According to reports, after solar power, the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) is all set to explore the opportunity to reap fortunes from the new ‘tidal and flow auger turbine technology’, developed by a US-based company, which specializes in developing cutting-edge technologies for power generation from renewable energy sources.
Representatives of the company, Natural Power Concepts (NPC), have sought to carrying out a pilot study of the technology in Kerala.
Six months ago, they had made a presentation to the KSEB top brass on the technology and its benefits. “The tidal and river flow auger turbine technology is currently used for generating power from Hudson Bay in Canada. Last week, the KSEB decided to give permission to NPC for the pilot study to evaluate the feasibility of the technology in Kerala,” said power secretary and KSEB chairman M Sivashankar.
NPC claims that its fully patented In-stream Auger Turbine tidal and river flow auger turbine, while being wildlife-friendly and impervious to debris and ice damage, capture greater energy from flowing water than other rotating hydro turbine of the same diameter.
The board moots the testing of the technology in rivers only.
According to the company, around Rs 1 crore would be needed for the pilot study.
“We are seeking the assistance of the Department of Science and Technology for the pilot study. If that fails, the company will have to meet the expenses on their own and prove the adaptability of the technology.
“If the technology and machinery prove suitable to the state, the board is willing to purchase power from the company at the rates fixed by the state electricity regulatory commission”, Sivasankar said.