According to reports, India today conducted the ground-breaking ceremony for its first green energy corridor project with an ultra high-voltage direct current (UHVDC) link over 1,800km with the aim to bring power to 80 million people.
The project by state-run Power Grid Corporation of India (PGCIL) is being executed by ABB Group in partnership with Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL).
“This link is a key element of integrating renewable energy with the main grid. It will integrate thermal and wind energy for transmission of power to high consumption centers located thousands of kilometers away, supporting electricity demands in the south and transmitting clean energy to the north, when there is excess wind power,” a statement issued by the ABB said.
The mega project is worth over Rs 4,350 crore. The Raigarh-Pugalur 800 kilovolt (kV) ultrahigh-voltage direct current (UHVDC) system aims to connect Raigarh in Central India to Pugalur in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.
“The project is a great example of the Make in India initiative where design, engineering, manufacturing of major components and project execution is done locally,” the statement said.
According to the statement, HVDC technology has assumed greater significance worldwide to transmit more power over longer distances.