The government has permitted 10 sites for establishing new power projects, Lok Sabha was informed on Wednesday.
Listing out 10 sites located in 9 states, Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office, Jitendra Singh, stated that the home-grown reactors would be established at Gorakhpur village in Fatehbad district of Haryana, Mahi Banswara in Rajasthan, Chutka and Bhimpur in Madhya Pradesh, and Kaiga at Karnataka.
Reactors with foreign support would be set up in Jaitapur at Maharashtra, Chhaya Mithi Virdhi in Gujarat, Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu, Kovvada at Andhra Pradesh and Haripur in West Bengal.
Informing the house, Singh said in a written reply, “The federal government had accorded “in precept” approval of the sites for finding nuclear power projects in future, based mostly on each indigenous applied sciences and with overseas co-operation”.
Singh also informed that a Prototype Fast Breeder Reaction (PFBR) of 500 MWe capacity at Kalpakkam in Tamil Nadu is being constructed by BHAVINI, a Public Sector Undertaking of Department of Atomic Energy (DAE). He said that PFBR is under advanced stage of commissioning. The physical progress achieved as on 31 March last year is 97.64%.
In a major environment-friendly digital initiative, Delhi electricity distribution company (discom) BSES on Wednesday announced that BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd (BRPL) has partnered Australias Power Ledger, a global leader in blockchain technology, to launch consumer-to-consumer (peer-to-peer or P2P) solar power trading on a trial basis.
A BSES statement said that Power Ledger’s blockchain-based platform can enable consumers even without rooftop solar, to trade power between themselves.
According to the company, BRPL has, thus, become India’s first discom to use a blockchain-based platform for P2P solar trading.
“A feasibility study has been successfully undertaken. The offering will rolled-out, once the regulatory approvals are in place,” it said.
“The pilot project will initially be carried-out amidst the existing and select group of gated community (CGHS) solar consumers in Dwarka who generate around 5-6 MW of solar-power. These consumers will be able to trade solar power their neighboring apartments and buildings using this platform rather than letting it spill-back to the grid.”
Consumers with rooftop solar infrastructure can sell their excess solar energy to their neighbours even if they don’t have rooftop solar, using the energy trading platform.
“Thus, even consumers who don’t have roof-top solar will benefit by purchasing cheaper and cleaner electricity, compared to the slab-rate of the discom, which as consumer they would otherwise have to pay,” it said.
P2P surplus solar power trading among consumers connected to the same distribution transformer is expected to result in optimal loading of the distribution transformer (DT).
“The platform will give BRPL access to a cost-effective energy alternative during the times of peak demand pricing. Apart from this, the discom will also benefit by not having to purchase solar energy exported to the grid, gain revenue through transaction fee and wheeling charges as also create and actively engage in a two-way positive relationship with its consumer base,” the statement said.
There is no specific hardware device or investment required to sign up to the blockchain-based platform.
“This technology is a transactive layer that utilises close to real-time data from smart meters to facilitate the P2P trading environment. All that is required is access to solar power infrastructure – solar power panels installed on the roof of the house, or solar power infrastructure within the consumers’ community,” it added. (IANS)