VIJAYAWADA: The Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, N Chandrababu Naidu, launched a high energy density storage device developed by Bharat Energy Storage Technology Pvt Ltd (BEST) at Praja Vedika at Amaravati on Monday.
On the occasion, he said that as a part of second phase of power sector reforms, priority was being given for alternative energy sources and storage facilities. Stating that solar and wind energy was a sustainable source of energy at present, he asked the students to concentrate on research programmes and innovation. He said now the State has turned into a power-surplus one.
He said a 1,000-MW solar energy plant was set up in Kurnool district and solar pumpsets were also distributed to farmers in Vizianagaram district. He stressed the need for cost-effective power generation.
The Chief Minister said 100-150 acres would be allotted to develop storage facilities in the State. Chandrababu Naidu said that the Amaravati city would be developed as a green city with 50 per cent green cover and renewable energy. The State Government was giving priority for solar and wind energy in Kadapa, Anantapur and Kurnool districts, he added.
Later, he launched the renewable purchasing obligation compliance monitoring and reporting web tool of AP. IIT Roorkee has entered into a memorandum of agreement with BEST on renewable and sustainable energy technologies for research and industrial collaboration. Griffiti University in Australia has also entered into a MoU with BEST in energy storage sector.
Earlier, Patrick Glynn, Chairman of Bharat Energy Storage Technology, explained the functioning of BEST thermal storage cell. He said unlike standard battery technology, BEST thermal cell can be charged and discharged simultaneously. This does away with power outages and guarantees constant electricity supply as the BEST thermal cell effectively decouples generation from utilisation of electrical energy.
Vijay Maddali, CEO of Bharat Energy Storage Technology, said the high energy density storage technology would pave the way for a clean sustainable, green and energy-secure future. He said the smallest unit of BEST, to be unveiled shortly with 300 kwh unit, will supply power to 80 houses.