Scientists from Hungary have offered to set up clean and green energy technologies, including affordable water purification, generation of portable power from sunlight and biomass, retrieving energy from polymer waste and biodiesel in Punjab.

A battery of innovators held discussions with Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and his team of senior officials. One innovator was even asked to transfer technology to produce a drug, which reduces coronary diseases. Dr Istan, a leading scientific innovator, was asked by Punjab team to transfer technology to produce a drug which reduced the concentration of fats in the body and helped in preventing coronary diseases. He said the drug had already been tested on 30,000 people.

Following a meeting with representatives of Hungary's ministry of agriculture, it was decided that Hungary's agriculture university would sign a memorandum of understanding with PAU, Ludhiana, to facilitate transfer of technology in the field of agro-processing to Punjab. Hungarian ministry of agriculture's senior adviser, Klara Szilvia Szeker also accepted an invitation to lead a delegation to Invest Punjab in October.

Plastenergo director Adam Balogh offered to produce energy from polymer waste, which the deputy chief minister said was a project that could be set up in Ludhiana to make productive use of industrial waste.

Discussions were also held on how to tighten the power transmission system to reduce losses. Dr Joseph Bifskey, director of technology with Clear Water and Green Energy Incorporation, has offered technology for multiple treatment of water for both irrigation and drinking purposes. "He said his company was capable of providing affordable integrated technology to suit the nature of impurities," said a Punjab government spokesperson. While appreciating the offer, Sukhbir said the plan fits the country's motto of "one drop more crop". He asked the company to submit a detailed project proposal, which could help conserve water and use waste water for productive purposes.

In another discussion, MKM Company's CEO Morvai Feren expressed keenness to transfer third generation clean and green technology to Punjab, under which energy produced by sunlight and biomass would be integrated with the grid. Additional chief secretary Suresh Kumar has asked the company to submit a proposal on producing energy from biomass saying Punjab had an availability of 20 million tonnes of paddy straw per annum, which could be used for this purpose.

Source: 2 August, 2015, The Times of India