Thursday, December 10, 2015

Kudgi Thermal Power Plant of 4000 MW and all that we can do to mitigate climate change

Kudgi and all that we do to minimise climate change effects.
R. Ashok Kumar, B.E.,M.E(Power), Negentropist, Bombay Sarvodaya Mandal, 299, Tardeo Road, Nana Chowk, Mumbai-400007.
© 2015 Ramaswami Ashok Kumar
Aided and abetted by sleepers we are hostage to modern civilization’s self-destructive ways.
We are having a century of experience with thermal power plants which together with theft of electricity, and theft by energy guzzling specialist end use regimes we burn coal so the final efficiency of delivered services is 1 to 5 percent. 99% to 95% of the coal is uselessly wasted. Thus the useful power generated from Kudgi will not be 4000 MW but just 40 MW to 200 MW! Piushji, not yet gone are the days when you pollute places with particulate matter of  250 micrograms per cubic meter of 2.5 micrometers diameter like its happening in India’s capital where the Gujarat modeller Modi hardly stays! And you have the shameless attitude to enjoy building such modern civilization for us? Have you any idea of the wasted mined monster? I will tell my fellow citizens to take umbrage at the govt’s bureau of energy efficiency to allow such idiocy. 4000 MW of coal fired electricity  at 6000 hours per year is 24 million megawatthours or 24 billion kilowatthours. At 2000 kWh per ton of coal, we require 12 million tons(2240 lbs/ton) of coal per year of which 11.4 million tons go to heat up the atmosphere with just Kudgi!
With 33.5% transmission and distribution loss, 4 million tons of coal burnt to be lost in T&D loss per annum!
An estimate of how 4000 MW Kudgi power would be used up based on 2001-2 demand of approximately 4000 MW and corresponding end uses is given in Table CL:

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Correction! Change million tons in Table CL to thousand tons!

This table confirms the estimate of 11.4 million tons of coal uselessly to be burnt at Kudgi, with modern civilization still in place.
Reference for Karnataka Data Base from which the estimates were derived by the author:
Antonette D’Sa and K.V.Narasimha Murthy.2002. Karnataka’s Power Sector & Suggested Ways Forward.
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