Monthly Archives: November 2013

MNRE finalized capital grant scheme for Renewable Projects for 2012-17

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KNPP generation touches 400 MW

Power generation from Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KNPP) has touched 400 MW, a top official said today.

The 1000 MW capacity first unit of the Indo-Russian joint venture began power generation on October 22 producing 160 MW which subsequently rose to 280 MW.

The generation touched 400 MW since last night, KNPP Site Director R S Sundar said.

Source: PTI

PSPCL’s new way to impose power cuts: Maintenance work

Apart from unscheduled power cuts, the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) these days has found a unique way to fill in the gap between demand and supply: maintenance work for 3-4 hours on almost a daily basis.

In Ludhiana, maintenance work can be seen almost daily in one or the other area for about 3-4 hours for which consumers are not even given prior information. Officials reason that in winters, power can be switched off for this much time and that too for repair works for the coming season.

On November 26, tripping of 210 MW Ropar thermal plant was cited as the main reason which had increased power cuts.

Gurmeet Singh Kular, president of Federation of Industrial and Commercial Organisation (FICO), said, “Though no weekly offs have been imposed on us, power corporation does regular maintenance in various areas.” Consumers asked the power officials that maintenance should not be done on a regular basis but once or twice in a month.


Source: IndianExpress

Reliance Power to Complete Solar-Thermal Plant in March

Reliance Power Ltd. (RPWR), controlled by billionaire Anil Ambani, expects to complete a 100-megawatt solar-thermal plant by March, 10 months behind schedule.

The 21-billion-rupee ($336 million) project in Rajasthan has begun pre-commissioning activities, including steam blowing, the company said today in an e-mailed statement. “The project is all set to be commissioned by March 2014,” it said.

Seven Indian solar-thermal plants missed deadlines to start operating in May this year, hobbled by escalating costs and difficulties importing equipment. Only one has been finished, Godawari Power & Ispat Ltd.’s 50-megawatt plant, in June.

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Suzlon arm REpower Systems bags order from Australian firm

Wind turbine major Suzlon Group today said it has signed a contract with Mitsui & Co for setting up 106.6 MW windfarm in Australia.

“Suzlon Group-subsidiary REpower Systems SE announced the conclusion of an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract with Mitsui & Co (Australia) to deliver 52 wind turbines with a total rated output of 106.6 MW for the Bald Hills windfarm in Victoria, Australia,” the company said in a statement.

The contract is combined with a service contract for the next 10 years, with a further five year option. It is the first contract for REpower with Mitsui & Co.

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CG Receives GL Renewables Certification for its SLIM® and Bio-SLIM®Distribution Transformers

- SLIM® and Bio-SLIM® Distribution Transformers from CG offer most efficient solutions for wind farm offshore platforms

– Bio-SLIM® is the latest and most advanced environmental friendly transformer solution by CG

– Market for offshore wind farm to grow by 9 times to 51 GW by 2020*

Avantha Group Company, CG was awarded the certification from Germanischer Lloyd Renewables Certification (GL RC), for its liquid immersed SLIM® and Bio-SLIM® distribution transformers. The testing for adherence to certification norms was carried out according to GL’s Guidelines for the Certification of Offshore Wind Turbines, Edition 2012. The transformers are hermetically sealed with bio-degradable fluid which reduces the risk of pollution at environmentally sensitive locations, such as offshore wind farms.

The certificates are valid for five years (2018) and were provided for two of CG’s components: the SLIM® and BioSLIM® Distribution Transformer KNAN, (up to 3500 kVA, 50 Hz), and the SLIM® and BioSLIM® Distribution Transformer KFAF/KFWF, (up to 6500kVA, 50 Hz). The certificates were rewarded for CG’s superior system design, the implementation of design requirements in Production and Erection (IPE) and quality system. Prototype tests were conducted as a part of the Design Assessment of the components. Incidentally, CG also received the GL certification for the onshore market in 2012.

CG has grown to become the market leader for transformers in off-shore wind farms. As of today more than 1000 units have been installed worldwide in offshore projects. CG is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of three-phase transformers, offering a full range of products including liquid-filled distribution transformers and power transformers, auto-transformers, phase-shifters and HVDC station transformers, conventional and mobile substations.

According to GWEC (Global Wind Energy Council) 5.5 GW of offshore capacity was installed accumulatively worldwide at the end of 2012. According to more ambitious projections up to 80 GW could be installed worldwide by the end of 2020.

CG’s SLIM® and Bio-SLIM® distribution transformers offer the most efficient solutions for wind farm offshore platforms – they promise reliability, fire safety, longer life time and low maintenance, withstanding severe harshness of the environment, general cost of installation and maintenance.

According to HolgerTrecksel, Head of Sales and Business Development GL RC: “The certification demonstrates that CG’s transformer has been designed, documented, manufactured and tested in compliance with the latest technical requirements documented in GL RC’s Offshore Guidelines.”

Commenting on the certification, Avantha Group Company CG’s CEO & Managing Director, Mr. Laurent Demortier said, “The Wind offshore sector is one of the fastest growing segments within CG. We are committed to provide our customers energy-efficient, cost-effective, reliable and best-in-class solutions. This GL RC certification demonstrates the adequacy of SLIM® and BioSLIM® Distribution Transformers to withstand the specific harsh environment at the Wind offshore power projects”

*Source: Global Data : GDAE6299IDB, November 2012

About Avantha Group Company CG

Avantha Group Company CG is a global pioneering leader in the management and application of electrical energy. With more than 15,000 employees across its operations in around 85 countries, CG provides electrical products, systems and services for utilities, power generation, industries, and consumers. The company is organized into three business groups: Power, Industrial, and Consumer. CG clocks US$ 2.3 billion in revenues from product lines that cover the entire value chain of engineering offerings.

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About Avantha 

The Rs. 25,000 crores (US$4bn) Avantha Group is one of India’s leading business conglomerates. Its successful entities in diversified sectors include Crompton Greaves (power transmission and distribution equipment and services), BILT (paper and pulp), The Global Green Company Limited (food processing), Biltech Building Elements Limited (infrastructure), Avantha Power (energy), Salient Business Solutions Limited (IT and ITES), Jg Glass (glass containers).

With a global footprint, the Group operates in 90 countries with more than 25,000 employees worldwide. Led by Gautam Thapar, Avantha demonstrates strong leadership globally and emerges as a focused corporate, leveraging its knowledge, leadership and operations, adding lasting value for its stakeholders and investors.

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Holger Trecksel of GL (left) handing over the GL Renewables Certification to CG’s Yves Vanlinthout (right)

India ready to touch 30GW of renewable energy installation

New & Renewable Energy
Cumulative deployment of various Renewable Energy Systems/ Devices in the country as on 31/10/2013
Renewable Energy Programme/ Systems Target for 2013-14 Deployment during
October, 2013
Total Deployment
in  2013-14
Cumulative achievement up to 31.10.2013
Wind Power 2500 52.25 880.73 19933.68
Small Hydro Power 300 20.00 114.50 3746.75
Biomass Power 105
- 20.00 1284.80
Bagasse Cogeneration - 55.05 2392.48
Waste to Power                     -Urban 20 - 3.00 99.08
-Industrial - -
Solar Power (SPV) 1100 395.13 2079.97
Total 4325.00 72.25 1468.41 29536.76
Waste to Energy                   -Urban
10.00 3.00 3.00 118.57
Biomass(non-bagasse) Cogeneration 80.00 2.85 22.54 493.69
Biomass Gasifiers                 -Rural- Industrial 1.00  - 16.924
9.00  - 4.74 146.32
Aero-Genrators/Hybrid systems 1.00  - 0.03 2.14
SPV Systems (>1kW) 40.00  - 14.32 138.99
Water mills/micro hydel 500 Nos.  - - 10.65 (2131 nos)
Bio-gas based energy system 2  - - -
Total 143.00 5.85 44.63 927.28
No. of Remote Village/Hamlets provided with RE Systems - - - -
Family Biogas Plants (No. in lakhs) 1.10 - 0.15 46.83
Solar Water Heating – Coll. Areas (Million m2) 0.60 0.04 0.31 7.31

BORG Energy offers Products towards Power Security in India Homes

Press Release

· Fully loaded Micro Solar Power Plants ensure maximum power output

· Grid Fall back system with Smart grid technology supports all household appliances

· First of its kind Micro Solar Power Plants, not just inverters

India, November 29, 2013: BORG Energy India Private Limited, as a subsidiary of BORG Inc, Texas USA is specialized in the R&D, design, manufacture and supply of micro solar power plants, unveils the BORG Astra Plus Home Series, a Range of fully loaded micro solar power plants, specially designed to meet the energy needs of domestic households. The only player to come up with the ‘Smart Grid’ technology enabled Power Controller Units (PCU) that can harness and utilize maximum solar energy; the BORG Astra Plus Home Series is ideally suited to convert your home roof top into a micro solar power plant. The customers can now buy BORG’s Astra Plus Home Series micro solar power plants from BORG Power Play showrooms.

The fully loaded BORG Astra Plus Home Series generates maximum power output is offered at four variants – 500W, 1000W, 1500W and 2500W. BORG Astra Plus Home Series has the potential to save up to 60% of a households electricity bills with a conversion efficiency of 98% and less than 3 milli seconds transfer time. This technology is developed at NASA lab and mass customised specially for the Indian Subcontinent.

Speaking on the occasion Dr. Boaz Augustin Jr., Chairman & Managing Director, Asia Pacific, BORG Energy India Private Limited, said “BORG’s endeavour has always been towards empowering people to generate their own power. We are delighted to launch our Astra Plus Home Series micro solar power plants which shall power 40000 Indian homes by April’14, apart from offering these Borg Powered households a power security, Power Bill saving and freedom from unreliable grid. We seek to empower people to make alternative power a way of life and look at ‘Solar’ as a priority medium for Power and way of life. Smart grid household micro solar power plants are a feasible option, especially in India, which receives 300 clear sunny days in a year”.

Mr. M.S.Sundararajan, Independent Director, BORG Energy India Private Limited said, “To make solar power more affordable in the household category, all our products will be offered an easy EMI scheme at very low rates of interest across the country. Under this Solar Finance Scheme, customers’ pan-India can now avail of solar loans to purchase the BORG Branded Astra Plus Home Series Range.

BORG’s Care Centres cater to installation and after sales services, ensuring that all service enquiries are addressed within 24 hours. Committed to making alternative green power a way of life, The BORG Astra Plus Home Series Range is a one stop solution to all household power woes.

Suitable financing model needed to cut high cost of LWRs: Deloitte

A suitable financing model is needed to cut the high cost of light water reactors (LWRs), a report by professional service firm Deloittesaid on Thursday.

The report, “Nuclear power in India — A way forward”, was released by Atomic Energy Commission chairman R K Sinha at the Indian Nuclear Energy Summit on Thursday. The report noted that imported LWRs would play a key role in India’s nuclear capacity addition in the future.

However, due to the high capital costs of LWRs and the high interest rate regime in the country, the resulting tariff would be high and it would not be competitive with rupee financing from domestic institutions. The nuclear power with low fuel cost escalation would be competitive to meet the energy requirements of the country, provided a suitable financing mechanism was put in place. Deloitte, however, said if the LWRs were funded with longer duration and cheaper debt, then the tariff would become comparable to pressurised heavy water reactors and would be able to compete with fossil fuels.

Currently, the state-run Nuclear Power Corporation is in the midst of procurement of several LWRs with foreign collaborations with unit sizes ranging between 1,000 Mw and 1,650 Mw.

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3rd Annual International Summit on Fly Ash Utilization

3rd Annual International Summit FlyAsh Utilization: 2013 is organised by Mission Energy Foundation in support of & Fly Ash Association of India (faai), Ministry of Coal, Ministry of Power, Ministry Environment & Forest and Ministry of  Urban Development. From succession of our past summits on the important subject, this year it will focus on the science, application and sustainability of coal ash. It will also provide a platform for creating greater awareness about new technologies and innovations in the use of fly ash creating an effective forum for transfer of information and new ideas to benefit the innovative utilization, handling, storage and better utilisation of fly ash.

Fly Ash Summit

As per the projections made by Planning Commission as well as Ministry of Power upto 2031-32 indicate that 2/3rd of power generation in the country would continue to depend on coal. The annual generation of fly ash is expected to be around 175 million tonne by end of XIth Five Year Plan and around 500 million tonne by 2031-32. The fly ash generation is expected to increase to 190 million tonne per year (2011-12), 300 million tonne per year (2016-17) and 700 million tonne per year (2031-32).

At present nearly 170 million tonnes of fly ash is being generated annually in India and more than 70000 acres of land is presently occupied by ash ponds.
On one hand, there is a challenge to use the balance un-utilized quantity of fly ash, which if left unattended would pollute the environment, on the other hand mining industry has a number of operational challenges to enhance the production to meet the increasing demand of power and steel sector.
180 billion tonnes of clay brick production per year consumes 540 million tonnes of clay, makes 65000 acres of land barren, and consumes 30 million tonnes of coal equivalent, generates 26 million tonnes of CO2. A 10% switchover to fly ash bricks will use 30 million tonnes of fly ash every year, save environment and coal and yield a benefit of 300 crores by way of reduction in brick cost production.
All out efforts are needed to utilize this fly ash not only from environmental considerations, but also to avoid land usage for fly ash dumping.



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