Wind power: Its important to absorb into the grid
Hello and welcome once again to Electrical India. Energy is the lifeline of any economy in the world and electricity is certainly one of the most crucial and critical of all infrastructures for any growing nation. And for a developed economy, power is all the more crucial because the nation needs to sustain that growth and the lifestyle.
Unlike many other nations, the power sector of our country is one of the most diversified and widely spread out into different sources of energy - from coal to wind, solar and nuclear. And with the prime minister’s pet “Make in India” project taking shape, electricity generation is going to be one of the most crucial infra projects. For the simple reason, you cannot expect investors and big corporate houses to invest money in India unless there is non-stop electricity 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
The world is staring today at a serious environment crisis. Should we then get deeper into this trap by going for more coal-based power? Can we not learn from the so-called mistakes of the super powers and more so from our next door neighbour China, who went in for rampant thermal power plants, thereby creating a devastating environment problem there? What the western powers did was when there was not enough technology. Coal was the main source of power in the fifties through eighties. What China did was a serious environmental catastrophe because they generated more electricity, mainly from coal, in just about a decade as compared to the nearly six to seven decades that the United States took to generate the same energy.
The Modi-government has an ambitious plan of generating almost 40% of our electricity through renewable by 2030 - that is close to 125,000 MW, a commitment made by the country at UN Climate change meet in Paris in 2015. We are now reaching the mid-way mark as of current generating capacity. By 2030, we would need to generate close to 150,000 MW through clean energy. The dynamic power minister, Mr Piyush Goyal is though very optimistic. He is a man who is open to new ideas and thinking. He recently announced that India is ready to experiment with offshore wind power projects as well - and why not, with a coast line of nearly 7,500 kms. China is planning to eclipse the world offshore power capacity by 2020 with nearly 30GW.
But let us not repeat the mistakes what China made. You need to have a proper electricity absorbing mechanism by the grid from the power generated through renewable. China, which is the world’s largest clean energy investor is facing this issue with its record installations of solar and wind power. The mis-match in the ability to deliver renewable generated at far off places to places where it is required has led to many renewable companies in trouble. We certainly would not like to repeat that mistake in our country. Hope you enjoy reading this issue as much as we have in bringing this to you.
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