovation meets functionality at NIFT

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What if your neck and back muscles got a massage while you worked on your PC? Or your office used daylight to power tube lights without using solar panels?
All these products and more designed by students of National Institute of Fashion Technology were presented at ‘Technova 11’, a platform where outgoing NIFT students present their graduation projects.

IT professionals suffer from repetitive strain injury, a disease that causes acute pain and sometimes numbness in their neck and back muscles. Our battery-powered jacket provides a massage to these areas,” say Ankesh Dev and Dinesh Kumar who have designed this product prototype, which may soon go commercial after they complete its tests.

Meanwhile, students Arpit Gupta and Jinal Shah have designed a product which can be used in multi-storied buildings and captures daylight without using solar panels. Gupta says, “Our product captures daylight and transfers it to the point of use in the form of a beam. This helps in reducing the average electricity consumption by 8% from the current 14%.”

Other innovations like automated machines to reduce labour costs, designed by students Satendra Burnwal and Surabhi Taneja, are already in use by quite a few readymade garments (RMG) firms.

Another product designed for the RMG industry, an ergonomic chair by Siddharth Singh Negi and Sharad Agarwal, is also likely to be a blessing in disguise for sewing operators of the industry.
“Currently, these operators make use of stools with no backrest or provision to adjust height. Our product can be adjusted with respect to the height of a person, when seated, in the range of 33-43 cms.

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