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Solar hot water systems `have cut power consumption'

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CHENNAI, FEB. 19 . "Today's ideas are tomorrow's technology," M.P. Ramesh, Executive Director, Centre for Wind Energy Technology, Chennai, said.

He was speaking at the inauguration of the two-day national conference on emerging trends in energy and environment, organised by the Sri Sai Ram Engineering College.

He said that an important change in the mindset of planners had come about with relation to wind energy. Solar hot water systems were no longer looked upon as toys and had actually brought down electricity bills, he said.

M. Jayasingh, Chief Workshop Manager, Loco Works, Southern Railway, said the Railways consumed two million tonnes of high-speed diesel per year and bio-diesel had been researched and used as a ready substitute. "This will reduce our dependence on oil producing countries and their tactics," he said, A pilot plant in Chennai was producing 200 litres of bio-diesel daily and four vehicles are running on it for the last 10 months. S. Seetharaman, College Principal, said soon India would have the largest population in the age group of 25 to 35.A. Rajendra Prasad, the conference organising secretary, of the conference said that 140 research papers were received. Forty-five sent for the conference and 45 papers on solar energy, wind, bio-fuel, energy audit and conservation. were selected for the conference.

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