India leads the world in two amazing clean energy projects


India leads the world in two amazing clean energy projects

Double win

By Salva Mubarak  January 4th, 2017

Climate change is as scary as it’s real. Earth’s carbon dioxide levels are irreversible now and the sea levels are rising even as you read this. Environmentalists across the world are trying to create awareness for the importance of renewable energy resources in our day-to-day lives and try and curb the ill effects our excesses have caused to our planet.

India has managed to spearhead two major clean energy projects. The world’s first large-scale unsubsidized CO2 conversion unit and the largest solar energy plant in the world are situated in Tamil Nadu.

An industrial plant situated in Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu, is converting the CO2 emissions from the coal-powered plant into baking soda that is used in manufacturing processes of glass, detergents, sweeteners and paper products. The plant can save up to 60,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions every year in the atmosphere. The technology, developed by Carbon Clean Solutions, has managed to achieve this without any subsidy from the government and is a first in the world. While the developers of the technology admit that this won’t save the planet single handedly, they report that it will serve to reduce 5-10% of world’s emissions from coal.

Kamuthi solar plant

Kamuthi colar plant

The other clean energy achievement under the country’s belt is the world’s largest solar energy plant in Kamuthi, Tamil Nadu. The cost to build it was around $ 679 Million and it was completed in 8 months. It has the capacity to generate 648 MW of green energy that can power up to 1,50,000 homes. It is a self-sustaining system, with robotic systems assuring that it’s cleaned every day.

With Donald Trump and his belief that climate change is fake and something perpetuated by China to undermine USA’s manufacturing industry, it is projects like these that we can rely upon to preserve what we can of our irreversibly changed planet.