Archive for September, 2009

Ensuring Efficient Delivery of Quality Mobile Services to End-Users at the Lowest Cost

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

23 September, Hong Kong Providing quality mobile services and ensuring profitability has become a challenge to a majority of mobile operators globally. With increasing demand for rich multimedia services, new challenges have been set for operators in the mobile landscape. A large number of these operators are veering towards new network optimization methods to overcome backhaul bottlenecks, increase coverage, capability and quality and prevent the degradation and/or disruption of next generation services.

With the downturn of the economy, telecom service providers today need to maintain their position in the market with the provision of best quality services at the most affordable rates. This is not an easy task to say the least as players are driven in part by the pressures of increased customer expectations and on the flip side, actively sourcing for better network solutions to ease the pressure.

In order to sustain this competitive edge, operators worth their salt will need to reflect on a gameplan that offers attractive tariff packages whilst meeting growing subscriber demand. In light of this, concentration on optimizing existing networks deems to be a viable option but the need to ensure that service delivery is kept to optimum quality with the lowest cost incurred is of paramount importance.

In view of the current scenario, Telecom Network Optimization Asia 2009 (TNOA 2009) is committed to the cause and will be gathering more than 20 Asian industry leaders to share case studies on best-of-class optimization methods and innovation.

Some of the key conference topics at TNOA 2009 include:

* Network cost optimization and managing increasing mobile traffic
* Examining Strategies To Successfully Optimize The 3G Network towards Higher Coverage, Capacity & Quality
* Upgrading the existing 3G/HSPA networks for mobile broadband
* Developing a strategy to enhance end-user mobile experience at reduced OPEX
* Benefiting Through The Managed Services Route
* Developing LTE ready mobile backhaul
* Understanding The Need To optimize The Network For The Introduction of Next generation Devices

TNOA 2009 is pleased to introduce our distinguished panel of speakers:

* Dr. David Mun Geon Kyeong, PMTS, Mobile Communications Research Division, ETRI, Korea
* Dr. Yang Wen-Hao, Acting Managing Director, Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan
* Francis Chung, Product Marketing Director, Oracle Communications, Hong Kong
* Dr. Henry Ye, R&D Director, The Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute Company Limited (ASTRI), Hong Kong
* Prof. Vincent Lau, Associate Professor, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong
* Lee Siak Kwee, Director Mobile Network Access, SingTel, Singapore
* TC Juan, VP Network Division, Taiwan Mobile, Taiwan
* Abhay Savargaonkar, Senior VP 3G & Network Quality, Bharti Airtel, India
* Anky A Priyagung, VP Network, Telkomsel, Indonesia
* Su Tu Tan, Chief Technical Officer, Vinaphone, Vietnam
* MinSoo Park, Senior Manager of Institute of Network Technology, SK Telecom, Korea
* Jaime Chee, Head of Network Quality, DiGi Telecommunication, Malaysia
* Siva Balendra, VP & Head Network, Loop Telecom, India
* Dhananjaya Ponnamperuma, Manager –Radio Network Planning & Optimization, Mobitel, Sri Lanka
* Barney Lane, Principal Asia, CRA International, Hong Kong
* David Abecassis, Senior Manage Strategy Consulting, Analysys Mason, Singapore

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A Report on 2nd Algae Biofuel Summit 2009

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

2nd Biofuel Conference

The 2nd Algae Biofuel Summit 2009 was a grand success. It was attended by Researchers, Scientists, entrepreneurs and industry delegates from over 20 Indian states and 12 countries across the globe. Indian Agriculture Research Institute was co-organizer of Algae Biofuel Summit 2009. The summit got video support from Defence Research & Development Organization, Department of Biotechnology, Indian Council of Medical Research, Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, Govt of India, Indo-EU Chambers and large number of other global organizations. The speakers and delegates included national and international industry experts, technologists, biofuel companies, scientists, investors, oil companies, policy-makers etc. Over 50 speakers deliberated on all issues encompassing this futuristic emerging industry. It was anonymously concluded by all the global experts that algae can be the best source of biofuels on the planet that we know till date. Algae farming for oil is the next biggest opportunity for the Biofuel industry.

Algae, like corn, soybeans, sugar cane, Jatropha, and other plants, use photosynthesis to convert solar energy into chemical energy. They store this energy in the form of oils, carbohydrates, and proteins. The plant oil can be converted to biodiesel; hence biodiesel is a form of solar energy. The more efficient a particular plant is at converting that solar energy into chemical energy, the better it is from a biodiesel perspective, and algae are among the most photosynthetically efficient plants on earth.

One hectare algae farm on wasteland can produce over 10 to 100 times of oil as compared to any other known source of oil-crops. While a crop cycle may take from three months to three years for production, algae can start producing oil within 3-5 days & thereafter oil can be harvested on daily basis (just like milk). Algae can be grown using sea water & non-potable water on wastelands where nothing else grows. It is firmly reinforced that algae farming for biofuels is expected to provide a conclusive solution to food vs. fuel debate.

Growdiesel Climate Care Council has NOW announced the 3rd edition of its landmark event Algae Biofuel Summit 2010�. It is now accepting papers from researchers and industry experts. The summit is scheduled to be held from 15th to 17th Sept. 2010 in India.

As per Mr. Atul Saxena, CEO & Founder Growdiesel Mission, the organizers of Algae Biofuel Summit 2010, this year we expect over 1,000 delegates consisting of industry experts, scientists, innovators, investors and policy makers from across the world.

Call for Abstracts for 3rd Algae Biofuel summit 2010 is NOW open. Anchor discounted registration for speakers and industry delegates shall open shortly. In line with its policy to support small & medium entrepreneurs, Growdiesel shall be providing special discounted registration opportunities for them.

As per Mr. Saxena, we are currently working on various innovative projects in this sector. One full session at the summit is devoted to discuss the technology to convert CO2 emission to fuel using algae, non-potable water & sunlight. This session shall be extremely useful for large CO2 emitters who are also large consumer of fuel. Algae farming provide them an interesting option to recycle CO2 back to fuel & help conserve nature as well as precious money.

Another important area is treatment of waste water using algae. It is now possible to link the production of algae-based fuel with an inexpensive method of sewage treatment. Innovative projects can now be designed with three major goals: Produce large quantity of biofuels with few resources even on wasteland in a confined area, help cleanse municipal/industrial wastewater, and sequester emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide.

Establishing an algae farm by integrating it with other energy farming technologies is the theme of this year’s summit. As per Mr. Saxena, companies all over the world are talking of commercialization of algae biofuels within five to ten years. However we are working with a different approach & wish to commercialize this important technology within this year. Growdiesel Mission is establishing world’s first commercial scale Integrated Biofuel Farm in India with the support of Ministry of New & Renewable Energy Govt. of India.

List of topics and latest info about this exciting must attend event shall be shortly available on Speakers & delegates can also reserve their seats by requesting a pre-registration form by writing to summit secretariat at For questions or clarifications, please contact:

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EnergyTech 2009, Pragati Maidan, India

Monday, September 14th, 2009

According to the Honoble Minister for Power Sh. Sushil Kumar Shinde, “Power capacity addition will remain as the focus. Implementation of existing ultra mega power projects will be speeded up and some new ones to be announced. Completing rural electrification will also be among the main priorities. The challenges ahead include speedy power capacity addition to meet target of 76,000 mega watt by 2012. There will be push for further transmission and distribution reforms at State level. Also, there will be development of transmission projects by greater private sector participation.

The Government had earlier fixed a target of 90,000 MW Capacity in the 11th plan (2007-2012), which translates into an annual addition of 18,000 MW. India’s total installed capacity is 145,554.97 MW. There is a peak shortage of 20,000 MW annually. As such, India requires an additional 100,000 MW of generation capacity by 2012 and huge capital investment of US$ 200-250 bn.

According to Ministry for New and Renewable Energy, there are three new schemes to promote renewable energy as given below:

1. Megawatt Size Grid Interactive Solar Power Plant:

2. Programme on Development of Solar Cities:

3. Programme on Power Generation from Municipal and Urban Waste:

The other new initiatives for development of alternative sources of energy are:

National Action Plan to increase the share of renewable power to 10 % by the year 2022.

National Hydrogen Energy Road Map (2020) for development and demonstration of hydrogen and fuel cell vehicles and National Hydrogen Energy and Fuel Cell Centre to be set up.

Scheme on Green Buildings.

Scheme on Solar Cities and Model Solar Cities launched to supplement 10 % of energy by renewable energy.

Demonstration of Integrated Technology Package for biogas generation, purification and bottling for harnessing optimum biomass potential for rural areas taken up.

Scheme for development of water mills and micro-hydel (up to 100 KW).

Scheme on biogas based power generation.

Further, a hundred-day agenda plan of the Power Ministry under the New Government promises to deliver new power capacity of 5,653 MW to the nation by 2009. The plan also promises to announce additional coal based ultra mega power projects of 4,000 MW each at Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Orissa in the next 100 days.

Realizing the potential, leading nuclear power companies from abroad are keen to tap the opportunities in India’s nuclear power market. Most tie-ups so far have been in the area of nuclear reactors and associated equipments for nuclear power plants. However, they are now coming forward to offer services in the areas of engineering and construction of nuclear power plants, risk management, nuclear waste disposal management, and research & development. Last year, two leading organizations in the country, namely NPCIL (Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd.) and NTPC joined hands for a new nuclear energy venture.

Success story of the last edition of Energytech 08:

Total Participants: around 75 participants (including member companies under the umbrella of a few major participants e.g. Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Govt. of Delhi).

Number of Visitors: around 6,000 of which more than 750 were business visitors. Concurrent event: Annual Eco Meet by Govt. of Delhi.

Seminars/Workshops during the fair period:

1. Water and Waste Management by Environment Pollution Control Journal (14 Dec).
2. Energy Efficiency and Best Practices in Indian Industries by Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) (15 Dec F/N).
3. Role of Nuclear Energy in India by Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd. (NPCIL) (15 Dec A/N).
4. Workshop on Environment Management by Department of Environment, Government of Delhi (2 days, 16-17 Dec).

Special Features:

* Theme Pavilion on Energy Efficiency by Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE).
* Theme Pavilion on Climate Change by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI).
* Screening of films on the issues as related to environment and climate change
* Environment Information Centre.

Education, A Key to Solving Africa’s Skill Shortage in the Energy Sector.

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

Educational institutions and energy companies need to inform and imbue knowledge to students and graduates on how a career in energy, particularly in engineering, can empower the continent to address the potentially ailing energy sector and address the social imbalances burdening the continent.

Stephen Ramotsei, business development manager of MEETI (Mineral and Energy Education and Training Institute) and a member of the Steering Committee of the ENERGY INDABA 2010, states that for the continent to continue attracting the right professionals to sustain the energy sector, there should be heightened awareness amongst learners on African social challenges and how their skills can help address the uneven distribution of energy between Africa’s rural, impoverished areas and its well populated, urban cities.

Ramotsei argues that students and learners will only decide to pursue a career in this sector if they are able to ascertain how their skills can help solve the energy crisis, while also gaining an understanding of the enormous opportunities on offer in this industry sector.Training engineers should therefore involve creating a desire to solve existing social problems, he explains. “Right now Africa is facing issues of adaption and mitigation around global warming. Now more than ever we need an optimal combination of social and technical skills that are able to provide solutions so that the community, especially those in rural areas, can learn to provide for themselves.

At the MEETI itself ,which provides further education in energy, enrolments by students and engineering professionals have declined, says Ramotsei, especially as companies are likely to cut back significantly on training during this economic slowdown.

But there is also a need for companies in the energy sector to develop incentives that will attract an ambitious, but Afro-centric workforce. “Not everyone who graduates from engineering enters the technical side “ many end up as consultants or in an unrelated industry where factors such as remuneration versus sector demand come into play. “ “Companies should therefore encourage all students – from BA, BCom to LLB – that it pays to be in energy even if it’s on the management level. One of the ways this can be achieved is by placing more financial incentives so that graduates see studying towards an energy related qualification as a natural progression, and will develop an interest in energy.

By developing a steady supply of skills for Africa’s growing energy demand, the production of power will eventually help to bring an end to the division on the continent, and ultimately lead to tackling the most prevalent issues facing African countries of today.

As an influential educational professional in the energy sector, Ramotsei provides support and direction as a Steering Committee member of the ENERGY INDABA 2010, which takes place on February, 24-26 2010. Ramotsei will be chairing the conference’s ‘Human Capital Development session that will take a leading focus on Energy Skills Evolution for Africa. The discussions here will revolve around ensuring sufficient skills for the continent’s energy sector through education, professional self-development and technology transfer. “We see the evolution of skills in Africa as a springboard for making the public conscious of African problems. The issue of skills in energy is part of a bigger problem facing the continent, he says.