Solar R&D


Think Global Act Local – Arkema Chemical

Think Global, Act Local – Arkema Chemical 
An Interview @REI 2016
Arkema is a specialty chemicals global major, headquartered at France. They have three business segments – High performance materials, Industry specialties and coating solutions and they are world no.1 in 90% of their product portfolio. The group operates in over 50 countries and reports an annual […]

By |September 18th, 2016|Solar PV Manufacturing, Solar R&D, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Innovate or Suffocate – Solar Industry’s Watershed Moment

There’s a dark secret about the sunny solar industry.

It is not very profitable.


The surprise is justified: After all, you hear about the fantastic growth of solar sector. The world just crossed 200 GW in installations. It is already a $100+ billion industry worldwide. And is getting bigger, faster. India vows 100 GW by 2022. China ups the […]

Why Make in India Makes Enormous Sense for Solar

The Make in India campaign by the Modi government is in full flow.

There is a visceral “feel-good” factor about making something in our country, isn’t there? The economists among you will point out that feeling good viscerally is not enough, it should feel good economically too. And it is indeed true that making everything at […]

Can Solar Get Me a Date? – What Solar Can and Can’t

I am a solar evangelist by profession, and a realist by nature.

Not the best DNA to sleep in peace, but let’s just say this has made me write this post.

Having worked in almost all main alternative energy sectors (solar, wind, biomass, biofuels, small hydro and waste to energy) in the last 10 years, I can say with confidence […]

US Has SunShot for Solar. India Has Gunshot.

Every time I see our Power Minister Piyush Goyal sport a big smile while boasting that his government had brought down solar power tariffs even further, and in the same breath say that his government will ensure Make in India for solar, I wonder: Has he ever heard of the term innovation?

It makes me ask as well – […]

Futurist Ray Kurzweil Says Solar Will Dominate Energy Within 12 Years

Ray Kurzweil apparently gets an astonishing 86% of his predictions right, puts him pretty close to God, in my opinion.

Now, he predicts that solar will dominate the energy sector within 12 years. Now, that’s a lot more optimistic than most other folks out there, include we at Solar Mango, who had been rather prosaic in our predictions that it could take […]

Floating Solar Power Plant in a Dam in Wayanad, Kerala

The idea of floating solar power plants has been doing the rounds for a while.

A few years back, I had the opportunity to have a brief discussion with the founder of Ciel et Terre, Bernard Prouvost. At that time, very few thought that floating solar power plants will be anything more than novelty.

Since then, the company has grown. While floating solar power plants […]

By |February 9th, 2016|Solar - India, Solar Inventions|3 Comments

71 MW Wind-Solar Hybrid Power Plant in Arizona with Solar Tracking! Wow, that’s Cool!

I was quite excited to read about a rather unique combination of renewable energy technologies

“Array Technologies(ATI) has announced the commissioning and completion of the tracking system for the 71 MW Red Horse 2 combined wind and solar project, which is expected to provide power for 13,500 Arizona homes.

The plant generates energy from Vestas V110 wind […]