India ranks third in electricity production and ranks 110th in per capita consumption. This goes on to show the immense potential in India. Renewable Energy accounts for 28% of total power generated, wind power constitutes around 87% of total renewable power followed by biomass power. Solar Power is likely to get boost with mega thrust from government intending to generate 100000 MW from solar energy by 2019. Though ranking third in the world, around 300 million people in India do not have access to electricity. Several
Stanford scientists have developed a new battery that could provide a cheap way to store wind or solar energy. In the journal -Natural Energy - prototype manganese-hydrogen battery, is described as which stands just three inches tall and generates a mere 20 milliwatt hours of electricity, which is on par with the energy levels of LED flashlights one might hang on a key ring. They are confident they can take this table-top technology up to an industrial-grade system that could charge and recharge up to 10,000 times, creating a grid-scale battery with a useful lifespan well in excess of a decade. According to them, they have added a special salt into water, dropped in an electrode, and created a reversible chemical reaction that stores electrons in the form of hydrogen gas. They also know ho
West Bengal Power Development Corp Ltd is planning to set up a Turga Pumped Storage Scheme to harness around 1000 MW of hydel power through 4 pumps with a capacity of 250 MW each. The project envisages the construction of Upper Dam (C.A. 8.29 Sq. Km) across Turga Nala, a tributary of Subarnarekha river and a water conductor system with an underground Power House on the downstream of Upper Dam and a Lower Dam having intermediate catchment of 4.37 sq. km ( total C.A. 12.66 sq.km ). The project is a Close Loop type Pumped Storage Scheme.
Bahadur Ke Textiles & Knitwear Association is setting up a 10 MW waste based power unit at Bahadur-ke-Road in Ludhiana district of Punjab. However, the project has been stalled for lack of funds.
VBC Ferro Alloys is planning to set up a 2 x 60 MW coal based thermal power plant in Bodepalli in Armoor Taluk in Nizamabad district of Telangana. The company announced the project in 2013 but is yet to make headway in 2016.
Wartsila has received a power plant order from the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB). The company will supply LNG-fired 40 MW Smart Power Generation plant and it will be delivered on a turnkey basis. The plant is likely to go operational by April 2017
Ultra Mega Power Projects are likely to be shield from future price increase in case of imports. According to a press release from the power ministry, it has issued guide draftlines for UMPP projects that are using imported coal. It may be noted, Tata Power project in Mundra is still awaiting for compensatory tariff, while Reliance Power has stopped construction at its Krishnapatnam. The draft documents provided that imposition of sanctions by foreign countries on India with regard to supplies of coal, resulting in the cessation of coal supply to developers of UMPPs and the consequent inability of the company to locate coal from any other source, shall be construed as an indirect non-natural force majeure event. Earlier projects had no such guidelines and had lead to litigation and other l