India boosts clean energy with two landmark projects

Jan 03, 2017, 6:34 AM EST
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As the world grapples with the challenges of climate change, Indian firms have launched two world-leading clean energy projects in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. An industrial plant, located in the port city of Tuticorin, works on a groundbreaking technology to transform captured CO2 emissions into useful chemicals. About 100km away, the world’s biggest solar farm in Kamuthi, spanning over 10 sq km, generates power to run around 150,000 homes.

The industrial plant, built by Carbonclean Solutions, is estimated to lock up some 60,000 tons of CO2 a year, which if left in the environment contributes significantly to global warming, writes The Guardian.

Unlike China, the E.U. and many developing countries that vowed to come up with emission-cutting plans at the recently concluded Marrakech climate conference, India didn’t make any commitment, although experts believe that the country’s economics may drive it towards clean energy revolution, reports the BBC.