Headline

For a change, I wanted the picture to say the story.

My analysis of Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission for growth of solar energy in India in a snapshot! Literally!!


,

5 Ways to Generate Your Own Power at Home

[ Wednesday, June 8, 2011 | 11 comments ]
The following article is guest post from Katherine Tworsey (http://compareelectricityrates.com) who has been writing on the interesting area of residential and commercial electricity usage and ways to minimise the costs for the same. We thank Katherine for sharing this post on our blog. I hope you enjoy it reading as I have. 


With the high costs of energy today we all look for ways to cut our expenses. At home, energy costs are something, which can really add up over a year’s time. It isn’t like we can simply stop using electricity. A great part of our life at home involves the need for energy. Between computers, home entertainment games, television and our appliances, we are used to turning things on for just about everything we do. The price of all our demands is felt when we get that monthly electricity bill. It is not likely, with the constant additions to electrical conveniences being made available to consumers, that we will decrease our usage of power in the future. Here are five possible alternatives to relying on the electrical company for your electric needs.



1.Solar Energy. Harnessing the power of the sun to generate electricity has been around for years. There are kits you can purchase to install solar panels on your roof to utilize the daylight to generate electricity. If you intended on doing this with a great many panels, then it might be worth the cost to contract with a solar power company to install a complete solar power system. You may even be eligible for help from the government with the cost of this type of alternative. With the money you will save on your light bill, it can pay for itself over time.


2.Wind. If you live in an area where it is windy most of the year, then putting in a propeller driven generator in your backyard could be a good thing to consider. They are easy to obtain and erect on your property. The great thing is that, unlike solar power, they will work both day and night. When there is a storm that clouds the sky, they can still be turning due to possible high winds.


3.Magnetic Generators. Magnets properly constructed can create a generator that doesn’t require help, from sunlight or air, in order to work. With the assistance of some accurate instructions for building a magnetic generator, you can create your own power at home, for reasonable investment costs.


4.Hydro Power. This is an option for those who live near a river or stream. It would work on a constant basis, and the output of electricity would depend upon things like how fast the water is flowing. Anywhere that you would have access to some type of moving water, would supply the means to supplement your home energy needs.


5.Creative Generators. If you have the time, and are willing to do some experimenting, you could try generators that run off alternative types of fuel. If you use exercise equipment at home, it is possible to hook up these items to run a generator. Manpower might not work for a full time solution, but it could help in small ways. It is something worth considering.


Although each suggestion might not work for every person in their own situation, they are worth reviewing to see which one might help with your own needs. You can also call your local electricity provider for their help in finding ways you can benefit from alternative energy sources.
Read the full story »
, ,

Learn to make a solar-powered car

[ Wednesday, June 1, 2011 | 6 comments ]
I came across a very good video while researching on solar powered cars. This is a video prepared by the Stanford students demonstrating construction of a solar car. If more colleges in India takes up such projects, then we can build dominance in R&D in this area. Though in a nascent stage, solar cars could be they way forward how we drive our way into the future.


Do let me know your comments on the same.
Read the full story »
,

Crossing the hurdles lying in the road of achieving “The Solar Energy Dream” in India

[ Tuesday, May 24, 2011 | 1 comments ]
What are the single most factors that determine the success of a solar energy project? They are data and more importantly useful data. We need dynamic maps, GIS data and analysis tools to determine the profitability of a power plant. The reason why USA is a forefront in every aspect of business is because of their hands-on exhaustive relevant data. An example of the same for solar energy domain is NREL's website for people interested in solar energy. And, this where India is currently lacking.

Many banks and other financing institutions need to establish that they are assured of fixed payments after they disbursed the huge capital outlay required for a solar energy plant. After googling for a while, I found MNRE provides such data. Also, the website provides a direct link to the NREL website as I have provided above. But the question remains, "Is this all we need to establish that the solar project once commissioned would be successful?"

On the flip side, there is some good news coming your way. The union ministry for environment and forests (MoEF) has clarified that there would be no environmental clearance required for Solar PV projects in India. This would ease the whole bureaucratic process the solar project developers face in obtaining financial closure. Finally a breather for all solar power project developers in India!

Read the full story »