Energy Future Magazine - January - March 2020
Energy Future Magazine - January - March 2020
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In this issue
Globally, the energy sector continues to remain the most gender-imbalanced sector.
Efforts towards planned engagement and inclusion of women throughout the
energy sector are still lacking. In this article, Fawzia Tarannum talks about gender
mainstreaming or participation of women in clean energy transition, which can
propel social and economic transformation in their communities.
Tata Power Plans To Have 700 EV Charging Stations By 2021
Tata Power is planning to increase its network of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations to 700 by next year, a top company official said.
WOMEN AS AGENTS OF CHANGE IN CLEAN ENERGY TRANSITION
Globally, the energy sector continues to remain the most gender-imbalanced sector. Efforts towards planned engagement and inclusion of women throughout the energy sector are still lacking. In this article, Fawzia Tarannum talks about gender mainstreaming or participation of women in clean energy transition, which can propel social and economic transformation in their communities.
WOMEN'S PARTICIPATION IN INDIA'S CLEAN ENERGY TRANSITION: A Look at the Rooftop Solar Sector
The energy sector workforce in India is characterized by an underrepresentation of women. Given both the high number and diverse types of jobs that the rooftop solar sector generates, it is well positioned to adopt a gender-inclusive approach to employment, which will attract highly skilled women in particular. In this article, Shaily Jha, Sasmita Patnaik, and Yoko Nobuoka emphasize the need to improve gender diversity and encourage more women to be a part of rooftop solar sector’s workforce.
Women In The Solar Workforce
It is important to evaluate where we are in terms of women’s participation in the renewable energy (RE) workforce. While there is a consensus regarding lower female participation in the RE workforce, the efforts towards the achievement of SDGs 5 and 7 are invisible due to their presence in the informal sector. In this article, Arunima Hakhu discusses the gender and employment in the RE sector and highlights that women self-help groups are crucial for the uptake of solar solutions in the informal sector.
WOMEN AT THE FOREFRONT OF ENERGY FUTURE: FROM EVIDENCE TO INCLUSIVE POLICIES
The benefits of inclusion of women in the energy value chain are increasingly recognized. Involving women at different levels of the energy supply chain promotes gender equality and women’s empowerment. In this article, Mini Govindan highlights the approaches adopted towards involving women in energy supply chain to encourage gender equality in employment and improve the effectiveness of the supply chain.
RESHAM SUTRA: WEAVING NARRATIVES OF SUSTAINABLE EMPOWERMENT
Silk products are gaining market interest across the world. In fact, silk and cotton textile production has emerged as a major generator of employment in India. This article discusses the success story of Resham Sutra, an innovative start-up, by Kunal Vaid, which has created a range of machines for the silk industry. With their highly efficient spinning and reeling machines for silk yarn production, being primarily powered by solar energy, they hope to empower women in the wild silk industry in India.
ORGANIC PHOTOVOLTAICS: Towards Development of Low-cost Green Solar Cell Technology
Solar power industry is developing rapidly in India. Among the key challenges faced by the solar PV community is to find a balance between manufacturing commercially viable solar panels to meet growing consumer requirements and optimize the manufacturing technology following an environmentally sustainable design. In this article, Raavi Sai Santosh Kumar focuses on the development of green solar cells and the possibility to employ eco-friendly green organic molecules in the device fabrication.
WORLD SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT SUMMIT 2020
World Sustainable Development Summit (WSDS), the annual flagship event of TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute), was held from 29 to 31 January 2020.
GENDER MAINSTREAMING IN ENERGY SECTOR
Concerted actions are required at multiple levels of policymaking, implementation, budgeting, and monitoring to promote equal participation of women in the energy sector. Gender- sensitive policies and practices are necessary to create opportunities for women across energy value chains, including at workplace and marketplace. Suhela Khan, Country Programme Manager WeEmpower Asia at UN Women, in conversation with TCA Avni for Energy Future talks about enhancing women’s access to sustainable energy and developing their leadership and entrepreneurial skills in renewable energy.
GREEN AND EFFICIENT POWER TO EVERY HOUSEHOLD
Cygni Energy is an IIT Madras incubated start-up founded by Venkat Rajaraman in 2014 with the aim of providing green and efficient power to every household. Cygni Energy in association with the Indian Institute of Technology Madras has developed 48V inverter less DC technology. The Solar DC Inverterless system, consisting of DC solar generation, the DC powerline, DC appliances, and battery, is a landmark innovation with the potential to be rapidly deployed in every home and office in India as well as in homes across the world. The efficiency of the system eliminates the typical conversion losses by 40–45% associated with the traditional AC devices and contributes to building energy security.
Energy Future Magazine Description:
Publisher: The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
By looking at the technologies, policy decisions, and business ventures that have the potential to overcome energy shortage and our crippling dependence on depleting fossil fuels, Energy Future draws from a deep well of expertise at TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute), India’s leading research institute on energy and green growth. Knowledge of energy security and development is a critical requirement in the modern global economy, and Energy Future aims to educate and inform you about the wide world of energy; its history, its future, how the energy industry works, how it has affected the world, and how it continues to affect you and me.
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