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IIEST creates India’s first smart grid project[IIEST]

KOLKATA: The Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST) has successfully created the country’s first smart grid project, which will generate power from renewable sources of energy.

IIEST Shibpur

“The smart grid will be synchronised to generate power from solar, wind and vegetable waste resources, depending on the weather conditions and availability of waste products. It is the first of its kind in the country,” Roy said.

“The power to be generated from solar energy depends on the availability of sunlight while wind energy will be produced during nor’wester and tropical storm. The power from biogas will be generated from vegetable waste collected from the campus kitchen and outside markets,” the professor said.

“In the integrated project, by the Centre for Excellence for Green Energy Systems (CEGESS) of the institute, we are aiming to generate 32 kw of power from whichever resource available and synchronise the smart grid to take the power in the system for use. Thus we will not be depending on one resource,” Roy said.

Roy added that the world will be faced with serious situation with the depletion of hydrocarbon source.

“Since coal-hydrocarbon based energy technology leads to environmental degradation, the future lies in renewable energy based technology,” he said.

The eminent scientist said, this being the age of smart technology, the institute needed to look forward.

“The government planners and academicians should be involved in big way as technology is changing very very fast.

“The next 50 years will witness unimaginable change in technology, which cannot be static,” he added.

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Over 100 acres land allocated for energy storage: Andhra CM Naidu

Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu said around 100-150 acres of land has been allocated to develop energy storage facilities in the state.

The announcement came at the inauguration of the world’s first-ever high energy storage device developed by Bharat Energy storage technology (BEST) earlier in the day.

Speaking on the occasion, Naidu said that as part of the second phase of the powersector reforms, priority was being given for alternative energy sources and storage facilities.

“There is a huge potential for solar energy and no other country can beat India in solar energy. A 1000 MW solar energy plant has been set up in Kurnool district. In addition, solar pump sets were distributed to farmers in Vizianagaram district,” he added.

Furthermore, the Chief Minister said Amaravati city would be developed as a green city with 50 per cent green cover and renewable energy, keeping in mind the demand for energy storage in agriculture, industries, transport, telecom and disaster management sectors.

“Smart power grid would be developed in Andhra Pradesh. The state government is giving priority for solar and wind energy in Kadapa, Anantapur and Kurnool,” he noted.

On the sidelines of the launch, officials from IIT Roorkee entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with Bharat Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Pvt Ltd on renewable and sustainable energy technologies for research and industrial collaboration.

Australia’s Griffith University Australia also entered in a MoU with BEST in the energy storage sector. 

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Chandigarh: Survey on smart power grid project begins

Survey work on ambitious smart power grid project begins

​​In the survey, the company will check place of installation of meters, the connectivity of central server with meters and so on..

CHANDIGARH: The work on ambitious project of installation of smart electricity meters under the Smart Grid Project in Chandigarh has started. The company, which was allotted the work has started the survey in sectors and villages, which were identified for the first phase of project. UT’s superintending engineer (electricity) M P Singh said that the company which was allotted the work has started the survey. 

In the survey, the company will check place of installation of meters, the connectivity of central server with meters and so on. After checking the connectivity, the company will then start installation of meters on large scale, he added. 

The UT administration is hopeful that the work will be completed in 5-6 months, he added. In the first phase, the UT electricity department has allotted work to M/s Analogics Ltd for replacing 30,000 existing power meters into smart meters in Sectors 29, 31, 47, 48, Industrial area Phase I and II, and villages Faida, Ram Darbar, Hallomajra, Raipur Kalan, Makhanmajra and Daria.

For the project, the power department will also set-up a control room in Sector 18, from where they will keep a tab on all consumers. Another UT official said with the installation of smart meters, there will be zero tempering of electricity meters. Besides, the tripping in main lines will also be alerted immediately at power control room. The new system will be beneficial for both— department and for consumers, he said.

Recently, the National Smart Grid Mission (NSGM) had approved UT electricity department’s smart grid detailed project report (DPR). For the project, the centre will give 30 per cent grant whereas 70 per cent cost of the project will spent by the UT administration. The technical committee of the NSGM had already approved the project. The smart system will help city residents to track their power consumption online. All the consumers will get smart power meters through which they will be able to manage their consumption. These meters will also enable the UT electricity department to keep track of load, voltage, outages, peak demand and consumption across the city.

After the approval of smart grid DPR, the electricity department had started working on smart electricity meters, advanced metering infrastructure for all the power consumers, advanced distribution management systems with IT systems like data centre, disaster recovery centre, GIS, metering-billing-collection software, sub-station automation system (SAS), integration of roof top solar through net metering and distribution transformer monitoring unit.

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Weatherwatch: tension mounts over solar energy ‘betrayal’

A woman sweeps dust from solar panels on the roof of her home in Sussex.

From April, the UK government will no longer pay for surplus electricity households produce

For five years, the output of the solar panels on my roof has declined steadily. In 2018, however, it has already passed record levels in mid-November. In May, June and July, output was 50% above average; September and October were also good.

This demonstrates the quixotic nature of British weather – but also the benefits of the flexibility of the government scheme that pays homeowners for the surplus electricity they produce.

The connection to the grid provides the other side of the bargain, paying for the electricity drawn on dull days and at night. As the cost of solar panels has decreased, the government has reduced the amount it will pay for this surplus. Despite hiccups, the formula has helped solar power become a significant part of the UK’s energy mix.

Now, however, there is a growing sense of betrayal in the industry because the government has decided that, from April, when people install new systems, it will no longer pay for the surplus electricity they produce, even though they have no alternative but to be connected to the grid. While this will encourage people to use as much of their own electricity as possible by installing batteries and heating water, the changes could kill the industry and have been likened to theft.

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Renewables should learn from thermal power plant woes: Sumant Sinha of ReNew Power


ReNew Power chairman Sumant Sinha, ET Entrepreneur of the Year, said stress in the thermal sector serves as a lesson for renewable energy developers in India, but aggressive bidding to drive tariffs down is something that Indian businessmen find difficult to avoid… 



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Lenders reluctant to fund renewable energy projects in India, Power Minister calls Stakeholders meet

NEW DELHI: Lenders are becoming reluctant to fund renewable energy projects in the country, prompting power minister R K Singh to call all stakeholders on Wednesday to address the concerns of the sector. 

Falling tariffs, power evacuation issues, and non-performing assets in the thermal power sector are among key reasons behind lenders’ flinching confidence in the clean energy sector, stakeholders said. 

“The power minister is holding a conference of September 19 to seek inputs  from various stakeholders on funding issues in the renewable energy sector. Stakeholders have also been asked to send their inputs prior to the meeting,” a government official told ET. 

A letter sent to various stakeholders from the ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) noted that the government has installed 71 GW renewable energy capacity in the country as against the 175 GW target set for 2022, and an investment of $100 billion would be required for installing the balance 104 GW .. 

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India targeting 40% of power generation from non-fossil fuel by 2030: PM Modi

NEW DELHI: India is targeting 40 per cent of electricity generation from non-fossil fuel-based resources by 2030 as it looks to tap vast solar and wind potential to replace relianceNSE -4.36 % on polluting coal to meet its energy needs, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Tuesday. 

Modi said he saw the 121-country International Solar Alliance as the future OPEC for meeting energy needs of the world. 
Oil cartel OPEC led by Saudi Arabia currently meets close to half of the world’s oil needs. 

Speaking at the first Assembly of the ISA here, he said the solar power will play the same role that oil wells have played over the past few decades in meeting global energy needs. 

Humans have in the last 150-200 years relied on resources trapped below the earth’s surface for meeting energy needs. But for a secure future, resources available above the ground like solar and wind energy need to be harnessed, he said. 

Stating that the focus must be on renewable sources for meeting energy needs, he said India wants to bring all UN members on board of ISA. 
Modi said 50 GW of renewable energy will be soon added to existing capacity and non-hydro renewable will contribute 20 per cent of total energy. 

“This is the right time to invest in solar manufacturing,” he said adding he saw an investment potential of Rs 70,000 crore to Rs 80,000 crore in solar manufacturing. 

The prime minister said 31 crore LED bulbs save 40,000 million units of electricity and Rs 16,000 crore in a year. 

He said 28 lakh solar pumps can save 10 GW of  of electricity every year.