Week In India: CIAL To Operate Solar Boat For Muziris Circuit Tour; SCCL Inaugurates 37 MW Solar Plant In Kothagudem; And More


CIAL To Operate Solar Boat for Muziris Circuit Tour


The Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) signed an MoU with Muziris Heritage Project Limited. The MoU will allow tours in the Kochi-Muziris heritage tourism circuit on CIAL’s solar boat. The cruise will add a new mode of revenue stream for CIAL till the canal project is completed, officials said. CIAL owns a 24-seater solar boat with an AC compartment for trial operation in the west coast canal renovated by its subsidiary, Kerala Waterways and Infrastructures Limited (KWIL). The boat has 15 solar panels mounted upon its roof. The generated power is stored in the battery. The system can also draw power from conventional sources. The boat can be put into operation for five hours on single charging, the release said. Earlier this year, in February, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurated the first phase of the canal by taking a short cruise in this solar boat at the Veli-Kadinamkulam stretch of the canal in Thiruvananthpuram.

SCCL Inaugurates 37 MW Solar Plant In Kothagudem


State-owned Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) inaugurated a 37 MW solar plant at Kothagudem, Telangana. The installation of the third phase of the plan should be completed by this year-end said the SCCL Chairman and Managing Director N Sridhar. He said the Singareni was installing solar plants as part of environmental protection measures and with this initiative, almost 120 crore rupees are being saved. According to Sridhar, the Singareni has decided to install 13 plants to generate 300 megawatts of power in eight of its areas. The installation of these plants would be completed in three phases. In the first phase, the BHEL got the contract to complete power plants in four areas for 129 megawatts of power generation. Out of this, 40 megawatts in RG-3, 30 megawatts in Manuguru, 39 megawatts in Yellandu, and 10 megawatts plant in STPP area have already started power generation.


1.5 MW Solar Plant Goes Live at Chennai’s MGR Railway Station

The Puratchi Thalaivar Dr. M.G. Ramachandran Central or Chennai Central railway station, under the South Central Railway (SCR), has met the 100% day energy requirement target by solar panels installed on the platform shelters of the station. Informing about the same, Union railway minister Ashwini Vaishnaw tweeted, “100% Day energy requirement of Chennai Central Station is met by #SolarPower.” The station has installed a solar power capacity of 1.5MW and all the electricity needs of the station during the daytime are met by solar power. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also took to Twitter to laud this great initiative, saying “Happy to see the Puratchi Thalaivar Dr. M.G. Ramachandran Central Railway Station show the way when it comes to solar energy.” SCR is the first of many Indian Railway zones that have adopted the concept of ‘Energy Neutral’ railway stations. The Chennai Railway station is now capable of meeting its 100% energy requirements by solar power commissioned on its 13 station buildings.

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There cannot be a ‘one-size-fits-all solution’: India at UN High-Level Dialogue on Energy

Emphasizing that the energy transition should be equitable, inclusive, and equitable, India has asserted that there cannot be a “one-size-fits-all solution” as it needs to be fully sensitive to energy. Underlines the importance of- mixed and national conditions of different countries. In a video assertion to the UN, High-Level Dialogue on Energy 2021 held on Friday on the sidelines of the 76th General Assembly session, Minister for Power and New and Renewable Energy R K Singh mentioned India has set a formidable goal of 450 gigawatts (GW) of renewable power capability by 2030 and is all set to launch a National Hydrogen Energy Mission to scale up in a serious means the usage of inexperienced hydrogen towards decarbonization of the financial system. The National Hydrogen Energy Mission will increase annual green hydrogen production to 1 metric ton (MT) by 2030.

NTPC Wins 1.9 GW In CPSU Scheme-II, Tranche-III 5 GW Tender

India’s largest integrated power generating company NTPC Ltd wins 1.9 GW in the e-auction of CPSU Scheme-II, Tranche-III of 5 GW tender. This capacity will enable the saving of CO2 a greenhouse gas of over 3 million tons every year. NTPC was the single largest capacity winner and together with this capacity of 1.9 GW, NTPC now has over 6.3 GW capacity won through competitive biddings. This shall pave the way for NTPC’s plan of 60 GW RE capacity by 2032. CPSU scheme shall promote Atmanirbhar Bharat since projects have to necessarily use domestic content.

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BPCL Plans to Invest Rs 5,000 Crore in Renewable Energy

Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) plans to invest over Rs 1 lakh crore over the next five years in raising petrochemical production capacity, gas business, clean fuel, and augmenting marketing infrastructure, its chairman Arun Kumar Singh said on Monday. Besides, the firm also plans to invest Rs 5,000 crore in renewable energy and another Rs 7,000 crore in biofuels. BPCL, which has a portfolio of 45 MW of renewable capacity, plans to increase it to 1,000 MW in the next five years, mostly through acquisitions while also invest in hydrogen. The investment will help BPCL prepare for the future where conventional fuels and zero-carbon mobility in form of electric vehicles (EVs) and hydrogen will co-exist while giving it the option to convert a greater degree of crude oil directly into high-value petrochemicals.

IIT Roorkee and Hitachi ABB Collaborate For Sustainable and Smart Energy Ecosystem

Indian Institute of Technology(IIT) Roorkee has signed an agreement with Hitachi India to develop a smart and sustainable energy ecosystem on the campus. As part of the project, a smart energy management system and microgrid with battery energy storage will be created. Integrated Monitoring, Analytics, and Control Center for systems ranging from energy assets to transport, water, and waste on the IIT Roorkee campus will also be established. The project is in alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goal 11 and will aim to make cities inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable. The project is expected to serve as a model for smart and sustainable cities and communities.

Adani Renewable Acquires 40 MW Solar Project from Essel Green

Adani Renewable Energy, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Adani Green Energy (AGEL), has signed definitive agreements with Essel Green Energy to acquire 100% economic value in an SPV that owns a 40 MW operating solar project in Odisha. The project has a long-term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) for Rs 4.235 per unit, with remaining PPA life of about 22 years. As per the official statement, the acquisition of the project is at an enterprise valuation of Rs 219 Cr. With this acquisition, AGEL will achieve a total renewable capacity of 19.8 GW. The total portfolio includes 5.4 GW operational assets, 5.7 GW assets under construction, and 8.7 GW near construction assets.

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Waaree Energies Supplied 12.79 MW of Solar Modules To Solon India Private Limited.

Waaree Energies, India’s leading solar module manufacturer, has Supplied 330 Wp solar modules for a project developed by, Solon India Pvt. Ltd. Solon has developed 2 projects at Nanthigundu Village, Kariapatti Taluka, Virudhunagar District, Tamilnadu, India totaling 12.79 MW. The projects are commissioned in July 2021. The finance for this project was taken from HDFC Bank on a “Non – recourse / Lease financing basis.” Having multiple global certifications, Waaree aims to ensure Environmental Safety and Quality measures and performs multiple tests at various manufacturing stages. Waaree Energies Ltd is one of India’s leading Solar PV Module manufacturers with a capacity of 2 GW’s at its facilities in Surat, Tumb, and Nandigram in Gujarat. The vision of Waaree Energies is to provide quality, cost-effective sustainable energy solutions across markets. It provides EPC services, project development, rooftop solutions. It has a presence across India.

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