Category — Electricity

Wartsila to Supply Smart Power Generation Plant in India

Finland’s  Wartsila will supply a 70 MW Smart Power Generation plant to Assam Power Generation Corporation Ltd., (APGCL) a state-owned utility in north-eastern India. The order includes seven Wartsila 34SG engines running on natural gas. The power plant, delivered on a turn-key basis, is expected to be operational by March 2018.

The company said its engines can run at partial load while maintaining high efficiency, a feat not possible with the existing gas turbines reports Power Engineering.

“By absorbing the variations in the gas supply, Wartsila engines enable APGCL to produce more efficient power from the same amount of fuel without affecting the heat rate,” according to the company.


Power Plant in Assam, India

Power Plant in Assam, India

The project is financed by the Asian Development Bank as part of an investment programme for the energy infrastructure in the state of Assam. “This project will further strengthen Wartsila’s position in the utility power market in India that is looking for gas-based solutions,” says Partha Paul, Business Development Manager at the company.

May 22, 2016   No Comments

ABB to Double Workforce at Chennai Center, India

ABB the multinational corporation dealing in power and automation and headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, said it will double its workforce to 1,200 at its global engineering and operations center in Chennai in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, as well as open a new facility on the outskirts of Bangalore. “This expansion reaffirms ABB’s commitment to India as a key growth market and an important resource base,” ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer said.

Ulrich Spiesshofer Photo ABB

Ulrich Spiesshofer Photo ABB

The center in Chennai houses professional engineering resources under one roof, serving ABB units across the world and is among the largest industrial and commercial centers in India. The move will increase the number of ABB employees in India to close to 10,000.

At the new facility in Nelamangala, Bangalore, the company’s Power Protection Product Group will work on two modular Uninterruptible Power Supplies assembly lines.

In 2014, ABB India employed about 9,000 people, and generated revenues of more than $1.3 billion. It invests  $100 million per year India . Managing Director for India , Bazmi R. Husain said that 70% of company’s workforce in India are engineers and it will continue to invest here in coming years, reports Business Standard.

December 3, 2015   No Comments

India Tests Honeywell System to Improve Electric Grid Reliability

Honeywell and Tata Power –  Delhi Distribution announced that they have successfully implemented the first ever automated demand response (ADR) project for commercial and industrial facilities in India, reported CNN Money.

ADR gives the grid operator a new, domestic resource to help reduce stress on transmission and distribution lines, and improve supply efficiency by managing the power during peak consumption hours, and at other grid emergency times. Temporary reductions in energy use are effected when demand threatens to outpace supply and this prevents brownouts and blackouts.

With nearly 50 percent of the country’s peak load tied to commercial and industrial sites, the ability to adjust related energy use is critical. Grid operators like Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd. can use ADR to help reduce peak load in a facility 15 percent on average, creating a “virtual power plant” that generates “negawatts” or reduced demand.

“This is a significant initiative — one that supports our mission to build a resource-efficient, environmentally friendly electrical grid,” said Praveer Sinha, CEO of Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd. “We are committed to making this deployment a success, and finding new opportunities to extend ADR to other customers, thus playing a role in helping to meet Delhi’s energy needs. We believe our steps in this direction will also encourage other Indian utilities to adopt smart grid technology for efficient operations.”

June 3, 2015   No Comments

Many Countries Evince Interest in India’s Proposed Smart Cities

During the Smart Cities India 2015 Expo in New Delhi from May 20 – 22, many countries expressed keenness in investing in the Indian Government’s smart cities project. Poland expressed interest in partnering with India’s smart cities and industrial corridors, exploring investments in power and mining sectors in many Indian states. Sweden and the European Business &Technology Center hosted pavilions.

Under the Indian government’s 100 smart cities program, approved by the Cabinet last month, each selected city will receive federal assistance of $16 million  annually for five years, reports CIOL.

“Urbanization in India is happening at an accelerating rate. By 2031, the population in the urban areas will increase to 600 million from current 377 million. This will boost the increase in the middle class section of the society that will generate larger aspirations seeking better quality of life and sustainable ecosystem. Smart cities concept would require enormous knowledge transfer to devise solutions that are suitable for the Indian scenario” shared B.V.R. Mohan Reddy, chairman, NASSCOM, India.

May 31, 2015   No Comments

Indian Government Opens Bidding for 3 GW of Solar Projects

India’s National Solar Mission seeks to deploy 20 gigawatts of grid-connected projects by 2022 in three phases. Currently, it plans to open up competitive bidding to add 3 gigawatts of grid-connected solar power projects.

According to the draft, the minimum recommended project size is 10 megawatts, and the guidelines further suggest that companies can bid through state governments at a fixed 25-year tariff. The lowest quoted tariff would qualify for selection. NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Ltd., the power-trading unit of India’s largest utility, may purchase the electricity produced.

January 9, 2015   No Comments