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Airier: Biomass Pellets, Stove & Burner in India

  • Tuesday, 26 May 2015
  • by
  • Rajesh K
  • I met the representatives of Airier Natura Private Ltd, during the recent Green Summit 2015 renewable energy expo at Bangalore. They are the manufacturers of Biomass Pellets, Biomass Stove & Biomass Burners in India.

    What are Biomass Pellets?

    Biomass Pellets are a type of fuel that releases heat energy when burned. These are packed densely and have a low moisture content (less than 10%), hence they can burn with high efficiency. Biomass pellets are available in different sizes like 6mm, 8mm, 10mm, 20mm, etc. 

    They are generally made from compacted/compressed biomass like sawdust, wastes from wood products manufacturing, left over tree felling, palm kernel shells, groundnut shells, coffee husk, etc. Different types of biomass pellets are available for commercial and industrial applications.

    Biomass Pellet Stove:

    The Biomass pellet stove burns biomass pellets in a more efficient manner. There are two types: Natural Draft, Forced Draft (that use fans, etc.) There are different biomass stoves for different applications like domestic & commercial, respectively.

    Biomass Pellet Burner:

    Biomass pellet burner uses biomass pellets as fuel and is intended to replace oils and fossil fuels to provide energy to boilers and furnaces in a variety of industries. There are different types of biomass burners, depending on the application. 

    Further Information/Manufacturer's webpage:  Airier Natura Pvt. Ltd.

    Large-Scale BioGas Systems in India: ENERZEA Power Solution Pvt. Ltd.

  • Tuesday, 19 May 2015
  • by
  • Rajesh K

  • Biogas is produced by anaerobic fermentation of biomass. It can be used to generate electricity. Biogas can be produced from food waste in hotels & hospitality industries, animal waste in slaughter houses, cow dung in diary farms, agro residues in agriculture industries, decaying biomass in landfills, etc. 

    Enerzia Power Solutions is a Bangalore-based company that provides large-scale biogas producing systems to customers. I met their representatives in the recently concluded Green Summit 2015, Bangalore. The company is also into solar power generation. They provide Biogas Gensets from 80 kWe to 200 kWe & 370 kWe to 2000 kWe.

    Further Information/Company Website: Enerzea Power Solution Pvt. Ltd.

    Note: This website is not affiliated with the above mentioned company in anyway. Customers are requested to do their own evaluation and research before buying anything from them. This article is for your information only and for the latest details, refer to the company website mentioned above.

    Highlights of Green Summit 2015, Bangalore

  • Wednesday, 6 May 2015
  • by
  • Rajesh K

  • I went to the recent Green Summit 2015, the Renewable Energy Exhibition held in Bangalore, Karnataka, India. This expo was held between April 23 - 25, 2015 in White Orchid Convention Center, Bangaluru. In this post, I'll summarize some interesting highlights (renewable energy products/services) I found there. This is not comprehensive, but only a partial listing. I'll do detailed blog posts on some of these products in the coming days.

    The first thing that attracted me as soon as I entered the exhibition was the Solar Car. Yes, an electric car with embedded solar panels on the top! This was exhibited by Manipal Institute and Tata Power Solar. Unfortunately, this car is a prototype that is meant to participate in solar racing competitions and not a commercial one that people can buy. Let's hope we'll be able to buy such cars in the future. Good first step taken by two Indian organizations.

    • I met with the officials of Su-Kam, who have come out with a number of interesting products for the renewable energy market. Some of them include: Solar inverter conversion unit, remote gateway for monitoring, MPPT Solar PCU, a system that helps compare efficiency, etc. 
    • Right next to them was SOLATUBE, the company that enables customers to light up their premises during the day time using the natural light available outside.

    • Then there was clickpower.in, a portal that connects producers and consumers of green power and enables power purchase transactions for open access customers. 
    • A Hybrid Solar/Wind generator was exhibited by Wind Stream. 
    • Anu Solar had exhibited their Solar Lighting system that can be controlled via a remote control.

    • Then I saw the new Solar Water Heater displayed by Bosch: BLUTHERM. This model has a 100 L capacity and they have done a number of enhancements like screwless design, thinner bezel, solar heat retaining glass, etc. 
    • I found small scale biogas plants exhibited by synod.in and large-scale biogas plants exhibited by enerzea.com. 

    • UNIPAR had displayed their Hybrid Solar Inverter that retains power for PC during power cuts (without restarting) as it has a 6ms response time compared to 20ms response time, normally.
    • Kamal Solar had displayed their solar water heaters. 
    • kenandbambooz.com had displayed their bamboo construction capabilities.

    • BHEL, the Govt. enterprise, had exhibited their solar and renewable energy R&D capabilities.
    • AIRIER NATURA had displayed their biomass gassification burner and biomass pellets.
    • insolare.com had displayed their Wisys smart street and office lighting solutions.

    Please note: These are the highlights of some of the products that I found there. This post is only for your information and is not a recommendation for any company/product mentioned above.

    Solar Panel Manufacturers in Hyderabad

  • by
  • Rajesh K
  • This is a partial list of solar panel manufacturers in Hyderabad, Telangana, India. During the recently concluded HYREX 2015 Renewable Energy exhibition in Hyderabad, I met the representatives of some of these companies - that's how I know about them. This is only a partial list.

    Aditi Solar is a manufacturer of Mono- and Multi-Crystalline Solar PV Modules and provides a limited (performance) warranty of 25 years. Their HO/Manufacturing plant is in Hyderabad and their branch offices are located in Pune, Raipur, Jaipur.

    Akshaya Solar manufactures Solar PV Modules ranging from 3wp to 250wp. Their manufacturing line has an installed annual production capacity of 6 MW. They provide 10 years product warranty and 25 years performance warranty.

    Headquartered in Hyderabad, Access Solar has an installed production capacity of 80 MW for Solar PV Modules. They offer Solar PV Modules from 3 wp to 300 wp, in both mono crystalline and multi crystalline lines.

    Titan Power Grid is a Solar Module manufacturer based in Hyderabad who offers 10 years product warranty and 25 years performance warranty.

    e-mug Energy, based in Hyderabad, manufactures both mono crystalline and multi crystalline solar modules ranging from 3 wp to 290 wp. They provide 25 years performance warranty.

    HBL Power Systems is a Hyderabad-based Company that manufactures Solar PV Modules and supplies rooftop Solar PV systems from 1KW to 10KW.

    Solar Semiconductor has a manufacturing facility in Hyderabad for Solar PV Modules with manufacturing capacity of 195 MW.

    8. Premier Solar Systems:

    Premier Solar Systems based out of Hyderabad is the manufacturer of small solar panels (5 wp to 85 wp), large solar panels - off grid (100 wp to 200 wp), large solar panels - on grid (220 wp to 330 wp). These are crystalline solar modules. This company also imports and sells thin film solar panels. 

    Note: This website is not affiliated with any of the above mentioned companies in anyway. This article is only for your information, and is not a recommendation. Customers are recommended to do their own fact checking and evaluation before they buy anything. For the latest information about these companies, please check their website links (linked on their company names above).

    Renewable Energy Exhibition in Bangalore: Green Summit (Apr. 23 - 25, 2015)

  • Tuesday, 14 April 2015
  • by
  • Rajesh K
  • Green Summit 2015, organized by FKCCI & MM Activ, is the upcoming Renewable Energy exhibition and Conference in Bangalore, Karnataka, India. This expo is scheduled to be held from April 23 to April 25, 2015.

    Exhibition Address: White Orchid Convention Center, No. 9, Adjacent to Manyata Embassy Business Park, Hebbal - KR Puram Ring Road, Nagavara, Bangalore, Karnataka - 560045. Google Maps Location Link.

    The Green Summit 2015 is a B2B exhibition that seeks to connect sellers and buyers in the Renewable Energy segment. They also want to promote the exchange of ideas and information by bringing together Govt. officials, decision makers, industry representatives, investors, and customers on a single platform. Along with the exhibition, there will also be a Conference & Other events. 

    Focus Areas for the Exhibition: Solar Energy, Wind Energy, Geothermal, Bioenergy, Waste to Energy, Energy Efficiency, Mini Hydel, Fuel Cell, Tidal Energy, Flywheel Energy, etc. 

    Exhibition timings: Thursday, April 23 - 12 Noon to 8 P.M; Friday, April 24 - 10:30 A.M. to 5:30 P.M; Saturday, April 25 - 10:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

    Participation in the Renewable Energy Exhibition is Free of Cost and Visitors can Register Online or visit directly.

    There will also be parallel conference & other sessions/events on all three days. The program at a glance for the renewable energy conference/events with topics, timings, and venue can be downloaded from here. Or, you can refer to this webpage link for more details. This is a paid conference and when I checked on their website, the charges were mentioned as Rs. 5,500 or USD $125 + Tax for individual participants. Do check their site for latest pricing and applicable discounts (if any). 

    For exhibitors who wish to promote their products/services, do check this page for stall size, tariff, floor plan and availability. I think there are some stalls available to be booked - do check their website to see if you can still exhibit there now. 

    I will be attending this exhibition (not conference), and I will try to present the important and interesting products, services, and companies I find there. Stay tuned and follow this site (via email, RSS, G+) to keep yourself updated, especially if you are connected with the Renewable Energy segment in India.

    Looking forward to my visit next week. Bengaluru, here I come :)

    Rajesh K
    Administrator & Blogger - http://www.solarwindhydroenergy.com

    Battery Health Monitor from Sukhila Power Electronics

  • by
  • Rajesh K
  • During the recently concluded HYREX 2015 in Hyderabad, I visited the stall of a company called Sukhila Power Electronics. They had displayed their Hybrid UPS there, and I noted their company website to get more information on their solar products. When I visited their website, I found an interesting product that could be useful to renewable energy installations that use batteries to store energy: Battery Health Monitor!

    Their website says that their Battery Health Monitor can monitor up to three strings of VRLA, Lead-Acid, and LMLA Batteries, each string supporting up to 24 batteries/cells. It seems this is a micro-controller based system that can test and display various battery parameters manually or automatically (at programmed intervals). It can monitor each battery, and can identify failing/failed batteries so that they can be replaced. There is also an auto monitoring mode through MCM (Monitoring and Control Module) and remote monitoring. 

    The system can read and display battery parameters like voltage, temperature, conductance, string voltage, current, etc. 

    For further details, refer to Sukhila Power Electronics Product page.

    Note: This website is not affiliated to the above mentioned company in anyway. The information mentioned here might change, hence refer to their website for latest info. This article is not a recommendation; hence customers are encouraged to do their own valuation and research before buying anything. 

    Solar Products from Sukhila Power Electronics

  • by
  • Rajesh K
  • Here are some solar products from Sukhila Power Electronics, whose officials I met during the recently concluded HYREX 2015 exhibition at Hyderabad. The below info has been taken from their website.

    1. Solar Charge Controller with Source Selector: This is microprocessor based and protects the battery from over charging or excessive discharge. 

    2. Solar Sine Wave Inverter: This converts the variable DC voltage generated by Solar PV Modules into clean Sinusoidal 50 or 60 Hertz AC voltage. Their Solar sine wave inverters are available for Single Phase (5 kVA to 10 kVA) or Three Phase (15 kVA to 60 kVA). 

    3. Solar AC Water Pumping System: Used with irrigation systems, urban building water supply systems, etc. this Solar Water Pumping system connects to and switches optimally between solar power and grid power for water pumping systems. 

    4. Solar Power Conditioning Unit: With electronic overload and short circuit protection, it rapidly charges the photovoltaic array on/off to control the charging of the battery and load. 

    Further Info/Manufacturer's product page: Sukhila.

    Note: This website is not affiliated with the above mentioned company in anyway. Please refer to their site for latest info, as there maybe changes. This article is not a recommendation; customers are encouraged to do their own research and valuation before buying anything. 

    Land Mark Solar: Solar Petrol Pumps in Telangana & AP

  • Wednesday, 8 April 2015
  • by
  • Rajesh K
  • During the recently concluded HYREX 2015 Renewable Energy Expo at Hyderabad, I met the representatives of Land Mark Solar, the suppliers for Solar Petrol Pumps in Telangana & Andhra Pradesh. They also offer other services in the renewable energy segment like EPC, Solar Panel solution for organizations, etc. In this article, let's focus on their Solar Petrol Pump solution. 

    Petrol pumps are located everywhere - both in rural and urban areas. But they may not get adequate power through the grid always as long power cuts are common in areas outside the big cities. They generally employ diesel generators to compensate for these power cuts, but even for petrol pumps, that can be an expensive proposition on the long run!

    Hence it maybe a good idea to install solar panels to power petrol/Diesel pumps.

    Following is the summary of the Solar Petrol Pump solution offered by Land Mark Solar. (They provide Solar Panels made by HBL Solar, the large Govt. PSU.)

    Petrol/Diesel Pump Type: 2 Nozzles, 1 Petrol and 1 Diesel, 0.75 HP Pump ::: Solar Power plant of capacity 1440Wp size with 4 hours battery back up; Suitable PCU with high crest ratio & module mounting structure. 

    Petrol/Diesel Pump Type: 4 Nozzles, 2 Petrol and 2 Diesel, 0.75 HP Pump ::: Solar Power plant of capacity 2400Wp size with 4 hours battery back up; Suitable PCU with high crest ratio & module mounting structure. 

    Petrol/Diesel Pump Type: 2 Nozzles, 1 Petrol and 1 Diesel, 1 HP Pump ::: Solar Power plant of capacity 1440Wp size with 4 hours battery back up; Suitable PCU with high crest ratio & module mounting structure. 

    Petrol/Diesel Pump Type: 4 Nozzles, 2 Petrol and 2 Diesel, 1 HP Pump ::: Solar Power plant of capacity 2400Wp size with 4 hours battery back up; Suitable PCU with high crest ratio & module mounting structure.

    They told me that they have completed a few solar petrol pump projects in Telangana & AP. So if you are interested to power your petrol/solar pumps through solar energy, and you are located in this region, you might want to consider Land Mark Solar for your project. 

    Company Contact: Land Mark Solar Pvt. Ltd., #17-1-391/S/61/1, Singareni Colony, Saidabad, Hyderabad - 500059. Ph: 9908277771.

    Disclaimer: This website is not affiliated with the above mentioned company in anyway; all details have been taken from the brochure provided to me by the company officials. Information subject to change with time, please check with the company officials for the latest info.


    Concentrated Photovoltaic (CPV) in India: Chroma Energy

  • Wednesday, 1 April 2015
  • by
  • Rajesh K
  • Chroma Energy is trying to make Concentrated Photovoltaic (CPV) Technology available in India. This, when combined with solar trackers, can dramatically improve the efficiency of solar cells/solar systems, they say.

    The two dominant technologies to generate solar power today are Crystalline and Thin Film Solar PV. Solar Thermal is also there, but the adoption/efficiency is lower. CPV is a relatively new technology that uses optics to concentrate sunlight on small and efficient solar cells. These systems are not only smaller, but their energy conversion ratio/efficiency is significantly more than silicon-based PV technologies. The technology brief is here.

    Some benefits of CPV:
    • CPV requires less land than Solar PV (for the same capacity).
    • CPV is not water intensive. 
    • CPV has a lower energy payback period.
    • Since they are high-mounted structures, land below them can still be used for other purposes.
    • Suitable for countries like India that have high irradiation levels at many places. 
    • If manufactured in India, which has the capacity and the ecosystem, a number of jobs and ancillary industries will be supported. 
    Let's hope the company will bring CPV technology to India; start producing and generating electricity through CPV panels, soon. This technology looks exciting and promising to me.  

    Further Information: Chroma Energy.

    Disclaimer: This blog is not associated with the above mentioned company/products in anyway. All information is taken from their website. Please refer to their website link for the latest info. 

    Single Axis Solar Trackers in India: Scorpius Trackers

  • Tuesday, 31 March 2015
  • by
  • Rajesh K
  • Single Axis Solar Trackers from Scorpius Trackers in India, Introductory Video:

    Scorpius Trackers, based out of Pune - India, is the manufacturer of Single Axis Solar Trackers that automatically and continuously track the sun, and rotate solar panels to face the direction where sunlight exposure is maximum, from morning to evening. Solar trackers increases the energy generated (per panel) and hence decreases the land required for a solar plant project. The company claims that energy output over fixed PV increases by 18 - 25%, for a corresponding increase of 9 - 12% Capex per MW. I met the company officials during the recently concluded HYREX 2015 Renewable Energy exhibition at Hyderabad. 

    According to their brochure, their solar tracker system calculates the position of the sun using various algorithms and determines the optimum rotation angle every minute. It also adjusts the tracker tilt based on the Solar AZIMUTH, and back tracking tries to avoid shading of the rows of PV modules on the shaded side. When the tracker detects high wind speed it can reduce its presented cross section to the wind, hence reducing the force on the mechanical structure. This is called tracker stowing.

    The tracking system can be operated using an AC source (Grid) or using the power generated by the Solar modules themselves. They say one 250W module is sufficient to power a 250 kW tracker block. Also, the integrated battery in the controller maybe sufficient for tracker movement for up to 5 days, in case of temporary non-availability of external power. The company says that the pay back on tracker investment is less than 3 years. 

    Scorpius Trackers manufactures single axis trackers with 100% frictionless pivots, no bearings, no bushes, no lubricants - hence reducing maintenance requirements. The solar trackers are mostly used in large solar plants, but can also be used for stand alone ground-mounted/roof-top installation like trackers for solar pumps. 

    Further Information/Company Website: Scorpius Trackers.

    Disclaimer: This website is not associated with the above mentioned company in anyway. Readers are encouraged to do proper research and evaluation of both the company and their products before deciding to buy them. Information given here has been taken from their brochure/website and is subject to change anytime. Hence, refer to the company website for the latest information.

    Turn your Kitchen Waste into Biogas for Cooking!

  • Wednesday, 25 March 2015
  • by
  • Rajesh K
  • In the kitchen (and sometimes outside it) we produce a lot of organic waste. When we mix this waste with plastics, metal, chemical waste and send it to a landfill, it not only creates a lot of pollution but also makes it difficult to separate and recycle waste. All the smell from the dustbins/landfills are caused due to this organic waste from kitchen, mostly. 

    So can we do anything about it?

    Yes. We can collect organic waste (food waste, vegetable peels, fruit leftovers, cooked meal leftovers, etc.) and inorganic waste (plastic, metal, etc.) in separate dustbins and deposit only the inorganic waste in the dustbins/dumps. 

    But what do we do with the Organic waste?

    Turn it into money! You can generate both biogas for cooking and compost for plants in the garden if you deposit the organic waste into a biogas digester plant.

    But aren't the biogas digester plants very big & require a lot of space?

    Some are, not all. There are small biogas digester units for homes/families too. For example, a 1m3 (one meter cube) biogas digester plant requires a space of 4 x 5 feet only. It generates 1m3 of biogas when 6 - 10 Kgs of organic waste is digested by it, which gives a continuous flame for 2 hours. The biogas stove/burner is separate from (but similar to) the normal LPG stove/burner and requires simple piping system for carrying the gas. It may not replace LPG cylinders but can reduce the no. of LPG cylinders required for a family. 

    What about Compost?

    After organic material is digested, compost will come out of the digester (as a byproduct) which is mixed with water and can be used as manure for home/kitchen garden. Note that this byproduct may induce some smell and hence need to be stored in closed containers. However, there will be no smell coming from the main unit unless there is a leak. There is no need to buy or make compost for your garden/kitchen garden if you have this system.

    Can I Install it in my House?

    Yes, if you have some space - preferably open space exposed to sunlight - you can install this unit in your house/terrace. 

    Of course, there are separate (larger) biogas plants for organizations like eateries, hotels, etc. that generate a lot of organic waste. 

    If you live in Chennai, have a look at B-Sustain who offer Biogas Digester plants in varying capacities. Or you can contact Vibrant Marketing if you have any sales enquiries.

    Please note: This website is not affiliated with the above mentioned companies in anyway. I am just trying to help spread the word as the product generates biogas, which is renewable energy. Readers are requested to verify & evaluate the products and services offered thoroughly before buying.
    In this blog, I am taking baby steps to enable myself (and others) to adopt renewable energy technologies. Only if we know all the options available to us, we will be able to take informed and meaningful decisions, right?

    Let us learn what renewable energy technology options we have, who provides them and at what cost.

    Frankly, renewable energy in India (and perhaps the world) is still in its adolescence - Let us help it become a confident Man/Woman! And in the process, let us debate, analyze, form opinions and break them so that we can achieve the Utopian dream of Energy Security through Renewable Energy. Are you with me?

    Rajesh K - solarwindhydroenergy[at]gmail[dot]com

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