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FEB
28

Job opening at EBTC for the position of Regional Manager, EBTC Mumbai Office

Download the job description below for details about the job opening.

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To apply, please submit a letter with your motivation to join EBTC in this position, and explain us why you are the perfect candidate for EBTC! Please send your motivation letter along with your CV to: radosavljevic@ebtc.eu.

FEB
28

Increase Investment in Transport to 3.3 Percent of GDP set up Metropolitan
Urban Transport Authority

The High Level National Transport Development Policy Committee (NTDPC), chaired by Dr. Rakesh Mohan, former Deputy Governor, RBI, emphasises the need for modernisation and expansion of all segments of the transport system. The Report is to be presented to the Prime Minister Dr.Manmohan Singh tomorrow.

The NTDPC was set up in 2010 to assess the transport requirements of the economy for the next two decades in the context of the changes in economic, demographic and technological trends expected at local, national and global levels; and to recommend a comprehensive and sustainable policy for meeting such requirements.

Read the full article: Press Information Bureau, Government of India

FEB
19

PRESS RELEASE
NEW DELHI, 19 FEBRUARY 2014

Green Freight India: Non-profits initiate the process of making
the freight sector more efficient

Although trucks make up a small percentage of the vehicle fleet in India (5%) they contribute disproportionately to fuel use (74%), CO2 emissions (63%), PM emissions (59%), and road accidents (26%). In India, 60% of freight is carried by road and the other modes such as rail, air and waterways make up the rest. Yet the logistics industry is one of the least regulated and covers a very large number of diverse stakeholders, from manufacturers, merchants, carriers, logistics providers, local communities and governments, resulting in a poorly coordinated response to these challenges. Some of these key challenges are:

  • Sector fragmentation
  • Need for greater information exchange with respect to loads
  • Training on eco driving
  • Better interaction between experts and professionals in the field.
  • Missing government policies

In order to bring attention to this sector and to improve the efficiency of the freight system, GIZ, the lead partner, along with Clean Air Asia and the European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC) propose to do a pilot with two leading corporates in the country. The end objective of the pilot is to understand the inefficiencies in the logistic & supply chain side and device methods of improving them. The organizations will invest close to nine million rupees in this project. Presently, the project partners are in discussion with various corporates to choose the right partner for the project.

GIZ - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, an international development co-operation, has been working on sustainable development solutions and raising awareness within the industry since 2009. Mr Manjeet Singh Saluja, Technical Advisor, says "We are looking for corporate partners with huge logistic requirements, who understand the essence of green logistics, and are willing, to provide top management ownership and monitoring in the issue to join the initiative".

Dibyendu Sengupta (Transport Sector Specialist, EBTC) feels that the potential from this technical collaboration is huge, "I am sure we will be able to demonstrate great gains from this pilot".

Parthaa Bosu, India Director and South Asia Liaison of Clean Air Asia said – "We are leading green freight in Asia and strongly feel that reducing emissions from trucks can help improve air quality and save lives. Moreover, trucks alone consume almost 30% of the country's total diesel and even if each truck is able to show just 4-5% fuel savings, imagine the amount of fuel and CO2 saved!"

Direct press / media enquiries to Ananya Roy – Communications Executive | roy@ebtc.eu |
+91 97498782664

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FEB
11

PRESS RELEASE
NEW DELHI, 11 FEBRUARY 2014

Trading in cleantech knowledge: EBTC collaborates with the NRDC in India

In the quest to strengthen and adapt EU technologies in India, the European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Research Development Corporation (NRDC). The MoU will enable EBTC to facilitate the transfer of EU technologies into India and to build an ecosystem to enable knowledge diffusion and trading.

EBTC brings EU technologies to India to achieve the mandate of mitigating the effects of climate change, whilst NRDC with its deep network of research & development institutions, has proven its capabilities to enable technology transfer and commercialization.

Director of EBTC, Mr. Poul V. Jensen highlights that “technology transfer tools offered by EBTC such as the European Technology Experience Centre (ETEC), or Enterprise Europe Network amongst others, very much compliment NRDC capabilities. Both the acquisition of technology and its diffusion will foster productivity and growth in the country – an increase in the uptake of technologies leads to economic development.”

Horizon 2020, the EU framework programme for research collaboration, with funding worth nearly 80 billion Euros from 2014-2020, is another example where NRDC can act as a multiplier to connect the EU research community with its Indian counterparts. EBTC can leverage NRDC’s association within a vast network universities and research institutions to facilitate the installation of powerful EU-India research consortia for cross border research collaboration projects.

Head of IPR at EBTC, Mr. Arvind Chopra adds that “the collaboration will help to strengthen IPR capacity building. Many European companies have patented technologies which can be used in India. In this frame, EBTC and NRDC in future will work together to develop an IP valuation tool which could be employed as a standard tool for performing initial valuations of technology.”

This MoU represents a powerful and targeted partnership to enhance research, business and trade together, EBTC and NRDC can achieve a mutual target of technology collaboration and transfer between the EU and India with a sustainable agenda.

Direct press / media enquiries to Ananya Roy – Communications Executive | roy@ebtc.eu |
+91 97498782664

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JAN
27

EU partners with India for offshore wind development

The Global Wind Energy Council wants to partner with India for offshore wind development and has identified two states —Gujarat and Tamil Nadu — for special focus.

The Council, a global trade body comprising over 1,500 members from 70 countries, is providing a grant of Euro 4 million from European Union's Indo-European Cooperation on Renewable Energy Programme.

Read the full article: www.thehindubusinessline.com
Source: The Hindu BusinessLine

JAN
15

India maintains its edge while global clean energy investments slumped in 2013

"Investments in clean energy worldwide slumped 12 per cent to USD 254 billion last year while India saw marginal rise in such investments during the same period, says a report. India witnessed an investment of USD 7.8 billion in renewable power and energy smart technologies last year, higher than USD 7.6 billion recorded in 2012, according to research firm Bloomberg New Energy Finance."

Read more at: www.business-standard.com
Source: Business Standard

JAN
08

First National Wind Energy Mission to begin by mid-2014

The government will launch its first wind energy mission this year to give a boost to the renewable source and putting it in the same league as the high-profile solar mission. The 'National Wind Energy Mission (NWEM), which would be launched around the middle of the year, would give incentives to invest, east land clearances and regulate tariffs. But unlike the flagship 'National Solar Mission' it would not involve projects for bidding. It would act as a "facilitator", officials said.

Read more at: www.economictimes.indiatimes.com
Source: The Economic Times

NOV
25

European patent costs likely to come down

The cost associated with patents in Europe is likely to come down from next year if the unitary method is adopted for patents, according to Dieter Tzschoppe, Director, European Patent Office (EPO).

Speaking to newspersons on the sidelines of a seminar on European patent system jointly organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry and Andhra Pradesh Technology Development and Promotion Centre (APTDC) here on Monday, he said the unitary method would facilitate a single patent for about 25 countries covered by European patents.

At present, after obtaining a patent in a region, one has to pay the fees/or maintenance costs for 20 years in each of these countries individually. This approximately costs over €30,000 (about Rs 26 lakh). The unitary method would eliminate this problem, he added.

Arvind Chopra, Head, IPR, European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC), said most of the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the country are not making use of intellectual property rights. The insufficient knowledge of intellectual property was a key barrier for SMEs.

Courtesy: www.thehindubusinessline.com

NOV
25

Five years visa for Indian nationals who have graduated in France

Good news for Indian nationals who have completed their graduation in France either masters or PhD level. They can now obtain a five years visa for France!

Download: Brochure
Source: Science Department of the French Embassy in India

NOV
25

PRESS RELEASE
DELHI, 25 NOVEMBER 2013

Paving avenues for EU-India clean technology collaboration
EBTC celebrates 5 years of achievements

For Economic growth and sustainable development have been global buzzwords in recent years, and over the last five years EU and India have joined hands in contributing to the Indian and European sustainable development agenda. This has happened on the ground as well as at the policy level through the European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC), which has a presence across India in New Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai and Kolkata.

In Europe, solutions exist to address challenges India is facing, and in that perspective EBTC brought 334 delegates from 24 EU Member States with 26 missions to India. However, several market barriers when transferring technology to India deter European providers. Some of these include varying technical standards; lack of access to finance; cross-cultural business issues; detailed market intelligence; securing pilots and establishing demonstration projects, and most importantly, adapting technologies to suit the Indian specific requirement.

Director of EBTC, Mr. Poul V Jensen comments that "It is imperative that EU and India take stronger strides in removing barriers to clean technology collaborations. EBTC has been providing customised services that aid in breaking down some of these barriers by reinforcing itself as an organisation that enables European businesses and researchers to interact seamlessly with Indian counterparts as well as keeping policy makers informed of challenges faced in such collaborations. The fruits of EBTC's efforts can be seen in the fact that 23 cooperation agreements have been facilitated between companies, in a number of cleantech areas, including those of energy efficiency software, floating solar platforms and real-time water quality monitoring. Interest in mutually beneficial technology and solutions continues to gather pace, and EBTC expects to see the still nascent cleantech sector growing at a promising pace."

During this year, EBTC became the lead coordinator of the Enterprise Europe Network India – the largest technology platform opening doors which connect SME's in India and Europe. Furthermore, With the advent of the European Technology Experience Centre (ETEC), European solutions can be showcased and demonstrated in India virtually as well as physically. Interested Indian parties need not leave the country to experience technologies and engage with providers. Last but not least, the online Cleantech Platform currently under construction will take cross-border B2B, R2B, and R2R activities to another level.

Two publications to mark EBTC's 5th anniversary can be downloaded via the following links:

Paving Avenues for EU-India Clean Technology Collaboration: 5 Years of the EBTC (2008-2013)
Market Access Intelligence for Doing business in India in Cleantech Sectors.

Direct press / media enquiries to Ananya Roy – Communications Executive | roy@ebtc.eu |
+91 97498782664

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NOV
25

Public consultation on the Green Action Plan for SMEs

Provide your insights for a public consultation that will help shape the actions aimed at promoting resource efficiency for and by SMEs. These insights will then be included in the forthcoming Green Action Plan for SMEs.

The European Commission's DG Enterprise & Industry is collecting stakeholders' views on the most effective support measures for SMEs looking to become more resource efficient and sell internationally green products and services. As such, your contribution will be useful in understanding which actors are most apt to help SMEs in this process.

For the purpose of this consultation, "resource efficiency" encompasses the efficient use of energy (including renewable energy), water and other natural resources, materials, the minimisation of waste, the selling of scrap material to another company and recycling.

Individual SMEs, as well as public and private entities supporting SMEs, are particularly welcome to participate. However all citizens and organisations are welcome to take part in this consultation.

To participate:

• Fill in an online questionnaire: http://ec.europa.eu/yourvoice/ipm/forms/dispatch?form=gapsmes

• Responses must be submitted by 12th December 2013.

Learn more about the public consultation:
http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/policies/sme/public-consultation-green-action-plan/

NOV
18

Joint Call for proposal Saint Gobain – Cefipra:
Sustainable Habitat for Hot and/or Humid Climates

SAINT-GOBAIN RESEARCH INDIA LTD. (SGRI), a cross functional R&D center of Saint Gobain based in Chennai, a subsidiary of Saint Gobain, SA France in collaboration with INDO-FRENCH CENTRE FOR THE PROMOTION OF ADVANCED RESEARCH (CEFIPRA), an autonomous body for bilateral cooperation in Science and Technology between France and India under its innovation program on "Sustainable habitat for hot and/ or humid climates", launch a joint call for proposals. Pre-proposals are invited from the Indian and French scientists/researchers of Indian and French research institutions for research proposed to be done in collaboration with SGRI.

Topics:

  • Improvement of Energy Performance of Commercial and Residential Buildings in Tropical Climates.
  • Measurement, Analysis and Mitigation Strategies for Indoor Air Quality in Air Conditioned Buildings in Tropical Climates.
  • Day Lighting in Hot-Humid Climates, with ways to Optimize Illumination along with Optical and Thermal Comfort.
  • Cool Roof Technology for Hot-Humid Climates, with Performance Comparison of Various Solutions.
  • Comparison of Conventional versus Alternative Building Wall Options in terms of Performance and Multi-comfort.
  • Frugal Finishing Solutions for Quick, Standardized and Durable Construction.

Download: Joint Call for Collaborative Research Proposals
Deadline: 30th November 2013 (pre-proposal)

NOV
07

Sir Graham Watson (MEP) on the occasion of EBTC's 5 year anniversary

Video courtesy: Sir Graham Watson MEP

OCT
28

PRESS RELEASE
BRUSSELS / KOLKATA, 28 OCTOBER 2013

Creating avenues for doing business from a distance:
EBTC, BCC&I and CleanTuesday connect cleantech from France and India on a live platform

For the first time ever in Bengal, and for the second time in India, cleantech organisations connected live on a digital platform, visible to a global audience. 'European Cleantech for India – Indian Cleantech for Europe' is an event by the European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC) and Cleantuesday from France, that is held simultaneously in France and India, and streamed live online. The latest event was also co-organised by the Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCC&I) – connecting Bengal live to technologies from Europe and opening avenues for further cooperation. The event was streamed live from Paris and Kolkata featured organisations working in renewable energy, energy efficiency, smart grid, water and rural development.

Kolkata is emerging as an attractive location for cleantech companies as witnessed in the 14 collaborations concluded by EBTC in the region. Mr. Suman Lahiri (Regional Manager, EBTC) sees digital platforms as the way forward for bringing more EU business and research in order to tap Indian opportunities especially in the Eastern and North-Eastern regions which offer substantial opportunities to grow in a low carbon development trajectory. "Activities on innovative digital platforms are increasingly opening avenues for EU-India collaborations, especially Small and Medium sized enterprises (SME's), that face a time and cost constrain. This is a cost effective and efficient way for SME's to internationalise, and can help SMEs to bypass barriers and inefficiencies prevailing in the International markets."

EBTC and its partners are developing this innovative platform for connecting businesses and researchers and opening avenues for internationalization such as the recently launched European Technology Experience Centre (ETEC) – a physical and virtual platform for connecting European technologies and Indian opportunities.

Mr. Subhodip Ghosh (Deputy Director General, BCC&I) observed that such initiatives in tandem with EBTC were being greatly appreciated by both MSMEs and even large players especially since these have ushered in a culture of technology cooperation resulting in more efficiency, greater productivity and significantly reduced environmental footprints. The Chamber, with EBTC's regional office, has already catalyzed several such partnerships.

Mr. David Dornbusch (President, CleanTuesday) stated that from its inception in 2008 and more than ever in 2013, Cleantuesday promotes cleantech as a globalised business as issues and solutions are everywhere and actors on the Cleantech scene must connect at a global scale. CleanTuesday, increasingly connects communities through organising live events which join start-ups, large corporate, investors and local authorities globally – from India, to France, as well as Ireland, Sweden, and more.

Direct press / media enquiries to Ananya Roy – Communications Executive | roy@ebtc.eu |
+91 97498782664

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OCT
21

Poul V Jensen (Director, EBTC) at the 6th EuroIndia Summit – 'Greening Cities'

Video courtesy: Hybiztv

OCT
21

PRESS RELEASE
HYDERABAD, 21 OCTOBER 2013

6th Euro India Summit kicks off in Hyderabad to discuss importance of "Greening Cities" in the era of rapid urban expansion

Confederation of Indian Industry, The Euro India Centre and European Business and Technology Centre in partnership with Government of Andhra Pradesh today organised the 6th Euro India Summit focusing on the theme of "Greening Cities" with the need to improve the quality of life and economic competitiveness to make cities become more resource-efficient and environmentally friendly.

The Greening of Cities attains importance in the context of rapid urban expansion which is taking place in India in general and all over the world in particular making it imperative for all policy makers to focus on growth of cities in sustainable manner. The megatrends of urbanization, climate change, globalization and demographic change will shape the future of cities.

Direct press / media enquiries to Ananya Roy – Communications Executive | roy@ebtc.eu |
+91 97498782664

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OCT
08

Poul V Jensen (Director, EBTC) on his main concerns for the future - A byte for Horizon2020

Video courtesy: Horizon2020YourViews

OCT
01

India plans 'ultra mega' 4 GW solar power plant

India's Power Ministry releases "Smart Grid Vision and Roadmap for India" that enumerates key targets of achieving 'electrification of all households for at least 8 hours per day power and reduction of the aggregated technical and commercial (AT&C) losses to below 10%, by 2017. Setting up Microgrids in 20,000 villages/industrial parks/commercial hubs, and EV charging stations in urban areas and along state and national highways by 2027.

Read More: www.elp.com

SEP
10

PRESS RELEASE
BRUSSELS / BENGALURU, 10 SEPTEMBER 2013

European Technology Experience Centre (EBTC-ETEC) Launched In Bengaluru
Signs MOU With Climate-KIC

A unique technology experience centre by European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC) that offers European technology, science, research, innovation and business opportunities

The European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC) today launched a unique experience centre called the "European Technology Experience Centre (ETEC)", a common ground, built on virtual and physical platform, to share technological expertise between both European Union and Indian organizations. EBTC's ETEC was inaugurated in the presence of H.E. Mr. Pavel Svitil Chargé d'affaires, European Union Delegation to India, Poul V. Jensen, Director, EBTC, and Leena Pishe Thomas, Regional Manager, EBTC Bengaluru.

EBTC also signs a MOU with Climate-KIC with the objective to work in areas that could be complimentary to each other in promoting EU clean tech entrepreneurs in India, facilitating financing, education, innovation and entrepreneurship programs.

The main objective of setting up a European Technology Experience Centre (ETEC) is to act as a common filament for both the European organizations and Indian counterparts to demonstrate their technologies, products or prototypes etc., as well as training and capacity building workshops to connect with organizations in both Europe and India. This will be achieved through virtual collaboration software making it easier for EBTC and its partners to engage directly with companies and individuals.

Direct press / media enquiries to Ananya Roy – Communications Executive | roy@ebtc.eu | +91 97498782664

Download: Press Release
Visit: www.ebtc.eu/etec.html

SEP
10

European tech centre opens in Bangalore

To generate new business opportunities for European small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in India in biotech, energy, environment and transport sectors, the European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC) launched European Technology Experience Centre in Bangalore, its first in India.

The Centre is aimed at creating a platform for European firms to showcase their technologies, products and prototypes to their Indian counterparts and enhance ties between them, using virtual collaboration software. It will allow Indian researchers, entrepreneurs and project developers to physically and virtually experience clean technologies from European companies and connect with them. After the launch, the director of EBTC, New Delhi, Poul V Jensen told reporters, "There is a clear mismatch between Europe firms and Indian firms; Europe has a lot to offer in the four sectors, but is unable to find the right solutions to fit Indian needs."

"Our mandate is to show Europe what India wants from Europe, it will be about localizing technology for India," he said. EBTC is a programme co-funded by the European Union (EU) and coordinated by Eurochambres, which represents about 2,000 business chambers spread across 45 countries in Europe, according to director, international affairs, Eurochambres, Brussels, Dirk Vantyghem.

It supports European Union clean technology companies and researchers and handholds in the initial stages of expansion. He said that there are about 24 million SMEs in Europe, but less than 10 per cent export their products outside the European Union.

The EBTC has been successful in facilitating about 15 joint ventures between Indian and European firms, Vantyghem said. The Charge dáffaires, European Union delegation to India, Pavel Svitil said that EBTC's initiatives are also aimed at increasing bilateral trade between the EU and India, currently estimated at $110 billion euros.

Courtesy: www.deccanherald.com

SEP
04

Building a business ecosystem for EU SME's in India: Aqua-Q's journey in India

EBTC is working hand-in-hand with European SME's like Aqua-Q, helping them to build local connections, networks, and create a sustainable business ecosystem for longevity in the Indian market.This film follows the journey of Aqua-Q AB (Sweden) and their visit to Kolkata in July 2013.

Watch the film on our youtube channel: www.youtube.com/EBTCIndia

SEP
04

EBTC Corporate Film

Learn about what the European Business & Technology Centre (EBTC) in India does, our areas of work and the services that we offer.

Watch the film on our youtube channel: www.youtube.com/EBTCIndia

SEP
04

Free rickshaw scheme to cost govt R1500 cr

Lucknow: The Akhilesh Yadav government's scheme of providing solar or battery-operated rickshaws to about 2.5 lakh registered rickshaw-pullers in the state will cost at least Rs 1,500 crore to the state exchequer. In response to the state government's invitation, 21 companies have shown interest in supplying rickshaws. Sources said that these companies have quoted the price of their rickshaws between Rs 60,000 and Rs 1.2 lakh per unit.

"These companies are involved in manufacturing and supply of solar or battery-operated rickshaws. At the minimum price of rickshaw mentioned in the offer, the purchase of 2.5 lakh rickshaws will cost Rs 1,500 crore," said an official. The state government, however, made a provision of Rs 100 crore in the current year's budget. The ruling Samajwadi Party, in its election manifesto, had promised to give battery or solar-powered rickshaws free of cost to each rickshaw-puller in the state. After coming to power, the government set a rider that only rickshaw-pullers registered with municipal bodies before March 31, 2012, will be entitled to the benefit. The State Urban Development Agency (SUDA) of the Urban Development Department is the nodal agency for implementation of the scheme. SUDA director Shiv Shankar Singh said, "Offers had been invited from the companies to submit Expression of Interest in providing rickshaws with certain specifications. Indication of approximate cost of each vehicle had also been sought."

Read More: www.financialexpress.com

AUG
21

Job opening at EBTC for the post of Business Development Executive

EBTC offers a unique experience, where your efforts within the nexus of business and policies will help shape EU-India trade relations and contribute to a growing presence of European clean technologies in India. Your learning curve is guaranteed to be steep, with the dynamic and international working environment encouraging the development of a wide set of skills. You will be part of a young and motivated team all delivering towards an ambitious international project. EBTC offers a competitive package with benefits (e.g. medical insurance) commensurate with relevant past experience.

The role of Business Development Executive, based in New Delhi, reporting to the Head of Operations, is an opportunity to become part of a multi-skilled team working in several very dynamic sunrise sectors. You will be working across sectors, developing insight, executing services to companies and researchers who engage in cross border cooperation between EU and India. You will engage yourself in multiple projects, covering technology transfer issues, contemporary trade topics, and commercial- and research collaboration efforts. The role will be highly operational, with potential for travel activity.

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To apply, please submit a letter with your motivation to join EBTC in this position, and explain us why you are the perfect candidate for EBTC! Please send your motivation letter along with your CV to: delhi@ebtc.eu

Deadline for application: Monday 09th September 2013

AUG
08

Job opening at EBTC for the post of Head of Operations

EBTC offers a unique experience on the nexus of business and policies where you can shape EU-India trade relations and contribute to a growing presence of European clean technologies in India. Your learning curve will be steep, being part of a motivated team in an ambitious project and interacting with an entire range of different stakeholders. The dynamic and international working environment encourages the development of a wide set of skills. EBTC offers a competitive package with benefits (e.g. medical insurance) commensurate with relevant past experience.

The role of the Head of Operations, based in New Delhi, reporting directly to the EBTC Director, is pivotal for EBTC. You will to a great extent manage EBTC from an operational perspective, interacting daily with EBTC Regional offices. Your main tasks include structuring projects and initiatives, joining project teams, and developing the framework for EBTC's yearly plan of activities with the multiple stakeholders of EBTC. You will also be responsible for EBTC reporting and EBTC performance management, accountable for overall project quality. The role, whilst having a mostly operational scope, will have high strategic impact.

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To apply, please submit a letter with your motivation to join EBTC in this position, and explain us why you are the perfect candidate for EBTC! Please your motivation letter along with your CV to: ebtc@eurochambres.eu

Deadline for application: 16th September 2013

AUG
02

Environmentally friendly German water treatment system, AQUABION, enters India via the Enterprise Europe Network

Every year damage caused by limescale and corrosion in pipe lines used in potable, industrial, and waste water, applications, results in a large cost for buildings and industries. Within the Green Building sector this results in concerns over sustainability and high recurring costs to projects world wide. However, this also presents a huge opportunity for environmentally friendly technology solutions in water treatment segment.

For nearly 25 years, the ION AQUABION group from Dusseldorf (Germany) has been engaged in the field of environmentally friendly, chemical free, water treatment, with more than 100,000 systems implemented globally, and is now entering the Indian market with their innovative solution.

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Marc Flettner, CEO and owner of ION AQUABION group addresses the topic of prevention when talking about the issue of water treatment: "Water treatment systems can be a lot more lucrative for plumbing companies than carrying out complex renovations. The Indian market is a very large and challenging market with many opportunities. More than a billion people live in this growing market and building/construction is of great importance. Here we see a good place for the innovative AQUABION® for treating the valuable resource water with non chemical means right from the start, and educate our clients that the use of salt based technology is not necessary."

Aquabion approached the Enterprise Europe Network, and Zenit, supported in writing the technology offer, and forwarded qualified EOI's. Aiming to establish itself in the field of sustainable green buildings, Tropikal Comfort Pvt. Ltd from Maharashtra, India, found the AQUABION® offer via the Enterprise Europe Network, was connected by the European Business & Technology Centre (EBTC) – the network's nodal point in India after due diligence. EBTC also supported the discussion for Tropikal with AQUABION® thought Zenit, and today, Tropikal Comfort is the sole agent of AQUABION ® in India.

Mr. Nikhil Shah, Director of Tropikal Comfort says that "Thanks to the Enterprise Europe Network and with support from Zenit and EBTC; I found Aquabion GmbH, a company from Germany with the technology solutions for descaling and corrosive treatment for water supply in the plumbing systems and signed a very fruitful contract as the sole agency for its products in India. We would especially thank you and your team members from EBTC for enabling us to work for our partnership." In India, the brand will be known as 'Tranquil Aquabion.'

Participating partners of the Enterprise Europe Network:

India: European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC)
Germany: Zenit – Centre for Innovation and Technology of North Rhine-Westphalia

Enterprise Europe Network – India

Enterprise Europe Network – India launched in January 2013, coordinated by the European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC), along with partners, the Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) / Global Innovation & Technology Alliance (GITA).

For more information about the collaboration, write to Mr. Shrikar Dole (Regional Manager – Mumbai, EBTC) at dole@ebtc.eu

JUL
25

Celebrating 50 years of EU-India Friendship

EBTC is proud to be featured in a film celebrating 50 years of EU-India friendship, created by the European Union Delegation to India.

Watch the film on our youtube channel: www.youtube.com/EBTCIndia
Website of the European Union Delegation to India: www.eeas.europa.eu/delegations/india/index_en.htm.

JUN
20

EBTC Cleantech Expert Mission to North-East India,
27-29 May 2013, Guwahati (State of Assam) & Shillong (State of Meghalaya)

In the first Cleantech Expert Mission of the year, experts in energy and water visited Guwahati in the State of Assam, and Shillong in the State of Meghalaya to explore opportunities for collaboration. The EBTC Cleantech Expert Mission to North-East India 2013 was organised in partnership with the Fraunhofer Institute MOEZ from Germany, and in association with the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC).

Over the course of four days, the experts interacted with organisations, companies and governmental agencies from across the North-East, and visited four sites during the course of the Mission.

In Guwahati on the 27th May 2013, experts visited a water treatment plant of The Assam Urban Water Supply & Sewerage Board in Hengrabari, Guwahati; an integrated solid waste management project which is a project of the Guwahati Municipal Corporation, Government of Assam & Ramky Energy & Environment.

During the next two days in Shillong, delegates visited the NEEPCO Headquarter, and the Greater Shillong Water Supply project under the Ministry of Public Health Engineering, Government of Meghalaya.

For more information on technology transfer and opportunities in the North-East, contact Mr. Parag Roy Chowdhury, Business Development Executive, EBTC Kolkata at kolkata@ebtc.eu.

Watch the film on our youtube channel: www.youtube.com/EBTCIndia

JUN
02

Indian Grape Processing Board calls on European delegation for tech transfer

Officials of the Indian Grape Processing Board (IGPB) on Friday called on the European delegation, which came to the city on Thursday, in a bid to acquire the technology that would help the domestic wine industry to match up to international standards in its produce.

The European Business & Technology (EBTC) delegation winded up its two-day visit to the city on Friday after holding business talks with industries in Nashik from the agriculture, food processing and wine sectors. The delegates had visited Delhi and Chandigarh before they came to Nashik.

Courtesy: The Times of India

MAY
31

European delegation comes to Nashik for business deals

A European delegation on an India tour since May 26 arrived in Nashik on Thursday and held meetings with around 50 industries. The delegation of the European Business & Technology Centre (EBTC) came to the city after visiting Delhi and Chandigarh, primarily seeking to establish joint ventures or collaborate technically with industries mainly in the agriculture winery and food processing sectors in India.

Courtesy: The Times of India

MAY
28

Towards European Strategic Cluster Partnerships - 13 pan-European cluster consortia selected

A launch event of the European Strategic Cluster Partnerships was organised by the European Cluster Collaboration Platform on 16 May 2013 in Linz in the framework of the 2013 Cluster Academy programme of Clusterland Upper Austria. Cluster organisations from across Europe (ie. CIP participating countries) were invited to form such partnerships through a call for the expression of interest that was published on the European Cluster Collaboration Platform (ECCP) in March 2013.

In this context of reinforcing international cluster cooperation, the European Cluster Collaboration Platform has taken this opportunity to extend the existing Memoranda of Understanding signed with the partners from India, the European Business and Technology Center, and from Japan, the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation. At this occasion, Mr Werner Pamminger, coordinator of the ECCP and CEO of Clusterland Upper Austria welcomed Mr Poul Jensen, Director of the European Business and Technology Center in Delhi, who gave the audience first hand advice and expertise on the Indian market and its potential for promoting cluster cooperation.

Read More: www.clustercollaboration.eu

MAY
23

PRESS RELEASE
BRUSSELS / KOLKATA, 23 MAY 2013

EBTC brings EU cleantech experts to North-East India, to explore opportunities in energy and water, in association with Fraunhofer and the ICC

Exploring the abundance of opportunities that the North-East States of India has to offer for EU-India collaboration in the field of energy and water is the key focus of EBTC's Cleantech Expert Mission to North-East India 2013. The European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC), in partnership with the Fraunhofer Institute MOEZ from Germany, and in association with the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC), will be visiting Guwahati and Shillong from 27th – 29th May 2013 along with cleantech experts from the EU, and interacting with organisations, companies and governmental agencies from across the North-East.

The experts will be showcasing EU technologies, giving Indian counterparts the opportunity for first hand insight into available solutions to address current Energy and Water challenges. The Mission will lead to a focussed report on how EU technology can help in developing resilient solutions to the intricate and entangled issues of clean energy and water, and also the identification of prospects and project opportunities for EU-India collaborations in the sectors.

Mr. Poul V. Jensen (Director, EBTC) said that "for India to continue its growth trajectory, we need to ensure that the Indian demand for technology is met with the appropriate and customized solutions. Only then, when pragmatically establishing relevant EU-India clean technology collaborations, will innovative technologies from the EU help India leapfrog into a path of sustainable growth."

The North-East region in particular offers immense opportunities for EU-India cleantech collaboration. According to Mr. Suman Lahiri (Regional Manager, EBTC), "the region has an abundance of biomass and water resources, amongst others that offers an attractive space for EU technologies. Whilst the North-East offers lucrative business and research opportunities in the clean technology area, one needs to be aware of the ground conditions. The first issue is finding the right partners in the area for developing clean technology projects with European technologies, and the second issues is getting pilot demonstration projects. PPP can be a solution for the uptake of pilot demonstration projects that will be key for attracting EU clean technologies to the region."

Dr. Rajeev Singh (Director General, Indian Chamber of Commerce) said that "sustainable development in India encompasses a variety of development schemes in social, cleantech (clean energy, clean water and sustainable agriculture) and human resources segments, which are high on the radar of both Central and State governments and also the public and private sectors. India's sustained efforts towards reducing greenhouse gases (GHG) will ensure that the country's per capita emission of GHG will continue to be low until 2030-31, and according a Study, in 2031, India's per capita GHG emissions would stay under 4 tonnes of CO2, which is lower than the global per capita emission of 4.22 tonnes of CO2 in 2005. The progress made by India in cleantech so far is impressive, and the ICC strongly believes that a stronger EU-India partnership in new, innovative clean technology mechanisms would ensure a balanced and sustainable industrial growth for India."

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MAY
17

Hi-tech system to make Indian expressway safer

India's Noida Authority is stepping up efforts to finalise the Intelligent Transport System (ITS), which is expected to monitor and manage traffic flow on the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway.

Even as the Detailed Project Report for the project has been prepared by the consultants, tenders are expected to be floated and finalised this month. The system is aimed at minimising accidents and make the expressway safer for motorists.

According to officials, completion is projected within six months of the tenders being finalised and the project launched. Once in place, the system will reduce travel time, improve traffic regulation and surveillance besides reducing operational costs and incident reaction time. It will also help measure traffic data in real-time, detect incidents and congestions automatically and inform road users about travel time, congestions, road closures, diversions, rerouting and all major events. Key features of the ITS would be a control room, emergency call box, message signboards, CCTV, speed cameras, VIDS camera and meteorological data system.

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MAY
02

European Parliament Delegation for relations with India working group visits EBTC
2nd May 2013, Kolkata

Last week saw a delegation of 9 Members of the European Parliament (MEP) for relations with India visit Delhi and Kolkata. The working group was led by Sir Graham Watson (Chairman, Delegation for relations with India), and Ms. Lena Kolarska-Bobinńska (Vice-Chairwoman, Delegation for relations with India) along with 2 members from the Secretariat, 3 from Political Groups, and 2 from the EU Delegation to India.

Whilst in Kolkata, EBTC had the opportunity of engaging with the delegation over a working breakfast, introducing them to the EBTC office and had the privilege of organising a dinner where the delegation met a mix of Chambers of Commerce, Consul Generals, Indian business personalities, and EU business personalities in Kolkata.

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MAY
02

Global equity investors turn to India for green projects

India is becoming an attractive destination for global private equity investors who are strengthening their funding strategies in the renewable energy space, particularly in emerging markets. This is because opportunities in other markets have plateaued in the past few years.

The global funds are eyeing India because the return on investment in those markets has reached a plateau in the past few years. Cash-rich Japanese postal funds were also eyeing opportunities in India's renewable energy sector, preferring it over other growth markets like China and Russia given the local complexities in doing business with these two countries," said Hemant Sahai, Managing Partner of HSA Advocates.

Last year, there were about 12 private equity deals valued at about $325 million in Indian renewable projects, according to Frost & Sullivan. India targets to generate 15 per cent of its power production from solar, wind, hydropower and other renewable sources by 2020.

Read More: www.thehindubusinessline.com

APR
22

Groundbreaking study further confirms human impact on climate

A groundbreaking new study, published in Nature Geoscience, has found that global temperatures were warmer between 1970 and 2000 than any other 30-year period in the last 1,400 years.

The research, compiled by 73 scientists from 28 institutions worldwide, is the most comprehensive reconstruction of global temperatures to date. It used corals, ice cores, tree rings, lake and marine sediments, historical records, cave deposits and climate archives to help establish temperature trends over the last 2000 years.

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APR
22

Adapt Solutions Pvt. Ltd (India) to explore software development with Aqua-Q AB (Sweden)

Continuing to strengthen their eco-system in India, following agreements to explore manufacturing and distribution, Aqua-Q AB from Sweden will now be exploring and discussing the development of software / algorithm / mathematical models to adapt their technology for water monitoring, analysis, and water treatment to local parameters as required by the Indian consumer, as well as new product developments with Adapt Solutions Pvt. Ltd from Kolkata.

Adapt Solutions Pvt Limited is a niche consulting and technology company providing IT solutions for rapid adaptation of ICT best practices in the area of infrastructure, environment and education who believe that adaptation of ICT along with aligned processes are critical touch-points for any industry, especially SMEs (Small & Medium Enterprises), to improve operational efficiency or innovate solutions for their own future path towards market and industry differentiation and long term sustainability.

APR
17

Power through partnership

Today, international cooperation is no longer an option but a necessity, considering the enormity of challenges posed by climate change and the impending energy crisis. In this article for Energy Next, Vittal Kumar Dhage discusses the cooperation between India and the EU in the area of renewable energy that is crucial to achieving energy security and sustainable development.

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APR
12

PRESS RELEASE
BRUSSELS / KOLKATA, 12 APRIL 2013

European technology to enhance water quality: manufacturing components in India Facilitated by EBTC

Clean water, free from pathogenic bacteria, parasites, and super bugs, is the need of the hour. Chief Scientist and CEO of Aqua-Q AB from Sweden, Mr. Sudhir Chowdhury highlighted that poor water quality presents a large health and socio-economic burden on the country – chemical contamination is common, and waterborne diseases are rife in India (37.7 million Indians are affected by waterborne diseases annually.) The demand for clean water is growing, and he estimates that the market is estimated to grow at 10-20% each year. Providing a fitting solution to a critical problem, Aqua-Q AB's real-time water quality monitoring system, already used across Sweden, will soon be available and adapted to the Indian market for both the public and private sector so that clean and safe drinking water can be distributed to all consumers and across industries.

In December 2012, Aqua-Q started a co-operation with the European Business & Technology Centre (EBTC) to explore the Indian market and to bring their innovations to the country. EBTC's Regional Manager, Mr. Suman Lahiri said that "EBTC continues to play a key role to develop and strengthen Aqua Q's business ecosystem in India which consists of key entities such as manufacturers, distributors, research institutions, and so on. Manufacturing the product in India will be an important milestone in the journey of clean technology in India, and we hope that this will pave the way forward for many more collaborations, encouraging EU SMEs to start manufacturing and distributing their products in the Indian market."

Facilitated by EBTC, an agreement was recently signed between Aqua-Q and Abhaya Precision Industries Pvt. Ltd (Kolkata) to manufacture and produce vital components, and assemble Aqua-Q's real time water monitoring and sampling system. Mr. Chowdhury stressed that "Aqua-Q will transfer the technology so that this production can be made locally for the Indian market and adapt the technology to Indian conditions. We will also have the possibility to export it back to Sweden with our brand name, and Aqua-Q sees this is a very big opportunity and have great expectations on this co-operation."

Mr. Abhishek Ghosh, Managing Director of Abhaya Precision Industries Pvt. Ltd. said that they are confident to make the project a success in the Indian condition. "We have the required manufacturing facilities, and with this technical tie-up, the required quality product will be developed. This innovative water quality monitoring system has tremendous market potential in the area such as hospitals, hotels, municipalities, airports, railway stations, multi storage complexes, stadiums, corporate offices, and many more."

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APR
01

The road ahead for Indo-EU partnership is promising

In an interview with the Electrical Monitor and Projects Monitor, Suman Lahiri (Regional Manager, EBTC talks about EBTC's objectives and achievements, and how it is poised to contribute towards the larger goal of mitigating climate change.

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MAR
05

Portugal-India-EU: Roundtable on PPP's in Research-Innovation & Economic Diplomacy, and building synergies between Portugal-India & EU-India

On the occasion of the India-Visit by the Portuguese Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Mr. Paulo Portas, the Portuguese Embassy with its External investment and commercial agency (AICEP) and the Delegation of the European Union to India in close collaboration with EBTC, set up a roundtable on 5th March 2013, to discuss Private Public Partnerships (PPP's) in 'Research-Innovation & Economic Diplomacy and on Building on Synergies between Portugal-India and EU-India.'

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FEB
13

PRESS RELEASE
BRUSSELS / KOLKATA, 13 FEBRUARY 2013

EBTC facilitates a relationship to bring floating Solar PV one-step closer to reality in Eastern India: Ciel et Terre (France) & Klystron Electronics (Kolkata) sign an MoU

Land, energy and water have been issues of prime concern across Eastern India, and an innovative French technology that provides a simple solution to a complex problem is now nearly a reality. Floating solar photovoltaic (PV) technology (Hydrelio system) developed by Ciel et Terre from France is one-step closer to being implemented in the region. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), was signed with Klystron Electronics Pvt. Ltd from Kolkata, and facilitated by the European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC).

Floating solar PV is a unique solution to address the combined issue of energy, water conservation and land availability. The Hydrelio system patented by Ciel & Terre is a reliable and eco-friendly way to save valuable land and convert a water area into a profitable large scale solar power plant (from 1 to 50 MW). Water aeration technology can also be fitted with the structure to enable purification of the water. Critical success factors for such a project include building a local supply chain, attaining an appropriate Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), power plant investors and operators. All of which are possible given the abundance of resources and potential in the region.

Mr. Ghosh (Executive Director, Klystron Electronics Pvt. Ltd,) emphasized that, "as the name suggests, floating solar technology does not require land for its installation, the Eastern as well as North-Eastern region needs energy and has an abundance of water bodies. With the availability of floating solar, the region can contribute to the compensation of energy requirement to certain extent, especially in the rural areas. Support will be required from all stakeholders for the diffusion of such a useful technology."

Ciel et Terre and Klystron Electronics will be jointly evaluating and tapping the immense opportunities to co-develop floating solar PV projects. Mr. Suman Lahiri (Regional Manager, EBTC) said that this partnership will help to implement the technology, not only in West Bengal, but across the water-rich regions. This is just one of the many initiatives that EBTC is taking in the region.

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JAN
30

HERI d.o.o (Slovenia) and Abhaya Precision Industries Pvt. Ltd. (India)
sign a MoU facilitated by EBTC.

During the recent 'Slovenia-West Bengal Partnership Summit,' an event organised by the MCC Chamber of Commerce & Industry on 30th January 2013 in Kolkata, EBTC helped to facilitate a relationship between HERI d.o.o from Slovenia and Abhaya Precision Industries Pvt. Ltd. from Kolkata. As a promise of commitment to exploring business opportunities, the two organisations signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the EBTC Kolkata premises.

Heri d.o.o. and Abhaya Precision Industries will be delving into the possibility of transferring technology, the prospects for manufacturing in lndia, and further developing business in the Indian market. Abhaya Precision Industries has also recently received the 'The Bengal Chamber Award' for excellence in manufacturing practices of MSME's.

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JAN
17

PRESS RELEASE
BRUSSELS / DELHI, 17 JANUARY 2013

India joins the world's largest technology platform:
The launch of Enterprise Europe Network in India with EBTC, CII and FIEO, brings EU and India trade and technology collaboration opportunities closer together.

Bringing together almost 600 business support organisations from 54 countries, India is the latest country to join the world's largest technology platform - the Enterprise Europe Network. Giving access to business opportunities and stimulating innovation, the network will be pivotal in bringing the EU and India closer together by leveraging an existing and very successful EU technology platform. Enterprise Europe Network-India will be operated by three organisations with a wide network and reach across India – the European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC), the Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII.)

Small and medium sized enterprises (SME's) and entrepreneurs form the primary target group looking for cooperation opportunities. EEN-India will be providing tailored solutions and integrated services such as business cooperation and internationalisation; innovation services to enhance the transfer of technology and knowledge; support in accessing funding, assistance on drafting proposals, R&D support, IPR; training and awareness raising; brokerage events and company missions, as well as feedback services for enterprises to become involved in policy making.

For the EBTC, Enterprise Europe Network-India will compliment very powerfully what EBTC is already doing – connecting EU and Indian business and research communities, focusing on the clean technology realm and sunrise sectors such as biotechnology, energy, environment and transport. On the benefits for the growing number of EU companies with an interest in India, Director of the EBTC, Mr. Poul V Jensen said that "placing India on the Enterprise Europe Network map will provide EU business and research communities a direct channel to Indian counterparts, to collaboratively develop technologies and products suitable for India, as well as efficiently market them in India. Likewise, it will be a competent inroad for EU companies to fulfill sourcing requirements."

Reaching over 100,000 companies representing each and every trade sector across India, FIEO hopes to add tremendous value to the business communities of the countries which are part of the Enterprise Europe Network by helping them reach Indian companies. Mr. Ajay Sahai, DG & CEO, FIEO said that "Market access and capacity building are major challenges for the growth of India's international trade and economy as a whole. FIEO as part of Enterprise Europe Network-India will benefit the Indian trade and industry by way of providing market access information, from knowledge on customs procedures and duties, market entry, to standards, registration and licensing details, information on tenders and trade opportunities - the list of benefits is endless, making business and technology transfer seamless."

CII and the Technology Development Board (TDB), Department of Science & Technology, (DST), have jointly promoted the Global Innovation & Technology Alliance (GITA) which will be the implementing agency for Enterprise Europe Network for CII. Mr Sabyasachi Dasmohapatra, CEO, GITA expressed that "there are significant opportunities for technological collaborations between Indian and EU enterprises, specially SME's, in the areas of green manufacturing, waste treatment/minimization, low cost healthcare, bio–technology, agri-food processing, and renewable energy technologies. In renewable energy, we are particularly looking at strengthening manufacturing capabilities and off-grid Decentralized Distributed Generation options."

A natural extension of development and trade in today's increasingly globalised and connected world, the Enterprise Europe Network will open India's doors to the EU, and the EU's doors to India. In order to support growth in a sustainable fashion, the network will allow knowledge, expertise, technologies and resources to be shared seamlessly. Enterprise Europe Network-India offers unparalleled opportunities for European and Indian organisations to transfer technology and develop business cooperation, and it is likely that an increasing number of technological advancements will arise from this network.

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JAN
08

The Water Agenda: Technology as a bridge between the EU and India

Water is an increasingly contested resource across India, with the country in the throes of a serious and persistent water resource crisis due to a growing imbalance between supply and demand. The simultaneous effects of agricultural growth, industrialization and urbanization coupled with declining surface and groundwater quantity, intra and interstate water disputes, and inefficiencies in water use practices are only a few of the crucial problems faced by the water sector. Climate change and extreme climate variability are further likely to accentuate these problems.

It is essential that organisations transition towards water (and allied energy) efficiency. Given the nascent state of the technological know-how in the country on this front, Indian firms can gain significantly through collaborations with international firms. Active collaboration, with regions such as Europe, recognized as thought leader in the water-related sectors, can help shape innovative water solutions customized to address country's unique needs.

Read the full article on the challenges of a water stressed India and the need for establishing knowledge transfer and collaborative frameworks to enhance water management practices in India.

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DEC
11

PRESS RELEASE
BRUSSELS / KOLKATA, 11 DECEMBER 2012

A lifeline for clean water, wastewater and contaminated soil problems, EBTC facilitates
the transfer of Aqua-Q AB, and Globe Water AB's Swedish clean technology to India.

Clean technology can provide the solutions to one of India's perennial problems – clean water. It took just one week to get both Aqua-Q AB's and Globe Water AB's Swedish technology recognised in India, and to put in the groundwork for demonstration projects. Aqua-Q AB came to India for the EBTC Environment Mission 2012 in New Delhi last week where they signed a cooperation agreement with EBTC to help them access the Indian market. Globe Water AB also attended the mission. From there they headed to Kolkata for a number of pre-arranged meetings by the EBTC, which developed into Memoranda of Understanding almost immediately with Kolkata based Sulekha Consultants Pvt. Ltd (SCPL) and Symbio Greentech Pvt. Ltd.

Mr. Suman Lahiri (Regional Manager, European Business and Technology Center (EBTC)), which acted as a facilitator to the MoU's, is very optimistic about the clean technology market in the eastern region: "We are extremely happy that companies like Aqua-Q AB, Globe Water AB, Sulekha and Symbio Greentech have taken up this cause for a cleaner greener India through innovative technologies, and will continue to receive support from us to make the cooperation's successful. EBTC has some more co-operations in the pipeline particularly related to energy and water."

Facilitated by EBTC Kolkata, Aqua-Q AB (Sweden) has tied up with Sulekha Consultants Pvt. Ltd (India), Symbio Greentech Pvt. Ltd. (India) and Globe Water AB (Sweden) to bring a myriad of solutions to address water related challenges through the promotion of technologies and other initiatives related to water, wastewater and contaminated soil remediation. These include real time on-line monitoring and sampling systems for drinking and recycled water, as well as related services such as consulting and water analysis. Speaking on the technology, its importance for India, and future plans, Mr. Kaushik Maitra (MD, Sulekha Works Ltd and authorized signatory of Sulekha Consultants Pvt. Ltd.) said that "this is an innovative, cost effective, state of the art, inclusive technology to improve our environment and enrich the lives of our people. We also plan to take up joint R&D to further customize the solutions to suit subcontinent conditions and develop applications for domestic individual customers."

Aqua-Q expects that this agreement with Sulekha Consultants Pvt will lead to commercial business deals and sustainable profit for both the parties. Together with SCPL, Aqua-Q will perform a market potential study and strategy planning. Both the parties have agreed to plan and launch a pilot demonstration project with Aqua-Q's real-time monitoring and sampling system in the early 2013 which will be decided involving the state of West Bengal.

In addition to this, Aqua-Q AB will bring in the treatment of Leachete water, eco soil, solutions for soil remediation and Sorbus in collaboration with Globe Water AB, also from Sweden. The MoU between Aqua-Q AB and Globe Water AB will enable them to bring Globe Water's technology to India. SCPL will be responsible for the protection of the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) of the technologies brought by Aqua-Q AB to the Indian market.

EBTC also made the necessary arrangements to facilitate an MoU between Globe Water AB (Sweden) and Symbio Greentech Pvt.Ltd (India). Mr. CS Pradeep Kumar (Director, Technical-CEO, Symbio Greentech Pvt. Ltd,) on the new associations said that it "brings an opportunity to create a scientific approach for effective Environment management in India and Sweden by exchanging and developing new innovative technologies in order to create a clean and green nature. We look forward to associate with EBTC further in the area of Environment, Biotechnology, and Bio-energy sectors between Symbio Greentech and EU companies." Mr. Pontus Schwalbe (CEO, Globe Water AB) said that ""Globe Water has high hopes for the important Indian market and are glad to have met other innovative companies such as Symbio Greentech with their very valuable eco systems that can promote our systems as well as being the perfect partner to develop new technologies".

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DEC
05

Continuing to keep the promise to bring innovative technologies from the EU to India,
EBTC helps companies such as Aqua-Q and Ciel et Terre to explore the Indian market.

Actively involved in creating relationships and partnerships for the betterment of India's environment has been at the heart of EBTC's work, and the journey continues to keep the promise to bring innovative technologies from the EU to India that will make a real difference. Amongst other companies EBTC is helping, this story highlights two companies with whom EBTC recently signed cooperation agreements during the recent EBTC Environment Mission 2012, to help tackle the complex Indian market with their unique and innovative technologies.

Spending time on building relationships, a continuous hands-on approach is important which Ciel et Terre (C&T) is testimony to. Looking to bring their innovative floating PV solutions to India, C&T were introduced to India during the previous EBTC Environment Flagship Mission 2011, after which they set up office in the city of Bengaluru and have started exploring the southern region. Since then they have been in close interaction with EBTC and Arthur DeFreslon, Business Development Manager, C&T – India said that there are "vast opportunities which C&T are looking at, with the potential of a 40MW floating solar project portfolio in India, and utility scale projects." He added that "EBTC is a bridge to India, excellent for first approach of the market, good network and understanding towards the European companies and their difficulties to interact with Indian environment. Each State in India is a kind of new market, so EBTC can help in approaching these new opportunities."

EBTC Kolkata has initiated and built a strong foundation for working with Aqua-Q. With an innovative water quality monitoring unit, Aqua-Q's products and services for online microbe detection and ozonation includes technology for the detection of possible pathogenic bacteria, parasites, and super bugs in real time. Aqua-Q also boasts of providing intelligent, cost efficient, modular systems coupled with qualified water analysis and fingerprinting services. EBTC anticipates great demand for the application of their products/services in a vast array of industries across the country, from hospitals, offices, schools, and more. CEO and Chief Scientist of Aqua-Q, Sudhir Chowdhury, said that "Aqua-Q selects to co-operate with EBTC because their staff members are qualified and business oriented. We believe that they understand the needs of Aqua-Q i.e. to establish a pilot project together with an end user, and we see the business potential in the Indian market that will add value to Aqua-Q in coming years. The potential market for Aqua-Q in India includes water treatment plants, recycled water plants, rain harvesting, green thinking real estate owners/management and more."

Witnessing increasing traffic of SMEs spanning the entire gamut of the cleantech business from the EU that are willing to engage EBTC to develop their initial business activities is a positive indicator. For Ciel et Terre, Aqua-Q, and other EU organisations that EBTC is working with, it's just the beginning of a long road ahead of market exploration, awareness raising about the products, meeting potential partners, culminating in pilot projects, but EBTC's services are there to be availed during the entire cycle until a company is settled successfully in India.

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NOV
30

PRESS RELEASE
BRUSSELS / NEW DELHI, 30 NOVEMBER 2012

EBTC is helping to leverage EU technology and experience to restore rivers in India

The Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IITK), ETI Dynamics (UK) and its lead partners European Business & Technology Centre (EBTC) and Xylem have entered into a partnership for restoring the river Ganga and other water bodies in India. This partnership hopes to promote a river basin approach to both planning and implementation of projects and programmes, which are not limited by any artificial boundaries. Therefore, the water and environmental infrastructure that is developed must ensure that that the overall state of the river improves. It is in this light that EBTC’s Environment Mission 2012, and the first India Water Impact Summit is being held from December 3-5, 2012.

The Ganga river basin is the most populated (around 500 million) and also one of the most polluted river basins in the world. The pollution levels in the river basin are staggering, with an estimation of over 12 billion litres of sewage and 4 billion litres of industrial effluent are generated in the river basin every day. Less than one-third of these are treated before they are discharged into the river. In addition to this load, it is estimated that around 52,000 tonnes of solid waste gets generated every day in this basin (Source: Gangapedia, IITK). Whilst this is a serious environmental  problem, the situation also offers tremendous opportunity to make substantial positive impact, provided the national and international community across industry, academia and government can come together to create new modes of working together including novel economic models, effective transfer of technology and an inclusive process for development of infrastructure.

Over the past three decades, EU water policy has successfully contributed to protecting water resources. Pollution from urban, industrial and agricultural sources is regulated and has brought about significant improvements in the quality of European waters, particularly by reducing an excess of nutrients. Thus, Europeans can safely drink tap water and swim in thousands of coastal areas, rivers and lakes across the EU. This experience spanning policy and implementation frameworks to technologies and innovations makes the EU a natural partner for India on restoring rivers in India.

One of the main highlights of this Summit will be the unveiling of the India Water Innovation Park (IWIP) - India’s first world class integrated applied research platform. IWIP is being jointly developed by ETI Dynamics (UK) and Vittal Innovation City (India) to accelerate knowledge transfer across different domains: from research to industry and from global centres of innovation to India. EBTC is looking to become an EU gateway for relevant knowledge and technologies from EU clusters, research institutions, technology developers (providers) and companies. The cluster-to-cluster approach may be most rewarding and EBTC would set in place the environment for Environmental Clusters to enter India through IWIP.

Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for Environment observed at the EU Water Blueprint Conference on 26/11/2012 “Water: we need something better, something more and something new". EBTC’s Environment sector specialist, Mr. Monish Verma, echoes this by saying that “EBTC is working in the context of rivers in India and helping to improve the technologies available (something better) for reducing industrial effluent flows into the river; integrating EU and other bilateral and multilateral efforts (something more); and developing EU-India partnerships at the cluster-level to address water innovation (something new).”

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NOV
06

PRESS RELEASE
BRUSSELS / BENGALURU, 6 NOVEMBER 2012

EBTC & ABLE - fostering EU-India cooperation in biotech and cleantech
The European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC) & the Association of Biotechnology Led Enterprises (ABLE) enter into a Memorandum of Cooperation

As a landmark to the 'EBTC Biotechnology Mission 2012,' held in Bengaluru, EBTC announced today to work collaboratively with ABLE, a pan Indian Biotech organization by signing a mutual agreement to promote bilateral relationships with a view to develop business and R&D cooperation between EU and Indian companies in the biotechnology and cleantech arena. Director of EBTC, Mr. Poul V Jensen, said that "With ABLE's strong position in the Indian biotech sector, this intensified collaboration between our two organizations is a very promising development in EBTC's mission to foster cooperation between EU and India in the biotech and clean tech sector"

The Indian biotech industry in terms of expansion of business conducted by contract research and manufacturing services, research and innovation has been attracting wide range of opportunities for global businesses and scientific communities especially from Europe. Biotechnology in India is synonymous with innovation, flexibility and diversity and the strategic imperatives are more visible in terms of drug discovery, regenerative medicine, diagnostic and traditional medicine, green biotech for agricultural produces or alternative sources for petroleum products and bioremediation, and more. Emerging interdisciplinary areas such as genomics, synthetic biology and biomedical informatics are creating incredible tools for supporting research and development in this field. Speaking on the benefits for India, Past President of ABLE and Chairman of Strand, Dr. Vijay Chandru said that "fostering biotechnology is an obvious choice for a country like India which has huge healthcare and energy demand in the future. ABLE collaborating with EBTC will help Indian member organizations of ABLE to grow faster by forging collaborations with progressive EU organizations."

EBTC and ABLE, in the spirit of friendliness, equality and mutual benefit, have agreed to work together on both business and R&D cooperation promotion, and will initiate an interactive forum to discuss with Indian companies, R&D institutes and Centres of Excellence to focus on the exchange of information, know-how, skill development and technology with EU organizations, strengthen mutual cooperation, conduct special seminars, symposia and exchange business delegation visits, promote joint ventures, cooperative production, as well as economic and technological cooperation between the manufactures and enterprises of both countries.

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NOV
02

PRESS RELEASE
BRUSSELS / NEW DELHI, 2 NOVEMBER 2012

EBTC - a gateway for 100+ business and research opportunities:
EBTC brings delegates from across Europe to explore opportunities in India's
clean energy & biotechnology sectors

India is at the forefront of implementing innovation, not just creating it, and with the European experience in clean energy and biotechnology there are many areas of synergy still to be uncovered. Next week will see two parallel missions by the European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC) who are taking over 25 delegates from across the European Union (EU) countries, to New Delhi and Bengaluru, to explore hundreds of opportunities that India presents in the cleantech sectors related to energy and biotechnology.

Director of EBTC, Mr. Poul V Jensen, says that "EU delegates are coming to India, excited by the pot of opportunities the country holds, and with the very real intention of creating alliances and partnerships to adapt innovations to propel India's cleantech scenario forward. In addition to seminars and workshops, high level networking with state dignitaries has been organized, alongside B2B meetings and site visits which will leave the visiting delegation empowered with knowledge about doing business in India and more EU-Indian cleantech alliances are anticipated as a result."

India is a promising market for clean energy technology and service providers from Europe. Energy specialist at EBTC, Mr Vittalkumar Dhage says that "the commitment of the Government of India to addressing challenges of energy access, combined with the current enabling policy environment and India's clean energy potential, are all factors contributing to the interest we're seeing from European clean technology companies to India. Furthermore, India is already amongst the top five capacity investments in the renewable energy sector, and is anticipated to become one amongst the top three by 2020." European delegates will be able to leverage maximum results during their time in India, as the 'EBTC Energy Flagship Mission 2012' is taking place during Asia's largest renewable event - the 6th Renewable Energy India Expo 2012, from 7th – 9th November 2012 in New Delhi, with a pavilion to showcase clean technologies, services and companies, and a forum on 'Cleantech 2020 – REnergising SME's India' which will focus on understanding policies, technologies, financing, as well as challenges of a strategy to fasten the deployment of cleantech.

The upcoming bio-economy could potentially have the answers to challenges we face globally, with the EU's experience in healthcare, Bio-Agri, and Bio-Industrial sectors amongst others, and the importance given to tackling societal challenges, there is much potential for synergy with India in areas such as energy, health & wellbeing ,food, and sustainable agriculture. Biotechnology specialist at EBTC, Mrs. Geetha Swamilingiah says that "with advantages including research and development (R&D) facilities, knowledge, skills, and cost effectiveness, Indian biotechnology has a immense potential to emerge as a global player." As a result, the 'EBTC Biotechnology Flagship Mission' from 5th – 9th November 2012 at the Sheraton hotel in Bengaluru will focus on areas such as Bio-Pharma, Bio-Services, Bio-Informatics, Bio-Agri, and Bio-Industry, addressing emerging trends, challenges and policy frameworks.

Direct press / media enquiries to Ananya Roy – Communications Executive | roy@ebtc.eu

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OCT
29

100 Cleantech Opportunities in India

CleanTech business opportunities in India are being set before Cambridge UK companies at a 'green' trade summit in November. Companies with eco-friendly technology have had the welcome mat extended by the European Business & Technology Centre (EBTC) in Bangalore.

EBTC has joined forces with the Cambridge Cleantech organisation to explore 'Opportunity India' at the Cambridge offices of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)on Wednesday, November 21 (5.30pm-8pm).

Martin Garratt, chief executive of Cambridge Cleantech, said the EBTC was EU funded to assist European CleanTech companies in doing business and research in India. "They offer local incubation services, office space in four locations and soft entry services including market research and IPR. They have 100 cleantech business opportunities waiting to be tapped into." With GDP growth of eight per cent and a CleanTech market that converts to around €100 billion, India is fertile territory for Cambridge companies. "India is also fifth-ranked in the world for wind energy production," said Garratt.

Garratt will introduce the event, followed by a talk from Shai Vyakarnam – director of the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (CfEL)at Cambridge University's Judge Business School – on the new Bangalore-Cambridge Innovation Network.

Leena Pishe Thomas, regional manager of the Bangalore EBTC, will address 'Growing Your Business in India: the Scale of the Opportunity and the Importance of a Supported Landing.'

There will be talks covering the secrets of successful growth in the Indian marketplace – supported by case studies involving both SMEs and large companies – plus sessions on biomass and aerospace.

Details on the event are available at www.cambridgecleantech.org.uk

Courtesy: www.businessweekly.co.uk

SEP
25

PRESS RELEASE
BRUSSELS / MUMBAI, 25 September 2012

From energy software tools to solar PV: EU-Indian collaboration gains strength in the renewable energy sector

The European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC) is proud to announce the facilitation of two Memorandae of Understanding (MoU) signed during the ongoing ‘Conference on Renewable Energy- Policy Regulation, Technology and Finance in India’ in Mumbai from September 25th-26th 2012 - an event co-organized by EBTC and the Council of EU Chambers of Commerce in India. Two very innovative leading European clean technology organisations have signed the MoU’s with Indian counterparts to transfer technology and expertise in a bid to support and provide a boost to the Indian renewable energy road map.

Italian Energy Services Company, NewEn Ltd, and Kolkata based Enfragy Solutions India Pvt Ltd, will design, implement, test and commercialize an innovative software tool able to monitor and model the energy consumption (electrical, natural gas, water, gas, oil, etc) of an industry or a building and to optimize the energy plants, the machineries consumptions and the production processes. This will start from ‘RACE,’ a software tool already implemented by NewEn.

NewEn is an Energy Service Company specializing in traditional and renewable solutions for energy efficiency, costs saving and environmental sustainability. The rationalization process follows an integrated systemic and scientific approach including interventions in the areas of traditional and renewable plants, productive machineries, productive processes, building envelope and energy economics. Enfragy Solutions has a proven track record in ITES driven support services in energy efficiency and conservation and currently delivers audit, advisory and EPC services to both the public and private sector clients across India. Managing Director of Enfragy Solutions, Mr. Deb Mukherjee, said that “The Cooperation between NewEn and Enfragy would help in designing and implementing a best-in-class software tool for energy monitoring and analysis across the entire spectrum of energy intensive users for India, Europe and other International markets."

Belgium’s leading player in the photovoltaic (PV) market, Ikaros Solar, has entered into India by signing a MoU with Pune-based Intellux Electronics Pvt Ltd, to offer PV solutions to the Indian market. The two companies will jointly offer photovoltaic energy that is emerging as a clean and affordable alternative to expensive diesel usage in electricity generation by industries.

Founded in 2006, Ikaros Solar currently ranks number 2 for Belgian companies in the sector, based on revenue worldwide, and number 1 based on revenue generated from Belgium. On their venture into India, CEO of Ikaros Solar, Mr. Yves Devis, said, “We are extremely proud to partner with Intellux, and are looking forward towards creating a robust business in India by offering technology to generate clean power. Our photovoltaic energy is produced through solar modules and can be connected directly to the grid or off-grid systems.

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SEP
25

PRESS RELEASE
BRUSSELS / MUMBAI, 25 September 2012

Conference on Renewable Energy – Policy Regulation, Technology & Finance

The European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC) and the Council of EU Chambers of Commerce in India are hosting a two-day conference on the theme of ‘Renewable Energy- Policy Regulation, Technology and Finance in India’ in Mumbai from September 25th-26th 2012, in association with the Bombay Chamber of Commerce & Industry, the Indo-French Chamber of Commerce & Industry, and with support from the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, the Government of Maharashtra and Government of Gujarat.

Dedicated to key issues including solar; wind; biomass; small hydro, on-grid and off-grid – the conference will discuss current analytics and trends. Giving companies from the European Union (EU) countries an ideal platform to understand and explore opportunities in India’s renewable energy sector, the conference will identify and appraise investment, networking and collaboration opportunities with Indian organisations.

EBTC and the Council of EU Chambers of Commerce in India consider this conference to be an important platform for Indian renewable energy entrepreneurs seeking finance, technology and expertise from EU. India is a new and very important market for renewable energy technologies and despite the recession, this sector has attracted an increase in foreign and domestic investment. New policy instruments such as the Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) and Energy Efficiency (EE) markets, whilst very good for long term growth, has thrown new and immediate challenges for financing new projects. EU finance and experience can play a very important role in addressing this challenge. 

Further strengthening EU-India economic ties, two Memorandae of Understanding (MoU) were signed during the conference, highlighting the commitment to bringing clean technologies from the EU to India and encouraging mutual collaboration. Kolkata based Enfragy Solutions India Pvt Ltd, and Italian energy services company, NewEn, signed a MoU to design, implement and test an innovative software tool able to model the energy consumption of an industry or building. A second MoU was signed between Belgium’s Ikaros Solar with India’s Intellux Electronics Pvt Ltd to bring photovoltaic (PV) solutions to the Indian market via the subsidiary in India.

Director of EBTC, Poul V. Jensen says, “The recent incident of grid failure in India has reinforced the importance of technology transfer in the renewable energy sector. Smart grids for example are one such solution to adequately manage demand and crucial economic growth. Europe, with long standing experience in cleantech has much to add to the growing Indian demand.”

The EU’s knowledge based economy, expertise and leadership in cleantech can help India realize its goal of generating 40 GW by 2017. Last year, India attracted 9.5 billion Euros investment in its renewable energy market, up by 62 percent, and is expected to be one of the top 5 new capacity investments in the world.

EBTC believes that the present is the most appropriate time to leverage the EU’s technological prowess and best practices in the renewable energy landscape, especially in the R&D market. It plays a major role in facilitating the formation of projects and partnerships, joint cleantech initiatives, and offering efficient renewable energy technologies which are able to support India’s renewable energy road map.

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SEP
23

European companies look to tap India renewable energy market

EU companies are looking forward to have tie-ups with Indian companies in the clean energy segment at the two-day conference on renewable energy in Mumbai on September 25-26.

"Energy security, energy efficiency, reduction of carbon emissions are the areas of co-operation between India and European Union," said Joao Cravinho, Ambassador and head of delegation of the EU to India. The list of European companies which would be participating in the conference is long, he said.

EU is the world's largest promoter of solar and renewable energy. EU companies are extremely keen on bringing in clean and green technology to India, Cravinho said. Companies from Denmark, Germany, France, Britain, Poland, Austria have shown interest in the renewable energy sector. They are likely to focus on solar and other renewable energy forms.

"The meet will allow India to showcase responsibilities and flag out areas where EU can invest," he said.

"India has plans in energy efficiency, reduction of emissions and energy security in the near future in the five year plan (2012-17) and we have identified the need to focus on energy as an area of enhanced co-operation," he added.

EU has also identified reduction in carbon emission as an area of cooperation. Since 60 per cent of India's energy comes from coal, clean coal is another area where EU firms are likely to focus on.

Courtesy: www.profit.ndtv.com

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AUG
01

Renewable Energy got 9.5 billion euro injection last year

Vittalkumar A. Dhage, Energy Sector Specialist, EBTC speaks to Infraline about how India can draw lessons from innovations done in the European Union (EU) member countries in the Renewable Energy sector and how India's participation in the research and development collaboration platform, promoted by the EU, can bring significant value in building nation's technological expertise in the sector.

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JUL
29

Solar photovoltaic installations in India cross 1 GW milestone

Solar photovoltaic installations in India have crossed the 1,000 MW or 1 gigawatt (GW) mark, data made available by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, show.

As at the end of June, India had grid interactive solar PV installed capacity of 1,030.66 MW. Most of the capacities have come in Gujarat. In addition, India has 85.21 MW of off-grid solar PV systems, counting only those that are higher than 1 kW.

Renewable Energy in India crossed another milestone in the first quarter of the current year — total grid interactive renewable energy installations crossed 25,000 MW. During the quarter, 495 MW were added — 291.70 MW of which came from the wind sector.

This addition took the total installed capacity of renewable power plants in the country to 25,409 MW.

Courtesy: www.thehindubusinessline.com

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JUL
04

World eyes solar economic zone in Tamil Nadu

According to reports, with the state riding high on renewable energy wave, its prestigious solar energy project,  Chennai solar economic zone, has grabbed global attention.

The 312-acre project, located along the Chennai-Bengaluru corridor, has bagged the privilege of being one of the 100 most innovative global infrastructure projects that makes cities liveable and sustainable.

GMR Krishnagiri SEZ Ltd (GKSL) is a 2,800-acres of multi-product special economic zone (SEZ) being developed by GMR Group. Of this, about 312-acres are being exclusively developed as world’s first SEZ dedicated to solar industry. GMR Solar Tropic would be a fully integrated ecosystem for solar goods, providing infrastructure and utilities to house all activities of solar goods industry – across R&D, manufacture, services and trading.

And it is this project along with five others in the country has been identified among the 100 innovative sustainable global infrastructure projects by global audit firm KPMG.

These projects have been featured in the second edition of the Infrastructure 100: World Cities Edition, which was recently released at the World Cities Summit in Singapore.

India is expected to witness large-scale migration with almost 400 million people expected to move to urban centers in the next few decades. With existing cities and towns already densely populated, the creation of new cities and neighbourhoods will be critical.

“India’s need to boost economic growth combined with a growing population requires a globally competitive business environment with state-of-the-art infrastructure to facilitate both local commerce and foreign investment,” said Mr Arvind Mahajan, head-infrastructure advisory group, KPMG India.

Plan outlays show that India will spend more than $1 trillion in infrastructure over the next five years, representing approximately 10 per cent of GDP annually, to balance the needs of the population, the economy and the environment.

Courtesy: www.panchabuta.com

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JUN
25

Meghalaya to tap its huge green energy potential in a big way

Taking cue from Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, power-deficit Meghalaya is going all out to tap green energy to bridge the widening demand-supply gap in the state.

A preliminary investigation conducted by the Meghalaya Non-Conventional and Rural Energy Development Agency indicated that the state could generate about 3155 MW of electricity through non-conventional sources of energy such as bio-mass, solar and wind energy.

A GIS mapping, conducted by the Chennai-based Centre for Wind Energy Technology (C-WET), an autonomous institution of the Government of India, said the state is capable of tapping between 40-90 MW of power from wind energy alone, MREDA director John Rodborne said.

Courtesy: The Economic Times

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JUN
11

Global Renewable Energy Investment Powers to Record $257 Billion

The sister publications, UNEP's Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment, and REN21's Renewables 2012 Global Status Report were launched on 11th June 2012.

Against an increasingly rough and tumble competitive landscape, total investment in renewables excluding large hydro last year increased 17% to a record $257 billion, a six-fold increase on the 2004 figure and 94% higher than the total in 2007, the year before the world financial crisis, says the UNEP report, Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2012.

Among the other major developing economies, the star performer was India, where the country's National Solar Mission helped to spur an impressive 62% increase in renewable energy investment to $12 billion, the fastest investment expansion of any large renewables market in the world.

In the European Union, renewables accounted for more than 71% of total electric capacity additions in 2011, with solar PV alone representing nearly half (46.7%) of new capacity that came into operation.

Courtesy: REN21 Press Release

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JUN
06

PRESS RELEASE
BRUSSELS / KOLKATA, 06 June 2012

Clean technology from Copenhagen to Kolkata

The European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC) is hosting a cleantech event, 'Water, Wastewater and Green Buildings Mission 2012,' in Kolkata (June 5th -7th) with the support of the Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI.) This event gives delegates from the European Union (EU) countries, the perfect platform to explore opportunities in Indian cities to use clean technology to address environmental issues, and to collaborate with Indian businesses to tap them effectively.

To reinforce the commitment to bringing clean technologies from the EU to India and encouraging collaboration, a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) has been signed between the EBTC and the Copenhagen Cleantech Cluster (CCC) during the mission in Kolkata. Denmark is a leader in clean technologies, and through CCC, is keen to provide cleantech solutions to India, whilst EBTC has the mandate to promote cleantech business and research from the EU to India. Together, CCC and EBTC can work to identify projects, undertake their execution, and facilitate research and innovation related to clean technologies in the energy and environment sectors.

Director of EBTC, Poul V. Jensen says, "With this innovative channel for transferring technologies, tapping directly into over 200 cleantech organizations through CCC, and with EBTC's ability to connect the technology with project owners, a fast track approach to implementing complex cleantech solutions in India has been created. Concrete projects are being evaluated during EBTC's 'Water, Wastewater and Green Building Mission' this week, and we are all very optimistic about a successful outcome, which could entail investments beyond € 10 million – a very pleasing target for a new cooperation."

Launched by Danish cleantech companies, research institutions and public organizations, CCC is one of the largest global clusters, tying cleantech communities together across sectors, value chains and borders. Neelabh Singh, Head of Complex Cleantech Solutions at CCC, has mentioned that "Denmark has for many years been at the forefront of providing cleantech solutions globally and has set itself ambitious targets such as converting its entire energy supply (electricity, heating), industry and transport to renewable energy by 2050. Danish cleantech exports in 2011 were about € 12 billion (approximately 836 billion), the highest in the world in terms of percentage of GDP." He further added that Denmark sees India as a key partner in developing environmentally sustainable solutions.

As opportunities abound in West Bengal, and in India as a whole, it is with confidence that CCC and EBTC enter into this MoC with a combined mission of bringing clean technology solutions to India, and addressing issues arising from climate change.

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JUN
01

India's low-carbon technology market likely to be worth $135 billion by 2020

Billions of dollars worth of investment in clean technology and green energy are eyeing India, where the market for low-carbon technology is expected to expand to $135 billion by 2020, according to industry experts, making the country one of the most lucrative destination for companies in the domain.

Renewable energy has already lured stars such as Sachin Tendulkar and Aishwarya Rai and large companies such as Reliance Power and Lanco, and the flow of venture capital has increased in the sector.

Courtesy: The Economic Times

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JUN
01

EU Member States and India deepen science and business links
Brussels, 1 June 2012

Ministers for science and research from the European Union and India agreed during talks in Brussels to draw up a strategic agenda in the area of research and innovation and to support it through the creation of a group of senior officials. The aim is to adopt the agenda in the first half of 2013.

The ministerial was held on the margins of a two-day conference ending June 1 that brought together some 200 policymakers, researchers and businesses. Both sides recognised it is important to involve business and other research actors in defining and implementing the agenda. Particular attention will be givento promote cooperation between European and Indian SMEs notably for the co-development and for deployment of affordable and innovative products and services.

Courtesy: European Commission, Research & Innovation

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MAY
24

If you live in a highrise, solar panel is must

The West Bengal state government on Wednesday approved the policy on generating power from renewable energy sources.
This makes it compulsory for multi-storey buildings to have solar panels installed on the rooftops for power generation. According to state power minister Manish Gupta, building rules in the state have to be amended to make this happen and talks are on with the urban development and environment departments.

Power generated has to be transferred to grid and residents will draw electricity from it. The additional amount will be adjusted in their monthly bills.

Gupta said that according to the energy regulatory commission, by March 31, 2013, generation from renewable sources has to be 260 MW from the current 193.64 MW, which is the installed capacity.

Total potential of power generation, including all sources of renewable energy, by 2022 is 2206 MW. Target cumulative capacity at the end of the 12th year plan, by 2017, has been set at 587 MW and by the end of the 13th plan, in 2022, is set at 1865 MW. If the target is not met, then there will be heavy penalty.

Courtesy: The Times of India

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MAY
11

India Germany to Collaborate in Electric Mobility

India Seeks Green Technologies from the Global Leader India has sought German expertise and participation in developing green technologies. Indian Minister of Commerce Industry and Textiles Shri Anand Sharma told German Federal Minister for Transport, Building And Urban Development, Dr. Peter Ramsauer, that “India and Germany are both committed to reducing carbon emissions and sustainable mobility is one of the highlights of our cooperation in the automotive sector. We are also seeking a common approach to implement targets for Government of India’s National Mission for Electric Mobility.” The Two Ministers met in Berlin yesterday.

Germany is a strong supporter of electric mobility. There are about 1,500 electric vehicles operating on German roads. By 2020, Germany aims to put at least one million electric vehicles on the roads. Germany is also a world leader in logistics and in the construction of infrastructure, as well as in energy-efficient technologies in the transportation sector. Indo-German Joint Working Group (JWG) on Automotive Sector has helped to intensify bilateral cooperation in the development of efficient automotive technologies and alternate fuels and drives. Both countries are exploring areas of cooperation including in future road map for India’s Auto Fuel Policy, Electric Mobility Plan in India. The extension of the JWG on Automotives for another two years is indicative of the progress being made.

Shri Sharma also sought German Participation in seven National Manufacturing Investment Zones (NMIZs) that have been notified along the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) and the project envisages development of Industrial Townships on a PPP model. The Government of India has committed US$ 4.5 billion for development of trunk infrastructure. “We would welcome participation of German Government and private sector in this project which is the most ambitious infrastructure project in the world” Said the Minister. The Japanese Government has committed US$4.5 billion for this project. German cities are among the greenest in Europe, according to a new survey ranking urban centres around the world depending upon their environmental footprint. Green technology is the central theme of NMIZs too.

The Indian Minister drew attention to the ongoing discussions on a possible Agreement between BHEL and Siemens for production of power turbines. Heavy Industry Minister had raised this with Dr. Peter Ramsauer. Both the Ministers discussed the ways to move this issue further.

The bilateral trade between India and Germany has more than doubled over the last 5 years to reach nearly US$ 23.64 billion last year. After a bilateral meeting with Dr. Philipp Roessler, German Federal Minister of Economics & Technology of Germany in Berlin, Shri Sharma expressed confidence that the trade target of Euro 20 Billion by 2012 will be surpassed.

Courtesy: Press Information Bureau, Govt. Of India

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MAY
03

Tamil Nadu government offers interest-free loan to promote wind power units

Seeking to attract more private players in wind power generation, the state government has said that it would provide interest-free loans for five years to new entrants.

"The government is keen on more private companies producing electricity from wind power... We are ready to provide interest-free loan for five years to those who want to set up the wind power units," Electricity Minister Natham R Viswanathan told the Assembly.

Replying to a Special Call Attention motion moved by the Left parties, he said that the private companies were already producing electricity in their wind farms which have capacities of 440 KiloWatts (KW) and 230 KW. Asked whether the government had enough infrastructure to store the power produced, he said, "The government is working on the infrastructure."

Tamil Nadu accounts for over 42 per cent of the wind power produced in the country.

Courtesy: www.ndtv.com

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APRIL
30

G-Riks: Take a zip ride on eco-feeder rickshaws in Delhi

These eco friendly vehicles will chargeRs 10 per passenger. They will initially travel between the Malviya Nagar Metro station and Select Citywalk Mall in Saket. Launched by chief minister Sheila Dikshit, these battery-powered, pollution-free vehicles are expected to circulate at several other Metro stations soon. Ajay Singh of Angentum group, the promoters of both Star Bus and Green Wheels, said, "We plan to pump Rs 100 crore into the project over the next 15 months. Five thousand of these eco-friendly vehicles will be put on roads during that period."

Courtesy: www.economictimes.indiatimes.com

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APRIL
30

National Solar Mission completes 89% of allotted capacity

The National Solar Mission, which aims to install 20,000 MW capacity of solar energy by 2020, has commissioned 89% of its allotted capacity in its first stage, government officials said.

The government had signed power purchase agreements (PPA) with 28 solar power developers for 140-MW solar photo voltaic (PV) projects in January 2011, out of which 125-MW of capacity stands commissioned currently.

The total installed capacity of solar generated power in the country stands at 503.9 MW so far. The total investment, as estimated by the ministry is about Rs 6,000 crore.

Courtesy: m.economictimes.com

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APRIL
04

Looking East to Orissa: Renewable energy potential assessed at 16,230 MW

Renewable energy potential in the state has been assessed at 16,230 MW by Orissa Renewable Energy Development Agency (OREDA).

Of this, solar power has the maximum potential at 14,000 MW followed by wind power (1700 MW), biomass (350 MW), small hydro (160 MW) and municipal waste (20 MW).

As against the renewable energy potential, three small hydro power projects with 57 MW, nine solar photo voltaic (PV) project with 13 MW and one biomass power project of 20 MW have been commissioned in Orissa.

Courtesy: www.business-standard.com

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APRIL
03

Global Wind Capacity Soars Amid Slowdown

Two recent analyses reveal that the global wind turbine market not only added significant new capacity in 2011, but also set new records. Market reports from the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) and the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) essentially agree on the details: WWEA says there were 42 GW of new capacity installed in 2011 (up from 37.6 GW in 2010), while GWEC puts the new capacity figure at 41 GW (a 21 percent increase over the previous year). This brings global installed capacity to 'more than 238 GW' (GWEC) or 'close to 239 GW' (WWEA). In essence, the two reports confirm each other's findings that, despite worldwide economic woes, the wind energy market is still experiencing strong growth.

India
WWEA reports that India, in third place, added 2.7 GW in 2011, raising the country’s total capacity to just over 16 GW. GWEC quotes D.V. Giri, chairman of the Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturers Association, as saying that ‘India reached another milestone with adding over 3000 MW of wind power installed in 2011. This is likely to go up to 5000 MW per year by 2015. Ongoing initiatives of the Indian government to create new policies will attract large quantities of private investments to the sector.’

Europe
‘Despite the economic crisis gripping Europe, the wind industry is still installing solid levels of new capacity,’ said Justin Wilkes, policy director of the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA). Spain, France and Italy each added around 1 GW in 2011.

Courtesy: www.renewableenergyworld.com

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MAY
03

Indo-French project to study effects of climate change on farming

The Indo-French Centre for the Promotion of Advanced Research (CEFIPRA) on Monday launched a multi-disciplinary Indo-French research project titled ‘Adaptation of Irrigated Agriculture to Climate Change (AICHA).’

The study aims at developing an integrated model for analysing the impact of climate change on ground water-irrigated agriculture in south India.

Berambadi village and surrounding areas in Hangla hobli of Gundlupet taluk in Chamarajanagar district have been selected for a field study under the project.

Agriculture would be a challenge for farmers in the coming days as ground water is a limited resource,
The study try to learn and explore sustainable water management with available ground resources, changes in the cropping pattern if needed, and the economy involved.

The research is special in the sense that it looks into all three fields pertaining to farming, namely, agronomy, hydrology and economics.

Courtesy: www.deccanherald.com

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APRIL
02

Despite all the challenges, India's progress in human development has lessons for many

Innovations in health are being matched with a bold effort to find new sources of energy to meet India`s growing demand. According to the UN, more than 280 million people in India lack access to electricity, and millions more suffer from unreliable and intermittent service. When Indians don`t have access to energy, they cannot improve their health and economic opportunity.

In Bangalore, rooftops are dotted with solar-powered water heaters - now mandatory on all new structures. Underserved communities are experimenting with clean energy solutions.

In India`s rural communities, clean burning cookstoves can provide a safer way formillions of people who live off the electricity grid to cook meals without emitting harmful smoke into their homes.

India`s leadership on sustainable energy is crucial because developing countries around the world want to replicate India`s success. India is now developing ways to bypass the plight of many developed countries, which rely excessively on a fossil fuel-based energy infrastructure. It also helps India fulfil its obligations to future generations for clean, sustainable energy sources.

To be sure, India`s embrace of sustainable development will take decades to realise. The size and scale of its challenges are enormous. But India doesn`t accept these challenges as intractable, and neither should the world. There is impressive evidence that India can achieve both economic development and sustainability at the same time. That`s good news for India and good news for the world.

Courtesy: www.economictimes.indiatimes.com

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MAR
27

'Green buildings can sustain rapid urbanisation'

Indian builders need to design “green buildings” to bridge the growing gap between energy demand and supply as resources are finite, said J M Mauskar, special secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests.

At a conference in New Delhi on Tuesday, he said this goal can be attained only if builders sustain the steady migration of people from rural to urban areas.

Mauskar suggested that corporates should use technology innovations taking into account developmental goals and environmental protection. The conference was organised by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India.

According to estimates, two-third of the people will live in urban areas by 2050. “The area occupied by environment-friendly buildings has increased from 20,000 square metres in 2004 to 2.3 crore square metres at present. Rapid industrialisation and infrastructure development coupled with population growth and urbanisation have put tremendous pressure on the environment,” said Ajay Mathur, director general, Bureau of Energy Efficiency.

Courtesy: www.deccanherald.com

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MAR
27

Orissa targets 50 MW solar power generation in 2012-13

As part of its efforts to tap potential of solar power in a big way, the Orissa government has set a target of 50 MW from this renewable energy source in 2012-13.

“Presently, 10 MW solar power is being produced in the state. This apart, the process of developer selection is completed for generation of additional 25 MW. For 2012-13, we have set solar power generation target of 50 MW”, Ramesh Majhi, minister for science and technology said in the state assembly.

Recently, Kolkata-based Alex Astral Power Private Ltd bagged the contract for setting up of a 25 MW solar power plant in Orissa. The total project cost is estimated at Rs 300 crore. The project is likely to come up in Bolangir district considering the amount of solar radiation the area gets.Alex will sell solar energy at Rs 7 per unit to Gridco and in turn, the bulk power power purchaser will agree to buy power from Alex for a period of 25 years. The Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) is expected to be signed in the last week of April this year. The project will have 70:30 debt-equity ratio.

Courtesy: www.business-standard.com

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MAR
23

SEMINAR: 'India & Green Technology'

Date: Thursday April 26th 2012
Venue: Diamond Centre – A. Reyerslaan 80, Brussels

The Belgo-Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in cooperation with Agoria and EBTC is pleased to invite you to an evening seminar on ‘India and Green Technology,’ on Thursday April 26th 2012.

Topics to be presented include Belgium’s stand on Green Technology; the potential for European green technology in India; the status of Flanders-Belgian-Indian clean tech business, case studies and more.

For further information, including a full program and registration form, please download the invitation, or contact bicci@bic-belgium.com.

MAR
22

Far Higher Potential for Wind Energy in India Than Previously Estimated

A new assessment of wind energy in India by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has found that the potential for on-shore wind energy deployment is far higher than the official estimates -- about 20 times and up to 30 times greater than the current government estimate of 102 gigawatts. This landmark finding may have significant impact on India's renewable energy strategy as it attempts to cope with a massive and chronic shortage of electricity.

"The main importance of this study, why it's groundbreaking, is that wind is one of the most cost-effective and mature renewable energy sources commercially available in India, with an installed capacity of 15 GW and rising rapidly," says Berkeley Lab scientist Amol Phadke, the lead author of the report. "The cost of wind power is now comparable to that from imported coal and natural gas-based plants, and wind can play a significant role in cost effectively addressing energy security and environmental concerns."

Courtesy: www.sciencedaily.com

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MAR
20

Biotech research body expected to boost innovation

The Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), which got the Union Cabinet’s approval in November 2011, is gearing up to be fully operational by the next financial year.

“BIRAC, which is now known as BIRAP (Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Programme), is in the pilot stage in Delhi. It is expected to be fully operational by the next financial year,” S R Rao, adviser to the department of biotechnology (DBT), told Business Standard.

BIRAC, a not-for-profit Section 25 company, was set up as a separate body by the DBT to enhance the strategic research and innovation capacity of biotech companies – especially SMEs – in India. The council will operate with an initial outlay of Rs 70 crore for two years, Rao said.

It will serve as a single window for the emerging biotech industry. It will help in technology management, support services such as IP facilitation, legal matters and contracts, clinical trail facilitation, mentoring and capacity building, and in creating affordable products and services.

Rao said the $4 billion biotechnology market in India was growing at 21 per cent year-on-year. The ecosystem consists of 20-30 large companies and more than 300 SMEs.

Courtesy: www.business-standard.com

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Mar
15

New Greenhouse Gas Standards Unveiled for Corporate Value Chain and Products in India

The Greenhouse Gas Protocol launched two new standards today in New Delhi, India, to empower businesses to better measure, manage, and report their greenhouse gas emissions. Developed by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) and Product Life Cycle Standards enable companies to save money, reduce risks, and gain competitive advantages. The launch event was hosted by WRI, WBCSD, and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), and was followed by local training workshops on the new standards.

Courtesy: www.wri.org

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MAR
13

Solar power is a big opportunity for small and medium units

An interview with SEMI India President - Debasish Choudhury

Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) India, the Indian chapter of global trade association SEMI, which represents manufacturers of solar photovoltaic (PV), semiconductor, micro electronics, LED and flat panel display equipment, says that increasing solar adoption will open up new opportunities for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), which were hitherto confined to catering to the telecom segment.

Courtesy: www.business-standard.com

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FEB
29

The Eastern Green Revolution

Eastern states are food-surplus for the first time

There has been a visible change in recent years; the Centre seems to have realised that the second green revolution has to come from the east (Bihar, West Bengal, Orissa, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and east Uttar Pradesh) and the states have got their act together. As a result, rice output in this region surged to over 56.2 million tonnes in 2010-11, which is more than half of the country's total rice harvest of 96 million tonnes. Overall foodgrain production in eastern India, too, grew by around 12 per cent, against an all-India increase of only 2.2 per cent.

Eastern India is liberally endowed with natural resources — deep fertile topsoil, copious water and plentiful sunlight. These have been capitalised upon only sparingly. This zone, for instance, possesses nearly 46 per cent of the country's entire water resources but uses only three per cent of that for crop irrigation. Recent initiatives have sought to correct this anomaly by incentivising the construction of dug wells, shallow tubewells and water ponds for irrigating crops. Besides, the farmers have been exposed to modern technology, new high-yielding seeds and other yield-enhancing crop inputs.

Courtesy: www.business-standard.com

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FEB
27

India will be world's 3rd largest economy by 2030

India will be world's third largest economy by 2030 but its energy demand will slow down to 4.5 per cent, global energy giant BP plc (one of the world's leading international oil and gas companies) said today.

"By 2030 China and India will be the world's largest and third largest economies and energy consumers, jointly accounting for about 35 per cent of global population, GDP and energy demand," BP's chief economist Christof Ruhl said releasing BP's Energy Outlook 2030.

There would be "no surge in energy demand as India industrialises. Demand growth slows to 4.5 per cent per annum (vs. 5.5 per cent p.a. in 1999-2010) as improvements in energy efficiency partly offset the energy needs of industrialisation and infrastructure expansion."

Courtesy: The Times of India

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FEB
27

Sweden hopes to sign up more cities for waste-to-gas project

Having signed an MoU with the Delhi Government for setting up India's first Compressed Biogas (CBG) plant to convert waste into CNG, Sweden is likely to sign similar agreements with two more cities, according to Mr Lars Olof Lindgren, Sweden's Ambassador to India.

Mr Lindgren said the Scandinavian country may sign agreements with Visakhapatnam and Pune, and was willing to extend help to other cities.

Last year, an MOU was signed between Indraprastha Gas Ltd, KG Renewable Ltd, and the Delhi Jal Board for biogas upgrading and distribution with support from the Government of Sweden and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India.

On an average, two Swedish companies set up shop in India every month, he said. "The big companies are here already. The question is to bring small and medium companies to India. They need to be encouraged more."

Courtesy: www.thehindubusinessline.com

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FEB
10

12th EU-India Summit: Energy & Research and Innovation declared as key areas for cooperation

During the 12th-EU-India Summit, held on the 10th of February 2012 in New Delhi, two joint declarations were signed for enhanced cooperation on energy, and for research and innovation cooperation between the European Union and India.

The former acknowledges that the EU and India share common objectives such as enhancing energy security, promoting energy efficiency and the pursuit of sustainable development through, inter alia, the development of clean and renewable energy sources.
The declaration also recognises that business operators play a significant role in the development of innovative clean and efficient energy technologies and that mutually beneficial activities can be further expanded.

Joint efforts in a number of key energy areas include the development and deployment of strategies for clean energy production; improved energy efficiency of products and in the building sector; the development of smart power grids including the integration of renewable energy sources; cost-effective ways for the uptake of renewable energy sources as well as research and innovation cooperation on new, clean and renewable energy technologies.

B2B cooperation (with a specific focus on SMEs) shall be promoted to enhance cooperation in the energy sector through appropriate financial and technical institutions on both sides.

Furthermore, the research and innovation cooperation declares the EU and India’s resolve to move up a gear and fully exploit its potential towards finding solutions to common societal challenges, and mobilising Indian and European stakeholders to define a strategic ‘Indo-European Research and Innovation Partnership” by the end of 2012.

Courtesy: www.consilium.europa.eu

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FEB
05

India records world-beating green energy growth

India's transformation into a cleantech powerhouse moved up a gear in 2011 when it racked up investments of $10.3bn in the sector, a growth rate of 52 per cent year on year that dwarfed the rest of the world's significant economies.

Solar investments led the growth with a seven-fold increase in funding, from $0.6bn in 2010 to $4.2bn in 2011, just below the $4.6bn invested in wind during the year, according to figures released yesterday by analysts Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).

Courtesy: www.guardian.co.uk

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FEB
05

Green sector does well during slowdown

Clean technology and sustainable development were drawing significant investments even in times of economic slowdown, leaders from the business world and political community suggested at the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit, organised by the Energy and Resources Institute (Teri).

The “green race is on” and corporates should integrate business opportunities while adopting sustainable business methods. This was the consensus emerged from the three-day summit that concluded on Saturday.

Peter Bakker, president of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, said, “There is no economic activity that does not burden the environment, hence more and more corporates are becoming aware that sustainability is the centre stage of everything. The green race is on and it is not just about nations, but also about businesses.”

Courtesy: www.business-standard.com

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FEB
03

India and Norway to cooperate

India and Norway are looking to enhance cooperation in the field of renewable energy. India is taking active interest in setting up the proposed fund in collaboration with DFID, UK and Norway for promoting off-grid solutions in the field of renewable energy.

Courtesy: www.constructionweekonline.in

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FEB
02

India's Prime Minister addresses the 12th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit

The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, addressed the 12th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit, stressing upon the importance of continued global commitment and cooperation in the battle against climate change, stressing on the importance of technology transfer amongst other actions.

Courtesy: Press Information Bureau, Govt. of India

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JAN
16

Is India ready for a green drive?

Three lakh electric vehicles on the roads by 2020 would mean a reduction of over 16 lakh metric tons of pollution and savings of over Rs 3,700 crore in foreign exchange over the same period.

Go Green’ is the motto for all leading economies of the world, as reflected by the increasing focus on electric vehicles.

Almost 17 European Union nations including UK, France, Belgium, Italy and Spain provide specific tax rebates to promote usage of electric cars. However in India, we are still testing the waters to understand the sustainability of these vehicles in the long run.

By 2020, India’s population in cities is expected to grow manifold to a staggering 200 million while pollution is expected to grow by five times as compared to 2010. With this tremendous growth has emerged a very critical issue of keeping air and noise pollution in urban areas under control. It is desired to have 3 lakh electric vehicles on the roads by 2020, including three-wheelers, cars, and scooters which could result in a reduction of over 16 lakh metric tons of pollution by 2020, savings of over Rs 3,700 crore in foreign exchange and significant health costs savings.

Government initiatives are going to be one of the major drivers for bridging the gaps between consumers and electric cars manufacturers. Reduction in cost of vehicles and providing special benefits of parking, charging infrastructure and rebates would boost the adoption of these vehicles in future. Various companies are also taking initiatives to promote electric vehicles as a part of their corporate social responsibility. All leading manufacturers are eyeing India as a key market for the electric vehicles provided the government implements favorable policies. Consumers are also gradually becoming conscious about the use of cleaner technologies with the key question now being, “Are we ready to bring about the green wave of change?”

Courtesy: www.business-standard.com

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DEC
16

INTERVIEW: Micol Martinelli, Senior Advisor at Eurochambres, explains how the European Business and Technology Centre helps European SMEs transfer their innovations to India

The European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC) was launched in 2008 to promote European clean technologies in India. It is co-funded by the EU, implemented by Eurochambres, and counts 16 other European partners. It started taking European business and research representatives across to India a year later. Senior Advisor International Affairs Micol Martinelli, based in Brussels at Eurochambres which runs the EBTC, explains what it is’s all about.

What is the EBTC?

It finds its raison d’être in the Small Business Act. On the one hand, it’s about helping European companies and research institutes in the field of clean technology enter the Indian market. On the other, it’s about helping India fight climate change.
We have identified four priority sectors: environment, energy, transport and biotechnology. There are tremendous opportunities in India, particularly in these sectors, where the growth rates are even higher than India’s average.

Where in particular do you see interest from EU companies?

There’s a lot of attention for energy and transport, although the others are not neglected. Indian transport infrastructure has not been able to keep up with the recent growth in trade and India’s rapid industrialisation means that cities are demanding water and waste water treatment infrastructure.
This translates into great opportunities for European companies. There is a clear link to the environment and climate change because poor infrastructure means higher pollution.

What are the main obstacles in doing business in India?

The classic ones range from cultural differences and slow administrative procedures to a lack of intellectual property law enforcement and issues around custom duties. In the World Bank’s ranking of how easy is it to do business, India ranked 133 out of 183 last year.

How do you find companies to invest in India?

That’s our biggest challenge! It makes no sense having offices over there if you don’t have the awareness here in Europe.
On the one hand we operate through our network of Chambers of Commerce and on the other we have 16 European partners which help us promote and recruit for the delegations we take to India. These are a mix of local business associations and research institutes.
It’s mostly companies from countries without business representation in India that come to us: all the new Member States and smaller countries. Even firms from big Member States participate, because the EBTC is unique in its sectoral focus.

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NOV
21

PRESS RELEASE
BRUSSELS / BENGALURU 21st November 2011

Rejuvenating and restoring India's lakes and water bodies: Enzen Water Solutions sign a MoU with France based Tech Sub post the EBTC environment mission held in Bengaluru.

The European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC)’s two-pronged approach of liaising with both Indian and EU businesses and researchers to connect before, as well as during the delegation, has proved fruitful, with a second Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed after the ‘EBTC Environment Business & Research Delegation to Bengaluru – India.’

Bangalore based energy & environment consulting company, Enzen Water Solutions and France based Tech Sub  have agreed to jointly evaluate the opportunity of rejuvenation and restoration of lakes and water bodies in India. EBTC took the first steps and identified an opportunity, matched partners and introduced the two companies to each other. EBTC also facilitated in building this relationship that resulted in the joint agreement signed over the weekend.

This MoU will allow Enzen Water Solutions and Tech Sub to share and promote technologies and solutions thereby implementing support programs for water quality improvement and conserving water bodies on an exclusive basis at select locations across the country.

Enzen Water Solutions, and Tech Sub being equipped with the best standards for resource management and following the eco-friendly methods of restoration, will be able to counter the eutrophisation of aquatic environments using renewable energies through this venture.  The restoration of water bodies requires a sound knowledge of the environment and the ecosystem. This project will bring together all of the required skills to rehabilitate water bodies, ensuring complete, effective and long lasting solutions. The best practices will help in conceptualizing and designing some of the excellent concepts for a better ecosystem approach in future.

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NOV
15

PRESS RELEASE
BRUSSELS / BENGALURU 15th November 2011

Bringing floating  solar PV technology to India: Ciel et Terre from France, signs an MoU with Bangalore based Enzen Global, at the European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC) Environment Business & Research delegation to India.

To address the severe power shortages currently being experienced in India, Bangalore based energy and environment consultancy, Enzen Global Solutions Pvt. Ltd. has entered into an agreement with France based, Ciel et Terre to jointly develop projects utilizing the vast water surface areas available in India for utility scale floating PV power generation from 1 to 50 MWp.

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The issue of land availability is a global concern, and Ciel et Terre in their search for alternative solutions found that there were many unused water bodies. The floating solar PV system developed as a result, is an innovative approach that does not require valuable land for setting up solar power projects, as well as the added advantage of the attached aeration system treating and cleaning the water bodies. Dr Uma Rajarathnam, Associate VP of Enzen Global Solutions, Pvt. Ltd said that “we are facing an energy crisis with the gap between supply and demand growing day by day, and we need to explore alternative sources. The patented technology by C&T is innovative, combining solar power generation with water treatment. Vast water resources such as water ponds, industrial reservoirs can be used, and the technology can also improve the quality of water.”

The EBTC is an initiative co-funded by the European Union, and coordinated by EUROCHAMBRES, and the MoU was made possible due to EBTC’s approach of liaising with companies in both India and Europe well in advance of the delegation visit to India, as well as during. EBTC facilitated the partnership, and consequently, EU and Indian counterparts have been able to build a relationship prior to the event. Mr. Bernard Prouvost, CEO of Ciel et Terre said at the event that “being based in France, it isn’t possible to find a partner in India, and with the assistance of the European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC), we were introduced to Enzen Global and swiftly developed a co-operation, leading to the signing of this MoU in just a few weeks. We are looking forward to deploying our technology solution in India.”

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NOV
14

PRESS RELEASE
BRUSSELS / BENGALURU 14th November 2011

Discovering India's untapped environmental industries: EU delegates descend on Bangalore for the European Business and Technology Centre's 'Environment Business & Research Delegation.'

Despite ongoing global socio-economic turbulence across industries, India’s vast environmental technology market is estimated to be valued at around €8 billion, with overall growth exceeding 15% in sync with India’s robust economic growth as well as increasing recognition of environmental challenges. The three largest sectors of the environmental market in India are energy efficiency, solid waste management, and water and wastewater treatment, and with demand for innovative technologies only predicted to increase, EU countries – with knowledge, expertise and experience in the sector- are starting to tap into opportunities.

The European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC), along with partners – Finpro, Lyon Chamber of Commerce, IVL Swedish Environment Ltd, and the Bangalore Chamber of Industry and Commerce (BCIC), have organised the five day ‘EBTC Environment Business & Research Delegation to Bangalore – India,’ from the 14th -18th November 2011.’ The event brings together delegates from across the EU including France; Finland; Germany; Italy; Portugal; Spain, and Sweden, as well as a host of Indian counterparts from government, business and research.

EBTC has adopted a two-pronged approach by liaising with both Indian and EU businesses and researchers to connect before, as well as during the delegation. EU and Indian counterparts have been able to build a relationship prior to the event and agreements are in the pipeline for discussion during the delegation visit.

“EBTC, for the first time, planned to bring succinct Indian project and partnership opportunities in the environment sector to the fore for EU companies to consider in advance of this mission. We are pleased to see many EU-India relationships develop and mature before the event, and we are now accompanying them until the point of success” - Poul V. Jensen, Director of EBTC.

One such success will be seen during the event in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing ceremony to be held between Bangalore based energy and environment consultancy, M/s Enzen Global Solutions Pvt. Ltd. and Ciel et Terre, from France, for setting up floating photovoltaic projects in selected states of India.

As part of the event, a two-day conference on the 15th -16th November will focus on Indian project opportunities in the public and private sector and European clean technologies identified from the field of clean air; water and waste water, bio-fuels, solar and energy efficiency. Companies such as Ciel et Terre, Techsub-Aquago, Global Green, Jarven EcoTech, Aqua-Q AB, Gestamp Solar India Pvt Ltd, and Sintrol will present their technologies for the Indian market. Opportunities for collaboration in business and research will be covered, and crucially for innovation - EU-India research priorities and opportunities covering the commercialization of new technologies, as well as a session on financing for cleantech projects and research, where the focus will be on available instruments for organizations to tap.

As a bridge between business, research and government, EBTC is working very closely with the Government of Karnataka and Government of India in introducing innovative EU clean technologies to the State of Karnataka, as well as across India, with a number of projects on the horizon. Eminent representatives from both local and national state nodal agencies will be speaking during the event including the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, the Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Agency (KREDL), Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB), West Bengal Renewable Energy Development Agency (WBREDA), Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation Limited (RREC), Bangalore Water Supply & Sewerage Board (BWSSB) and the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA).

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OCT
28

Govt approves regional centre for biotechnology training and education

In a bid to drive innovation and create more jobs in the area of biotechnology, the government on Wednesday approved legislation to establish a regional centre for biotechnology training and education.

The decision to set up the centre, under UNESCO, was taken in the cabinet meeting headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

According to a statement, the step was taken keeping in mind that modern biotechnology has been recognised globally as a rapidly advancing science where molecular techniques and process are employed to develop healthcare solutions for human and animal sector, for agriculture and environment technologies.

Courtesy: The Economic Times

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OCT
28

Stress on green energy to meet increasing demand

It was decided at a seminar on energy conservation Due to dwindling coal reserve, at least 40 % of thermal power will have to be replaced by non-conventional energy and nuclear energy by 2035. It was decided at the meeting (and India Vision Plan 2035 organised by the Union ministry of science and technology) that in 2035 about 900,000 MW of electricity will be required across the nation. At present, the total generation of power is 1.75 lakh MW.

The green energy will fill in the gap between power generation and the demand by 2035. Mr SP Gon Chowdhury, a solar energy expert, said: "At least 50,000 MW of solar energy generation is required across the nation to meet the increasing demand." It was decided at the meeting that the ministry would concentrate more on development of green energy, green buildings and manufacture of Light Emitting Diode (LED) lamps.

Courtesy: The Statesman

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OCT
24

India to grow faster than China with 9% economic expansion in 2013: E&Y

Bolstered by industrialisation, India is projected to grow at a faster clip than neighbouring China with a 9 per cent economic expansion in 2013, says a report by global consultancy firm Ernst & Young. "The forecast pegs India's real GDP growth rate to be the highest among all the Rapid Growth Markets (RGMs) starting in CY 2013, when the economy is expected to growth 9.5 per cent, followed by China at 9 per cent," it said.

Courtesy: The Economic Times

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OCT
24

Low-Carbon plans key to 'liveable' cities

By delivering energy savings, low-carbon techniques will also deliver economic and social benefits, says Jitesh Brahmkshatriya, head of environmental planning at Atkins. The British engineering and design firm along with the All India Institute of Local Self Governance is working with the urban development and new and renewable energy ministries on the project. AIILSG will be responsible for the city-level coordination of the project while an Atkins team will provide technical expertise. The project is funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office under its Prosperity Fund Programme.

Courtesy: The Economic Times

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OCT
24

China and India have begun to outstrip developed world in adding new turbine capacity

Last year was a turning point in the global race to develop clean technology. It marked the first time that more new wind power generating capacity was installed in developing countries than in the rich world.

India showed strong growth, in line with the government target of adding more than 10GW of new capacity by 2012, and there are industry estimates that 100GW is possible. According to GWEC, the growth illustrates the advantages of investing in green power.

The rapid growth of wind energy in emerging economies also shows how power is shifting in the clean technology world. India boasts 17 companies making wind power equipment, the biggest and best known being Suzlon. By 2013, according to estimates for the World Institute for Sustainable Energy, Indian companies will be making turbines to produce 17GW a year, many to be exported around the world.

Courtesy: www.guardian.co.uk

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OCT
24

Private Equity investments in clean tech projects on the rise

With Government policies and incentives in place for renewable energy, the number of private equity investments in the clean technologies sector is increasing. Investors say that the sector looks attractive and could see a lot of growth.

Courtesy: www.thehindubusinessline.com

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OCT
20

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) releases guidelines for developing R&D / Technology demonstration projects in Geothermal Energy, and considers funding support of up to 50%.

There are about 340 hot springs spread over different parts of India, with studies revealing the presence of about 10,000 MW potential of geothermal energy in India under these hot spring areas. Recognising that India is an energy starved economy dependent on imports for meeting its energy needs, the MNRE is extending support to encourage the development of the geothermal industry.

Geothermal energy has the potential of changing the energy scenario. With an estimated 10,000 MW potential, the opportunity of setting up geothermal energy based power generation simultaneously in several parts of the country is vast. Thermal energy can be exploited for different geothermal applications from power generation to non-electrical utilizations such as space heating and green house heating, and so on. And can not only cater to the local needs of remote areas through small-scale power generation, but also feed the industry on a larger scale.

Green energy with minimal environmental impact and almost infinite energy source with minimal exploration risk. There is a need to harness large geothermal provinces and 350 geothermal energy locations identified in the country. However, there is a lack of suitable technology, serious project executors and source of funding. Technologies for assessment and exploitation also need to be absorbed.

A Committee formed by the MNRE has released guidelines to invite ‘Requests for Proposals (RFP) / Bids’ for the implementation of R&D / technology demonstration and resource validation multi-purpose projects for power and energy generation from geo-thermal energy resources in India.

MNRE will consider providing financial support up to 50% of cost of projects, including private sector projects for harnessing geo-thermal energy in the country. R&D projects under taken through government institutions and organizations would be provided a financial support up to 100% in accordance with the R&D Policy guidelines of the Ministry.

Please download the below PDF for further details. Experienced European companies and researchers interested in this opportunity in India, EBTC can help develop this opportunity for you. Please contact bengaluru@ebtc.eu for more information.

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OCT
19

Indian Biofuel sector: in the context of National Biofuel Policy

Ingo Karsten, Consul-General of the Federal Republic of Germany says that German companies could make significant contribution to India in areas such as renewable energy, infrastructure, and health care.

He believes that the high capital investment in offshore wind farms would be offset by long-term cost benefit and yield. Germany, with its commitment to capping all nuclear power plants by 2020, had made remarkable achievements in tapping renewable sources, including wind and solar energy. Mr. Karsten said Kerala and Germany could benefit from mutual collaboration spanning the fields of biotechnology, waste management, scientific research, infrastructure, and IT.

"I see vast scope for cooperation with Kerala. I am trying to find opportunities for German business to invest here."

Courtesy: www.thehindu.com

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OCT
19

German help offered to set up wind farms

Ingo Karsten, Consul-General of the Federal Republic of Germany says that German companies could make significant contribution to India in areas such as renewable energy, infrastructure, and health care.

He believes that the high capital investment in offshore wind farms would be offset by long-term cost benefit and yield. Germany, with its commitment to capping all nuclear power plants by 2020, had made remarkable achievements in tapping renewable sources, including wind and solar energy. Mr. Karsten said Kerala and Germany could benefit from mutual collaboration spanning the fields of biotechnology, waste management, scientific research, infrastructure, and IT.

"I see vast scope for cooperation with Kerala. I am trying to find opportunities for German business to invest here."

Courtesy: www.thehindu.com

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OCT
18

Economic growth to be around 8% this fiscal: Montek Singh Ahluwalia

Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia today said the Indian economy will grow by around 8 per cent this fiscal.

"This year, at the Planning Commission, we expect growth rate will be around 8 per cent. We are not expecting 9 per cent in the year 2011-12," Ahluwalia said while speaking at the convocation ceremony at Vijna Jyothy Institute of Management here.

He said the economic crisis in the Eurozone has led to revision of growth forecast by many countries. "We must remember that the current financial year is very unusual year for the world economies. And the euro zone crisis has made virtually every country revise its growth rate downwards," Ahluwalia said.

Courtesy: The Economic Times

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OCT
17

Global economy will turn around very soon

David Frigstad, chairman at consultant Frost & Sullivan, believes the global economy will turn around very soon and countries with good infrastructure for growth and a culture of innovation will reap the benefits. The European crisis is blown out of proportion, he tells ET's Atmadip Ray in an interview. It will be a race among BRIC nations to lead.

Frigstad also highlights that "emerging technologies and new business models will continue to accelerate growth and development in the region. This is where all the action will be in the next decade."

Courtesy: The Economic Times

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OCT
11

Assocham plan on new industrial clusters in West Bengal soon; signs MoU with UNIDO

ASSOCHAM will soon unveil a strategy to set up industrial clusters in West Bengal for small and medium enterprises involved in food processing, handicrafts, renewable energy and information technology to generate three lakh direct and indirect jobs over the next three years and help in inclusive growth.

The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) to establish clusters of small and medium enterprises in two districts of the state.

They will be identified during a day-long summit titled Rising Bengal - The Land of Opportunities being organised by the chamber's Eastern Region Development Council in Kolkata on October 15. Nearly 350 industry leaders, policy-makers, investors and other stakeholders will attend the meet that will identify potential areas of development and new business opportunities.

Courtesy: www.fnbnews.com

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SEP
25

A medical milestone – The first stem cell trial gets the go-ahead in Europe

The first clinical trial using human embryonic stem cells will be carried out at the Moorfields Eye hospital in London. Doctors will inject retinal cells into the eyes of 12 patients with Stargardt's macular dystrophy, a disease which causes progressive sight loss.

Whilst principally a safety study, it will undoubted significantly add to the growing core of knowledge on cell therapies, thus helping advance the entire field", said Chris Mason, Chair of Regenerative Medicine Bioprocessing at the University College London.

Courtesy: www.medicalnewstoday.com

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SEP
24

Sanofi bets €220m on vaccines in India

Sanofi Aventis believes in India. The pharmaceutical company announced the opening a state-of-the-art vaccine manufacturing facility, believed to be Asia's biggest, in March 2012. In the coming years Sanofi will invest €220m in Shantha Biotechnics, which it acquired for €550 million in July 2009, to produce affordable vaccines for global markets. Vaccines are among the six growth platforms identified by the company. The other five are diabetes solutions, consumer healthcare, emerging markets, innovative products and animal healthcare.

Courtesy: www.eurobiotechnews.eu

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SEP
23

Indo-German Max Planck center on lipid research inaugurated

Two strong partners join forces to achieve two goals: the generation of new insights in a research area with great forward-looking potential and the creation of optimal funding conditions for young scientists in both Germany and India.

The Indo-German Max Planck Center on Lipid Research is a collaboration between National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS) in Bangalore and Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG) in Dresden.

Scientists today believe that lipidomics, as it is known, could develop very soon into a key tool in cell and developmental biology, molecular medicine and nutritional science. The centre's start-up phase will extend over a five year period, during which a research group will be set up in Dresden and Berlin. The group will be involved in the biochemical and biophysical analysis of biological membranes and the genetic analysis of lipid metabolic processes in various animal model systems. In Bangalore, an established research group will also be included in the work and a new group will be established that will focus on lipid research.

India is an important research partner for the Max Planck Society, and one of the two biggest partner countries of the Max Planck Society. One in ten foreign doctoral students currently at Max Planck institutes comes from India. Many of them are engaged in research at an International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS). In addition, almost 50 project cooperation programmes exist between Max Planck institutes and research institutes in India. Other programmes, such as partner groups and Max Planck India Fellowships, are also evolving successfully.

Courtesy: biospectrumasia.com

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SEP
01

Govt plans tech acquisition fund for MSMEs

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has granted a EUR 200 million loan to ICICI Bank of India for projects in the renewable energy sector supporting climate change mitigation.

The main objective of this climate change framework loan is to make long-term finance available for investments in renewable energy projects that mitigate climate change by contributing to the avoidance or reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. This is a framework loan that will finance a number of different projects in the renewable energy sector. The operation will focus on electricity generating projects only, especially solar photovoltaic, biomass and onshore wind. The project will be located in India and will be implemented by private sector companies.

The framework loan will support the EU-India Strategic Partnership, which provides for cooperation in curbing climate change. The sub-schemes eligible for financing will bring economic benefits to the region through the production of energy from renewable resources, the displacement of imported fuel costs, the expanded use of domestic resources and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and other airborne pollutants. The EIB will ensure that all projects are economically and financially viable, technically adequate and in compliance with the Bank's environmental and social requirements.

This loan is being provided under the EUR 4.5bn Energy Sustainability and Security of Supply Facility (ESF). This will be the first operation structured under the ESF in India and the first EIB operation with ICICI Bank, India's second largest commercial bank and the largest in the private sector.

Courtesy: The European Investment Bank

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SEP
01

India: EUR 200 million loan for climate change mitigation projects

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has granted a EUR 200 million loan to ICICI Bank of India for projects in the renewable energy sector supporting climate change mitigation.

The main objective of this climate change framework loan is to make long-term finance available for investments in renewable energy projects that mitigate climate change by contributing to the avoidance or reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. This is a framework loan that will finance a number of different projects in the renewable energy sector. The operation will focus on electricity generating projects only, especially solar photovoltaic, biomass and onshore wind. The project will be located in India and will be implemented by private sector companies.

The framework loan will support the EU-India Strategic Partnership, which provides for cooperation in curbing climate change. The sub-schemes eligible for financing will bring economic benefits to the region through the production of energy from renewable resources, the displacement of imported fuel costs, the expanded use of domestic resources and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and other airborne pollutants. The EIB will ensure that all projects are economically and financially viable, technically adequate and in compliance with the Bank's environmental and social requirements.

This loan is being provided under the EUR 4.5bn Energy Sustainability and Security of Supply Facility (ESF). This will be the first operation structured under the ESF in India and the first EIB operation with ICICI Bank, India's second largest commercial bank and the largest in the private sector.

Courtesy: The European Investment Bank

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AUG
29

EBTC provides technical and business development expertise to Hari Machines Ltd and RAFAKO

EBTC has recently successfully provided technical and business development expertise to facilitate a European-Indian cooperation which resulted in an agreement signed between Kolkata based Hari Machines Ltd. (India) and RAFAKO (Poland) for the delivery of 'Circulating Fluidised Bed Boilers.'

The agreement was recently unveiled on the 25th of August 2011 at a press conference held in Kolkata, West Bengal, during the pan-European Business & Research Delegation, held during the 'Environment & Energy Conclave 2011.'

About RAFAKO
Poland based RAFAKO is a leader in the European power generation equipment market and one of the largest European boiler manufacturers in Europe. Offering design and manufacturing of a wide range of boilers, RAFAKO supplies industrial and power boilers, as well as environmental systems, and more. The organisation is not only interested in adapting and delivering their products to the Indian market, but also in modernization, up-grading and optimisation of their products.

About Hari Machines Ltd.
Hari Machines Ltd. has been catering to the needs of various core sector industries for the last four decades by manufacturing, exporting and supplying world class heavy industrial machinery and equipment. The company has interests in heavy engineering and manufacturing, mineral processing solutions, boilers for power & process Plants.

Consistency in maintaining international quality standards, reliable after sales service and customer satisfaction has earned the company repute and respect among industrial giants at home and abroad.

AUG
25

PRESS RELEASE
BRUSSELS / KOLKATA, 25th August 2011

European businesses show interest in exploring opportunities with clean energy organisations in West Bengal and beyond

Building EU-Indian business collaboration and partnerships is at the heart of the 3-day pan-EU business and research delegation to Kolkata, held between the 25th- 27th of August 2011 at the ITC Sonar Bangla. The European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC) along with the Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) organized the event surrounding the 'Environment and Energy Conclave, 2011,' giving EU businesses the opportunity to understand the Indian market scenario and explore concrete business and research opportunities in clean energy, with particular focus on West Bengal and the surrounding states.

The renewable energy market in India is growing at an annual rate of 15%, with scope for private investment estimated to be about USD 34 billion1 (approx. EUR 23.5 billion). The clean energy sector provides ample opportunities for EU-Indian business development and technology transfer suitable for Indian conditions.

Addressing the delegation, EBTC's Director Mr. Poul V. Jensen, highlights that "West Bengal offers tremendous scope for investment across core industries including clean technology. West Bengal can be attractive to EU businesses for a number of reasons including increasing GDP growth over the years2. Natural resources, evolving policy measures, and human resources, are strengths of the state which should not be undermined. Lower business operation costs coupled with opportunities in clean energy, and Indian companies in need of innovation, investment and collaboration, make West Bengal and surrounding states attractive to EU businesses looking for new opportunities." EBTC's plan for West Bengal and the surrounding region is to bring in investment by guiding European businesses and researchers. By opening an office in Kolkata earlier this year, EBTC is positioned to work pragmatically and locally.

EBTC has recently successfully provided technical and business development expertise to facilitate a European-Indian cooperation which resulted in an agreement signed between Kolkata based Hari Machines Ltd. (India) and RAFAKO (Poland) for the delivery of 'Circulating Fluidised Bed Boilers.' RAFAKO is a leader in the European power generation equipment market and one of the biggest boiler producers in Europe that supply industrial and power boilers, as well as environmental systems. RAFAKO is not only interested in adapting and delivering their products to the Indian market, but also in modernization, up-grading and optimisation of their products.

Participating organisations have come from throughout Europe, including Germany, Poland, Spain and the UK. Highlighting private investment in the clean energy sector, the delegation addresses opportunities for EU-Indian business collaboration in the field of renewable energy, energy efficiency, clean coal technology, smart grids and related supporting services. Networking events, B2B meetings and site visits allow EU organisations to understand the Indian context and explore opportunities.

Through the delegation, further mutually beneficial relationships are expected to be developed between EU and Indian businesses. The EBTC encourage both EU and Indian businesses and researchers interested in exploring cleantech business opportunities, to send in their project briefs to the EBTC.

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AUG
22

Solar parks to get high priority: Farooq Abdullah

NEW DELHI: The government plans to accord high priority to developing large "solar parks", or clusters of units that can generate a total of up to 5,000 megawatts, to help cut costs, Renewable Energy Minister Farooq Abdullah said on Wednesday.

Solar parks would be built in the second phase of the National Solar Mission. The mission aims to generate 20,000 mw of power from sunlight in the next decade. Speaking at The Energy and Resources Institute, Abdullah said that solar parks would comprise 25% of the total target capacity under the second phase of the mission. India plans to add 4,000 mw of gridconnected solar power in the second phase between 2013 and 2017.

A 'solar park' is a concentrated zone of solar energy development, targeting 3,000-5,000 mw of generation over time, facilitating reduction in costs of the nascent technology.

The ministry plans to launch a scheme providing central financial assistance to the states for site and soil survey, preparing detailed engineering reports as well as infrastructure development including evacuation facilities.

The minister emphasised on the need to bring down the cost of solar power to be competitive with coal-fired power plants. "For this to happen , solar plants have to be built at an adequately large scale and in clusters, deployed in sufficient volume to spawn a local equipment and manufacturing industry, and receive initial financing at lower than current commercial rates, "said Abdullah, on the sidelines of an event organized by TERI.

He added the need to provide intelligently designed subsidies and a policy framework facilitating large initial deployment of technology and cost reduction.

AUG
11

The World Energy Policy Summit, Delhi, September 6th-7th 2011

The World Energy Policy Summit (WEPS) is a new international annual conference to encourage discussion, debate, and direction. It seeks to bring together diverse views on various issues and developments that influence shaping policy by governments, companies, and other entities as well as the community pertaining to oil and gas, coal, nuclear, solar, wind, and renewable energy, as well as all other energy sources.

WEPS emphasizes that we live in an inter-dependent world that demands better complementarity and compatibility between policies of various entities and societies around the world. WEPS aims to play a key and dynamic role in that development.

Accordingly, the World Energy Policy Summit is exhaustive, all- encompassing, and interaction oriented. Top policy and law makers, companies, industry leaders and executives, bankers, diplomats, academics, thinkers, and opinion leaders are invited to the first independent meet of its kind in the world.

The conference is open to the media on a strictly by-invitation basis.

WEPS is designed to be one of the foremost conferencing and international energy policy-shaping platforms in the world.

Event Date: SEPTEMBER 6 & 7, 2011
Event Venue:
THE ITC MAURYA, NEW DELHI, INDIA

Website: www.worldenergypolicysummit.com

AUG
04

Government to invite bids for Rs 3,000-cr solar power projects in August

The government will invite bids for 3,000-crore solar power projects with a capacity of 300 mw under the National Solar Mission in the first week of August. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy is looking to tweak some guidelines for the second round of bidding likely to take place in the first week of August.

The projects would be awarded by the end of this year and the power purchase agreements would be signed in January 2012. In the first round of bidding, the government had awarded 30 solar photovoltaic (pv) projects of 5 mw each having a total capacity of 150 mw and seven solar thermal projects of 470 mw.

It had received applications for developing 1,740 mw of PV projects, compared to the target of 150 mw in the first batch of Phase-I. For solar thermal, it received applications for developing 1,000 mw, against 500 mw. This time around, the government is looking to increase the size of the projects from 5 mw and may allot higher capacity to the project developers. There is also an active consideration on banning the import of cells for the next round of bidding.

Currently companies not being able to arrange the funding by a stipulated date must forfeit their permits and bank guarantees. The government is mulling to tweak this by bringing in the condition of imposing a partial penalty in such condition and give more time to developers to arrange funding for the projects. Instead of forfeiture of bank guarantees, the government wants to provide slight leeway to companies to arrange funding during the construction of the project.

The MNRE may get the approval for the changes to be made in the guidelines by the end of this month

Courtesy: The Economic Times

JuLY
26

"Small Business, Big World
- a new partnership to help SMEs seize global opportunities"

Challenges faced when a business attempts to move from their home market to an international market, are exacerbated for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs') that have limited resources at their disposal and face difficulties identifying and developing opportunities offered by markets abroad. SMEs' need assistance when taking the first steps in entering the international market. While significant public resources are already devoted to SME support and a number of organisations and programmes exist at various levels, their impact can be increased by greater visibility and more effective co-operation.

'Small Business, Big World - a new partnership to help SMEs seize global opportunities" is a consultation document targeted at SMEs,' public authorities, business support organisations (including business associations), Chambers of Commerce, Trade promotion organisations, public and private agencies, consultancies, trade unions, NGOs, workers' and employers' federations and other relevant stakeholders.

Recommendations suggested by the European Commission include mapping the existing services in priority markets, the implementation of an online 'International Business Portal' to ensure that information is readily available to SMEs,' detailed and focused co-operation and synergy between service providers through networks and clusters. Principles and priorities are suggested to guide future actions, and facilitate a co-ordinated and more efficient way to support SMEs in markets outside the EU in the short and long-term.

The consultation provides a list of EU business support in markets outside the EU, as well as other business support programmes. Policies relating to clusters and networks are illustrated, as are tools to develop the SMEs' market access strategy, and more. Details of the current consultation are published at http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/policies/international/listening-stakeholders/public-consultation-sme-support/index_en.htm

Downloads:
Consultation Document: "Small Business, Big World - a new partnership to help SMEs seize global opportunities"
Consultation Annex 1: EU BUSINESS SUPPORT IN MARKETS OUTSIDE THE EU

JuLY
25

Talks on importing European clean technologies on

The European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC), Bangalore, has initiated dialogue with Indian biotech companies to explore the areas of collaboration with European companies to import European clean technologies with the focus on tackling climate change issues, Leena Piche Thomas, Regional Manager, EBTC said on Sunday.

Inaugurating the four-day international symposium on ‘Bioprocess: Industry Academia Interaction' organised by the Centre for Bioseparation Technology (CBST) at the VIT University, Ms. Thomas said that the European Union (EU) believes that people should actually engineer research to produce what is needed by the society. The EBTC supported the EU clean technology companies and researchers to collaborate with Indian Research & Development (R&D) and science and technology institutions seeking to develop R&D programmes in clean technology. “Our focus is also on providing biotechnology solutions to meet climate change issues,” she said.

The Regional Manager said that the EBTC is currently identifying Indian industry/institutions/academics/researchers seeking collaboration with EU for research and innovation. The centre is having an active dialogue with the Department of Science & Technology, Government of India for EU-India Innovation Collaboration, EU-India Research Collaboration/Applied Research/Technology/Commercialisation, Technology Incubation Centres and EU-India cluster helpdesk. It was also working closely with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India for EU CSP (Concentrated Solar Power) technology demonstration and clean energy access to remote areas. The EBTC is looking at avenues for collaboration in technology development with the VIT University for result-oriented applied research and technology demonstration projects, she said.

V. Raju, Vice-Chancellor of VIT, said that the increasing population of India, which is expected to reach nine billion by 2050 and the current levels of malnutrition which is 850 million people constitute some of the challenges to the future of biotechnology in India. Other challenges include the expected doubling of the food requirement of India by 2050, water shortage and the depletion of groundwater and aquifers, and a minimum of three-fold increase in the demand for energy. “We have to produce more food in the next 50 years than what we produced in the previous 2000 years,” he said.

M.A. Vijayalakshmi, Director, CBST said that the symposium aims at an interface between academia and industries in order to help them interact in a win-win situation.

Courtesy: www.thehindu.com

JuLY
12

Goa looks at Navarra in Spain for lessons in renewable energy

Goa could now be the region that pioneers this technology in India in the interest of sustainable tourism.

One doesn't need to look far to spot a windmill in the gusty regions of Navarra in Spain. The same could be the case with Goa. A pioneering region in renewable energy specially wind energy, Navarra leads Europe in its use of renewable energy technology. Goa could now be the region that pioneers this technology in India in the interest of sustainable tourism.

Goa Tourism is keen on establishing links with the town to study its success in renewable energy, waste management and environment friendly tourism practices. A team from Goa including Tourism Director Swapnil Naik and Director of Science and Technology Michael D’souza, will be visiting the Spanish region soon to activate the process.

The department of tourism also plans to collaborate with Spanish town Navarra, situated at the northernmost tip of Spain to promote cross-regional tourism and eco-friendly tourism initiatives. Navarra which is the birth place of St. Francis Xavier, has shown keen interest in Goa due to its emotional ties with the tourist destination.

Courtesy: www.indiainfoline.com

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JuLY
11

India among top 5 renewable energy capacity countries: Farooq Abdullah

India has an installed renewable energy base of about 20 GW, which is around 11 per cent of the country's total power capacity and accounts for 4 per cent of the electricity mix, Minister of New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah has said at a forum in Abu Dhabi.

At a high-level consultative forum in Abu Dhabi, Abdullah said India today stands among the top five countries of the world in terms of its renewable energy capacity. He also noted that India recently launched a unique and ambitious National Solar Mission, which seeks to facilitate the generation of 20,000 MW of solar power by 2022.

Courtesy: The Economic Times

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JuLY
06

Demand for renewable units picks up

As the first quarter of the current fiscal draws to an end, trading in renewable energy certificates (REC) has started gaining momentum. The latest REC trading not only saw an increase in volumes, but also rise in buyers' interest. The June 29 trade saw a volume increase of 14 per cent over the previous one. A total of 15,902 RECs were traded and the price discovered was Rs 1,505 for each certificate, which was marginally higher than the previous three months.

The increased interest could be attributed to the company's working out their finances in the new fiscal to meet their renewable purchase obligations. The power producers and the distribution entities, that do not have enough green component in their energy mix, are expected to meet their obligations through purchase of RECs. Interestingly, companies have started purchasing RECs as part of their corporate social responsibility also.

In the latest trade, bids to purchase non-solar certificates saw a whopping increase to 414 per cent at 72,002 units. Major buyers included companies such as Knowledge Infrastructure Systems Private Ltd, Manikaran Power Ltd, Reliance Energy Trading Ltd (RETL), PTC India Ltd, REConnect Energy Solutions Private Ltd and Shree Cement Ltd.

The sell bids registered an increase of around 40 per cent to 21,331 units.

Courtesy: www.thehindubusinessline.com

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JuLY
04

22 GW of solar opportunities in India

India’s first national solar policy is targeting 22 GW of installed solar capacity by 2022, 2 GW of which will be off-grid while the remaining 20 GW will be grid-connected.

The Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (NSM) has mapped out a three-phase strategy of achieving the 22 GW target, says Rabobank’s report titled When will the clouds clear over Indian’s solar power sector?

The grid-connected solar power will be equally divided between solar photovoltaic (PV) and concentrated solar power (CSP). Phase I will be carried out from January 2010 to March 2013, in two batches, and will aim at installing 1.3 GW of solar power. Phase II will commence from April 2013 and will look to install 3.7 GW of solar power by March 2017. Phase III will be the longest and largest in terms of capacity, with 17 GW of solar power installation scheduled to be installed between April 2017 and March 2022.

Rabobank’s report highlights the efforts of  theIndian Government to ensure the target is achieved, and also presents the challenges facing the Indian solar industry. One of the Government’s first moves was to offer a 25-year feed-in tariff (FiT) for solar developers during Phase I to provide them with the security of a stable cash flow.

The NSM provides vast financing opportunities with the capital expenditure expected to reach INR147 billion (€2.2bn) over the next three years for grid-connected projects, according to the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC).

The above opportunities are offset by policy weaknesses and a lack of clear planning for Phases II and III, says the report. Additionally, a weak power purchase agreement (PPA) pricing could also hamper the progress of Indian solar initiative. The policy weakness and a general lack of transparency have hurt investors’ confidence. On the installation front, CSP installations face a relatively low quality of the transmission and distribution network, and water scarcity issues. With the Government aiming for a strict auctioning, developers might face problems in securing finance.

Industry insiders are also concerned by the fact that the developers for Phase I were chosen for their discounts on the feed-in tariff rather than their experience in handling such projects. The primary scarecrow for Indian and foreign investors and technology providers is that the low margins could force developers to go for lower quality components.

Courtesy: www.renewableenergyfocus.com

JuLY
04

Gujarat's wind power capacity grows 500% in six years

With 2,175 Mw, the state holds 15.36 per cent of India's total wind power generation capacity.

In what can be called as a quantum leap for Gujarat's renewable energy sector, the wind power generation capacities have seen a sharp increase since 2006 from 338 Megawatt (Mw) to 2175.5 Mw in 2011. The share of Gujarat in the country's total wind power generation capacities has jumped from mere 6.32 per cent in 2006 to a respectable 15.36 per cent in 2011.

While Gujarat has shown a growth of over 545 per cent in wind power capacities in past six years, the country's wind power generation capacities have grown by 165 per cent from 5341 Mw in 2006 to 14,158 Mw by March 2011.

"Gujarat has enormous potential for wind power generation. The average velocity of wind in the state is just less than seven meters per second, which is very much suitable for wind power generation. Besides this, the state has the longest coast-line in the country and a desert in Kutch. This makes land availability for the wind power projects," said Anil Kane, president, World Wind Energy Association (WWEA).

According to industry experts, wind velocity in the range of 6-7 meters per second is best suitable for the wind power generation. Winds blowing from Arabian sea and winds in desert area of Kutch are believed to be favouring wind energy sector.

Though the cost of generation is high for wind power projects, more and more players are setting up wind power generation units. "The initial investment is high at around Rs 6 crore per Mw but the environmental benefits accrued to the wind power generation are also high," said Kane adding that technological innovations would improve the wind power generation in the country.

Against the solar power, which requires very high initial investments, wind power is seen as most preferred green energy source in India. "Wind power constitutes about 70 per cent of India's total renewable energy generation. States like Gujarat, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu are most promising to develop wind power units, especially due to their geographical locations," said K S Popli, director, Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA).

"Financing is also not a major concern now for the wind power projects. Although the returns from the wind power generation could be slightly lower compared to other conventional projects. Wind power gives stable energy compare to solar. We expect that this growth will continue for the wind power sector," Popli added.

The data provided by the Indian Wind Energy Association (IWEA) showed that Gujarat has shown impressive growth in the wind power generation capacities. Some of the leading states in wind power generation in India include Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra.

While Tamil Nadu held more than half of wind power generation capacities in India in 2006 with 54 per cent share, the share of Maharashtra stood at around 18.74 per cent. But now their share has been on a decline as Tamil Nadu holds about 41.7 per cent share and Maharashtra has about 16.32 per cent share to the country's total wind power generation capacities.

Courtesy: www.business-standard.com

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JuNE
27

India seen helping wean Germany off N-power

Indian industry would see many opportunities with the Fukushima nuclear disaster making the whole world develops cold feet on nuclear energy. Germany, which has now set itself a target of weaning itself off nuclear energy by 2022, instead of the initial target of 2040, believes that Indian industry could play a major role in helping Germany switch to alternate energy.

“It is an opportunity for India as Germany phases out nuclear energy by 2022,” said Rolf Saligmann, consul general, Federal Republic of Germany. It is the technologies for alternate energy that would be in demand, and with many of these technologies developed in the West unable to deliver power at a remunerative price, it falls on the low-cost Rs countries to help the developed world find alternative sources that would come cheap, he said.

Germany, which is among the leading exporters in the world, wants to continue to keep its status and also remain a manufacturing power house. The country, said Saligmann, wants to lead in alternate energies. The cheaper energy technology would act as an export bonus for Germany. This is the time for India to be more creative, he said while speaking at a seminar organised by the Bangalore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCIC) in Bangalore on Thursday.

Courtesy: www.business-standard.com

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JuNE
25

Renewable energy sector welcomes diesel price hike!

Kolkata, June 25 (IANS) The hiked fuel prices may have enraged the political parties, people and India Inc but there is a section that welcomes the move. The renewable energy sector believes this will give a boost to the usage of alternate energy sources.

"The real pricing of fossil based resources will make stake-holders understand the need for renewable energy (RE) which is misinterpreted to be cost lier than conventional sources," said S. P. Gon Chaudhuri, adviser on renewable energy to the West Bengal government. Chaudhuri was speaking at the launch meeting of 'Demand Side Management and Renewable Energy Capacity Building programme which was organised by consumer forum CUTS International. According to Chaudhuri, while the government has increased the diesel price by Rs.3 per litre, it shells out Rs.27 per litre as subsidiary, which makes the usage of fossil fuel more cheaper via-a-vis renewable energy.

Chaudhuri's views were supported by Malay Kumar De, the state's power secretary, who said that more renewable energy resources should be used in the power sector, which may experience an electricity price hike, as coal becomes costlier. "The price of coal is expected to increase at a rate higher than the inflation. This is bound to manifest as increased electricity tariff."

Meanwhile, other speakers at the conference stressed on the need for a proper policy framework to make renewable energy more efficient and sustainable energy source for the people.

Courtesy: www.mangalorean.com

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JuNE
23

India important for EU: Diplomats

Stressing on the flourishing relations between India and the European Union (EU), the 34th annual general meeting of the Bangalore Chamber of Industry & Commerce (BCIC), on Thursday, recognised the huge market potential EU provided for India, playing a vital role in integrating the latter into the world economy.

“At the same time with a sizeable and growing market and a growth rate of around 9 and 10 per cent, India continues to be an important trading partner for the EU,” said BCIC President Shekar Viswanathan, in the presence of the Consul Generals of Switzerland and Germany.

Viswanathan further said that with the several rounds of negotiations being completed for reaching Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with EU since 2007 and almost 90 per cent of the bilateral trade in goods and services being covered under the pact. It is hoped that FTA will lead to increased market access in goods and services for each other.

Viswanathan added that BCIC has undertaken an initiative to sign an MoU with European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC) with a view to focus on areas such as clean energy, environment and transport.

Indo-German trade touched around $22 billion in 2010, which was an increase of 18 per cent over the previous year. According to Consul General of Germany Rolf Saligmann: “One of the main supporting factors for the comprehensive and growing trade exchange is the wide spectrum of direct investment of German companies in India and Indian companies in Germany.”

Saligmann said in terms of investment in alternative energy sources the German government is prepared to support efforts of the Indian government to promote the same and to modernise transport infrastructure.

Courtesy: www.deccanherald.com

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JuNE
19

Sunny India needs German solar technology

During her day’s sojourn in India earlier this month on the invitation of the Indian Prime Minister Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, held inter-governmental consultations, quite unusually, at the cabinet level. Such cabinet-level discussions are held with very few countries. India is the first Asian country with which such discussions have been held. About half a dozen ministers accompanied her with the intentions of further expanding and intensifying economic cooperation between the two countries. Germany is the largest trading partner of India in the European Union.

Although, the discussions were slated to be held on cooperation in building up and modernising India's infrastructure, development of renewable and conventional energy, etc., the two countries signed pacts for cooperation in the areas of education, research and nuclear physics. India did not, apparently, seek cooperation in solar energy, currently a strong point of German industry. The Chancellor utilised the trip for canvassing for support for Christine Lagarde, the French Finance Minister, for appointment to the top IMF post and pushing for multi-million dollar deal on the sale of 126 Eurofighter Typhoon jets to India.

While she was in India a report appeared in the newspapers that Germany had decided to phase out all its 17 nuclear power plants by 2022. This happened to be in glaring contrast to the statement of India’s Prime Minister that by 2020 the country expected to raise the installed nuclear power capacity to 20000 MW (as against the current around 6000 MW) in an effort to “meet its emission targets”. India has been going hard at negotiating agreements with various countries for establishment of nuclear power plants after it signed the US-India Civil Nuclear Agreement. However, post Fukushima many rich and industrialised countries, including those in the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), are having a re-think about nuclear power. Angela Merkel, herself a nuclear power enthusiast, after Fukushima has, apparently, heeded the very widely shared concern in Germany about the hazards of nuclear power and has gone by the recommendations of a panel she appointed to consider the question in depth. Presumably on India’s insistence, however, the German Chancellor agreed to help India in areas relating to nuclear safety. The Chancellor also said that her country would ensure that the safety standards of Indian nuclear power plants are of world class. She went on to add that Germany would help India achieve a “broad energy base” and help in development of renewable energy.

Courtesy: www.groundreport.com

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13

EU campaign in India on research to start in Jodhopur

The European Union (EU) and its member states will organise an information seminar at IIT Jodhpur on Monday as part of their India-wide road show to showcase opportunities they can offer to Indian researchers and innovators for cooperation.

Similar information seminars will be held in 27 Indian cities and will culminate on June 24.

The flagship scheme of EU the 7th Research Framework Programme (FP7) which is open to researchers and companies from all over the world, including India, will also be part of the road show. So far, the FP7 (2007-2013) has funded 127 projects with Indian participation and has involved 218 Indian research institutions.

Awareness on EU's upcoming initiatives (calls for proposals) under FP7, inviting bids from research organisations, universities and industry as well as SMEs forming consortia of partners from Europe and across the world will also be made during the show.

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MAY
27

India world's 4th most entrepreneur-friendly nation

India, along with the United States, Canada and Australia, has been ranked among the nations with the best cultures in the world for people to start a new business, a new global poll has showed.

While India finds itself bracketed with the better ranked countries, Colombia, Egypt, Turkey, Italy and Russia are the least friendly to innovation and entrepreneurship, showed results of the 24-country BBC World Service poll.

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MAY
23

India Immersion Newsletter - Issue No.7 released

India Immersion Newsletter is a joint initiative by European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC) and the Institute for Competitiveness India (IFC). The India Immersion newsletter is being released in the second week of every month. Every Issue contains insights from business thought leaders or government official, article on recent development in the Indo-European business space (including policy changes), Sector watch: Highlighting business/ research opportunities in India, News: A compilation of relevant news from India for European companies, Culture shock: A snippet about Indian business culture and Fast fact: An interesting statistic about India

Click here to view the latest Issue #7. Subscribe now to get up-to-date, usable insight on doing business in India.

May
04

European Union Awareness Raising and Information campaign in India, 13 – 24 June, 2011

The European Union and its Member States are organising together a series of information seminars throughout India to raise awareness among Indian research stakeholders about the opportunities that they can offer for research and innovation cooperation, including mobility schemes for Indian students and researchers.

23 European S&T counsellors and representatives of research organisations from Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, the United Kingdom, as well as from the Delegation of the European Union, will make 100 presentations in 27 key research and innovation hot spots in India over a two-week period.

Such an unprecedented information campaign aims at addressing at the appropriate level and ambition the dynamic research and innovation cooperation between Europe with India.

To register please go to: http://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/india/st_awereness_campaign/index_en.htm

For more information please contact:
Dr Indraneel Ghose
Science and Technology Analyst
Delegation of the European Union to India
E-mail: delegation-india-st@eeas.europa.eu

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FEB
17

EBTC extends its presence in India – inaugurating 2 new offices

On 16th February, the EBTC regional office in Kolkata was officially inaugurated by H.E. Danièle Smadja, Ambassador and Head of the Delegation of the European Union to India. During the ribbon-cutting ceremony, EUROCHAMBRES' President Alessandro Barberis expressed his appreciation for the support that the EBTC is offering to European cleantech companies and researchers wishing to explore opportunities in the Indian market. Guests included high-level representatives from India's leading industry and sectoral associations, as well as representatives from EBTC's 'European partners' in Kolkata, the EU Member States' Consulates and the Bilateral Chambers of Commerce. As part of the inaugural celebrations, EBTC joined hands with the Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) to hold a half-day seminar on 'Perspectives on Climate Negotiations and Clean Technologies'. The EBTC signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with BCCI to further enhance collaboration opportunities between Europe and India, with special focus on the East. Main beneficiaries will be organisations and firms located in Europe and India willing to develop strategic business alliances and joint research projects, and interested in sourcing cutting-edge technologies and related competences which are not available in their locality. According to Poul V. Jensen, Director, EBTC, "the EBTC stands ready with pragmatic initiatives to contribute to a closer interaction between Indian and European partners – the first one being the opening of the EBTC office in Kolkata to help actively live up to the obligations set out in the MoU".

Within 24 hours after the opening of the Kolkata office, H.E. Danièle Smadja, Ambassador and Head of the European Union Delegation to India officially inaugurated EBTC's third regional office, located in Bangalore. "In today's world economy, going international is often the optimal way to remain competitive for European companies that have developed innovative clean technologies. With EBTC and its services – now accessible from several locations in India – we help them put the theory into practice," said Mr Barberis during the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Following the official inauguration ceremony, the EBTC also signed a MoU with The Bangalore Chamber of Industry and Commerce. This MoU represents a shared commitment to further enhance collaboration opportunities between Europe and Southern India, and pledges strengthened cooperation between both organizations in knowledge sharing, promotion and networking activities. Speaking at the MoU signing ceremony during the conference on "EU-Funding Opportunities", Poul V. Jensen expects European companies and researchers to greatly benefit from EBTC's presence in Bangalore, India's Biotechnology hub. In tune with EBTC's larger objective of becoming a key reference point for promoting European clean technologies all across India, EBTC is now present in 4 locations, with headquarter in New Delhi and regional offices in Mumbai, Kolkata and Bangalore – a crucial step to ensure close links to the regional and local Business and Research Communities in India and to effectively match EU cleantech solutions with demand in India.

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DEC
20

"India Immersion" - Issue 2

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DEC
17

EBTC expands reach across India

In tune with EBTC's objective of becoming a key reference point for promoting European clean technologies all across India, EBTC opened two further offices in Bangalore and Kolkata in December 2010. The regional offices will offer the entire range of services to support EU cleantech companies and researchers on their first steps into the Indian market. With its head office in New Delhi and regional offices in Mumbai, Bangalore and Kolkata, EBTC is now present in 4 key locations across India – a crucial step to ensure close links to the local Indian Business and Research Communities and to effectively match EU clean technology solutions with Indian demand.

Contact

EBTC Mumbai Office
Balarama Building, 5th floor
Bandra Kurla Centre, Bandra (East)
Mumbai 400 051
E-mail: mumbai@ebtc.eu
Regional Manager: Mr. Shrikar Dole  
E-mail: dole@ebtc.eu
Mob: +91 98 330 65881

EBTC Bangalore Office
Prestige Meridian Tower II, 9th floor
No. 30, M.G. Road
Bangalore 560 001
E-mail: bangalore@ebtc.eu
Regional Manager: Ms. Leena Pishe Thomas
E-mail: pishe@ebtc.eu
Mob: +91 98 450 10271

EBTC Kolkata Office
ICC Building, 6th floor
No. 4, India Exchange Place
Kolkata 700 001
E-mail: kolkata@ebtc.eu
Regional Manager: Mr. Suman Lahiri
E-mail: lahiri@ebtc.eu
Mob: +91 98 306 44608

DEC
01

Cluster cooperation between EU and India to gain momentum

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NOV
15

EBTC and the Institute for Competitiveness India launch "India Immersion" Newsletter

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NOV
15

Climate Change and India: A 4x4 Assessment - A Sectoral And Regional Analysis For 2030s, Indian Network for Climate Change Assessment

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NOV
01

EBTC expands its reach with launch of Mumbai office

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Oct
01

'Building on the Copenhagen Conference of the Parties in determining future direction for business'; Poul V. Jensen in World Sustainable Development Forum-newsletter

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Oct
29

Conference on "India – EU and Member States Partnership for a Strategic Roadmap in Research and Innovation", 11-12 November 2010

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Aug
06

New Calls for Proposals from the European Union's Research Framework Programme

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Jul
16

Indian biotech industry grew 17 percent in 2009-10: Survey

India's bio-tech industry clocked a 17 percent growth with revenues of Rs.137 billion ($3 billion) in the 2009-10 financial year over the previous fiscal, according to a survey.

Bio-pharma was the biggest contributor generating 60 percent of the industry's growth at Rs.8,829 crore, followed by bio-services at Rs.2,639 crore and bio-agri at Rs.1,936 crore, said the survey by the association of biotechnology led enterprises (ABLE) and the BioSpectrum journal.

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Jul
01

Call for expression of Interest

Call for "expression of Interest from enterprises to provide solutions for Water Challenges under Technology Mission: Winning, Augmentation and Renovation for Water (Phase-II)."

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Jun
24

India will soon meet 20% of global LCV demand

Thursday June 24 Daimler India Commercial Vehicles Ltd is bullish on the Indian market. It plans to launch at least a dozen products to take on the established players, Ashok Leyland (ASHOKLEY.NS : 62.45 -0.05) and Tata Motors (TATAMOTORS.BO : 779.25 -5.7). It is creating its own infrastructure human resources (both management and workers base), vendors, dealers and agents to ensure a smooth entry into the Indian market. In an interview with R Ravichandran of FE, Marc Llistosella, managing director and CEO, is forthcoming on the company's overall strategy.

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Jun
24

A Network for European Researchers in India

An online survey (February – April 2010) of European researchers in India, including "commuters" between Europe and India was launched to identify ways of developing a network for European researchers in India and the types of information and services that would be useful to them.

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Jun
22

India all set to establish an academy for scientific and innovative research

Bangalore, June 22, 2010: The Government of India, on June 18, 2010, approved a proposal of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) for setting up of an Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR) in the country.

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May
03

Emerging patent trends in biopharma market

Bangalore, May 3, 2010: With the advent of globalization, more Indian biopharma companies started looking at the western markets in general and the US market in particular as their target for expansion. This has led to the need for the companies to seek patent protection for their inventions in those countries besides making a foothold there.

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Feb
25

Innovating in India? Interview with Poul V. Jensen, Director, EBTC

European companies which see an innovation potential in India are now able to are now able to use the services of the European Business and Technology Centre.

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Feb
24

European businesses eyeing India's green growth - Interview with Poul V. Jensen, Director, EBTC

A burgeoning middle class and expanding green industries make India an attractive proposition for expanding European firms. However, understanding local business culture and laws is the difference between success and failure, Poul V. Jensen, director of the European Business and Technology Centre in India, told EurActiv in an interview.

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Dec
25

Indian auto industry in top gear despite global gloom

Even as global auto majors went into reverse gear in 2009, the Indian industry largely bucked the trend, launching new models for the domestic market and registering significant growth in exports.

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Dec
07

India to invest Rs 74,000 cr in CO2 emission cutbacks

India to invest Rs 74,000 cr in CO2 emission cutbacks- India is planning to invest over Rs 74,000 crore (Rs 740 billion) within the next five years to improve energy efficiency and cut carbon emissions from its power sector. Coal-based power generation plants account for around 60 per cent of India's [ Images ] total carbon emissions.

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Nov
20

3rd India Energy Summit, 20 November 2009, Hotel Hyatt Regency, New Delhi

The Summit would try to assess the progress made by india power sector and would try to identify the bottlenecks for planned and on going projects in the sector. the summit would also try to suggest a pro industry oriented strategy and actionable agenda to meet the energy requirement of the country.

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Sep
29

2nd Indian Counterparts Committee (ICC) meeting held in New Delhi on 29 September 2009.

The second ICC meeting of the European Business and Technology Centre gave the opportunity to provide the ICC members with an update of the EBTC activities and allow an exchange of views on how EBTC and the ICC can even closer cooperate on future activities and events.

The ICC is a high level group of Indian Counterparts – leading business, sectoral and industry associations – which acts in an advisory capacity for EBTC. The ICC meets twice a year and regularly provides support to the Centre. Thanks to this fruitful partnership with the Indian community, EBTC gains access to a network that stretches across the entire Indian sub-continent.

Sep
29

2nd EU Member States’ Service Providers Pool (SPP) meeting held in New Delhi on 29 September 2009

The second SPP meeting of the European Business and Technology Centre was organized to provide the SPP members with an update of the EBTC activities as well as to get their input for the planned activities in year 2. The meeting focused on identifying areas for closer cooperation between the EU Member States and the EBTC.

The SPP is made up of the existing Service Providers in India, i.e. bilateral Chambers of Commerce of the EU Member States, their commercial and science & technology departments as well as regional trade promotion agencies, which are already present in India and have developed excellent expertise over the years. EBTC is tapping into that resource, identifying synergies and creating added value by making "complemenarity" the guiding principle for all of EBTC’s activities.

Sep
12

India-EU trade seen flat this year

BANGALORE: The year 2009 could turn out to be a total contrast to the previous one as far as bilateral trade between India and the European Union (EU) is concerned.After registering a 37% year-on-year (yoy) growth to €77 billion in 2008, the global economic slowdown will result in flattish growth in bilateral trade this year, said a top official from the delegation of the European Commission to India.

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Sep
10

Doing business still not easy in India

NEW DELHI: India remained consistent in carrying out economic reforms but slipped a notch to 133rd rank among 188 countries in the ease of doing business arena as other nations reformed their business environment in more ways, the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation’s annual Doing Business Report 2010 has said.

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Aug
28

Gujarat to set up renewable energy equipment manufacturing SEZ

One on the most investor friendly states in India, Gujrat is planning to set up a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) dedicated to the manufacturing of renewable energy equipment, covering the three core areas of solar, wind and bio-mass energy.

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Aug
26

Himachal Pradesh to set up two Solar Cities and Two Energy Parks

The central government has decided to develop two Himachal Pradesh towns as solar cities and two educational institutes as energy parks.

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Aug
26

Rejected watermelons valuable source of energy

WASHINGTON: Juice from rejected watermelons is a potential source of biofuel as it can be fermented into ethanol, says a new study.Wayne Fish worked with researchers at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) lab in Lane, Oklahoma, to evaluate the biofuel potential of juice from 'cull' watermelons -- those not sold due to cosmetic imperfections.

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Aug
21

July 2009 hottest for oceans since past 130 years

The average water temperature worldwide in July was 62.6 degrees, according to the National Climatic Data Center, the branch of the U.S. government that keeps world weather records. June was only slightly cooler, while August could set another record, scientists say.

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Aug
09

Multi Billion Dollar opportunity for Solar Energy in India

The Indian government has okayed a $19.4 billion plan to scale up solar power generation from virtually nothing at present to 20,000 MW in just 11 years, and 10 times that by 2050.

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Aug
06

India Likely to Invest 1 Trillion Rupees in Renewable Energy by 2012

India expects 1 trillion rupees ($21 billion) of investments over a five-year period ending March 2012 for renewable-power generation, according to the chairman of Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Ltd.

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June
05

India’s youth unite to combat climate change

Green has never been so hot. On 5 June, World Environment Day, climate change negotiations are heating up in Bonn and the groundwork for an international climate change deal to be sealed in Copenhagen later this year is being laid.

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june
04

How big is your carbon footprint?

Manvel Alur, 41, is a passionate votary of the green cause. She runs a Bangalore-based consultancy firm that advises businesses on minimizing their environmental impact.

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