Low input cost will reduce generation cost
Kenji Urai, erstwhile Managing Director, Toshiba India Pvt. Ltd.
What are the reforms you would like to see that could clear the muddied waters this segment finds itself in?
Earlier there was ´Mega Power´ Policy where you could have benefits of duty exemption for large sized Hydro Power plant. Such policy should be retained till appropriate technology for a certain capacity´s hydro power projects are available in India under ´Make In India´ concept.
Low input cost will reduce generation cost and this sector will benefit and technology providers will also take interest once they are competitive in India.
What are the technologies for hydro power generation and operation, especially in the Indian scenario?
Toshiba is a leading engineering and project execution company having its presence across the world with a strong hold in the Hydro Power and Energy Field. We have tested-proven technology and capabilities to manufacture efficient Hydro Plant machinery ranging from a few kW machines to large sized machines of capacity like 730 MW turbine or 805 MVA generator, which we had commissioned in other countries. Size and capacity can be further augmented depending on project´s requirements. In India we have been associated with Purulia PSPP and supplied 4 machines, of 225MW each, which is our largest capacity project at present. Apart from conventional machinery, we manufacture and supply Pumped Storage plants, Adjustable Speed Generator-motor, Control and Protection equipment. Especially, Adjustable Speed pumped storage technology can help resolve power fluctuation which may occur by enhancement of renewable energy like solar and wind power. All of our technologies are very much compatible with Indian conditions.
Do you think that hydro will gain back its prominence in the Indian energy mix, or have the new renewable options relegated this form of energy generation to the back benches?
Hydro Power energy is environment friendly and affordable option. It is essential to have a model that addresses the risks involved in large, capital intensive and resource-uncertain hydropower projects. Given the renewed thrust on hydro power from the government, we are hopeful that hydro sector will pick up momentum along with the growth of nation.