Renewable Energy Current Affairs

Jordon launches Sahara Forest Project

Jordan, a water-poor country that is 90% desert, has launched Sahara Forest Project near the southern port city of Aqaba to turn desert land into farming land to produce food using sun and sea water.

The project seeks to demonstrate innovative application of technology to revolutionize our land systems in a way that benefits the climate, people, and businesses. It is funded by Norway and European Union.

Key Facts

Sahara Forest Project aims to provide fresh water, food and renewable energy in hot, arid regions as well as re-vegetating areas of uninhabited desert. It combines saltwater-cooled greenhouses with solar power technologies, and technologies for desert revegetation.

In the first stage, the project aims to produce up to 130 tonnes of organic vegetables annually from area size of four football pitches. It will also produce fresh water. It will use solar panels to provide power and include outdoor planting space, water desalination unit, two saltwater-cooled greenhouses and salt ponds for salt production. In later stages, it is expanded to be expanded from three hectares to around 200 hectares of desert.


India, Germany ink agreement to improve grid integration of renewable energy

India and Germany have signed an agreement on technical cooperation under the Indo-German Energy Programme – Green Energy Corridors (IGEN-GEC).

The agreement was signed between India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH India on behalf of Germany.

Indo-German Energy Programme–Green Energy Corridors (IGEN-GEC)

The IGEN-GEC programme was launched in 2013 by the Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and jointly implemented by India’s MNRE and GIZ. The main objective of this programme is to improve the sector framework and conditions for grid integration of renewable energies with conventional power grids.

This programme aims to supports the implementation of India’s Renewable Energy Management Centre (REMCs), Green Energy Corridors scheme which are prerequisite for large scale grid integration of renewable energy to achieve the 175 GW target for renewable energy generation capacity by 2022.

Under this programme, Germany had agreed to provide concessional loans of up to 1 billion euros through German Development Bank (KfW) and up to 10 million euros under technical assistance.

Green Energy Corridor Project

The Green Energy Corridor Project aims at synchronising electricity produced from renewable sources, such as solar and wind, with conventional power stations in the grid. Its objective is to synchronise electricity produced from renewable sources, such as solar and wind, with conventional power stations in the grid.

Need for synchronisation

The is Voltage Fluctuations is the main problem in integrating electricity generated from renewable energy to conventional power grids. The conventional grids face difficulty in absorbing renewable electricity because of its varying voltage and supply. The planned transmission system under Green Energy Corridor Project is made dynamic to handle the voltage variations leading to an integrated grid across the nation.