Renewable Energy Current Affairs - 2019
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TVS Motor Company has bagged the international sustainability award Green Era Award for Sustainability in Lisbon, Portugal. Tata Motors also won the Quality and Business Excellence Award in acknowledgement of its endeavour to create new benchmarks in product quality.
Green Era Award for Sustainability
The Green Era Award for Sustainability was awarded at the Green Economy Forum held on 10th of February 2019 at Lisbon. The forum witnessed the participation of renewable energy firms, environmental agencies and green companies from the 5 continents. The nominees for the Green Era Award for Sustainability are based on the following criteria’s:
- Energy Efficiency – representing a reduction of specific energy consumption through general housekeeping measures, best practices, retrofitting inefficient equipment and new projects in the use of energy.
- Creativity & Innovation – in terms of demonstrated systems and processes, influencing energy technologies, opportunities with potential for further development and transferability to others and productivity of the operations while making sure that the ecological balance is not impacted.
- Increase of Renewable Energy share in the energy source portfolio – use of renewable energy such as solar, wind, biomass, biogas and other cleaner energy sources and gradual reduction of dependence on non-renewable energy sources.
- Economic, Social & Environmental Impact.
The Green Era Award for Sustainability recognises the true global exemplars who have been innovative and creative in pursuing the sustainable imperative. The awards are based on the conclusion of the research team of Otherways Management & Consulting, France.
Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has prepared draft of Indian Wind Turbine Certification Scheme (IWTCS) incorporating various guidelines of Turbine Certification Scheme. It has been prepared in consultation with Chennai based National Institute of Wind Energy.
Indian Wind Turbine Certification Scheme (IWTCS)
- It is consolidation of all relevant national and international standards, technical regulations and requirements issued by Central Electricity Authority (CEA), guidelines issued by MNRE and other international guidelines.
- It enlists guidelines for benefit of all stakeholders from concept to lifetime of a wind turbine, including Indian Type Approved Model (ITAM), Indian Type Certification Scheme (ITCS), Wind Farm Project Certification Scheme (WFPCS) and Wind Turbine Safety & Performance Certification Scheme (WTSPCS).
- It incorporates the best practices from other nations in order to ensure the quality of the wind energy projects.
IWTCS aims to assist and facilitate following stakeholders
- Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs)
- End Users –Utilities, Developers, IPPs, Owners, Authorities, Investors and Insurers
- Certification Bodies.
- Testing Laboratories.
- Wind energy has over period become mainstream source of renewable power generation in India. The steady growth of the sector has seen different types of wind turbines with diverse performance and safety criteria.
- MNRE through various policies and schemes has facilitated the healthy and orderly growth of this sector.
- The modern wind turbines have higher hub heights, larger rotor diameter, higher capacity and improved Capacity Utilization Factor (CUF) along with technological improvements.
- Under these developments, there is need for comprehensive scheme that provides complete technical requirements that have to be complied by wind turbines for safe and reliable operation by all the stakeholders.
- Also, there is need for technical regulations that shall facilitate common ground for OEMs, Developers, Investors and Financial Institution for systematic development.