Wednesday 14 November 2012

Author(s): Ankur Paliwal

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  • A homemade magnetic motor can

    A homemade magnetic motor can provide you with a limitless amount of low cost electrical energy.
    These magnetic motors can be made by utilizing a
    small number of parts that you can purchase at
    a local hardware store.The idea of free energy did not start with Nikola Tesla, but
    it certainly gained a lot of ground with his research.

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  • HPS is one alternative

    HPS is one alternative solution in the prevailing power crises (30th Nov. 2012 DTE.). The societies should learn out of this local technology based on the raw material available. This can be used to the maximum extent possible as it fits to the local solution with local resources.

    Knowing the limitation of Thermal, Hydero & Nuclear Power Generation, in addition to the HPS, solar based power generation should be encouraged with matching solar panels and batteries with effectiveness on power and cost. The Government and Research Institutes should come out with better models of panels and batteries with better quality.

    These local solutions helps greatly to resolve the POWER CRISES.

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  • It seems easy to criticise

    It seems easy to criticise new initiatives such as the one by HPS. The question is what better alternatives do the villagers have? Should they be condemned to wait indefinitely for grid power, which will anyway highly unreliable as other villages are experiencing.

    Let us remember that the true cost to the society of the electricity from conventional power plants such as hydro, coal and nuclear are much more than what is being charged today. Some high level calculations indicate that they may be in excess of 20 Rupees per Unit if all the direct and indirect costs to the society are taken into account.

    It would be desirable that the government take the initiative to develop a highly efficient technology to harness the bio-mass, and come up with a tariff mechanism acceptable to different stake holders.

    In view of the huge social and environmental costs associated with conventional power plants, and the unacceptability of our villages not having electricity at all, we should objectively consider various options without any bias.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 3 years ago | Reply
  • It is disheartening to hear

    It is disheartening to hear of companies doing what HPS is doing and to have people like Sunil Dhingra criticizing the great service they are providing. Mr. Dhingra sounds like an academic, yet what is required when proposing policy is on the ground experience.

    Lets consider the regulation he proposes. Later in the article there is evidence that government involvement only creates problems; government supported biomass facilities fail because the long term commitment isnt there. What happens when government commitment to subsidizing off-grid policy also dwindles? HPS will be stuck, unable to increase price to its customers and yet forced to pay for higher operational costs. The company wont be able to cover costs and the business model will fail. And failed businesses will only discourage investments from others.

    What is required are business models that are commercially viable without government subsidies; those are the only ones which will be able to sustain quality service delivery. The government's investments have not worked to date; 400 million people in India, larger than the total populations of all but two countries (India being one) lack access to electricity. Let the decision on tariff be decided by HPS's customers who seem to be happier with HPS's service than they are with what the government is providing - kerosene. If they are willing to pay, then it is better than any available alternative. And providing something better isnt something we should regulate.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 3 years ago | Reply
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