Workshop on Concentrating Solar Thermal Technologies in Industries


Workshop on Concentrating Solar Thermal Technologies in Industries

Bangalore 31 March 2016…  In an effort to promote Concentrating Solar Thermal (CST)Technologies beneficial to various industrial sectors. Global Environment Facility andUnited Nations Industrial Development Organization (GEF-UNIDO) in partnership with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) have launched a project ‘Promoting business models for increasing penetrations and scaling up of solar energy’. Under this project, an industrial site visit and a workshop was organised in Bangalore. Wider participation and support from industry was ensured through close cooperation with the State Nodal Agency Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Ltd. (KREDL) and Confederation of India Industry (CII).

The industrial site visit to the Bosch facility and the State Bank of India showcased the Unisun Scheffler Dish CST technology used for cooking purposes. The workshop focusing on promotion of “CST technologies for industries” provided a platform to a large number of senior industrial representatives in and around Karnataka to have open discussions with the consumers and manufacturers of CST systems.

Dr. Anil Misra, National Project Manager, UNIDO in his welcome address demystified the barriers associated with their adoption, and also shared details on the most suitable solar thermal technologies namely, Parabolic Troughs, Dish Collectors and Linear Fresnel systems. He also shared several international project examples showcasing substantial energy savings through CST systems to replace conventional fuel sources. UNIDO has partnered with IREDA to develop a financial package bundling the subsidy from MNRE and loan funds from IREDA at reduced interest rate using the funds of the project. 

Dr. R P Goswami, Director – CST, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India, in his highly engaging address mentioned that theiIndustry sector being the highest energy consuming sector should be adopting CST technology rapidly. He also stated that this CST series of workshops aim to fasten the speed of industrial adoption and that industries should take advantage of availing time-bound government subsidies available for the duration of next 4-5 years. Very recently, the Jammu & Kashmir Renewable Energy Development Authority submitted a pipeline of over 30 projects which were granted Government subsidies.. He also took the opportunity of sharing with the audience that the Government of India has announced a ‘CST Excellence Awards 2016’ for the entire value chain in the CST segment. The awards ceremony will be conducted in the 3rd week of April 2016 in New Delhi.

Mr. G K Moinuddin, Director & State Head, CII Karnataka in his remarks appealed to the industrial sector tocome forward to implement solar technologies in their factories because usage of Solar Energy in industries is a sustainable and cost effective method”. He further shared that application of Solar Energy will also help us in countering Global warming. On behalf of CII and its members, he mentioned that CII will gladly participate in promoting as well as implementing projects in this area.

Ms. Vidya Rani, AGM, Karnataka Renewable Energy Ltd (KREDL), observed that Solar Thermal technology promotion reaching industrial nooks in Karnataka definitely indicates that the impetus in this area is gaining ground. She suggested that KREDL along with UNIDO and CII a working group could be formed in order to do further outreach and promote CST technologies in the state. According to her, Karnataka being a leading state with one of the largest number of CST installations in the country and as a key outcome of the workshop KREDL will be building a pipeline of 50 projects with the help of UNIDO and CII.

The workshop also saw best practises and experiences being shared by Unisun Solar Technologies, Clique Solar, Oorja Energy Engineering Services, Leverage Net Solutions and SKF Technologies (I) who have installed and adopted CST systems in their facilities as well as in other organisations. Overall the response towards this workshop was truly encouraging with participation of over 100 participants. It only goes to show that Karnataka is well on its way to leading by example in the area of CST technologies.

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Dr. Anil Misra, National Project Manager, UNIDO; Dr. R P Goswami, Director – CST, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India; Ms. Vidya Rani, AGM, Karnataka Renewable Energy Ltd (KREDL) and Mr. G K Moinuddin, Director & State Head, CII Karnataka at the Workshop on Concentrating Solar Thermal Technologies for Industries

Gartner Says Global Smartphone Sales to Only Grow 7 Percent in 2016

Smartphone Sales in China and North America Will Be Flat in 2016

PC Shipments to Bottom Out in 2016, Return to Growth Expected in 2017

Bangalore, 31st March, 2016 — Gartner, Inc. said global smartphone sales will for the first time exhibit single-digit growth in 2016. Global smartphone sales are estimated to reach 1.5 billion units in 2016, a 7 percent growth from 2015. The total mobile phone market is forecast to reach 1.9 billion units in 2016.


Worldwide combined shipments for devices (PCs, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones) are expected to reach 2.4 billion units in 2016, a 0.6 percent increase from 2015 (see Table 1). End-user spending in constant U.S. dollars is estimated to decline by 1.6 percent year over year.


Table 1

Worldwide Devices Shipments by Device Type, 2015-2018 (Millions of Units)

Device Type





Traditional PCs (Desk-Based and Notebook)





Ultramobiles (Premium)





PC Market





Ultramobiles (Basic and Utility)





Computing Devices Market





Mobile Phones





Total Devices Market





Note: The Ultramobile (Premium) category includes devices such as Microsoft’s Windows 10 Intel x86 products and Apple’s MacBook Air.

The Ultramobile (Basic and Utility Tablets) category includes devices such as, iPad, iPad mini, Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5, Nexus 7 and Acer Iconia Tab 8.

Source: Gartner (March 2016)


“The double-digit growth era for the global smartphone market has come to an end,” said Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner. “Historically, worsening economic conditions had negligible impact on smartphone sales and spend, but this is no longer the case. China and North America smartphone sales are on pace to be flat in 2016, exhibiting a 0.7 percent and 0.4 percent growth respectively.”


Emerging Markets Continue to Grow, but at a Slower Rate

While smartphone sales will continue to grow in emerging markets, the growth will slow down. Gartner predicts that, through 2019, 150 million users will delay upgrades to smartphones in emerging Asia/Pacific, until the functionality and price combination of a low-cost smartphone becomes more desirable.


“Prices did not decline enough to drive upgrades from low-end feature phones to low-end smartphones,” said Annette Zimmermann, research director at Gartner. “Vendors were not able to reduce the price of a ‘good enough to use’ smartphone lower than $50.”


Countries such as India will help generate new mobile phone user growth. Sales of smartphones in India are on pace to reach 29 percent in 2016 and will continue to exhibit double-digit growth in the next two years.


Mature Markets to Increase Mobile Phone Lifetimes

In the mature markets of North America, Western Europe, Japan and mature Asia/Pacific, Gartner analysts expect to see an extension of phone lifetimes among users.


“As carriers’ deals become more complex, users are likely to hold onto phones, especially as the technology updates become incremental rather than exponential,” said Ms. Zimmermann. “In addition, the volumes of users upgrading from basic phones to premium phones will slow, with more basic phones being replaced with the same type of phone.”


PC Shipments to Bottom Out in 2016

The global PC shipment market is expected to total 284 million units in 2016, a decline of 1.5 percent year over year. Traditional PCs are on pace to decline 6.7 percent in 2016. “In 2016, the PC market will reach its last year of decline before returning to growth in 2017,” said Mr. Atwal. “The biggest challenge, and potential benefit for the PC market, is the integration of Windows 10 with Intel’s Skylake architecture. It has the potential for new form factors with more attractive features.”


In addition, the frustration with the capabilities in tablets will drive some consumers and businesses to review new form factors. “However, to draw their interest the PC manufacturers need to ensure that they meet demand with the right products at the right price,” added Mr. Atwal.


Demand for ultramobiles (basic and utility tablets) will continue to weaken, with a decline of 3.4 percent in 2016. Users are not only extending lifetimes, but also some will fail to replace these devices at all through 2016.


More detailed analysis is available in the report, “Forecast: PCs, Ultramobiles and Mobile Phones, Worldwide, 2013-2020, 1Q16 Update.” Analysis on the impact of the devices forecast on overall IT spending will also be shared in the complimentary Gartner webinar, “IT Spending Forecast, 1Q16 Update: Where Is All the Money Going?” taking place on Tuesday April 12 at 11 a.m. EDT.


About Gartner

Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company. The company delivers the technology-related insight necessary for its clients to make the right decisions, every day. From CIOs and senior IT leaders in corporations and government agencies, to business leaders in high-tech and telecom enterprises and professional services firms, to technology investors, Gartner is the valuable partner to clients in approximately 10,000 distinct enterprises worldwide. Through the resources of Gartner Research, Gartner Executive Programs, Gartner Consulting and Gartner Events, Gartner works with every client to research, analyze and interpret the business of IT within the context of their individual role. Founded in 1979, Gartner is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, USA, and has 7,900 associates, including more than 1,700 research analysts and consultants, and clients in more than 90 countries. For more information,

AXISCADES Wins Aircraft Recognition Trainer Systems Contract from Ministry of Defence, GOI


Bangalore, 31 March 2016:  AXISCADES Aerospace & Technologies Private Limited (ACAT) has won and signed a contract with Ministry of Defense, GOI for supply of 88 ART (Aircraft Recognition Trainer) systems.  The contract was won after stiff completion from domestic defense companies including a Defence PSU; Bharat Electronics.


The contract is for supply of 88 ACRT systems to the Army and Indian Air Force over 18 months and subsequent warranty and AMC for 7 years.


Aircraft Recognition Trainer (ACRT) System is a computer-based simulation that provides realistic aircraft recognition training by creating real world immersive battlefield environment for a trainee. The system has the capability to synthesize high fidelity scenarios of aircraft missions over realistic terrain (mountains, jungles, deserts, plains etc.) and environmental conditions (rain, snow fog etc). Exercises can be created on a GIS based planning console on a map (2D) background, simulating conditions similar to the planning of real aircraft missions. This system has been developed by cross-functional team at AXISCADES with deep domain knowledge and industry expertise.


During the Press interaction, Mr. Sudhakar Gande, Vice Chairman, AXISCADES mentioned, “This win demonstrates technological capabilities of the Company. AXISCADES is involved in designing, developing, training and implementation of critical needs of Indian Defence forces and has established itself as a key partner to the country’s Defence requirements.”

Commenting on the occasion, Brigadier SC Sharma, President and Director of the Company said “After having developed and supplied CREWS, developed and won a contract for a VSHORADS simulator for Army Air Defence earlier and with development and winning of ACRTS contract now, ACAT has capability of simulating Air Defence environment, which includes sensors, weapons systems and targets.  He attributed the success to deep understanding of development and needs of Defence Systems.”

About AXISCADES Aerospace & Technologies Pvt. Ltd

AXISCADES Aerospace & Technologies Private Limited (ACAT) is a niche player focussed on high-end strategic technologies for the aerospace and defense sector with a proven track record. The company has built proprietary capabilities in system integration, design and development of solutions and plaforms in the areas of automatic test equipment & test solutions, software and simulations, avionics, electronic warfare systems and paramilitary training solutions. ACAT is licensed by the MoD to undertake industrial manufacturing and is an industrial partner to marquee global aerospace and defence OEMs.


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Omron unveils first-of- its-kind ‘Integrated Tamper Detection Solution’  to address critical issue of power theft in India




Bangalore, March 31, 2016: Omron, the world leader in sensing & control technologies, announced the launch of its Integrated Tamper Detection Solution – world’s first of its kind – to address the national level concerns of power ‘theft’ in the electricity sector in India. The solution is positioned as a revolutionary offering for Smart Energy Management.


Integrated Tamper Detection Solution comprises of a technologically advanced security sensor, made by Omron, embedded in a smart meter. Conceptualised in association with the utility, Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL), the endeavour is visualised as a milestone in enabling the Smart Grid initiative by the Government of India and is also expected to play a key role in shaping the macro initiatives of national importance such as the need to channelize and curb the losses caused by power theft.


Transmission and distribution (T&D) losses remain one of the major concerns for the power sector in India. As per varied industry reports, the country ranks 5th in the world in terms of installed capacity, but still more than 300 million people do not have access to electricity. This unavailability and insufficiency of electricity has a strong linkage with the transmission & distribution losses which amount to around 40 % of the total production. The losses give rise to a vicious cycle – utilities running into losses leading to increased power tariff leading to more burden on the end user which ultimately results into more unscrupulous ways to tamper with the meters.


Explaining the role of Integrated Tamper Detection solution in managing power theft, Mr. Vinod Raphael, Country Business Head – Omron Electronic and Mechanical Components business division in India said, “Though it is difficult to reckon the proportion of power theft in the T&D losses, it is certainly one of the major concerns for the utilities. Omron’s security sensor for the smart meters is multi-functional, and imparts a unique artificial intelligence to the smart meter by detecting all kinds of (electrical and non–electrical) tampering”.


Sharing an overview of the Government’s initiative and the business prospects for Omron’s new solution, Mr. Raphael further shared, “The Government plans to install 35 million smart meters in the country by 2019 which paves path for Omron, promising vast business opportunities. As we move ahead, we aim to widen our customer outreach by associating with more utilities and contributing our bit towards developing a sturdy infrastructure in the power sector benefitting the utilities and the end consumers.”


As per the reports, the power distribution loss in India rose to INR 70,000 crore recently. Omron’s new solution is in synergy with the Government’s efforts towards minimizing T&D losses, considering the Government set up a ‘Smart Meter Task Force’ to address this alarming state of affairs and to contribute towards moulding India as a Smart Grid Nation.


In a bid to further utilise the opportunity of connecting with all relevant stakeholders in the smart grid world, the company also offers  other key electronic components for smart meters  and varied electrical equipment making them safer, energy efficient, compact and better in performance.


About Omron

OMRON CORPORATION is a global leader in the field of automation based on its core technology of sensing and control. OMRON’s business fields cover a broad spectrum, ranging from industrial automation and electronic components to automotive electronic components, social infrastructure systems, healthcare, and environmental solutions. Established in 1933, OMRON has about 39,000 employees worldwide, working to provide products and services in more than 110 countries and regions. In the field of industrial automation, OMRON supports manufacturing innovation by providing advanced automation technologies and products, as well as through extensive customer support, in order to help create a better society. Started in 2003, Omron Electronic and Mechanical Components division represents the India operations of Omron Electronic and Mechanical Business Company headquartered in Japan. Being a leading manufacturer and provider of advanced electronic components in the country, Omron provides highest quality through the development of high-precision, high-performance components, electronic parts and electronic devices. The portfolio includes relays, switches, connectors, RF MEMS switches, MEMS flow sensors and pressure sensors being utilised in consumer, commercial, home appliance, industrial and automotive industries. The company has an extensive sales network consisting of regional sales engineers, customer service staff and an authorized distributor network.







Wendell Rodricks & Simone Singh unveil the poster and theme of the festival

~7 Shades of Love~


India, 31st March’16 –  South Asia’s biggest queer film festival, KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival entered its 7th edition by launching the first look of the poster in Mumbai today. Renowned fashion designer Wendell Rodricks and popular actress Simone Singh unveiled the poster and announced Ajoy Das as the contest winner by handing over a trophy and cash prize of RS 20,000.

Wendell Rodricks spoke about the poster and said, “This year’s KASHISH poster design winner is a representation of the state of mind of the KASHISH Queer Film Festival 2016. Not only is the message calm & clear that we have arrived, but the thought process behind the film reel representation and the seven shades of love encircling us all, makes a compelling statement. The most poignant part of the design is the message that everyone is free to love who they wish to love. I wish the winner of the KASHISH Poster 2016, and the festival well deserved success in a year that may change LGBT rights for Indians in a path breaking way.”

Excited about winning the poster contest, Ajoy said, “It was a personal challenge to design a film festival poster for a very special community. It means a lot to win this prestigious award since the competition is of international level. It gives me great personal satisfaction to contribute to the cause of LGBT community.”

Talking about the 7th Edition of the Festival, Sridhar Rangayan, Festival Director said, “Both Greek mythology and Sufism defines ‘7 Shades of Love’ to encompass all forms of love. Through the festival this year we want to emphasize and underline the message that love should transcend age, gender, caste, creed, ethnicity, social status, language, etc. Love is universal and love is cyclical – the more you give, the more you receive. The winning poster design amply illustrates this cyclicity and the diversity of love”.   

For the past four years KASHISH International Poster Design Contest has become a celebrated worldwide contest, receiving entries from several countries. KASHISH invited designers across the world to design the official festival poster and overall look for its 7th edition with the theme ‘7 Shades of Love’. India’s top fashion designer Padma Shri awardee Wendell Rodricks selected Ajoy as the final winner. Ajoy’s poster will now be used on hoardings, banners, cinema slides, delegate cards, T-shirts and catalogue cover.


KASHISH 2016 will be held from May 25-29, 2016 at Liberty Cinema and Alliance Française de Bombay. The festival theme is ‘7 Shades of Love’. Love in all its forms has been celebrated as the highest form of human emotions since the beginning of civilization – romantic love or Eros, friendship or the love between friends, the love between a parent and a child, the first stirrings of love between young lovers to the enduring love of committed partners, the love for humanity and the love and acceptance of one’s true self. The festival theme for 2016, ‘7 Shades of Love’ embodies this spirit. It underlines that at the core of human relationships is the capacity to love each other and offer respect so that each person can live with equality and dignity., which is India’s leading crowdfunding platform, has come on board as Title Partner for KASHISH 2016. Cofounder and COO Anshulika Dubey said, “Wishberry is a crowdfunding platform for creative projects, especially films. We want to help and encourage filmmakers working on great ideas, especially the ones that give a voice to the LGBT community and question society’s fixed ideas about sexual orientation. Our partnership with KASHISH 2016 is an expression of this very sentiment.”


The event witnessed special performances on the theme of love by Mr.Gay India Sushant Divgikar & folk-rock artist Alisha Pais. The evening also featured talks by parents of LGBT children, with Pradeep Divgikar and Vidya Phadnis talking about accepting their sons Sushant Divgikar and Ameya Phadnis. The KASHISH Advisory Board members present at the event were industry stalwarts like theatre personality Dolly Thakore, national award winning filmmaker Arunaraje Patil, president of Whistling Woods Meghna Ghai Puri and professor Nandini Sardesai.


About KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival

KASHISH was envisioned to be a film festival, but over the years it has grown to become much more – a mainstream platform for exhibition and distribution of LGBTQ themed films, a space for discussion on LGBTQ issues and cinema, and more importantly one of the biggest pride events in India. Today, it is South Asia’s biggest LGBTQ film festival and was voted ‘Top 5 LGBT film festivals’ in the world. It has also become a place where we acknowledge, preserve and archive Indian and world LGBTQ history. KASHISH also recognizes the outstanding efforts of individuals in India who have contributed to LGBTQ visibility and empowerment, by instituting an award that perpetuates this history in people’s consciousness. 

Workshop on cinematography at AISFM with ‘Kshanam’fame Shaneil Deo





Bangalore, 30th March, 2016: “Learning a craft is a continuous process. To excel in any field you need to get out of your comfort zone, learn new techniques, try new things but most of all be dedicated and self confident”, said Kshanam movie Cinematographer Shaneil Deo. Shaneil who is the talk of the town these days, thanks to his excellent work as a cinematographer in the recent Telugu thriller Kshanam shared his expertise and knowledge in an exclusive workshop conducted by AISFM for its students this week. In the 2 day workshop Shaneil spoke to AISFM students about different techniques and finer nuances of cinematography, photography and filmmaking.

Cinematography is a brilliant subject to learn and definitely very creative and effective when it comes to telling a story as all the 24 frames can be used to portray a visually penetrative content says Shaneil. While addressing to the students during the workshop Shaneil said  ” Dedication to a craft you are learning is very important. Never stop learning about the craft. Just because you learnt a technique does not mean that, that is the only technique. There are so many different ways and techniques to learn and implement. The field we are in, photography or cinematography, there is no one way of doing things, no right or wrong. It’s the way you perceive something which makes  the visual more impactful.. So focus on learning the craft, push yourselves, get out of your comfort zone, learn new techniques, try new things, be at it, regroup, reassess and try again. But most importantly, be dedicated and be self-confident. Even if you don’t do it right, you will try some other way. I grew learning through trial and error. Studying in a film school is such an advantage as you have learned lecturers and faculty who can always help you. As students you got to avail such expertise in learning new aspects of film-making”.

According to Shaneil studying at a film school and learning on the job both go hand in hand.
” At a school you learn how things are set up and you take that knowledge and learn how to apply it on the real set. On the set, it is good to see what is happening, but if you don’t have the knowledge of how it is happening and how to apply it then its doesnt help you. So learning at a school and then going and seeing how things are implemented, that makes more sense for someone who is new. So this background of studying at a film school is critical.” said Shaneil.

Speaking about his personal journey towards film making Shaneil shares his experiences working in India. “Culturally it has been very different. I was born in Fiji and raised in the US and I don’t have any family in India. My first trip to India was in 2013 and I was there for one month and it was a culture shock at that time. I don’t speak Telugu but I speak Hindi. I only knew about Bollywood movies and never knew about Telugu movies per se. So coming here now, after three years, was okay to adjust because being here once before, helped. People are nicer and very cool to work with and it has been fun”.

Shaniel’ work on the short film Layla got him several international offers but he chose to come to India when the makers of the movie approached him at an international film festival last year, because the story of Kshanam intrigued him. Shaniel is also finishing the remake of Vicky Donor.  He recently travelled to Cannes and met some producers and is in talks with a French team.

About Annapurna International School of Film and Media (AISFM):

Annapurna International School of Film and Media (AISFM) is India’s first private, non-profit and completely student-focused media school and its goal is to be the top film institute in India. Situated amidst the grounds of Annapurna Studios, a major film studio in the heart of Hyderabad it has drawn some of the biggest names in cinema as teachers and academic advisors.

Founded in 2011 by Akkineni Nageswara Rao, one of India’s most celebrated actors, AISFM’s academic advisory board comprises leaders from the Indian film and media industry, including Kamal Hassan, Mani Ratnam, Karan Johar, Farah Khan and Anurag Kashyap. AISFM offers Bachelor and Masters’ degrees, in filmmaking, mass communication, graphic design, photography, animation and media management.