Government urged to take a battery mission to deal with power crisis


Guwahati: Expressing concern over the probable electricity crisis due to the shortage of coal supply to various thermal plants in the coming days, an Assam-based technical forum advocates for a long-term strategy to overcome the crisis focusing on non-fossil fuel (renewable energy) projects. All Assam Engineer’s Association (AAEA), in a statement, also urged the Union government to take a mission to develop an efficient energy storage technology.
Raising voices for the installation of household solar power generation units (for own consumption) across the country, the forum of graduate engineers specially urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take personal interest in encouraging the scientists to improve the usual batteries as reliable energy store-houses so that the crisis of power can be resolved forever.
“As the electricity cannot be warehoused after production like other objects for the future use, a scientific arrangement for preserving the energy for a longer period should be developed,” said the forum adding that it would solve the power crisis not for one billion-plus Indians, but the entire human race, where the fossil fuel-based technology including the automobile will be used in limited ventures.
According to the central electricity authority of India, around 60% of the country’s 135 coal-fired power plants are in serious trouble because of the lesser supply of coal from the mines for a number of reasons. The country’s government-run coal producer, Coal India Limited, assumes that the demand for electricity is rapidly increasing with near normal economic activities after the Covid-19 pandemic induced long lockdown.
Thermal coal is accountable for nearly 70% of India’s electricity generation. The country has to import a large volume of ‘black gold’ from Indonesia, South Africa, Russia, Australia, Colombia, Kazakhstan, Mozambique, etc. Though India has a large coal reserve, its heating quality is relatively low and so the country has to depend on coal imports. However, the government now wants to cut the volume of its imports gradually.
“The electricity produced by coal-fired projects is always expensive and it will increase further along with its significant environmental negative impacts. Hence the government should consider decreasing the use of coal & gas (for moving turbines to finally generate electricity) and start activating the other means of power generation,” said the AAEA adding that the price of renewable energy like solar or wind power is also going to be cheaper in the coming days.

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