KERALA

Hybrid power plant to be set up at Ramakkalmedu

The Agency for Non-conventional Energy and Rural Technology (Anert ) is planning to set up a hybrid power plant that could produce electricity simultaneously from wind and solar on the Ramakkalmedu hills.

An official at Anert said on Wednesday that the first phase of the Rs. 55 crore project could be completed next year. It was a project under the initiative of Electricity Minister M.M. Mani and an amount of Rs. 15 crore has been earmarked for the completion of its first phase.

A report has been submitted after a Chennai-based company made a feasibility study at Ramakkalmedu, where there is availability of continuous wind in addition to the sunlight for setting up solar panels. The project is aimed to be completed in three years.

The technical assistance to it will be given by the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) and the equipment for the hybrid power plant would be developed in the country with the support of C-DAC, the official added. It was C-DAC that set up 5 MW hybrid power plant in West Bengal and the Anert decided to implement the project at Ramakkalmedu on its model.

By setting up more wind farm and solar power units jointly, it is expected to produce 3 MW to 5 MW of power from each plant.

The solar panels, to be set up by Keltron with the support of C-DAC, would move in accordance with the movement of sun. The power to be produced in the hybrid plant would be sold to the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB). An agreement was already signed in this regard, the official said.

Though a wind farm was set up on Ramakkalmedu hills, there were some technical problems related to the transfer of power to the KSEB unit.

However, studies had found that the hills near to Ramakkalmedu were best suited for setting up wind farm units.

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