NTPC Registers Highest Quarterly Generation with Double-Digit Growth

03rd Jan, 2018

NTPC, the largest power generator of India, with installed capacity of 51383 MW, has recorded its highest ever quarterly generation of 67781 MUs during Q 3 of FY 2017-18 which is 10.39 % more than the generation of 61400 MUs recorded during the corresponding period of last year.

NTPC has also achieved commercial declaration of 4415 MW capacity during the first nine months of current year itself.

In line with Govt. of India’s thrust on Renewable energy, the company is also increasing its green footprint and has already generated 912 Million Units from its solar and wind stations during the year which is around 3 times its renewable generation during corresponding period of last year.

With more than 20 GW capacity under various phases of construction, NTPC is all set to continue energizing India’s growth in the coming years.


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  • NoharaNohara India team at Acetech Delhi 2017
Traditionally walls are built using AAC Blocks or bricks. Structures are often criticised by users for being heavy because of higher dead weights, or inability of walls to insulate residents from sound and fire. The most common concern being occupying larger space to build upon and leaving a lesser area for actual use. Consumers complain that the developers curtail quality against rising costs and seldom deliver projects on time. Users have also often complained about the loading of available space, leaving lesser carpet area for its end users and this has been one of the talking points when analysing transparency of the real estate developers. But what is the solution to these challenges?
 
At the Acetech Delhi, 2017, a premier exhibition for Architects, Constructors and Structural Engineers, Nohara India showcased a lightweight, yet stronger, durable and more insulated way to build walls. Traditional walls /dry walls are in for a transformation. A newer technology that replaces AAC Blocks and plain brick walls now offers a faster way to construct walls while consuming lesser space and providing better specifications of utility. One among the oldest companies in the world, 419+-year-old Japanese firm Nohara entered the Indian market in 2016 with an innovative wall product named the Samurai Panel, which consists of calcium silicate boards as outer skin and cement, sand & EPS as core manufactured using cutting edge technology. Fire rated EPS insulation provides a high quality and environmentally friendly alternative to traditional walls.
 
Samurai Panels offer better fire resistance, sound insulation and more importantly, gives the end user more usable space and the Realty Developers a larger carpet area. Introduced by a premier Japanese company, Nohara, the Samurai Panel is a lightweight solid EPS wall panel that is made using Cement, Sand, Expandable Polystyrene Styrofoam (EPS) and Calcium Silicate Board thus replacing the conventional AAC Blocks and bricks used to build structural or interior walls.
 
Nohara’s Director & Executive VP Kosuke Nohara said, “We have taken a conscious call to expand globally. The Government of India and the honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched a range of initiatives towards Make in India and housing for all. Thus, we look at India as one of the rapidly developing countries with a rapid demand for construction and an increased focus on quality building materials, hence the move to enter the Indian market and offer a new technologically robust product.”
 
Acetech witnessed a range of construction and interiors’ industry professionals, architects, and builders, scouting for innovative products, technological advances, International trends, new supplier base, and more importantly a chance to enhance their business network to collaborate and explore more unique opportunities. Speaking at the event, Pawan Mehra, CEO & India Head at Nohara, beamingly excited at the response, talked about the timeliness of the their newer and innovative endeavour, “Currently the real estate market in India is seeing transformational changes with introduction of RERA and higher consumer awareness in general, as people now travel and witness global trends. The urge to get the same quality back home is more vocal than ever. Builders, on the other hand, are looking to strengthen their reputations regarding quality and delivery to the end consumers. Transactions in real estate are now limited to products offering better value, vis-à-vis the last decade. This has been the time for introspection within the industry.”
 
We, at Nohara, are doing our bit by contributing quality products at competitive pricing, thus offering a win-win for both- the developers, on the one hand, seeking quality at reasonable costs, and consumers on the other, seeking value for their investment. The endeavour of Nohara to introduce “Dry solid walls” by the name of Samurai Panels offers quality and value, which are evident in its features and specs offered,” said Pawan Mehra.
 
Samurai Panels offer value for all the stakeholders, and its advantages include:
  • Extra usable space between walls
  • Faster Construction, thus saving time and money. Typically, the average productivity per person for a traditional brick wall is 8 square meters per day whereas productivity using Samurai Panel is 30 square meters per day, which is four times faster compared to the conventional AAC Blocks.
  • Easy Installation, offering value concerning time, quality & consistency
  • Better Sound Insulation for the end user
  • Better Fire rating for similar cross-sectioned walls, thus providing safety
  • Stronger walls that can take a single point load of 40 kgs
  • Light-weight walls that reduce deadweight on structure thereby decreasing structure cost
  • Reduced total Cost for the Developer
  • Green Product offers value in being Eco-friendly
  • Samurai EPS Wall Panels is used in walls of Commercial, institutional and residential buildings including in modern high-rise structures.
The EPS wall panels have already been used to create quality walls in China, and Indonesia and other countries in South East Asia before making their way into India. Reputed buildings constructed using these types Panels include Guangzhou International Finance Centre and Guangzhou Opera House, Guangzhou National Library, and CCTV Television Station and Headquarter in China besides 88 Avenue Surabaya in Indonesia. So the real estate construction, as we see it today, is expected to transform. For consumers looking for faster development and delivery times, this may well be the well-needed solution.

About Nohara Group
 
Nohara as a commercial entity was founded in Japan in 1598. With an aim to expand globally, Nohara started its operations and moved to overseas market in 2013. The group turnover as established in 2016 was USD 1.15 billion dollars with a product range of approximately 50,000 SKUs. Nohara Japan currently holds 18 types of licenses for planning, manufacturing, installation and after-sales services in Japan. Nohara maintains strategic partnerships in five countries which include China, Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia, and India. Some of the business activities of Nohara in India involve providing sourcing services, roof-top solar solutions, and Samurai Panels. For details please refer to www.nohara.in
 
Installation video can be viewed here at
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Smart EV charging station at SCOPE Complex, New Delhi powered by NTPC

18th Dec, 2017

A smart EV charger of Fortum India has been installed at SCOPE Complex, New Delhi. The charger will be powered by electricity from NTPC Ltd., the largest power generator of the country. The charger has ability to recognize authorized users based on RFID technology. Fortum India is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fortum Oyj, a clean energy company in the Nordics has

The charger was inaugurated by Mr. A K Gupta, Director (Commercial & Operations), NTPC Ltd. During the launch, he shared, "Today, the energy landscape in India is undergoing a major shift towards cleaner means of energy generation and consumption. e-Mobility paves the road ahead with great impact on cleaner cities and reduce fuel imports as well. Keeping this in mind, we are in the process of exploring possible ways to put up charging stations across all NTPC stations and also in discussion with a few states.

On the occasion, Mr. Sanjay Aggarwal, Managing Director, Fortum India said, "The Indian government's vision of selling only EVs by 2030, relies heavily on developing a smart infrastructure for electrical vehicles. The need of the hour is to fast track EV adoption. Fortum's Charge & Drive® supporting hardware agnostic infrastructure, equipped with flexible payment gateway shall provide the consumers a seamless experience of charging their vehicles in a friendly environment at a location, time and price of their choice. We have already started setting up pilot projects across the country as part of our plans of rolling out more than 150 charging stations over a period of 12-18 months.

Fortum intends to work together with NTPC for developing, operating and managing charging infrastructure for electrical vehicles (EVs) in India. Both the entities will also jointly explore ways to work towards collaborating further on EV charging ecosystem in India.


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Minister of State (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy, Shri Raj Kumar Singh, in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today, informed that there is no formal specific information relating to any specific solar equipment or component being of low quality and sold in Indian market.

Shri Singh further informed that in order to impose strict quality norms for solar equipment and components and to restrict low quality solar PV equipment in Indian market, the Central Government, after consulting the Bureau of Indian Standards, has issued the “Solar Photovoltaics, Systems, Devices and Components Goods (Requirements for Compulsory Registration) Order, 2017” dated 5th September, 2017 for quality control of solar photovoltaic systems, devices and components.

As per the conditions given, the said order shall come into force on the expiry of one year from the date of its publication in official gazette. However, it has been decided to make the said quality control order effective from 01.04.2018 in order to ensure quality of products in the deployment target of 2018-19.

The said order provides for certain conditions regarding manufacture, storage, sale, distribution, etc of solar photovoltaic systems, devices or components, including making an application to the Bureau of Indian Standards for obtaining registration for use of the Standard Mark in respect of the Indian Standard mentioned in the said Order.

The Minister also stated that Government has incentive schemes for encouraging domestic solar manufacturing in terms of earmarking certain projects for domestic content and a capital subsidy scheme (M-SIPS) for setting up of solar manufacturing facility. However, no MoU has been signed with any country for setting up of domestic manufacturing.

Informing about the incentives given by Government for Domestic manufacturing in solar PV sector in India, Shri Singh stated that it is being supported by the Government of India through Special Incentive Package Scheme (SIPS)/ Modified Special Incentive Package Scheme (M-SIPS). The scheme, inter alia, provides for:

i. 20-25% subsidy for investments in capital expenditure for setting up of electronic manufacturing facility.

ii. Reimbursement of countervailing Duty (CVD)/ Excise Duty (wherever applicable) for capital equipment for the units outside Special Economic Zone (SEZ).

The incentives are available for several categories of electronic products and product components including Polysilicon, Ingots, Solar Photovoltaic (SPV), Cells, Modules/Panels. Units across the value chain starting from raw materials to assembly, testing, and packaging of these product categories are included.

In addition, the solar power projects being implemented under the Defence Establishments and Central Public Sector Undertakings (CPSUs) Schemes and those rooftop solar projects implemented with central financial assistance are mandated to source their requirement from domestic sources.

The Government has allowed 100 percent Foreign Direct Investment in the Renewable Energy Sector under automatic route. This was stated by Shri R.K. Singh in the written reply in Lok Sabha today.

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  • FirstFirst Solar (India) and Oriano Solar team on successful commissioning of 40 MWac solar PV power plant
Mumbai based, solar energy EPC firm, Oriano Solar has successfully completed two 20 megawatt (MW)ac photovoltaic (PV) power plants, totally 40 MWac for First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) in the state of Karnataka, in Gadag and Belagavi districts respectively.

Oriano Solar’s scope was turnkey EPC of the two projects, which are designed to collectively generate approximately 82.83MWh/annum of solar energy under a 25-year Power Purchase Agreement with the state owned distribution utility companies in Karnataka. The project is based on First Solar’s CdTe thin film PV modules, leveraging the latest 1500V inverter architecture. During the construction phase, the projects had more than 725 people working at the site.

"This is Oriano’s first project with thin film modules, and their commitment to deliver on time within budgets was exemplary,” said Sujoy Ghosh, Country Head, for First Solar in India.

Speaking on this occasion, Yeshwant Rao, Co-founder & MD, Oriano Solar said, “Both the Oriano and First Solar teams worked seamlessly in delivering this project on schedule and building a high-performance PV plant. The expected plant performance ratio is approx. 81%, thereby giving better energy yield.” 

About Oriano Solar

Oriano Solar, specialized in providing solar solutions, was founded by Sachin Jain, Yeshwant Rao and Sameer Shah in June 2015, and has received funding from Samridhi fund (managed by SIDBI Venture Capital and backed by institutions like UK’s DFID, SIDBI, LIC and UIIC) and Caspian Impact Investments.

Oriano has executed 125 MW of projects (Utility-Scale and Rooftops) in India and is working on advance-stage pipeline of over 200 MW of projects in the next financial year where it brings capability to manage solar farm infrastructure like land, turnkey EPC and transmission line. Oriano Solar recently received “Solar PV EPC Company of the Year - Utility Scale < 50 MW” – Gold by India Solar Week Excellence Awards. Oriano was also awarded “Energy Startup of the Year” at the Entrepreneur India 2016 Awards in association with ET NOW and “TECH30 company of the year” at TechSparks 2016 by YourStory Media.

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First Prize of National Energy Conservation Award-2017 to NTPC KAWAS

14th Dec, 2017

NTPC Kawas has bagged first prize of the National Energy Conservation Award-2017 in Gas Power Station Category. Hon'ble the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind presented the award during the National Energy Conservation Day function held in New Delhi on today 14th December,2015. The award was received by Shri C V Subramanian, General Manager (Kawas Gas Power Project) for excellence in Energy Conservation and Management.

Shri R. K Singh, Hon'ble Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power and New & Renewable Energy and Secretary to Govt. of India, Ministry of Power and senior officials of the Ministry and Bureau of Energy Efficiency were present on the occasion.


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