RIDING THE WAVE: UDUPI FIRM PITCHES FOR TIDAL POWER PLANT

Karnataka:- ANR Techno Powers Private Ltd, led by environmentalist Vijay Kumar Hegde, the head of Susi Global Research Centre, has submitted a Detailed Project Report to the state government to set up a 10-MW tidal power plant for generating power through waves of the sea at Maravanthe beach. Dhirendra Acharya, engineer at the Energy and Development Centre, Bengaluru, and Hegde made a presentation on this project on Saturday.

Speaking on the sidelines of this presentation, Hegde told Bangalore Mirror that Maravanthe beach is ideal because of its wind speed that is about 28 km a hour.

“We chose Maravanthe because it can be developed into a restricted area, the speed of the waves here is good and we can also control sea erosion. The plant will not cause any problem to fishermen and marine movement too will not be affected. There is no violation of the Coastal Regulatory Zone norms and it does not come in the Naval path. The project is eco-friendly,” he said.

If the district administration provides about 5 km of the beach then a 500MW power plant can be set up. A police outpost can be established as well as the area can be converted into a tourist destination, he said. “We have submitted a proposal to the government and will be offering power at the rate fixed by the Karnataka
Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) — around Rs 4.70 per unit. The cost of the project will be around Rs 60 crore,” he said.

Acharya said tidal power is best suited for the coastal region, when compared to solar and wind power and the government must support it.

Vishwa Prasanna Teertha Swamiji of Sri Pejawara Adhokshaja Matha appreciated the project.

In 2015, Hegde had designed a unique project and installed a pilot tune-up tidal power plant for generating power through sea waves on the Kadike Beach near Udupi. This was fixed on seven feet-high pillars. A float drum converts energy from linear or rotary. From here it reaches the compressor. The PSI ( pounds per square inch) is set. The load moves to the pneumatic motor- which is connected to the alternator. The alternator produces electrical power with mechanical energy from air. This plant uses float type mechanism, generating power on a continuous basis. It illuminates 19 LED bulbs of 5 Watts each. The technology received a patent in 2006, but, this plant was suited only for high tides.

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