INDIA : Gujarat a compatible state for Renewable Energy source
Gujarat to conquer marine energy, after the success of establishing the wind and solar energy, the government is pursuing tidal energy generation policy soon. The outcome of the success of this renewable energy will be huge power generation capacity as it has the longest coastline in the country.
The tidal generation power project has already got the approval of Rs 25 crore in the upcoming Budget for the purpose.
As per the sources in the state energy and petrochemicals department said, “The state government has decided to explore the state’s tidal power generation potential along with solar energy and wind power in the coming years. The state government has begun preparing a tidal power generation policy on the lines of its solar and wind power generation policies.”
“The state government has decided to allocate Rs 25 crore in special grant in the upcoming Budget for conducting special surveys and studies to identify potential sites where tidal power generation plants can be set up. Initially, Gujarat Energy Development Agency (GEDA) and the state-run Gujarat Power Corporation Ltd (GPCL) will conduct this exercise. On the basis of their report, the state government will form a policy,” they added.
For the progress of the project a MOU (memorandum of understanding) was signed between the state government and a UK-based Atlantis Resources Corporation in the previous year and is expected to begin ground work this year. The MOU signed by the concerning parties was a part of Vibrant Gujarat Summit 2011. The potential of the plant is said to be 250 MW and will cost around $150 million.
A study was conducted by Atlantis as to see if the project was possible. As a result it was revealed that the country had excellent potential to mete out good levels of productivity in terms of tidal power.
Gujarat is categorized as the best solar, wind and renewable power generation destination and has the 2nd highest renewable energy generation capacity in the country. It was also noted that Gujarat had very high direct normal irridiance (DNI of 5.5-6.5) in the country. The DNI is vital for the capacity of solar power generation and is also ranked among the states with the highest wind power density, necessary for the generation of wind energy.
Source: Power engg