Nanotechnology can help in power generation: Expert
Rakesh Kumar Kubde
October 19th, 2012
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A research in nanotechnology for enhancing efficiency in the power and telecommunication sector is necessary for the country, said Ravi Grover, principal adviser with the Department of Atomic Energy and member of the Atomic Energy Commission of India. Inaugurating the second NANOCON 12, a two-day International Conference on 'Nano Technology: Innovative Materials, Processes, Products, and Applications', organized by the Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Grover said nanotechnology has application in several areas, including drinking water purification, communication, health and new drug development. "Our country was at fifth rank in the world in terms of power generation, but when it is compared to the total population of the country, the power availability per person in India is very low. Nanotechnology can be helpful in terms of enhancing power generation, better efficiency from capacitors are among others. Even special coating on the blades of wind mills will increase power output," he said, stressing the need for

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Centre justifies waiver of nuclear civil liability pact with Russia
Rakesh Kumar Kubde
October 19th, 2012
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The Centre on Thursday justified in the Supreme Court waiver of the nuclear liability agreement with Russia for the Kudankulam plant in Tamil Nadu and said it was a policy decision taken at a time when no other country came forward to sustain India’s nuclear capabilities. Making this submission before a Bench of Justices K.S. Radhakrishnan and Dipak Misra, Solicitor General Rohinton Nariman denied the allegation of Prashant Bhushan, counsel for petitioners, that the Government had signed the agreement to appease Russia. Mr. Nariman said: “It was a major policy decision by the Government of India considering the prevailing circumstances at the time. It is stated that after the 1974 peaceful nuclear experiment at Pokhran, India was placed under international sanctions for all nuclear-related supplies. We continued our indigenous efforts in developing nuclear energy, however, we were subjected to an international technology denial regime. Under these circumstances, it was the erstwhile USSR,

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Nuclear power must for low-carbon economy: Sachs
Rakesh Kumar Kubde
October 19th, 2012
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Making a strong case for nuclear power, the UN Secretary-General’s special advisor Jeffrey Sachs today said it is a must that the world economy is transformed to a low-carbon producer and held that it was a safer source of energy than coal. “Nuclear energy provides about 20 per cent of the world’s electricity supply right now and I personally find it hard to believe that we can have a transition to a low-carbon economy without nuclear power,” Sachs said at an OECD conference here. Sachs, who is also the Director of Earth Sciences in Columbia University, said while the damage of lives caused by nuclear power is “very small”, the casualty caused by coal-fired thermal power is “vast”. “The loss of life as a result of the worst incidence in Japan was very very small; on the other hand, what coal-fired plants are doing to kill people and the eco-system, not seen, but

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Government open to more suggestions on bidding for power projects: Veerappa Moily
Rakesh Kumar Kubde
October 19th, 2012
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The government today said it is open to accommodating more suggestions from stakeholders on new bidding documents being finalised for power projects to make the process more comprehensive. "The standard bidding documents (SBDs) are being finalised. Whatever suggestions and comments come, we will deliberate and reflect on that... We are open to change for the better," Power Minister M Veerappa Moily told reporters on the sidelines of R&D Conclave here today. "According to some media reports these SBDs are destructive and more intrusive. All those allegations are not correct. If there is any apprehension, we will rectify it," he added. As per the provisional SBDs, there would be no change in the bidding norms for the power projects based on imported coal. This clause may hurt the interests of the private power producers building these projects, as the imported coal has become costlier. Continue

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Energy schemes delay worries Plan panel
Rakesh Kumar Kubde
October 19th, 2012
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The Planning Commission has raised concerns about the delays in the government’s ambitious energy schemes—Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY) and the re-structured Accelerated Power Development and Reform Programme (R-APDRP). The RGGVY scheme is for providing electricity to villages and connecting poor households across the country. R-APDRP is meant to upgrade distribution systems, minimize transmission and distribution losses, improve metering and assign responsibility for the realization of user charges. “We are concerned about the delays,” said B.K. Chaturvedi, member of the apex planning body. Continue

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