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AP plans to store solar power

AP plans to store solar power


Amaravati: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday said that there was an urgent need to take up studies in advance solar energy storage technologies which would ultimately bring down prices of solar power.

At a review meeting with top officials at the Interim Government Complex in Amaravati, the Chief Minister emphasized the need to tap and store the alternative energy in reducing power charges. He stated that a major breakthrough was achieved in the solar power sector during his recent USA visit recently.

“India is blessed with abundant sunshine through its varied masses. However we haven’t still recognised the full potential of the solar power,” Naidu stated. India will become a manufacturing hub for the world if we achieve the breakthrough in storage of solar power, Naidu added.

Chandrababu Naidu held detailed discussion on advance power storage technologies. It was suggested that Ashok Jhunjhunwala, Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras be contacted as he is using solar-DC innovation, to decentralised solar power by 2030 in India and aims at getting 50 per cent of its peak power from solar in the coutry.

He said that the Energy University in Ananatapur will start operating from this year and the University would offer specialised courses in power technologies. CRDA Commissioner Sreedhar Cherukuri informed Chandrababu Naidu about the outcomes of the master plan workshop held in London from 12 to 16 of this month. The Commissioner mentioned that 90 per cent of the master plans details were completed and that the model would be presented on May 22 by Chris Bubb of Foster and Partners.

After the presentation on May 22, further comments and suggestions would be sought and the final master plan will be submitted said the Srikanth. During the London meeting, the officials held discussions on the positioning of Assembly building, transportation strategy and water system. The officials informed that the Secretariat building and the heads of the department buildings were pushed to the further north so as to create space and gateways to the Assembly building. The Assembly building would occupy 160 acres.

With regard to the Secretariat, it was decided to construct a minimum of 8 to 10 floors to accommodate 26,000 Secretariat staff in a total 5 lakh sft. Chandrababu Naidu said that the Secretariat building should be elegant and functional while having mixed spaces of green and blue. The officials informed that the Amaravati portal would be launched very soon. The portal would serve as a holistic project management, documentation and monitoring platform for the Amaravati project.

Anand Gupta Editor - EQ Int'l Media Network


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