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The delicious Black Jamun could be the answer to India’s energy shortage

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Black Jamun aka Syzygium cumini

BANGALORE (Diya TV) — A group of researchers at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee have created an inexpensive and efficient way to dye solar cells using one of the most delicious summer fruits, perhaps only second to the Indian Mango;  Syzygium cumini aka Black Jamun. These researchers say that Black Jamun could be the answer to India’s increasing need for energy. 

Common to the South Asian subcontinent, the black Jamun tree grows up to 30 meters high and can live about 100 years.

The researchers were able to fabricate Dye Sensitized Solar Cells (DSSC) by extracting the pigment called anthocyanin of the fruit and came to a conclusion that they could bring down solar panel costs.

Black Jamun aka Syzygium cumini

Black Jamun aka Syzygium cumini

When asked the researchers on the thought of using Black Jamun as a medium to build solar panel, lead researcher Soumitra Satapathi said “the dark color of Black Jamun and abundance of these trees present in the IIT campus clicked the idea that it might be useful as a dye in the typical DSSC”.

Most solar cells today are made of either single crystal silicon or poly-crystalline silicon. While poly-crystalline is more efficient, it is also more expensive and on the other hand Dye Sensitized Solar Cells are not yet as efficient as conventional silicon-based solar cells.  Although emerging technology has been touted as a low-cost alternative since titanium dioxide is cheap and widely available. These cells could have a lot of potential in India, since the country is rapidly expanding its solar capacity and has pledged to have an energy mix of 40 percent renewable sources by 2030.

“The increasing pressure on fossil fuels and concern of global warming has inspired continuous search for alternate energy,” said Satapathi. He added that- India is in need with renewable energy sources at this moment and their team are actively engaged in low cost high efficiency solar cells production.

In their published paper on Photovoltaics, the researchers says that “anthocyanins are naturally occurring biodegradable and nontoxic molecules that are extracted using techniques that involve negligible low cost to the environment and therefore can provide eco friendly alternatives to synthetic dyes for Dye Sensitized Solar Cells Production.”

India plans to spend a whopping $100B USD into the solar energy sector between now and 2022 as it looks to increase its solar-power generation capacity from 10 gigawatts to 100 by 2022, this cost effective solution could provide that additional margin needed for investors.

Perhaps then the days of power cuts and un-planned candle-lit dinners would finally become a thing of the past for this rapidly developing nation.

 

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Duke University Opens India office in Bengaluru

Duke University Opens India office in Bengaluru

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North Carolina-based private research university Duke University recently opened an India office in Bengaluru to foster its collaborations with Indian universities and organizations.

DURHAM, N.C. (Diya TV) — North Carolina-based private research university Duke University recently opened an India office in Bengaluru to foster its collaborations with Indian universities and organizations.

Duke University India “aims to expand the existing Duke-India partnerships, which include academic exchange programs and research collaborations,” Duke Today reported.

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According to the report, the University’s current partners in India include NITI-Aayog, the Center for Environmental Planning and Technology University in Ahmedabad, Narayana Health City, IIM – Udaipur, IIM – Ahmedabad, and IIT- Gandhinagar.

Duke hosted a launch event on Sept. 18, celebrating the commencement of operations, featuring a conversation between Dr. Michael Merson, vice president and vice provost for global affairs at Duke and Dr. Devi Shetty, chairman and founder of Narayana Health.

“I think we cannot think of education if we don’t think of global education,” Namrata Jha, executive director of Duke University India said in a video posted by Duke Global. “Duke University has opened a new office in India, based in Bangalore to create more partnerships – research collaborations, university partnerships, more student exchange, faculty exchange, going to India and understanding about Indian culture, more student exchange, faculty exchange, going to India and understanding about Indian culture, learning from the community, giving back to the community. And my team at Duke University’s office in India will be working with faculty at Duke to make that happen.”

“India is unique. While it has lots of challenges, it is also a hub of intellect, of forward-looking thinking, young minds. It’s a fertile ground for doing something groundbreaking in this world. If the technological innovation and great minds of Duke University could tap into the young minds of India, I think we can create wonders,” she added.

Duke University is located in Durham, North Carolina.  More than 430 Indian students are currently enrolled there and nearly 700 Duke Alumni live in India.

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Chicago Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi urges FEMA to account for climate change while projecting flood and disaster risk

Chicago Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi urges FEMA to account for climate change while projecting flood and disaster risk

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Indian-American Congress member Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Illinois) is urging FEMA to issue a report on any steps the agency is doing to help communities address the increasing likelihood of severe weather through incorporating the impacts of climate change into its risk projections, including flood maps.

CHICAGO (Diya TV) — Indian-American Congress member Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Illinois) is urging FEMA to issue a report on steps the agency is doing to help communities address the increasing likelihood of climate change impact on severe weather, including flood maps.

“The scientific evidence of climate change is undeniable and so too is its potential to destabilize weather patterns and increase the likelihood of extreme weather events,” said Krishnamoorthi. “As our country recovers from the devastating human and material costs of the recent string of one-hundred-year floods and hurricanes, it is vital that government agencies, communities, and businesses have the best available risk assessments for future storms. To guarantee the quality of our weather projections, the impacts of climate change must be taken into account.”

Addressing FEMA leader Brock Long and citing recent natural disasters as some some of the underlying reasons he believes FEMA needs to tackle the impact of climate change, he stated: “The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s responsibility to protect the United States from natural and man-made disasters is one of the most important functions of the federal government. The increased dangers posed by climate change and the recent devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey along with the incredible ferocity of Hurricane Irma underscore the stakes of adequate preparation. One-hundred year floods and hurricanes are happening too regularly; forest fires are raging with an intensity and frequency not seen until now; and other severe weather events are occurring that outdated weather models and maps are not properly accounting for.  If we do not properly prepare for these events, our citizens and taxpayers will continue to foot the bill for inadequate preparation.”

The first-year 44-year-old Congressman referred to the House of Representatives’ July recognition of the national security implications of failing to address climate change. Referencing the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, which acknowledged that climate change is a direct threat to national security and required the Department of Defense to take climate change into account when assessing threats, use of resources, and readiness, he says “It is long past time for civilians to have the same level of preparation. When planning for storms, communities need to have the most up-to-date information about the threats and dangers posed by severe weather. Engineers need to know the true likelihood of encountering hurricane-force winds, severe floods, and other extreme weather.”

“The human and economic cost of climate change is no longer academic, and our failure to take this into account will only increase the toll of future storms,” concluded Krishnamoorthi’s letter.

Krishnamoorthi says he is a “progressive advocate for protecting Social Security and Medicare, making higher education more affordable, and bolstering small businesses.”

Among his key platform issues include advocating for working families and women’s reproductive freedom.

After clerking for a federal judge in Chicago, he served as issues director for Barack Obama’s successful 2004 campaign for the U.S. Senate. Later, he was appointed by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to serve as a Special Assistant Attorney General.

Krishnamoorthi served as president of Sivananthan Labs and Episolar, Inc., small businesses in the Chicago suburbs. He is a co-founder of InSPIRE, a non-profit organization that provides training in solar technology to inner-city students and veterans. He was Vice-Chairman of the Illinois Innovation Council.

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Former MGM executive Roma Khanna named Revolt TV’s next CEO

Former MGM executive Roma Khanna named Revolt TV’s next CEO

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Sean Combs Announces Roma Khanna CEO of Revolt TV

LOS ANGELES (Diya TV) — Sean Combs has announced Roma Khanna the CEO of Revolt TV.

“As Revolt continues to grow as a brand and expand globally, I knew we needed a seasoned executive with a proven track record to keep the momentum going and help me lead the network into the future,” said Combs. “Roma is that person. She has the experience and tenacity to build on Revolt’s success and as we continue to influence content and culture around the world.”

“After decades of building large-scale businesses in TV and media, I am excited to have the opportunity to work alongside visionary Sean Combs to get hands-on and redefine content models with a view to building a modern, relevant, global cultural brand,” said Khanna. “Revolt is ready to create and curate content and super-serve its audience on its own TV platform and beyond, living and breathing with its audience wherever they might be.”

Revolt says the company’s mission is to build on its platform to offer long- and short-form content revolving around hip-hop music and culture. According to Revolt’s website, “REVOLT is focused on expertly curating the best of the best in music and engaging youth in social conversation – on-air, on-line, on-demand. The multi-genre, multi-platform network offers breaking music news, videos, artist interviews, exclusive performances, and original programming.”

Revolt claims to have over 50 million young adult consumers through television, digital properties, social and mobile. REVOLT is accessible 24/7 – anytime, anywhere, any screen.

Khanna left MGM, where she served as president, in late 2015. She helped launch FX’s “Fargo” and History’s “Vikings.” She spent three years as president of global networks for NBC Universal’s international networks wing. She also oversaw the development of Hulu hit “Handmaid’s Tale.”

Revolt had been without a CEO for a year, since Keith Clinkscales left the company last August. Revolt launched as a linear channel in the U.S. in October 2013 and has since expanded to Africa and the Caribbean.

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