Treating wastewater for use again

With water a vital component in sustainable development, policy makers are concentrating on infrastructure projects that help conserve resources due to increasing worries about supply and availability. One of the ways to address water scarcity and environmental pollution is by treating and recovering wastewater.

What is wastewater? Water that has been utilised for laundry or bathing, in the toilet or rainwater or that is drained after domestic, industrial and commercial usage is considered wastewater. During wastewater treatment, the suspended solids present are removed. Once processed, the treated or reclaimed water is discharged back into the environment or reused for different purposes.

According to the most recent data from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) released in December 2022, only 28% of the 72,368 million litres of sewage that India generates every day is being treated. With the increase in population, urbanisation, industrialisation and regulatory provisions on wastewater treatment, the quantity of wastewater has increased as well. We need to upgrade treatment methods and make them more efficient so that we can increase the amount of wastewater treated. In recent years, some states and industries have switched to newer technologies, enhancing the treatment efficiency.

Adani Roads, Metro, Railway and Water (RMRW) has pioneered the use of food chain reactor (FCR) technology, in partnership with Organica Technologiak ZRT, to transform sewage treatment plants. With this groundbreaking initiative,  remarkable progress has been achieved in environmental sustainability and water management.

The FCR facility is a fixed film activated sludge system that uses natural plant roots and engineered media inspired by root structures to allow growth of robust and healthy biomass that effectively gobbles up incoming load in the effluent, an official said. The vegetation, through roots, not only offers a vast expanse of surface area but also fulfills the food chain present in the biological reactors. This process supports a wide variety of life forms and a robust biofilm capable of managing greater variations in the quality and volume of incoming water than traditional suspended or attached growth systems.

Explaining the working of the technology, the official said that in an Organica FCR, the biological reactors are set up in a series of steps, with each step equipped with uniquely crafted biomodules to enhance the growth of specific ecosystems at every stage of the treatment process. The innovative approach brings a new approach to managing fecal sludge by combining the fixed biofilm and suspended biomass (contaminants and bacteria) processes. This method establishes effective ecosystems in treatment areas, enhancing the process of cleaning wastewater. Additionally, it lowers the time needed for treating wastewater.

The implementation of FCR frameworks is a huge step towards safeguarding the general wellbeing of the population and protecting the environment. In accordance with the principles of a circular economy, it discourages risky manual scavenging and encourages the recovery of resources, like nutrients and biogas.

The treatment, collection, and disposal of fecal sludge has been revolutionised by FCR technology, ensuring thorough and effective wastewater management. The project not only treats wastewater but it also makes it easier to extract valuable resources, which helps efforts to improve sustainability and reduce reliance on landfills, according to experts.

Chintan Research Foundation: Charting a Course for a Better World

The Indian billionaire known for his contributions to infrastructure development, Gautam Adani, is branching out into the realm of ideas. Adani is set to launch its think-tank project, in New Delhi, marking his first major non-real estate project in the capital.

Consider a country as a large ship sailing the constantly shifting waters of international concerns. In order to successfully navigate, a captain requires a dependable crew and a well-stocked map room. Those map rooms are essentially what think tanks are. They collect and evaluate data, recognise possible risks, and suggest workable solutions. The Chintan Research Foundation is the new think tank that Gautam Adani is launching.

Our new Chintan Research Foundation will address urgent global concerns such as international politics, the energy transition, and climate change when it opens in New Delhi next month. The Adani Group has provided seed money of ₹1 billion (US$12 million) towards the institute’s goal of becoming a “world-class” think-tank.

With Chintan Research Foundation, we wish to stand up not just for India but also the larger ‘Global South’. This is consistent with Prime Minister Modi’s idea of India serving as a model for these nations. It is promised that the foundation will continue to function without Adani’s initial contribution. To guarantee unbiased research, it will have an international advisory board and its own governing structure. In addition to possible outposts in Washington, D.C. and London, the ambitious expansion plans call for branches in Mumbai and Bengaluru.

Imagine ground-breaking research on climate solutions shared across continents, or innovative energy strategies lighting the way for developing nations. Chintan’s impact could be transformative. Buckle up, for this journey holds the potential to reveal a more promising future for everybody.

Education as a means to promoting sustainable development

The need for inclusive and quality education for all has never been as relevant as it is today. Creating an environment that promotes learning from a global perspective has become imperative as global migration, advancements in technology, ecological issues, and cultural and linguistic diversity increasingly become the norm.    

We live in a world where we can’t remain untouched by the impact of globalisation, which has – whether we like it or not – drawn us into its deep and intricate web. If we have to live on this planet, we must, as a global citizen, embrace cultural diversity and support, and care for people to create a path for sustainable living.

According to United Nations, the term, global citizenship, refers to the belief that individuals are members of multiple, diverse, local and non-local networks rather than single actors affecting isolated societies. Promoting global citizenship in sustainable development will allow individuals to embrace their social responsibility to act for the benefit of all societies, and not just their own.

Adani Vidya Mandir (AVM), run by the Adani Foundation at four locations in the country, provides free education to children belonging to the weaker sections of society who lack opportunities to exploit their talent. AVM wants to be recognised as an institution that imparts education to young children to become high achievers in their chosen fields and also responsible citizens. It encourages children to develop a global mindset that can build unique capabilities, transcending cultures to create value for self and society.

AVM, Ahmedabad, recently received the UNESCO Model ASPnet School certification, making it the first in Gujarat to receive the prestigious recognition. ASPnet is a global network of millions of students and educators committed to promoting UNESCO’s values through education. Created in 1953, this network motivates schools to provide education on the lines of the UNESCO mandate that sees education as a unifying movement to promote peace through international understanding. “ASPnet is actually a laboratory of ideas for educational quality, innovation and transformation for Sustainable Development Goal 4 Target 7 and as a driver for evidence-based policy advocacy,” says a study.

UNESCO’s concept of citizenship is rooted in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948. There’s an interesting anecdote from the time of drafting of the declaration, when UNESCO approached Mahatma Gandhi for his response to an inquiry into the philosophical and theoretical foundations of human rights. The Mahatma’s response was that the right to life is given to us only when we fulfill our duty as world citizens that requires everyone’s participation in building a democratic society. ASPnet’s context is based on this belief. 

The Adani Foundation takes inspiration from the Gandhian philosophy. ‍The Foundation believes that educational institutions have a responsibility to foster in educators and learners the fact that they are members of both a local and a larger global community and can use their skills and education to contribute to them. AVM ensures that all students acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development.

A Double Celebration for Telangana!

As Telangana gears up for its grand Foundation Day celebrations on June 2nd, Adani Group is proud to share the spirit of progress and development. Earlier this year, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, we announced a monumental Rs 12,400 crore investment plan for Telangana. This wasn’t just about big numbers but about forging a future brimming with opportunity for the state and its people.

Imagine a Telangana where:

  • Data centers hum with green energy: Adani ConneX Data Centers’ upcoming 100 MW facility powered by renewables will be a beacon of sustainable technological advancement. Telangana’s budding start-ups and MSMEs will find a strong partner in us, fostering a thriving tech ecosystem.
  • Pumped storage projects store the state’s potential: Adani Green Energy’s investment of over Rs 5,000 crore in two pump storage projects will ensure Telangana’s energy security and pave the way for a greener tomorrow.
  • Ambuja Cements strengthens the foundation for growth: A new 6 MTPA cement plant by Ambuja Cements will create significant employment opportunities and empower Telangana’s infrastructure boom.
  • Adani takes flight with Telangana’s aerospace ambitions: Adani Defence Systems and Technologies’ investment of over Rs 1,000 crore will establish a cutting-edge ecosystem for counter-drone and missile systems research and development. This will bolster India’s defense capabilities and create over 1,000 skilled jobs in Telangana.

These projects are more than bricks and mortar; they represent a promise. A promise to create a Telangana that is:

  • Green: Sustainability is at the core of our vision for Telangana. From data centers powered by clean energy to focusing on green infrastructure, we are committed to a greener future.
  • Skilled: Our projects will create thousands of direct and indirect jobs. We will also work closely with local educational institutions to bridge the skill gap and empower Telangana’s workforce.
  • Thriving: We aim to make Telangana a hub for cutting-edge technologies and industries by fostering innovation and entrepreneurship.

As Telangana celebrates its foundation day, let’s celebrate the potential we are jointly unlocking. We at Adani Group are here for the long haul to be a partner in Telangana’s growth story. Together, we can make Telangana a remarkable example of progress and prosperity!

Say Hello to Sun-Tastic Savings with Adani

Concern over global warming is growing, and everyone is eager to develop and use renewable energy. India has actively supported the same initiatives as well. Solar power is the renewable energy source that has overtaken the country. With plans approved by the government and ambitious goals established to boost solar power consumption, India is already among the biggest consumers of renewable energy. The possibility of using solar electricity has risen as a credit to those adopting solar rooftops, and large-scale installations of solar power units have undoubtedly contributed to this.

Solar power raises the house’s value and reduces the electricity bill. Reselling solar energy to the grid boosts the nation’s economy. Solar power generated on a roof is a genuinely renewable energy source that can power buildings and residences, heat water, run automobiles, and more. It lets you cut down on the money you spend on power bills. Regarding environmental benefits, high-quality solar energy produces no greenhouse gas emissions after installation and is pollution-free. Carbon emissions are decreased via rooftop solar. It is also the most adaptable alternative energy source that doesn’t require a big water source. 

Considering all this, Adani Solar has amped up its game. Adani’s solar rooftop solutions offer a calculated, one-time investment with long-term, significant returns. Adani Solar is the solar PV manufacturing division of the diverse Adani Group. With a 4 GW manufacturing capacity, Adani Solar is India’s first and biggest vertically integrated solar enterprise. It provides services and products throughout the whole photovoltaics manufacturing spectrum. Modern technology, along with machinery and equipment purchased from the best vendors in the industry, aims to support global benchmarks for dependability standards, operational scalability, and cost leadership. 

And Did you know that we are the only Indian manufacturer to win Top Performer rankings for six consecutive years (2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019 & 2018). Besides, we are also proud winners of the Golden Peacock HR Excellence Award 2020 and Golden Peacock National Quality Award 2020. The International Research Institute of Manufacturing has honoured us with the Highest Apex Gold Category Rating at the National Awards for Manufacturing Competitiveness. 

Adani’s specialised systems are made to optimise the solar potential of your rooftop, guaranteeing a reliable and affordable energy source. So relax and soak up the savings (we mean the sunshine) with Adani Solar.