SECI issues tender for 500 MW/1000 MWh Standalone Battery Energy Storage Systems

Solar Energy Corporation of India Limited (SECI), a Public Sector Undertaking under the aegis of the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, has issued the tender for setting up 500 MW/1000 MWh Standalone Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) in India. A first-of-its-kind tender in the country, it will provide Discoms with storage facilities to be used on an “on-demand” basis.

The tender has been issued under the Standard Bidding Guidelines issued by the Ministry of Power in March 2022. The total capacity to be set up under the RfS is 1000 MWh (500 MW x 2hrs), which will constitute two projects of 500 MWh (250 MW x 2 hrs) capacity each. The Projects will be installed in the vicinity of the Fatehgarh-III Grid-Substation of the ISTS network, in the State of Rajasthan. The Buying Entities will be offered the storage capacity to charge and discharge the same daily through RE power, as per their energy shifting requirements.

The Projects will be set up on a “Build-Own-Operate” basis, with the connectivity and necessary permissions being under the scope of the Project Developer. Land for the Projects will be provided by the CTU to the Developers on a right-to-use basis. SECI is the implementing agency of this tender and will be procuring capacity on behalf of the Buying Entities, charging a facilitation fee in the form of a trading margin.

A unique feature of this tender is the composition of capacity offtake. Out of the total capacity being installed under the tender, 60% of the capacity will be off taken by SECI on behalf of the Buying Entities, and the offtake of 40% of capacity will be the responsibility of the Developers, through third-party or market sale. Thus, through this tender, the Government provides substantial support for market development in the energy storage domain. Out of the 60% capacity off taken by SECI, 30% will be earmarked to be used by NLDC, POSOCO for Grid Ancillary Services.

The Developer shall make the BESS available for 2 operational cycles per day, i.e. 2 complete charge-discharge cycles per day. The Projects are required to demonstrate minimum Availability of 95% on an annual basis, a minimum Round-Trip Efficiency of 85% monthly, and suitable liquidated damages stipulated in case of shortfall in meeting the above criteria. The term of the Projects will be 12 years, with the Scheduled Commissioning Date being 18 months from the date of signing of the Battery Energy Storage Purchase Agreement (BESPA). Financial Closure is to be achieved within 12 months of the signing of BESPA.

The tender marks the first tranche of the Government’s immediate target of setting up 4000 MWh of Battery Storage Capacity as part of achieving increased penetration of RE in the national grid. Central Electricity Authority (CEA)/MoP has prepared a Report on Optimal Generation Capacity Mix for 2029-30. As per the report, a Battery Energy Storage capacity of 27,000 MW/108,000 MWh (4-hour storage) is projected to be part of the installed capacity in 2029-30.



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MPAI Issues a Call for Patent Pool Administrator on Behalf of the MPAI-CAE and MPAI-MMC Patent Holders

 The international, non-profit, unaffiliated Moving Picture, Audio and Data Coding by Artificial Intelligence (MPAI) standards developing organisation has concluded its 18th General Assembly. Among the outcomes is the publication of Call for Patent Pool Administrators for two of its approved Technical Specifications.

The MPAI process of standard development prescribes that Active Principal Members, i.e., those intending to participate in the development of a Technical Specification, adopt a Framework Licence before initiating the development. All those contributing to the work are requested to accept the Framework Licence. If they are not Members, they are requested to join MPAI. Once a Technical Specification is approved, MPAI identifies patent holders and facilitates the creation of a patent pool.

Patent holders of Context-based Audio Enhancement (MPAI-CAE ) and Multimodal Conversation (MPAI-MMC have agreed to issue a Call for Patent Pool Administrator ( and have asked MPAI to publish the call on its website. The Patent Holders expect to work with the selected Entity to facilitate a licensing program that responds to the requirements of the licensees while ensuring the commercial viability of the program. In the future, the coverage of the patent pool may be extended to new versions of MPAI-CAE and MPAI-MMC, and/or other MPAI standards.

Parties interested in being selected as Entity are requested to communicate, no later than 1 May 2022, their interest and provide appropriate material as a qualification to the MPAI Secretariat( The Secretariat will forward the received material to the Patent Holders.

While Version 1 of MPAI-CAE and MPAI-MMC are progressing toward practical deployment, work is ongoing to develop Use Cases and Functional Requirements of MPAI-CAE and MPAI-MMC V2. These will extend the V1 technologies to support new use cases, i.e., Conversation about a Scene (CAS), enabling a human holds a conversation with a machine on the objects in a scene.

Human to Connected Autonomous Vehicle Interaction (HCI), enabling humans to have rich interaction, including question answering and conversation with a Connected Autonomous Vehicle (CAV).

Mixed-reality Collaborative Spaces (MCS), enabling humans to develop collaborative activities in a Mixed-Reality space via their avatars.

MPAI develops data coding standards for applications that have AI as the core enabling technology. Any legal entity supporting the MPAI mission may join MPAI, if able to contribute to the development of standards for the efficient use of data.

MPAI is currently engaged in extending some of the already approved standards and developing other 9 standards.

Name of standard: AI Framework

– Acronym: MPAI-AIF

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– Brief description: Specifies an infrastructure enabling the execution of implementations and access to the MPAI Store.

Name of standard: Context-based Audio Enhancement

-Acronym: MPAI-CAE


– Brief description: Improves the user experience of audio-related applications in a variety of contexts.

Name of standard: Compression and Understanding of Industrial Data

– Acronym: MPAI-CUI

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– Brief description: Predicts the company performance from governance, financial, and risk data.

Name of standard: Governance of the MPAI Ecosystem

-Acronym: MPAI-GME


– Brief description: Establishes the rules governing the submission of and access to interoperable implementations.

Name of standard: Multimodal Conversation

-Acronym: MPAI-MMC

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– Brief description: Enables human-machine conversation emulating human-human conversation.

Name of standard: Server-based Predictive Multiplayer Gaming (in development)

-Acronym: MPAI-SPG


– Brief description: Trains a network to com­pensate data losses and detects false data in online multiplayer gaming.

Name of standard: AI-Enhanced Video Coding (in development)

-Acronym: MPAI-EVC


– Brief description: Improves existing video coding with AI tools for short-to-medium term applications.

Name of standard: End-to-End Video Coding (in development)

-Acronym: MPAI-EEV


– Brief description: Explores the promising area of AI-based “end-to-end” video coding for longer-term applications.

Name of standard: Connected Autonomous Vehicles (in development)

-Acronym: MPAI-CAV


– Brief description: Specifies components for Environment Sensing, Autonomous Motion, and Motion Actuation.

Name of standard: Avatar Representation and Animation (in development)

-Acronym: MPAI-ARA


– Brief description: Specifies descriptors of avatars impersonating real humans.

Name of standard: Neural Network Watermarking (in development)

-Acronym: MPAI-NNW


– Brief description: Measures the impact of adding ownership and licensing information in models and inferences.

Name of standard: Integrative Genomic/Sensor Analysis (in development)

-Acronym: MPAI-GSA


– Brief description: Compresses high-throughput experiments data combining genomic/proteomic and other.

Name of standard: Mixed-reality Collaborative Spaces (in development)

-Acronym: MPAI-MCS


– Brief description: Supports collaboration of humans represented by avatars in virtual-reality spaces called Ambients

Name of standard: Visual Object and Scene Description (in development)

-Acronym: MPAI-OSD


– Brief description: Describes objects and their attributes in a scene and the semantic description of the objects.

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J&M Food, Inc. Issues a Voluntary Pecan (Tree Nut) Allergy Alert for 535 Packages of Favorite Day Soft-Baked Carrot Cake Cookies

 J&M Foods, Inc. is issuing a voluntary recall of 535 packages of Favorite Day Soft-Baked Carrot Cake Cookies, with best before dates 07-OCT-2022, 08-OCT-2022, 09-OCT-2022 and 10-OCT-2022 (UPC CODE #0 85239 25803 3), because they contain pecans that, although stated in the ingredients list, are not listed in the “Contains” declaration. People who have a severe allergy or severe sensitivity to pecans or tree nuts might have a severe allergic reaction if they consume these products.

These 535 total products were distributed through certain Target stores in the following states: AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OR, PA, SC, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA and WI.

The products are packaged in 8-ounce cartons and have the expiration date on the bottom of the carton in the following format: [DAY-MONTH-YEAR].

Consumers who have purchased the above-described products are urged to discard the item and contact Target at 1-800-440-0680 or J&M at 1-800-264-2278 for a refund.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-264-2278.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

J&M Foods, Inc.

Scott Thibault




  • Food & Beverage
  • Packaged Foods

Bestinet Issues Letter of Demand to Online News Site

A Letter of Demand has been issued on behalf of Bestinet Sdn Bhd (“Bestinet” or the “Company”) and Dato’ Sri Mohd Amin Abdul Nor (“Dato Sri’ Mohd Amin”) to an independent online news portal and two individuals for an online article that appeared on the website of the news portal dated 4 February 2022 containing defamatory statements.

The Letter of Demand noted that the content of the defamatory statements is malicious, untrue and unjustifiable. The defamatory statements are an attack on the integrity and reputation of the Company and Dato Sri’ Mohd Amin, who have been brought into public scandal, ridicule and contempt.

Bestinet and Dato’ Sri Mohd Amin are prepared to withhold civil action if the independent online news portal and the two individuals refrain from the actions as set in the Letter of Demand.

The Company and Dato’ Sri Mohd Amin in the meantime reserve their rights and interest at law.

Fintan Ng
Tel: +60 12-233 6986

Topic: Legal Action

Cargill issues 2021 world mycotoxin report to give animal feed industry actionable insights to improve performance and health of their animals

Survey includes key global trends, ingredient contamination rates and regional mycotoxin prevalence data


For farmers around the world, proactive risk management is key to protecting animal health and winning the battle against mycotoxins, a toxic substance produced by fungi that can grow on grains. They need comprehensive data on mycotoxin contaminates in order to make decisions regarding the inclusion of additives in feed to mitigate their presence. The report covers the contamination or prevalence rate (% positive analyses contaminated with at least one mycotoxin), the level of contamination (mycotoxin concentration level), and the species sensitivity when exposed to a given mycotoxin.

Key Global Trends

With these inputs in mind, we saw noteworthy data trends in 2021, including:

1. A high number of positive analyses above detection limits. In 2021, 72% of analyses were contaminated with at least one mycotoxin. Contamination is more likely than not across all ingredients.

2. The “Big Four.” The 2021 data shows that Vomitoxin, Fumonisin, Zearalenone and Aflatoxin are the most prevalent mycotoxins worldwide.

3. Positive analyses are not always concerning. For example, when looking at 2021 contaminated analyses, while 72% are positive for mycotoxin contamination, just 35% had contamination levels above Cargill performance risk thresholds.

Also included in the report are ingredient group trends – corn, cereals and oilseeds, species group trends and regional trends from around the world.

2021 Cargill World Mycotoxins Report Overview

Six years ago, Cargill Animal Nutrition created a global and web-based mycotoxins tool powered by hundreds of thousands of mycotoxins analyses. Today, with more than 300,000+ mycotoxin analyses captured annually across more than 150 global feed plants, on-farm samplings and storage locations, Cargill hosts the largest, most comprehensive mycotoxin contamination database in the world.

“Our customers need real-time actionable data to help them make decisions for the health of their animals. Thanks to our data centralization efforts, Cargill generates a critical information mass that allows us to characterize risk for each region, species, or ingredient”, said the author of the report, Dr. Clement Soulet, Global Category Manager for Additives for Cargill’s Animal Nutrition business.

Risk Management Powered by Data

Cargill can evaluate worldwide, large-scale trends and provide customized mycotoxin risk information with the most extensive global dataset data. Data collected from the past four years indicates increasing mycotoxin prevalence. Proactive risk management is key to winning the battle against mycotoxins. Success is driven by developing informed and targeted plans that quickly identify mycotoxin threat levels and minimize risk. Based on our extensive risk management expertise, Cargill Animal Nutrition helps customers implement the right mycotoxin mitigation strategy at the right place and at the right time. The complete 2021 World Mycotoxin Report can be found here.


About Cargill

Cargill’s 155,000 employees across 70 countries work relentlessly to achieve our purpose of nourishing the world in a safe, responsible and sustainable way. Every day, we connect farmers with markets, customers with ingredients, and people and animals with the food they need to thrive. We combine 155 years of experience with new technologies and insights to serve as a trusted partner for food, agriculture, financial and industrial customers in more than 125 countries. Side-by-side, we are building a stronger, sustainable future for agriculture. For more information, visit