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2002-03 Seminars


Comparison of Options for Distributed Generation in India

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Dr. Rangan Banerjee
Visiting Faculty EPP

Abstract

The Indian power sector has an energy and peak shortage. In this talk we evaluate the feasibility of distributed generation in the Indian power sector. The options considered are Internal Combustion Engine- fuelled by diesel, Internal Combustion Engine- fuelled by natural gas, Micro-Turbine- fuelled by natural gas, Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) Fuel Cell with reformer fuelled by natural gas ,Wind Turbine, Solar Photovoltaic (PV), Biomass Gasifier connected to a spark ignition engine (dedicated gas engine) and Bagasse Cogeneration in sugar factories. The annualized life cycle costs for each of these options and the cost of generation is computed for different system load factors. The Ministry of Non-Conventional Energy Sources plans to mandate 10% renewables by 2012. We examine the status of these alternatives, policies and barriers to their implementation.