Infosys, Wipro among top global companies in smart-grid software

Source: The Hindu Businessline Infosys and Wipro have been named among the top seven vendors in the world of smart-grid software, a recent research report of GTM Research has said. Smart grids are those that have electrical devices with embedded software that can give out a fund of data in order that the grid may be better managed. Software is a key part of smart grids. GTM Research, a well-known greentech research company, sought to find out who the Big Fish are in each segment of smart grid software. Under the head ‘Utility systems development and integration, data analytics and cyber security’, GTM has named seven companies. Infosys and Wipro are in the elite company of five other global giants – IBM, Oracle, Siemens, Accenture and Schneider Electric. Even in this well-knit world, having two home-grown biggies is seen as an advantage because smart grid is an area that specially requires local knowledge. Several experts have commented on the uniqueness of the Indian grid and hence the uniqueness of the …

Supreme Court go-ahead for interlinking rivers

Source: Down to Earth The apex court of India has given the go ahead for the controversial inter-linking river project, seeking to transfer water from surplus to water deficit areas in the country. In its final judgement dated February 27, 2012, a three-member bench, headed by the chief justice of India, expressed the “pious hope of speedy implementation” to bring the project to a success. The project, in the pipeline since 1980, has been touted by the Centre as one solution to a number of problems: making water available for irrigating 35 million hectares; enabling full use of existing irrigation projects; generating power to the tune of 34,000 MW with added benefits, including flood control. It has been repeatedly emphasised in the court over the past decade that the cost is negligible when compared to the potential benefits. But this is hard sell considering there is no true estimate of the project cost. Earlier this year, the apex court had said that it would not favour interlinking of rivers if …

Chinese solar major offers financing for Indian projects

Source: The Hindu Businessline China Sunergy, one of China’s larger solar module manufacturers, is willing to bring investments into solar projects in India, the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Stephen Cai, told Business Line.Nasdaq-listed China Sunergy, which last year supplied 45 MW worth of modules to two projects in Gujarat, is also interested in entering into strategic partnerships with Indian companies, he said. Mr Cai was in New Delhi, where he spoke at the 2nd India Solar Energy Summit, of which China Sunergy was one of the sponsors. Mr Cai, who predicts a huge growth in India for the solar industry in 2012, said that China Sunergy would set up an office in Mumbai in June “to serve our clients with local technical support and after sales-service.” Continue Reading…

Sustainable Development Guidelines for Central Public Sector Enterprises

The Department of Public Enterprises has given out notifications to Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) or PSU companies to undertake Sustainable Development as a mandatory function of their MoU with them. We believe it is a great opportunity for these companies to undertake various activities under this banner and showcase different best practices in this domain. We believe that the PSUs have to take a route that is quite different from the normal Private Sector companies in approaching Sustainable Development. To address this, we have made a presentation for the CPSEs to give a direction on complying with these guidelines and how to maximise this opportunity to become Sustainability led organisations. Do have a look  at the presentation below and get in touch with us for a discussion on how PSU’s should be approaching Sustainable Development.   Addressing Sustainable Development Guidelines for CPSEs View more presentations from EfficientCarbon

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