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N Venu

MD & CEO – India and South Asia

Hitachi Energy

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ADVANCEMENT IN POWER TECHNOLOGY Hitachi Energy power technology will advance India’s mission to bring reliable and clean power

Nov 12, 2021

Powering the hydroelectric project in Jammu and Kashmir constituting a 548-feet tall concrete-face rockfill dam is expected to enhance the region’s power generation capacity

Originating from an elevation of more than 16,404 feet (ft), Marusudar is the biggest tributary of the Chenab river. Covered with glaciers, it falls north to south into a fan-shaped catchment in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), passing through a mountainous terrain full of steep slopes, high cliffs and sharp bends. On its course, it gathers enough velocity to generate clean power for over a hundred thousand people in the state.

The Pakal Dul Power Project, situated on the Marusudar, is possibly the biggest hydroelectric project in J&K, constituting a 548-feet-tall concrete-face rockfill dam, expected to enhance the region’s power generation capacity through nature’s bounty. Underpinning this mammoth project is an underground powerhouse capable of generating 1000 megawatts of green electricity.

Germany-based Voith Hydro, which operates the site, chose Hitachi Energy power technology for its generator transformers and control and protection system to ensure uninterrupted efficient and safe transmission of power at higher voltages from the hydropower plant.

The design of the transformers took into account stringent constraints on weight and dimensions to ensure safe transport within the hilly terrain. The control and protection solution, a critical system in any power network, was chosen by the customer for its high reliability and flexibility. It is based on advanced communication protocols and is compliant with the latest cybersecurity standards for power systems.

Sharing his thoughts, N Venu, MD & CEO – India and South Asia, Hitachi Energy, cited, “It is yet another milestone project for Hitachi Energy in India and forms part of our long-term carbon-neutral vision where we lend support in decarbonising society and the environment. We continue our endeavour to build back better and enable clean & affordable power in the country.”

India aims to achieve about 60% clean energy over the coming 10 years from more than 40% to date. Hydropower accounts for about 12% or 46,209 MW of the current mix. There is an estimated potential of 145,000 MW at 60% plant load factor.

The Pakal Dul power plant, expected to be completed by 2025, will bring India closer to its commitment to that target as well as to the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals, another example of Hitachi Energy advancing a sustainable energy future for all.

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