Vikram So­lar com­mis­sions 130 MW so­lar pro­ject for NTPC in Ra­jasthan

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Vikram So­lar on Mon­day an­nounced the com­mis­sion­ing of a 130 MW (2x65 MW) So­lar PV Power Plant for NTPC in Bhadla, Ra­jasthan, which has been de­vel­oped un­der the State Spe­cific Bundling Scheme (for bundling with ther­mal power from NTPC Sin­grauli Ther­mal power sta­tion) with grid at Bhadla So­lar Park Phase-II. The com­pany will fur­ther pro­vide Op­er­a­tions and Main­te­nance (O&M) ser­vice to the plant for a pe­riod of five years since the date of com­mis­sion­ing. With the com­mis­sion­ing, Vikram So­lar's com­mis­sioned projects port­fo­lio has risen to more than 275 MW. "We are happy to com­mis­sion yet another pres­ti­gious re­new­able power pro­ject for our coun­try. The suc­cess­ful com­mis­sion­ing of this pro­ject reaf­firms our ex­per­tise and su­pe­rior qual­ity stan­dards in the ex­e­cu­tion of util­ity scale power projects. We re­main com­mit­ted to our vi­sion of fa­cil­i­tat­ing en­vi­ron­ment friendly clean en­ergy to safe­guard the fu­ture of our suc­ceed­ing gen­er­a­tions and that of our planet," said MD and CEO Vikram So­lar, Gyanesh Chaud­hary. Each 65 MW plant, will have a power gen­er­a­tion ca­pac­ity of 106.22 mil­lion units, and is spread across an area of 321 acres of land each. The power plants are con­nected to Bhadla 220KV Pool­ing Sta­tion I through 1.5 km of 132 kV dou­ble cir­cuit trans­mis­sion line. Vikram So­lar has used Poly-crys­talline mod­ules of size 295Wp to 320Wp for the plants. Each plant is also ex­pected to re­duce CO2 emis­sions to the tune of 99.73 met­ric tonnes an­nu­ally. Gur­deep Singh, CMD, NTPC had shared with the me­dia ear­lier that NTPC is fully com­mit­ted to sus­tain­able power gen­er­a­tion. The com­mis­sion­ing of the 130 MW ca­pac­ity by Vikram So­lar at Bhadla would add to NTPC's aim to set up 1000 MW of ca­pac­ity from re­new­able sources by 2017. "Apart from the as­pect of gen­er­at­ing clean and en­vi­ron­ment friendly power, the fact that such large scale projects en­able us to pro­vide con­sid­er­able em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties to the lo­cal

re­sources, gives us dou­ble the sense of ac­com­plish­ment in the com­mis­sion­ing of the same," said Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor EPC So­lar Vikram So­lar, Anupam Dhi­man. Dur­ing the ex­e­cu­tion of this 2X65MW So­lar PV Power Plant, re­sources and work force from lo­cal vil­lages (Bhadla, Noore ki Bhurj, Nachna, etc.) were en­gaged in the con­struc­tion phase for Civil, Struc­ture and Elec­tri­cal erec­tion work. The plant has also gen­er­ated em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­nity for lo­cal work­ers for 25 years for its main­te­nance and other mis­cel­la­neous works.

Vikram So­lar ties up with Israel's Wa­ter-Gen

Vikram So­lar to­day said it has signed an MoU with Israel's Wa­ter-Gen to de­velop clean and hy­gienic drink­ing wa­ter so­lu­tions in the coun­try. "The tech­nol­ogy de­vel­oped by WaterGen to cre­ate and store drink­ing wa­ter by har­vest­ing con­den­sa­tion from air, pro­vides a po­ten­tial so­lu­tion to the clean and safe drink­able wa­ter cri­sis faced by In­dia," Vikram So­lar said in a state­ment. Ac­cord­ing to the state­ment, the larger ob­jec­tive of this col­lab­o­ra­tion is to make avail­able drink­ing wa­ter to the re­mote lo­ca­tions of the coun­try us­ing its rich nat­u­ral re­sources - air and hu­mid­ity. The cost-ef­fec­tive­ness of the tech­nol­ogy is an added bonus that will help make the so­lu­tion avail­able to the masses. Com­bined with Vikram So­lar's tech­no­log­i­cal prow­ess and ex­per­tise in the so­lar power do­main, the at­tempt is to con­cep­tu­alise a prod­uct most suit­able for the In­dian mar­ket re­quire­ments, it said. In­cor­po­rat­ing use of so­lar power into the Wa­ter-Gen tech­nol­ogy is ex­pected to fur­ther en­hance the en­ergy ef­fi­ciency and avail­abil­ity of power for the tech­nol­ogy in re­mote lo­ca­tions, through use of so­lar pan­els, it added. "We are happy to col­lab­o­rate with Wa­ter-Gen to see how we can merge the 2 prod­ucts - so­lar and wa­ter, into a sin­gle of­fer­ing and make it Re­new, Re­store, Re­vive, Re­fresh, and there­fore Re-fo­cus on build­ing lives sus­tain­ably," Gyanesh Chaud­hary, MD & CEO, Vikram So­lar said in the state­ment. Un­der the MoU, Wa­ter-Gen will share their tech­nol­ogy and know-how with Vikram So­lar to man­u­fac­ture the prod­ucts in In­dia. Vikram So­lar will be re­spon­si­ble for de­vel­op­ing and man­ag­ing the man­u­fac­tur­ing, sales, mar­ket­ing and dis­tri­bu­tion of the prod­ucts. Ini­tially, Vikram So­lar will de­velop three cat­e­gories of the prod­uct cater­ing to in­dus­trial, com­mer­cial util­i­ties, and res­i­den­tial seg­ments. There would be fur­ther plans to es­tab­lish a Re­search & Devel­op­ment cen­tre in In­dia for the same. Vikram So­lar plans a min­i­mum in­vest­ment of USD 100 mil­lion for the en­deav­our, it said. Mikhael Mir­i­lashvili, Pres­i­dent, Wa­ter-Gen Ltd, said, "The In­dian mar­ket is one with a crit­i­cal need for our prod­uct, and hence presents a strong mar­ket po­ten­tial. We were on the look­out for a part­ner with strong tech­no­log­i­cal back­ground and dom­i­nat­ing busi­ness pres­ence across the coun­try for our ven­ture." Wa­ter-Gen has sys­tems that can pro­duce up to 7,000 litres of clean drink­ing wa­ter a day de­pend­ing on tem­per­a­ture and hu­mid­ity con­di­tions.

Vikram So­lar ties up with Israel’s Wa­ter-Gen to in­tro­duce unique clean, drink­able wa­ter so­lu­tions in In­dia

Vikram So­lar Pvt. Ltd., the coun­try’s lead­ing So­lar EPC player and mod­ule man­u­fac­turer, has signed a Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing (MoU) with Israel’s Wa­ter-Gen, a pi­o­neer in air-to-wa­ter tech­nol­ogy, to de­velop and in­tro­duce their path­break­ing clean, hy­gienic drink­ing wa­ter so­lu­tions in the coun­try. The tech­nol­ogy de­vel­oped by Wa­ter-Gen to cre­ate and store drink­ing wa­ter by har­vest­ing con­den­sa­tion from the air, pro­vides a po­ten­tial so­lu­tion to the clean and safe drink­able wa­ter cri­sis faced by In­dia. The larger ob­jec­tive of this col­lab­o­ra­tion is to make avail­able drink­ing wa­ter to the re­mote lo­ca­tions of the coun­try us­ing its rich nat­u­ral re­sources – air and hu­mid­ity. The cost-ef­fec­tive­ness of the tech­nol­ogy is an added bonus that will help make the so­lu­tion avail­able to the masses. Com­bined with Vikram So­lar’s tech­no­log­i­cal prow­ess and ex­per­tise in the so­lar power do­main, the at­tempt is to con­cep­tu­al­ize a prod­uct most suit­able for the In­dian mar­ket re­quire­ments. In­cor­po­rat­ing use of so­lar power into the Wa­ter-Gen tech­nol­ogy is ex­pected to fur­ther en­hance the en­ergy ef­fi­ciency and avail­abil­ity of power for the tech­nol­ogy in re­mote lo­ca­tions, through use of so­lar pan­els. Mr. Gyanesh Chaud­hary, MD & CEO, Vikram So­lar Pvt. Ltd., shared on the oc­ca­sion, “Vikram So­lar has al­ways been at the fore­front of us­ing tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tion to ad­dress is­sues of crit­i­cal im­por­tance to the health and well-be­ing of both hu­man life and eco-di­ver­sity. We are happy to col­lab­o­rate with Wa­ter-Gen to see how we can merge the 2 prod­ucts – so­lar and wa­ter, into a sin­gle of­fer­ing and make it Re­new, Re­store, Re­vive, Re­fresh, and there­fore Re-fo­cus on build­ing lives sus­tain­ably!” Un­der the MoU, Wa­ter-Gen will share their tech­nol­ogy and know-how with Vikram So­lar to man­u­fac­ture the prod­ucts in In­dia. Vikram So­lar will be re­spon­si­ble for de­vel­op­ing and man­ag­ing the man­u­fac­tur­ing, sales, mar­ket­ing and dis­tri­bu­tion of the prod­ucts. Ini­tially, Vikram So­lar will de­velop three cat­e­gories of the prod­uct cater­ing to in­dus­trial, com­mer­cial util­i­ties, and res­i­den­tial seg­ments. There would be fur­ther plans to es­tab­lish a Re­search & Devel­op­ment cen­tre in In­dia for the same. Vikram So­lar plans a min­i­mum in­vest­ment of USD 100 mil­lion for the en­deav­our. Mr. Mikhael Mir­i­lashvili, Pres­i­dent, Wa­ter-Gen Ltd., com­mented, “The In­dian mar­ket is one with a crit­i­cal need for our prod­uct, and hence presents a strong mar­ket po­ten­tial. We were on the look­out for a part­ner with strong tech­no­log­i­cal back­ground and dom­i­nat­ing busi­ness pres­ence across the coun­try for our ven­ture. We are de­lighted to have found these qual­i­ties and more in Vikram So­lar, and look for­ward to a suc­cess­ful and long as­so­ci­a­tion ahead.” Wa­ter-Gen has been recog­nised glob­ally for its in­no­va­tions. Fast Com­pany mag­a­zine has ranked it among the world’s Most In­no­va­tive Com­pa­nies for 2014, along with Google, Ap­ple, Twit­ter, etc. Frost and Sul­li­van ac­knowl­edged its con­tri­bu­tions with the Euro­pean Tech­nol­ogy In­no­va­tion Lead­er­ship Award for 2014. Wa­ter-Gen’s unique At­mo­spheric Wa­ter-Gen­er­a­tion Unit uses its “GE­Nius” heat ex­changer to chill air and con­dense wa­ter vapour, quickly gen­er­at­ing clean drink­ing wa­ter from the air and from pol­luted wa­ter, ef­fi­ciently and cheaply in al­most any cli­mate and with a min­i­mal use of en­ergy and elec­tric­ity. The clean air is passed through the heat ex­changer sys­tem where it gets de­hu­mid­i­fied. The wa­ter is then re­moved from the air and col­lected in a tank in­side the unit. From there the wa­ter is passed through an ex­ten­sive wa­ter fil­tra­tion sys­tem, which cleans it from pos­si­ble chem­i­cal and mi­cro­bi­o­log­i­cal con­tam­i­na­tions. The wa­ter gen­er­a­tor is more en­ergy ef­fi­cient than that of other such com­pa­nies as it uses the cooled air cre­ated by the unit to chill in­com­ing air. Wa­ter-Gen has sys­tems that can pro­duce up to 7000 litres of clean drink­ing wa­ter a day de­pend­ing on tem­per­a­ture and hu­mid­ity con­di­tions.

MD and CEO Vikram So­lar, Gyanesh Chaud­hary

Gur­deep Singh, CMD, NTPC

Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor EPC So­lar Vikram So­lar, Anupam Dhi­man

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