icrn phw energy cse dte gobar times rwh csestore iep aaeti
Web Specials

Gujarat set to develop India’s first tidal energy plant

4 Comments
Date:Apr 23, 2012

But the country lacks a tidal energy policy

The Gujarat government is all set to develop India’s first tidal energy plant. The state government has approved Rs 25 crore for setting up the 50 MW plant at the Gulf of Kutch. It will produce energy from the ocean tides.

The state government signed a MoU with Atlantis Resource Corporation last year to develop the plant. “The proposal was approved in this year’s budget session,” says Rajkumar Raisinghani, senior executive with Gujarat Power Corporation Limited (GPCL). Atlantis Resource Corporation is a UK-based developer of tidal current turbines. “The equipment has been imported and work will start anytime soon. We are awaiting Coastal Regulation Zone clearance from Ministry of Environment and Forests, which is expected soon,” adds Raisinghani.

According to the GPCL officials, if this 50 MW plant is successfully commissioned, its capacity will be increased to 200 MW.  As per a study conducted by Atlantis Resource Corporation and the state government two years ago, the Gulf of Kutch has a total potential of 300 MW. The biggest operating tidal station in the world, La Rance in France, generates 240 MW.

According to the estimates of the Indian government, the country has a potential of 8,000 MW of tidal energy. This includes about 7,000 MW in the Gulf of Cambay in Gujarat, 1,200 MW in the Gulf of Kutch and 100 MW in the Gangetic delta in the Sunderbans region of West Bengal.

But despite the huge potential, India has no policy on tidal energy. “A clear policy is very important for developers to have clarity on tariff and commercial development of tidal energy in the country,” says Aditya Venketesh, executive director, Urja Global Limited, an Indian company which works in the field of renewable energy. The government must also provide subsidy to reduce the cost of importing wave technology so that consumers can get the cheapest rate on per unit consumption, he adds. The Gujarat government last year approved a 10 MW tidal energy plant proposed by Urja Global Limited in association with a US-based company Ocean Energy Industries. But no date has been given for starting the project yet.

“The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy should prepare a proper policy on tidal energy since the development of this sector is primarily their responsibility,” says an official of the GPCL, wishing anonymity. No developer will come forward unless policy shows assured benefits, he adds.

 

 
 

AddThis

Gujarat is clearly spearheading the green energy campaign in India. It might be the only state doing anything noticeable. I wanted to know if the information mentioned in this article regarding the total tidal energy output potential of India being 8000MW is accurate. Because nobody seems to have mentioned the Eastern coast apart from the Sunderbans region. Would be helpful if someone could clear that up for me. Thanks

24 April 2012
Posted by
Karthickeyan R

 

Dear Karthickeyan...

The information regarding the 8000MW tidal energy potential in the country is accurate. It is the Indian government's estimate. I took this information from a release which appeared  in Press Information Bureau..Below is the link.. Thanks

 

http://pib.nic.in/newsite/erelease.aspx?relid=70685

25 April 2012


Posted by
Ankur Paliwal

Certainly Gujarat seems to be the leader of the green energy effort. The other day I read that Narendra Mody's Gujarat Govt has approved covering a long stretch of Narmada with PVs to develop not only electricity from solar energy but also reduce the evaporation losses of water. It would be interesting to see to what extent this effort will benefit the region.

Re: the accuracy of the potential of tidal energy as reported by the government,it should be verified by independent researchers.

28 April 2012
Posted by
Dr. Prakasam Tata

Tidal Power Plant, is a pilot plant for harnessing the sea waves is situated near the breakwaters of Vizhinjam Port which is about 20 km from Thiruvananthapuram city. The station started its commercial operation in 1991. This oscillating water column (OWC) produces about 150 kw of power.

22 April 2013
Posted by
Anonymous

Post new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.


(Comments are moderated and will be published only after the site moderator’s approval. Please use a genuine email ID and provide your name. Selected comments may also be used in the ‘Letters’ section of the Down To Earth print edition.)
CSE WEBNET
Follow us ON
Follow grebbo on Twitter    Google Plus  DTE Youtube  rss