Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) aims to identify sites for successful development of tidal and floating solar power projects in the country with the help of Korea Water Resources Corporation (K-water).SPPU signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with K-water for development of tidal and floating power generation projects last week and a panel of experts visited Mumbai to look into the possibility of setting up the first ever tidal river energy plant in India at the Kasheli bridge area along Ulhas River in Thane.
The energy director and manager of K-water, Hong Jeong Jo and Bong-Keun Oh, and Dr Arvind Shaligram, head of department of the electronic science at SPPU visited the location on Tuesday to check the feasibility of the project. The MoU is likely to facilitate closer scientific and technical interactions and open new avenues for power generation projects.K-water is a well-known government owned corporation of Korea the has built world’s largest tidal power plant in Korea and also several floating solar power plants in their reservoirs.
A D Shaligram said, “The sea is known to exhibit pe riodic tides -high tide and low tide behaviour -which contain substantial amounts of high energy . This potential of the sea has so far not been tapped in India. ln tidal power projects, the mo vement of sea water due to tides is converted into electricity. Floating solar power projects use water surface (those of reservoirs, like lakes and dams) covered with floating solar power generating panels, thereby offering several techno-commercial and ecological advantages.”