Renewable energy technologies

Electricity i I n 2008 Nagpur was designated as India's first "Solar City" in its Solar Cities Programme. The total cost of the Nagpur Solar City programme is USD 3.8 M, with USD 1.9 M coming from the national ministry and the remainder paid by the municipal corporation. Nagpur's transformation into a model solar city will be complete by 2012. In addition, energy efficient green buildings will also be promoted on a large scale in the city. Instead of utility-scale solar plants, Nagpur will invest in small-scale solar power generation for street lights, garden lights, traffic lights, advertisement hoardings and solar water heaters.

i A solar power pack system was installed at the Renewable Energy Resource Centre on the Nagpur Municipal Corporation's property.

i Aor the new waste-to-energy demonstration plant, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation leased four hectares of land and entered into a build-own-operate agreement with two companies in 1998. The bio-methanation plant, with an estimated cost of USD 9.7 M, uses dry anaerobic composting to produce biogas. The facility was designed to process 520 t/day of municipal solid waste, generating 5.4 MWh of energy and 150 t of organic compost for sale. The current status of the project is unknown since investing partners backed out of the project in 2001.

i A he Unique Waste Plastic Management and Research Company Pvt. Ltd. in Nagpur manages a waste-to-energy demonstration plant that converts plastic waste into diesel fuel equivalent.

i A he multi-modal international hub airport special economic zone (MIHAN-SEZ) is government land set aside for industrial development. Manufacturers of renewable energy equipment and components have been encouraged to the location including a 2 000 MW/yr mono-crystalline photovoltaic production plant, a 240 MW/yr thin film plant, an exclusive float glass plant for application in solar collectors, and a 2 000 MW thermal power plant. These are to be located on 400 hectares of the MIHAN-SEZ using investments from Russian plane maker Sukhoi and a Malaysian-based firm, SKS Ventures.

i A he world's first renewable energy park is being created on 3 000 hectares of land purchased by the Nagpur Municipal Corporation. Once fully operational, it aims to produce almost 50% of the current global production of renewable energy components, according to Mr Muttemwar, the Minister of New and Renewable Energy. It will include:

• a 10 MW solar thermal energy plant which will be Asia's largest;

• production of a range of renewable energy devices and systems;

• nearly 500 companies establishing production units with American, Australian, and Japanese companies already showing interest;

• investment of USD 2 billion initially with the potential to attract USD 5 billion within five years; and

• an estimated 20 000 direct jobs together with 150 000 indirect ones. Heating and cooling i A 500 litre/day solar water heating system has been installed in Nagpur Municipal Corporation's hospital.

i A solar thermal system has been installed in Hotel Pride, Nagpur.

Solar Panel Basics

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Global warming is a huge problem which will significantly affect every country in the world. Many people all over the world are trying to do whatever they can to help combat the effects of global warming. One of the ways that people can fight global warming is to reduce their dependence on non-renewable energy sources like oil and petroleum based products.

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