Up and Coming

August 2018

Strawberry Energy Over the past few years, solar cell and module prices have been declining rapidly. This has promoted the development of innovative solar power solutions such as solar-powered lanterns, solar fans and solar water […]

Harvesting water from the atmosphere

July 2018

It is estimated that fresh water makes up only 2-3 per cent of the total water resources on earth, with most of it frozen in the form of glaciers and ice caps. The rapid increase […]

We Care Solar Suitcase

May 2018

Off-grid solar systems have found use in applications that go beyond lighting a few LEDs or mobile chargers. From sophisticated water purification systems to pumping, the technology’s use has become limitless. The We Care Solar […]

Freyr Energy

April 2018

Incorporated in 2014, Freyr Energy is an integrated solar solutions provider for small solar power systems, with operations in India, Ghana and Nigeria. The company’s key focus areas are rooftop solar and rural electrification. Its […]

Up and Coming

February 2018

Torrefied biomass Torrefaction is the process of making biomass a better quality fuel for utilisation in combustion and gasification processes. The final product is dry and hydrophobic, so it can be stored both inside and […]

Wireless energy from simple motions

February 2018

Nano-science has revolutionised the clean energy field by opening up new avenues for synthesising materials that can generate energy on a very small scale and power-specific devices instead of supplying the same to the grid. […]

ZubaBox

January 2018

The internet is considered indispensable to our modern day-to-day lives. However, a 2015 study by the International Telecommunication Union shows that more than two-thirds of the population in developing countries lack access to a stable […]

Rapid Roll Solar PV

January 2018

Renovagen, a UK-based technology provider, has developed and patented flexible solar panels called “Rapid Roll Solar PV”. The copper indium gallium selenide solar panels can be rolled and fitted into a trailer or a flat […]

Piconergy

December 2017

Piconergy Private Limited strives to facilitate the supply of clean, affordable and reliable energy to underserved households and micro-enterprises in urban and rural India. The company has designed and developed HELIOS, a cost-effective, solar energy-powered home […]

Cygni Energy

December 2017

In the late 1880s, Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison became embroiled in the “War of the Currents” in which alternating current (AC) emerged as the winner, owing to its ability to transmit power over longer […]

Waterproof, wearable photovoltaics

October 2017

A team of scientists from Japan-based research institute RIKEN and the University of Tokyo have developed a new type of ultra-thin organic photovoltaic (PV) cell, which can continue to generate electricity from sunlight even when […]

Avant Garde Innovation

October 2017

India’s population of 1.24 billion comprises 247 million households, 68 per cent of which are in rural areas. According to the 2011 Census, 45 per cent or 75 million of these rural households have no […]

Nanophotonic Solar Thermophotovoltaic Device

September 2017

Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels have an average efficiency of 15 to 20 per cent, which decreases over the lifetime of a power plant. Due to this, large tracts of land are required for setting up […]

Solar Squared

September 2017

A growing focus on energy efficiency has put pressure on researchers and market players to incorporate energy-efficient technology into the existing and new infrastructure. Passive design features that maximise energy efficiency can be added to […]

Self-powered smart windows

August 2017

With a growing focus on energy resilience, there is pressure to incorporate energy efficient technologies in existing and new infrastructure. Passive design features that maximise energy efficiency can be combined with on-site renewable energy generators […]

SMART nano coating for solar cells

August 2017

The solar power market has been witnessing several innovations even as it rapidly approaches maturity. One such innovation is a nano coating introduced by Dr Aldrin Antony, a National Solar Science Fellow of the Ministry […]

Automated solar panel cleaner

July 2017

Automated cleaning of solar panels is a revolutionary concept. Automated cleaners provide periodic maintenance of solar panels in extreme conditions, thus reducing the downtime and improving generation. These are, however, fairly expensive and require a […]

Wind turbine inspection by drones

July 2017

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as drones, are aircraft without human pilots on board. They may be operated either through remote control or autonomously by onboard computerised systems. Given the steady increase in its […]

Jamun-based solar cells

June 2017

The Indian solar segment is on the path to achieving 100 GW of installations by 2022 with tariffs falling to record levels in recent auctions. While declining tariffs result in falling margins, the saving factor […]

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