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PM Narendra Modi urged to announce a mission to develop batteries

Expressing concern over the probable electricity crisis due to the shortage of coal supply to various power plants in India, a graduate engineers’ forum advocates for a long-term strategy to overcome the crisis focusing on non-fossil fuel power (renewable energy) projects. 

All Assam Engineer’s Association (AAEA), in a statement, bats for the household solar power generation (for own consumption) across the country.

The forum especially urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take a personal interest in encouraging the scientists to develop more efficient energy store-houses (read batteries) as a national mission to overcome the crisis forever. 

As the electricity cannot be warehoused after production for future use, a scientific arrangement for preserving the energy for a longer period should be developed, argued the AAEA adding that it would solve the power crisis, not for one billion-plus Indians alone, but the entire human race.

Mentionable is that the Union government has lately initiated serious discussions on the impending emergency as the festive season just starts across the populous country. 

Some higher energy consumed States like Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab, Delhi, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, etc are identified as to be severely affected by the crisis, where the concerned authority urged the consumers to the electricity judiciously.

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According to the central electricity authority of India, around 75% of the country’s 135 coal-fired power plants are in serious trouble because of the lesser supply of coal from the mines for some reasons. 

The country’s government-run coal producer, Coal India Limited, assumes that the electricity demand is rapidly increasing with near-normal household and other economic activities after the corona-lockdown.

Thermal coal is accountable for nearly 70% of Bharat’s electricity generation. The country has to import a large volume of ‘black gold’ from Indonesia, South Africa, Russia, Australia, Colombia, Kazakhstan, Mozambique, etc. 

Though India has a large coal reserve, its heating quality is relatively low and hence the country emerges as the world’s third-largest coal importer. 

However, the government now seeks to cut coal imports steadily.

“The electricity produced by coal-fired projects is always expensive and it will increase further along with the environmental impacts. Hence the government should consider gradually decreasing the use of coal & gas (for moving turbines to finally generate electricity) and starts activating the other means of power generations,” said AAEA president Er Kailash Sarma adding that the price of renewable energy like solar or wind power is going to be cheaper in the coming days.

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