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Maharashtra Energy Development agency to generate wave energy along state’s 720-km coast

According to reports, considering the total potential of 6,000 MW wave energy from the Indian coast, the Maharashtra Energy Development agency (MEDA) has taken the first step forward to tap Maharashtra’s 720-km coast to generate wave energy. A study has showed that the Maharashtra coast has an annual wave potential of four to eight KW per metre of the length of the wave. During the monsoon, that is, between June and August, the potential is quite high — 12 to 20 KW/m.

MEDA, which is the nodal agency appointed by the state government for taking initiatives in non-conventional energy, will soon float tenders to invite expression of interest by companies which would assess the potential for generation of wave energy in coastal areas. The project is slated to begin in the next three months.

  J V Torane, general manager, research and development, MEDA, told TOI on Thursday, “The state government has given a go ahead to MEDA for executing this project. We have prepared a draft for floating tenders for companies which would be interested in analyzing the coast to assess the potential and commercial execution of wave technology in the state’s coastal areas.”

Torane said the tenders will be published shortly and companies will be shortlisted and finalized in three months. The project will take off immediately after that. “The wave technology project aims at generating energy from the waves of the sea and converting it into electrical energy for commercial use,” Torane said.

According to a research conducted by MEDA, the average potential along the Indian coast is around 5 to 10 KW/m. With a coast line of approximately 7,500 km, total potential comes to around 40,000 MW. Even a 15% utilization would mean the availability of approximately 6,000 MW. “Generally it has been observed that the western coast is more useful than the eastern coast. This is because the former has more stable waves and is less vulnerable to cyclones that can damage the power plant,” Torane said.

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